We do love a good on the road update - and regular guest writer Will Hide is currently reporting from the wilderness of Alaska...
From challenging hikes through incredulous scenery to taking a walking tour around fascinating towns, the best way by far to explore Alaska is with your own two feet. A walking holiday in Alaska opens up a whole world of impressive sights and experiences, and takes you right to the heart of its impressive wilderness.
Perhaps the most famous thing to come out of Alaska recently is the almost-vice president of the USA, Sarah Palin, who famously once said she was qualified for the job because she could see Russia from her backyard. Actually, it may have been comedian Tina Fey, doing an impersonation of her, who said that, but heck, why spoil a good story? But there is more, much more, to the 49th state of the USA – which was famously bought from Russia in 1867 for $7.2m – than the former governor and hockey mom supreme.
Alaska sometimes feels like its own country rather than the 49th state of the USA. Situated in the far northwest of Northern America, Alaska is the largest state by area and shares its border with the Canadian Yukon Territory. A trip to Alaska will leave you captivated, with its rugged charm, unique culture and pristine wilderness and coastline. With a state so vast, we thought we would help you out with a few activities that are a must in this wild and wonderful state.
Alaska the 'Last Frontier' is the ultimate destination for travellers who want to experience nature at its very best! With over 20 hours of daylight during the height of summer and more wildlife than you can wave a stick at, Alaska really is a travellers paradise. Everywhere you go you will experience stunning backdrops and an abundance of wildlife, and after much deliberation we have chosen five of the most breath-taking locations in Alaska.
The Northern Lights are one of nature's greatest displays. Dancing hues of green, purple and pink transform the sky into a spectacular light show - but one that is typically only visible in certain parts of the world, and at certain times of year. The autumn and winter months in North America provide particularly picturesque displays; here are our favourite places to see nature's greatest light show.
There is no greater experience than getting out into the national parks of North America and seeing some of the world’s most incredible wildlife. The array of different species from one state to the next is phenomenal, but it is the ‘big 3’ that every intrepid traveller is just dying to spot, and capture on camera; wolves, bears and whales! This year we have some amazing wildlife tours that will give you a greater opportunity of spotting these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
The USA is home to some truly iconic wildlife. Black Bears roaming solitary through the forest. Coyotes speeding after their prey. Moose proudly bearing their six-foot antlers. It's little wonder that, for travellers, the nation's wonderful wildlife acts as such a strong draw.
As the crisp chill of autumn mornings are fast approaching, summer is beginning to feel like a distant memory, but that is nothing to be disappointed about. Despite the shorter days we are greeted with a rather enjoyable crunch underfoot and a display of nature in all its golden glory as the leaves change from vibrant green to an amalgamation of gold, yellow and orange, we’re sure you’ll agree it’s a simply beautiful time of year!
Alaska has always been somewhere I have always wanted to visit and when my colleaugue Iain returned from his 13 day Alaska, Wildlife & Wilderness tour, I couldn't wait to hear all about it! Here are a few of the questions I asked him...