When you think of summer, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is a tropical beach resort somewhere in Southeast Asia or the Caribbean. However, if you want to have a different kind of adventure this summer, one that will bring you closer to nature, you need not look further than Alaska.
Alaska is one of the last unspoiled lands in the United States. It is bigger than Texas, but it is packed with natural destinations for travelers to explore throughout the season.
Although your idea of Alaska might be cold and snowy — it is, after all, located in the far north of the nation — during summer, the weather becomes nice enough to wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, and dresses.
Here are the top reasons why you should visit Alaska.
Cast a Line
If you like to fish, book an Alaska saltwater fishing trip. There are seemingly endless opportunities for you to sit down and catch marine life in the state. Aside from its long stretch of coastline, it also has numerous lakes, rivers, and waterways. More than 600 species inhabit waters in Alaska, including the famous Alaskan halibut. You can throw your bait in any body of water and you can expect to pull out a fish without a problem.
See the Glaciers
You cannot go to Alaska without seeing its famous glaciers. The state is chock-full of them, and they are stunning.
If you are up for a hike, go for the biggest one of all: the Matanuska Glacier. The Matanuska Glacier is over four miles wide. It is so big that the water flowing from it forms the Matanuska River.
If, however, sitting in a boat is more up your vibe, you can also join a cruise. There are tours going around Prince William Sound. Known for a high concentration of glaciers (over 100 of them), Prince William Sound is one of the most popular destinations in Alaska.
You can also see the glaciers from above. Book a flight-seeing tour of the Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier. The impressive gorge has 5,000-foot-high sheer granite walls — the highest granite walls in the world. At the bottom is ice that is 3,700 feet deep. If it melted, it would be deeper than the Grand Canyon.
Do not worry. You can still see glaciers in Alaska during the warmer weather.
Soak in the Hot Springs
After you have fished or hiked, soak your tired body in one of the natural hot springs in Alaska.
In Europe and Asia, many people believe that hot springs have the power to heal. The water in hot springs is high in different minerals, including calcium, which is good for the body. Not to mention the warm water will relax your tense muscles and melt your stress away.
The hot springs of Chena Resort in Fairbanks were discovered in 1905 gold prospectors who want to relieve their painful rheumatism. The temperature of the water is 153 degrees Fahrenheit (67.22 °C).
Witness the Beauty of Nature
Alaska is a paradise for those who love nature. It is a little less developed than other states, which means that you can see nature in all of its raw and unspoiled glory. You can just sit on a hillside, stare at a glacial lake surrounded by wildflowers and trees for hours on end, and watch the diverse wildlife live freely.
Do not hesitate! Book a trip to Alaska now.