Alaska Journals

Alaska: The Final Frontier

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A September 2004 trip to Alaska by dcdc75

Denali Park Tundra Wildlife Bus Tour Photo, Denali, Alaska More Photos
Quote: The grandeur of Alaska's natural beauty is stunning and breathtaking.

Denali Park Tundra Wildlife Bus Tour

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Denali Park Tundra Wildlife Bus Tour Photo, Denali, Alaska
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The Bus Tour is the only way for most visitors to gain access into the park as cars are not allowed and even the number of hikers are limited to a set quota each day. The bus meanders slowly along the unpaved roads until some one yells 'Bear!' or 'Moose', then it will come to an abrupt halt as all the tourists on the bus scramble for their cameras and jostle for the nearest window to take their prized pictures of..more often than not..a ROCK! This will go on during the entire journey which depending on the ticket you bought could take 4-5 to 8-10 hours. You can always hop off and on the bus to do a day hike too. We were pretty lucky to spot a baby bear by the road halfway through the journey. Bookin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2006

Denali Park Tundra Wildlife Bus Tour
Denali National Park Reservations
Denali, Alaska 99501
(907) 272-7275

Denali National Park Sled Dog Kennel

Attraction | "Denali Park Dog Sled Demonstration"

Denali National Park Sled Dog Kennel Photo, Denali, Alaska
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The dog-sled demonstration offered by the Denali National Park Visitor Access Centre is pretty popular and really convenient, as they provide a shuttle from the park half an hour before each demonstration. The sled dogs are actually used for winter maintenance at the park. There is also a small museum/display area highlighting the history of the dogs and sledding. Most fun are the kennels themselves, where you could pat the dogs and are encouraged to pull of their fur to help them keep cool. The dogs here are the descendants of the first few sled dogs in Alaska.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2006

Denali National Park Sled Dog Kennel

Denali, Alaska

Kenai Fjords National Park

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Kenai Fjords National Park Photo, Seward, Alaska
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The Kenai Fjords National Park's dramatic glaciers and abundant wildlife is best viewed from a cruise ship. I recommend the longer 8- to 10-hour rides because they bring you deeper into the park, although they are priced at about $150++. We went with Major Marine Tours because they include a national park ranger on every boat. The only thing was, we went in the off-peak season, so we got a smaller boat and the sea was really super-choppy. No one really got to enjoy the free prime-rib lunch they served that day! Quite a few people puked and two girls actually fainted. It would have been better if I had remembered to take my seasick pills. Other than that, it was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2006

Kenai Fjords National Park
Outside the Town of Seward
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-7500

Alaska Native Heritage Center

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Alaska Native Heritage Center Photo, Anchorage, Alaska
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The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a great introduction to the history and the heritage of Alaska's native people. In the main building you can see how humans thrived with rudimentary tools in one of the harshest climates in the world. Outside you will see examples of homes and structures of the different tribes. There is also a performance of ancient songs and games, demonstrated by young students and youth leaders whose aims are to preserve and pass down these traditions to the next generation. Youth leaders also hope these activities will help prevent drug abuse which is the main problem faced by youths on reservations. Tickets are about 20usd, not cheap...Read More

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Alaska Native Heritage Center
8800 Heritage Center Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99506
(907) 330 8000

Downtown Anchorage Photo, Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage definitely isn't a city built by city people. Here you will find vast tracts of green space and lots of biking, hiking, and cycling trails, all meticulously planned to showcase Alaska's well-deserved reputation as a wilderness paradise. Anchorage is definitely one of the most beautiful cities we have visited. Plants here get so huge due to the long daylight hours in summer. On a clear day, you can also see the magnificent view of Denali from the city. There is an interesting Sunday market held on weekends here that is worth a look. Another place worth going to is the "Ulu" factory, where traditional Alaskan curved knives are made. You can spend an entire day at the fantastic museums too. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2006