Flying in a Bush Plane
Faster than the state bird, and almost as ubiquitous, the Alaskan bush plane provides an important network of passenger and freight transport. But dropping off adventurers into the remotest corners of the state is only half of what these remarkable craft can do. They can land you on a glacier 7200ft above sea level, circle an area that’s a mere ball toss away from the highest peak on the continent and give a live satellite view of the top of the world.
Riding the Denali Star
The northernmost railway line in the US was one of the triumphs of gilded-age engineering when President Warren Harding ceremoniously banged in the last spike in 1923. Nearly a century later, the railway continues to work its steely magic on the Denali Star, a luxury train that plies a route between Anchorage and Fairbanks. Replete with grazing wildlife, tiny towns and plunging gorges, there’s a lot for passengers to take in, but all else is forgotten when Mt McKinley takes its cloudy hat off and shimmers above the forest.
Watching the Midnight Sun
‘There are strange things done under the Midnight Sun,’ wrote Robert Service during the gold rush days, and it seems as true today as then. With near endless daylight in an all too short summer, Alaskans and visitors alike go into overdrive and push as much sport, travel, partying and adventure into the time they have. To catch the true midnight sun (that is, the sun above the horizon at midnight) head north to the Arctic Circle. In Barrow there are no sunsets at all for 84 days in a row.
The Magic of Mendenhall
Glaciers are often described with a linguistic flourish – noble ice, majestic mountains or sublime grandeur. There’s a reason onlookers reach to describe this brand of beauty, and the Mendenhall Glacier demands weak-kneed prose. Take a hike around this river of ice that tumbles out of the mountains, stand in the gaping mouth of an ice cave or watch the parade of icebergs that the glacier discharges into the Mendenhall River. Come quick: scientists say most of it will be gone in 25 years.
Though Anchorage is now the biggest ‘Native village’ by population, and Western influences are seen everywhere, the essence of traditional culture lives on in settlements across the state. Most are just a bush-plane flight away, but the best way to begin your understanding is to visit an urban cultural center, run by Alaska Natives and largely for Alaska Natives. Afterwards, consider a visit to the Iñupiat hub of Barrow for the whaling festival.
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