It’s as exotic as you can get without bringing your passport along.
Alaska is paradise for those who crave adventure. Picture soaring peaks swathed in sheets of ice with craggy faces begging to be climbed; endless slopes of fresh powder with thousands of vertical feet untouched by previous skiers; freshwater streams carving through untouched pine forests and filled with salmon ripe for catching.
It’s about as exotic as Americans can get without pulling out their passports. To experience those elements, though, you’ve got to venture beyond the cruise ports—something few tourists do. But, now, it’s easier than ever to experience the forty-ninth state, thanks in part to new hotels and experiences embracing the growing trend of experiential travel.
Tourism is on the rise in the Last Frontier: The state hosted 1.93 million visitors in 2017, a 4 percent increase over 2016, and tourism rates have increased by 26 percent over the past decade. United Airlines even launched a new direct route from Newark to Anchorage this summer to accommodate more travelers heading northwest.
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