Things To Do
As big and as vast as the state of Alaska, so are the choices of things to do. From bird watching to extreme winter sports, your choices are as limited as your imagination.
In the winter, there is dog mushing, cross country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, snow machining, ice fishing and extreme downhill skiing to name a few. Frostbite, hypothermia and avalanches are a few hazards to be wary of.
Summertime brings many activities. Camping and hiking are done by many of Alaska’s visitors and residents. Salmon, halibut and trout are some the prized fish that fishermen will come to Alaska and catch. Backcountry hiking, in many of our parks, is a great way to get away from the noise and restrains of everyday life. But, it also requires that you are self sufficient because rescue could be days away. Alaska has few roads. So getting to some of the areas may require that a small plane or a boat is chartered. In some areas, to get to back country, some visitors may use all terrain vehicles or in wilderness areas there are horses or llamas.
For the more sedate visitors, sightseeing and wildlife viewing from vehicles is a great way to view Alaska. Kayaking, canoeing and river rafting are great adventures for those wanting some water activities.
For all of the activities, you will want to bring along your camera and plenty of film for your memories of your Alaskan adventure
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Did You Know?
Approximately 50% of those who attempt to climb Mt. McKinley succeed. The other half turn back due to adverse weather conditions, altitude sickness, frostbite, or injury. 2005 was a record breaking season with 1,339 mountaineers from 37 countries. There was 774 climbers to reach the summit.