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Anchorage & Glenn Hwy.

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Anchorage & Glenn Hwy.

A modest, sprawling city, Anchorage is surprisingly close to the “wilderness.” It is surrounded by mountains and the Cook Inlet and has great recreational areas and wildlife viewing right nearby.   The slider below offers a few glimpses of this area:   1)  Our first lodging, The Coastal Trail Inn, a comfortable suburban home complete with expertly-trained bird dogs, elaborate perennial gardens, and its own dovecote. The lovely Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, an eleven-mile paved biking/walking trail, is right across the...

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Wrangell-St. Elias

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Wrangell-St. Elias

Our destination for the night was Chitina, a tiny town on the outskirts of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, and it was getting late in the day. Thus, after our glacier hike, we drove . . . past more mountains, through forests and tundra, until we turned south on the Richarson Highway at Glennallen . . . and then we drove some more. Travelling down the Richardson, we now followed the Copper River, one of Alaska’s grandest waterways, one that supports a prolific salmon run and, at its delta, a provides a major resource for migratory...

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Seward

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Seward

Early Saturday morning, my mother and I boarded the Alaska Railroad’s “Coastal Classic” which traveled along beautiful Turnagain Arm and through the Kenai Mountains.  We were headed to Kenai Fjords National Park, the final highlight of our trip. The train ride offers splendid views of the inlet at sunrise and sunset, constantly changing with each bend in the track.  A railroad employee narrates the route, interpreting the geographical, historical, engineering, and wildlife features as the train passes through the outstanding terrain of...

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Denali Highway

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Denali Highway

After flying back to Chitina, we drove north along the Richardson Highway through enormous Black Spruce forests—mile after mile of taiga–until we reached our destination, the Denali Highway. To clarify, this 135-mile gravel road is not in Denali National Park. Until the 1971, it was the only road leading to that area. Since the modern Parks Highway was constructed, the Denali Highway has become a less-traveled road used primarily by hunters and nature lovers. It is a glorious road that passes through tundra and boreal forest, with great...

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Talkeetna

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Talkeetna

By the time we left the Denali Highway, the brilliant autumn sunshine had given way to drizzle. We continued down the Parks Highway with somewhat subdued spirits and limited views.           Louis, who has a great fondness for mountains and considerable hiking experience, dearly hoped to have fine views of Denali. This was not the day. When we stopped at Denali Viewpoint South, clouds obscured the highest peaks including Denali, though, I must say, the “foothills” are mighty impressive. Apparently, the...

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