The Last Frontier

Alaska, northwest of Canada, is the largest and most sparsely populated U.S. state. It’s known for its diverse terrain of open spaces, mountains and forests, with abundant wildlife and many small towns. It’s a destination for outdoor activities like skiing, mountain biking and kayaking. Massive Denali National Park is home to Denali (formerly called Mount McKinley), North America’s highest peak.

Fairbanks delineates the Aurora Season as August 21 through April 21, when the sky is dark enough to afford visitors the opportunity to chase the aurora. Fairbanks’ location is superlative for northern lights viewing because it is under the “Auroral Oval,” a ring-shaped zone where aurora activity is concentrated. Additionally, Fairbanks’ low precipitation, distance from coastal areas and minimal population all contribute to consistently clear nights and low light pollutio/n. All combined, these variables make the region an outstanding destination for aurora viewing. Conversely, the Midnight Sun Season runs from April 22 through Aug. 20. The midnight sun shines brightly for the whole summer with the most sunlight occurring between May 17 and July 27 when Fairbanks experiences 70 straight days of light. Winter Season is central to life in Fairbanks and the region can guarantee a snowy winter landscape mid-October through late March. >MORE

Visit a lodge older than the state of Alaska

Visitors to the Last Frontier with a naturalist streak will be able to visit an adventure lodge that is even older than Alaska. Gwin’s Lodge, located in Cooper Landing, first opened in January 1952. Alaska didn’t become a state until January 1959 and 2019 will mark 60 years since statehood. Gwin’s Lodge is also the oldest surviving roadside lodge on the Kenai Peninsula, a place known for outdoor adventures.

The lodge is well known as a fishing destination but it is also a great jumping off point for other activities in the area. The lodge has a concierge on-site who can help a guest experience activities like whitewater rafting, hiking, horseback riding, day cruises in Kenai Fjords National Park, a trip to Denali National Park and Preserve and more. Gwin’s has 17 cabins and chalets available for guests interested in all of the activities on Alaska’s Kenai so that visitors can play in a place known as “Alaska’s playground.” For other destinations, >Click Here

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