These are my favorite photos from our trip to Alaska in the summer of 2013. We spent a week and a half exploring the Last Frontier, the first time either of us had been to the 49th state. We had a special emphasis on looking at glaciers, wildlife and hiking. It was a great trip. Other than some heavy clouds on top of Crow's Pass, and a good deal of clouds and rain while in Valdez, we had some pretty good weather and were able to see some spectactular vistas. We brought some mosquito nets, which we wore on some hikes, so the mosquitos did not turn out to be a huge problem for us. We signed up for a few guided hikes, and they all turned out well (except for the fact we could not do the ice climbing on the Worthington Glacier due to the fact there was too much recent snow on top of the ice).
Alaska is a huge state, so we only saw a portion of it. We could easily return for two or three more trips and see entirely new wonders. I hope we can return soon.
We always try to find the Moon and Lonely Planet guide books for the places we visit.
We rented a car and use the AAA maps for getting around, but there aren't too many roads to choose from - getting lost would be hard. The map of Anchorage was handy though.
The Alaska websites give some excellent and detailed maps, but nonetheless I ordered these hiking maps. They aren't really necessary if you use the web maps. Follow the links in our itinerary.
All the graphic images are my own, but the textured background is taken from a site, EOS development, that offers non-profit users free use of their graphics. Click below to visit their site.
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Portage Glacier / Sterling Hwy
Grewingk Glacier Photos
Seward and Exit Glacier Photos
Kenai Fjords Photos
Harding Ice Field Photos
Crow Pass Photos
Drive to Valdez Photos
Columbia Kayak Photos
Richardson Hwy Photos