The Real Reason Millions Of People Go To Alaska Every Year

The Real Reason Millions Of People Go To Alaska Every Year

The Real Reason Millions Of People Go To Alaska Every YearPhoto by Hari Nandakumar

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Alaska is probably the most mysterious of all the US states. Not only is it the biggest in terms of land area, but it is also the most sparsely populated. Outside of Anchorage, there’s practically nothing but bears, tundra, giant mountains, and glaciers that snake their way down to the Arctic circle.

So what keeps bringing people back? Let’s take a look.

The Seclusion

Do you want to get away from it all? That is, do you want to get away from human civilization entirely and be at one with nature?

Well, in Alaska, experiences like that are up for grabs. Here, there is just one person per square mile – the lowest of anywhere in the US, meaning that once you get out of the towns, you are unlikely to see a single soul on your adventures. You really do have the place to yourself.

The Natural Hot Springs

Alaska sits close to the Pacific Ring of Fire – a massive chain of volcanoes and thermal vents that stretches to Japan.

According to geologists, there are more than 79 natural hot springs in Alaska, many of them attached to hotels and resorts. You can play in the water by day and then cozy up in the accommodation by night.

The Midnight Sun

Alaska sits north of the Arctic circle. That means that there are days during the summer months when you can witness the spectacle of the midnight sun. It dips down towards the horizon, but never actually gets there – a surreal experience.

The Fishing

Alaska is home to some of the world’s freshest waters and best places to catch fish. Staying in an Alaska fishing lodge is like nothing else on the planet. You’re right in the heart of nature, experiencing fishing the way that our ancestors would have done, hundreds, if not thousands of years ago.

The Aurora

The “northern lights” or aurora borealis (named after the boreal forest that circumnavigates the northern hemisphere) is the most spectacular light show on the planet. Charged particles from the sun interact with the Earth’s magnetic field and travel along field lines before hitting the North Pole’s upper atmosphere. Depending on the energy levels, you can see aurora of practically all colors, ranging from blue to red, with a few greens mixed in for good measure.

The Hiking

We already mentioned the fact that going to Alaska allows you to get out into the middle of nowhere. But there is nothing quite like hiking in this part of the world. You’ll come across beautiful rivers, streams, and some of the state’s three million lakes. You’ll also find hundreds of paths – both natural and manmade – snaking up and down the various mountains, providing you with a near-endless playground to explore.

The National Parks

The whole of Alaska is beautiful, but it is when you get into the national parks when you can really see what nature can do. Here you’ll find unspoiled wilderness of stunning beauty and epic proportions. Look out for National Preserves and National Parks – both are present in the state.

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