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Interior Alaska

From gold to polar bears, Interior Alaska epitomizes the Last Frontier. Often considered the hub of Alaska, this dramatic region contains Denali National Park, with North America's tallest peak, and the great Yukon River flowing westward from Canada toward the Bering Sea. 

Famous for its wildlife (grizzly bears, wolves, caribou, moose, and waterfowl), this region experiences hot summers with temperatures occasionally in the 100s. In the long winter, the land lulls into hibernation with temperatures dropping as low as -50. 


Northern Alaska

Northern Alaska is a remote land of extremes, where traditional people follow ancient calendars and national politics play a prominent role. 

This area above the Arctic Circle is alive in the summer with millions of wildlife: caribou, whales, polar, black and brown bears, wolves, musk oxen and huge flocks of migratory birds. 

With the daily minimum temperature below freezing, year round, the longest day is the one between sunrise on May 10 and sunset on August 2. In the winter, the sun is down from Nov. 18 to January 24. Facing months of twilight and bitter cold every winter, this area is kept warm by the amazing hearts of the people. 


Southcentral Alaska

Home of the largest section of Alaska's population, Southcentral is Alaska's playground. A diverse region of rugged coasts and fertile bays and fjords, the forests, glaciers, and rivers create a beautiful backyard to the state's largest cities. 

With hundreds of inches of snowfall in the coastal mountains, this area experiences clear, sunny skies and pleasant warm summers. 

Southeast Alaska

With the seat of Alaska's government and the core of the timber industry, this 500-mile paradise of rainforests, wildlife, and sea make the Inside Passage a place like no other. High mountain peaks plummet into deep, saltwater coves and waterways, creating an breathtaking scenes. 

With a mild, damp climate similar to Seattle, this area is only accessible by road from three locations, and the majority of the region's communities are traveled by water, the Alaska Marine Highway System, or by plane. 

Western Alaska

Western Alaska is the crossroads of continents, between North America and Asian cultures. With the western border as close as 55 miles to Siberia, the land is rich with brown bear, moose, caribou and wolves. At sea, humpback, gray and killer whales, sea lions, seals and sea otters fight for space with the award-winning salmon and halibut runs. 

Active volcanoes, frequent earthquakes, and unpredictable weather, join with the extreme land formations to create an amazing natural wonderland. 

Yukon Territory

A breathtaking convergence of land, wildlife and people, the Yukon Territory boasts the highest point in Canada, Mount Logan, the second longest river in Canada, the Yukon River, and the world's largest non-polar ice field, deep inside the St. Elias mountain range.

With extreme ranges in temperatures and landscapes, this historically rich region beautifully blends the traditional ways of the First Nation people with the modern lifestyles of Canada. 

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