Saturday marks Alaska Day, commemorating the transfer of the territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States in 1867. While most of us won’t be on hand in the beautiful, seaside town of Sitka to celebrate, we thought we’d take the opportunity to marvel at Alaska’s glaciers, fjords and otherworldly scenery, as shared with us by Travel Channel fans on Instagram during the ideal summer season. The vast and largely untouched state beckons with lush landscapes, natural wonders and amazing wildlife, waiting to be explored by air, by land or, as the trend goes, by sea on an Alaskan cruise. These photos may be just the inspiration you need to plan your journey to “the Last Frontier” now.
“We’re headed to Aialik Glacier, the biggest in Kenai National Park.” – @marksbucket READ MORE
Photography by Jason Cannon / State of Alaska
Go kayaking and explore Prince William Sound, its fjords and islands, to commune with nature and wildlife like whales and bears. Located on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula, this sound encompasses 3,800 miles of Alaska’s southern coastline.
From Alaskan cuisine to winter sports events and hotel restorations, escape to Alaska with Andrew Zimmern, Adam Richman and Anthony Melchiorri this Sunday on Travel Channel from 2|1c to 7|6c READ MORE
Tonight at 9|8c, Andrew becomes one with the great outdoors, fishing, digging for stinkheads, hunting and more. Catch a sneak peek of tonight’s episode in our Alaska Pictures slideshow.
Plus, watch a clip from tonight’s episode: Andrew joins a local in Sitka, AK, who dives for abalone, sea cucumber and octopus!
Today’s Daily Escape is from King Salmon, Alaska. Learn more »
Photograph by Kathleen Turner
Today’s Daily Escape is from Denali, Alaska. Learn more »
Photograph by Getty Images
Disney Cruise Line announced today that all kids under 17 years of age cruise for free when traveling with 2 full-fare guests. Travel on an Alaskan Disney Cruise Line must depart between May 3 and June 7, 2011. This offer won’t last long, so if you have Alaska on the brain, act now! More details on how to book at disneycruise.com.
See our photo picks for Super Cruise Ships and our Cruising: Before You Go tips in our Cruises section.