Senior Citizens Travel to Alaska

Nov 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Johnny Horton made the song ‘North To Alaska’ famous in 1959; most of us senior citizens remember it well. Listen to the song via a video on YouTube.  Alaska is commonly called “Land of the Midnight Sun” or “The Last Frontier.” The Official State of Alaska Vacation and Travel Information site has just about everything a senior tourist could want.  This series of videos including the Inside Passage are well done and provides a good idea of what seniors will experience in Alaska.

Suggestions for 7-day itinerarieswith optional add-ons on what to see and do in Alaska in one week assist your worldwide travel planning.  Did you know that Alaska has more air traffic than any other country? This Great Land is full of wonders and surprises. They say that it would take a lifetime to explore them. Welcome to Alaska and 50 States will sharpen your travel appetite. Sarah Palin’s Alaska video is another resource helpful in travel planning.

Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska with 286,000+ municipal residents. It is a unique, year-round destination offering many once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Rich Native culture, abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery, a thriving city center, and unrivaled wilderness experiences thrill travelers of all ages. From wildlife viewing opportunities right in the city to an abundance of outdoor adventures, your days will be filled with big wild memories to last a lifetime!  The 49th Reel includes short travel features produced by the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, which present an offbeat and colorful view of Anchorage.

The state is loaded with parks. Among the best known is Denali National Park and Preserve that straddles 160 miles of the Alaska Range and display so much elevation they are often lost in the clouds. Dominating this skyline is North America’s highest peak; Mount McKinley standing tall at 20,320 feet and one of the most amazing sights in Alaska. But it’s not just the mountain that makes Denali National Park a special place. The park is also home to 37 species of mammals, ranging from lynx, marmots and Dall sheep, to foxes and snowshoe hares, while 130 different bird species have been spotted here, including the impressive golden eagle. Visitors come here in droves; the park is a popular place, attracting over 432,000 visitors annually.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) has often been called America’s last great wilderness. This 19.6 million-acre refuge is located in Alaska’s upper-right-hand corner. The ANWR is home to some of the most diverse and spectacular wildlife in the circumpolar north.

Juneau, the capital of Alaska, bursts during the summer with hundreds of thousands of cruise-ship passengers. Twelve decades ago, the young city was swamped with prospectors. Juneau was founded as a gold-mining camp in 1880. It became Alaska territorial capital in 1900, home of the Legislature in 1912 and Alaska state capital in 1959 upon statehood. From Juneau there is no highway access to the rest of Alaska or to Canadian provinces.

Alaska is BIG!  Alaska’s 570,373 square miles is one-fifth the size of the continental U.S. and over twice the size of Texas. Alaska has an estimated 100,000 glaciers, which cover almost five percent of the state. There are more active glaciers in Alaska than in the rest of the inhabited world. Distinctively Alaskan, flight-seeing by plane or helicopter is an ideal way to really feel the magnitude of Alaska.

A variety of senior tours, excursions and charters are available, from 30-minute hops to full-day outings. Alaska celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009 and National Geographic found 50 unique ways to experience the “Last Frontier” all year long.

Whenever and wherever you travel in “The Great Land,” clothing is always a primary consideration. Emphasis should be based on comfort because the dress code is informal and casual. A layered technique is extremely good here, so come prepared for wet and or cooler weather. Temperatures in Alaska during the summer range from 60°F-80°F. Nighttime and early mornings are cooler, from the 40’s – 50’s. Late August and September departures could encounter cooler temperatures and slightly fewer hours of sunlight, as fall arrives early at these latitudes. So head on up…”North to Alaska.”       jeb

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