As Alaska’s visitors cross the Arctic Circle, legend has it that many pilots give the plane a slight “bump” letting passengers know they’ve crossed the legendary circle. Alaska’s Arctic is home to the Inupiat Eskimos, many who still live a subsistence lifestyle and still preserve their history verbally from generation to generation. The Far North is filled with a rich history and natural wonders, from the gold rush days of yore to the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.
The communities of Alaska’s Far North are accessible from Fairbanks or Anchorage via jet or small aircraft. This is one of Alaska’s most diverse regions, filled with cultural opportunities, wildlife and a landscape ranging from coastal plains to mountain ranges.
In July I visited Alaska for the first time. Frankly, I had never had any particular desire to visit the state, but a friend convinced me to go. We were on a Holland America cruisetour for 14 days. After the day we arrived, we had a nine-day escorted land tour and then a four-day cruise to Vancouver. It was an amazing experience! When I returned home and people asked which part of the trip I liked best, I couldn't tell them because I loved it all. Denali was unbelievable (even though I didn't get to see Mt. McKinley because of the weather) as were the McKinley Explorer train ride, the Yukon River boat trip, Dawson City, Whitehorse (especially the visit to Uncommon Journeys and Rod Taylor), the WhitePass/Yukon rail trip, Skagway tour, and the cruise through Glacier Bay and to Ketchikan. Did I enjoy the trip? I can hardly wait to come again! It's unlike any other trip I've ever taken--breathtaking!
Located just three miles off the Dalton Highway and near the boundary of Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Wiseman is a jumping-off point for properly equipped...
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