Nearly 98% of surveyed American workers agree that taking a vacation is important to them, and a vacation is a fine time to travel far from home to relax and take in the sights and sounds of a new place. This fuels the robust domestic tourism industry in the United States, and many vacationers take planes to their faraway destinations. Where to go? Many people want to visit a sunny beach, and end up going to Florida, Hawaii, and California to get some sun and sand. But that’s not the only option. Alaska, the largest American state, can make for a surprisingly fun and pleasant vacation spot, and outdoor enthusiasts in particular may enjoy a few weeks in that northern state. Activities there range from helicopter tours to glacier flights to dogsled tours and even Alaska glacier wedding packages for outdoorsy brides and grooms. An interested tourist could look up “flightseeing alaska”, for example, and find some bookings available. They might search “flightseeing alaska anchorage,” or “flightseeing alaska in July 2020” for example.
An Aerial View
Alaska is the largest and most northernmost American state, and it is thinly populated but has abundant (and gorgeous) wilderness. That makes Alaska ideal for any outdoor enthusiast who wants to see something new, and that includes taking aerial tours. It may take time to hike across Alaska, so if a person would rather not “hoof it” on the ground, they can look up and book helicopter or small plane tour flights instead. How does that work? Weeks or months ahead of time, a tourist may look up something online such as “flightseeing alaska” and narrow it down by their intended time frame or area and find some available bookings. In fact, a tourist might find a flight and book it first, then plan the rest of their vacation around it if that strategy is more convenient. Some tourists may explore Alaska by helicopter, and others on board a small propeller plane.
Once the vacationer arrives in Alaska and reaches the aerial tour base, they may look over the available vehicles and meet the pilots, and choose one they prefer. Now, a small tourist group may board the desired vehicle and take flight. On board, everyone will get a headset so that they can hear each other and hear the tour guide over the wind and vehicle’s noises, and a tour guide may explain the local history and facts. Up there, tourists can get an excellent panoramic view of this huge northern state, and see its mountains and glaciers, lakes, pine forests, coast lines, and much more. These Alaskan tour helicopters and planes will fly in all but the worst weather, and if they are grounded for safety’s sake, tourists may want to inquire about refund or rescheduling policies. These may vary.
Seeing Alaska from up high is a great idea for tourism, but visiting Alaska on foot can be highly rewarding as well. Many tourists may go hiking along nature trails, go kayaking on streams, or even go mountain or rock climbing out in the wilderness. A tourist may also take dogsled tours, or they can go bird watching or sketch and photograph wildlife that they wouldn’t find in their own home state. Hunters and fishers, once they get necessary permits, can go out and catch or hunt wild game ranging from salmon to bears and moose. Ice fishing is a fine option on Alaska’s frozen lakes, and big game hunters and fishers alike may eschew urban hotels in favor of log cabins in the wild that they can rent. This gets them closer to nature.
Alaska can also provide an excellent natural backdrop for an outdoor wedding during spring and summer. To prepare, the wedding party can choose and rent a spot in Alaska’s wilderness, and they can also arrange all travel and lodging logistics for the wedding guests. That involves air travel to the state, then taxis and buses to drive guests to and from their hotels and the ceremony site. For a small, secluded ceremony, some brides and grooms choose helicopter weddings, where a helicopter may fly them and a few other people to a secluded spot for an unforgettable, intimate ceremony in Alaska’s charming outdoors.