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21. You'll have to bus 90 miles into Denali National Park to find Camp Denali and the North Face Lodge, one of the few guest properties within the six million miles of parkland wilderness. The hand-hewn lodges have been on site since 1952 and were first founded by two women WASP pilots who settled there after World War II. Based on the Nordic hut system, the lodge is considered by many to be the country's first eco-lodge, and its commitment to sustainable living is furthered by the collection of area guides, scientists, and anthropologists who act as visiting resource leaders for guests. +1 907 683 2290.

22. Kayak through fjords and inlets in the Misty Fjords National Monument. Located in the Tongass National Forest, Misty Fjords also has 15 miles of hiking trails. Have binoculars ready to catch a glimpse of bears, eagles, and spawning salmon, and spend the night in a cabin by the clear, blue-green water (reservations required). The area is accessible only by boat or air charter. Ketchikan, +1 907 225 2148.

23. Get and up-close glimpse of eagles, hawks, and falcons at the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka. The Bald Eagle Flight Training Center helps injured birds recover their survival skills. Other birds too injured to return to the wild make their homes in the open-air "Raptors in Residence" area. May-Sept. Sitka, +1 800 643 9425.

24. All things Alaska—and then some—are on display at the Alaska State Museum. Admire beach grass baskets woven by ancient Aleuts, sit in a 34-foot umiak (boat) made by Eskimos, and check out the unusual Lincoln Totem, a totem pole with the likeness of the former President on top. Juneau, +1 907 465 2901.

25. Watch thousands of salmon jockey for food from an elevated platform at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery in Juneau. A guided tour explains how the hatchery fuels the local economy. The site also features a massive aquarium with more than a hundred species of fish and a shop offering local salmon products. May-Sept.; by appointment only in winter. Juneau, +1 907 463 5114.

26. Step through the swinging doors of the Mascot Saloon in Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and imagine gold prospectors unwinding around the bar and piano after a long day on the trail. To learn about the experience of homesteading, visit the Moore House and Cabin (May-Sept.). Located 110 miles south of Whitehorse, Canada, in Skagway, +1 907 983 2921.

27. North America's largest system of glaciers covers over 5,000 square miles of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The park is also home to Mount St. Elias, the United States' second highest mountain peak, and the best way to view the massive glacial area is via flightplane. The visitor center is located at mile 106 Richardson Highway between Glennallen and Copper Center, +1 907 822 5234.

28. Although the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes in Katmai National Park and Preserve no longer "smokes," you can hike to a section of the valley (June-Sept.) for an up-close look at the layers of colorful ash from the 1912 eruption. In the summer, watch groups of brown bears catching their dinner during the salmon runs. Access the park by plane or boat; +1 907 246 3305.

29. A colorful visual history lesson awaits you at the Totem Heritage Center, where over 17 restored totem poles from the 19th century are on display. The totem poles were rescued from abandoned Tlingit and Haida villages near Ketchikan. Ketchikan, +1 907 225 5900.

30. Aviation buffs can admire the dozens of meticulously restored vintage aircraft from the 1920s on at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum in Anchorage. Be sure to visit the Restoration Hangar, where you can watch devoted volunteers work on the museum's next labor of love. Anchorage, +1 907 248 5325.

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