Best known for the spectacular natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis, large parts of Alaska are covered by glacial ice and much of the interior of the country is quite inaccessible except by air or boat. Taking one of the late cruise deals on offer to Alaska is the best way to discover this largely unknown country.
With a coastline of 34,000 miles, longer than the rest of the United States combined, Alaska is the largest state in the USA. Situated a mere 53 miles from Russia across the Bering Strait, Alaska has a temperature range from −60 F in winter to over 90F in the summer.
Alaska is a country of great contrasts, with the opportunity to see seals, sea lions, otters and whales along the central Alaska coast and Aleutian Islands. The Inside Passage along the south eastern coast of Alaska takes advantage of the more than 300 small volcanic islands and sheltered bays and is best seen by small boat, with Prince William Sound, Glacier Bay and Kenai Fjords being some of the most popular destinations for watching marine wildlife.
The imposing mountain backdrop is home a large number of endangered species which live undisturbed in their natural and undisturbed habitat. Alaska has a number of national parks, including Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, while Katmai National Park boasts the largest population of brown bears in the world.
Mount McKinley in Denali National Park is the highest mountain at over 20,000 feet and can be seen from Anchorage and Fairbanks, the two largest cities in Alaska. Stunning exhibitions of indigenous history and artefacts are on display at The Alaska Native Heritage Centre in Anchorage and Alaska State Museum.
For an unrivalled holiday experience, one of the last minute cruises available to Alaska is hard to beat.