Au Naturale in Alaska

Perhaps it is Alaska’s proximity to magnetic North, but there is something extremely attractive and magical about that state. The moment you arrive there is a certain crispness in the air tethered to an indescribable feeling. I believe that Alaska, being The Last Frontier, brings out the intrinsic need for humans to connect with the natural world.

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Palmer, Alaska

No matter where you go in Alaska you will be surrounded by awe-inspiring sights and unrivaled beauty, be it spring, summer, autumn, or winter. There’s always something to see.

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There’s also a million and one things to do, like panning for gold at one of the many gold mines! Or if you happen to know some crazy Alaskans who like to make their own sluice boxes they will probably be happy to show you how it is done.

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If you can, try and get out of Anchorage. It’s a lovely city with the fantastic Glacier Brewhouse

in it, but the real treasures are out on the road, where the city lights and houses become fewer and farther between and dim to reveal starry skies and, if you’re lucky, Aurora Borealis.

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My two favorite spots outside of Anchorage are Seward (I’m pretty sure heaven is hidden somewhere in Seward) and Denali National Park, although the park is sadly closed for the time being. You can thank our uncooperative government for shutting it down.

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Wasilla, AK

However, you can still get close enough to see it fairly close on a clear day at a lookout point on the South end of the park. Denali, or Mt. McKinley, is the tallest mountain in North America and it is quite a sight to behold.

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Denali

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