In Alaska’s heartland, you’ll see the continent’s tallest peak, Mt. McKinley, and wide expanses of tundra. The forests are teeming with wildlife and bird life ranging from the formidable grizzly to stately herds of caribou to the state bird, the Willow Ptarmigan. Experience summer’s midnight sun or the winter’s northern lights. Wildlife can be seen on the highway that runs by Denali National Park, carrying visitors to and from Anchorage and Fairbanks. Interior is the original home of Alaska’s Athabascan Indians. Gold miners, farmers and fur trappers later discovered the riches of this region.
Alaska is an enchanting place! She will cast a spell on you and you will want to return again and again. I spent a week visiting Palmer, Wasilla, Anchorage, Girdwood, Seward and Homer. In Palmer, don't miss the museum they have near the park downtown. It is in an older restored home and the person staffing it grew up in the Mat-Su valley and was very interesting and knowledgeable. Of course in Wasilla, visit the Iditarod Race Headquarters. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage and then go downtown to Humpy's, the Grey Goose, or Glacier City Brewing company for food and refreshments. If you are in Girdwood around July 4th you'll want to channel your inner hippie and go to the Forest Fair. Just down the road near Portage is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center that is a must see. The people there are so knowledgeable and friendly and the animals are very easy to see. Some of their animals were featured in Jeff Corwin's Alaska and the new Sean Penn movie Into the Wild. In Homer visit the Oceans and Islands Visitors Center, very interesting. Don't forget to visit the Homer Brewing Company and take a trip out to the Homer Spit. Near Seward visit Exit Glacier and relax at Summit Lake and Summit Lake Lodge. While in Seward visit the Alaska Sea Life Center. Above all, relax and enjoy the beauty of Alaska and the friendliness of the people.
Contrary to what you might assume based on its name, the town of Circle is 50 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Miners who named the town in 1896...
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