Why not think about exploring the vast wilderness of Alaska for your next vacation? This family-friendly state has so much to offer explorers of all ages including stunning scenery, crystal waters including the Artic and Pacific Oceans and many fresh-water lakes, and an abundance of wildlife including polar and grizzly bears, moose, caribou, walrus, sheep, whales and bald eagles.
Some quick facts about the 49th state of the United States:
- It was purchased from the Russian Empire by the U.S. in March of 1867
- It became the 49th state of the U.S. in January of 1959.
- Its state motto is “North to the Future,” and its nicknames are "The Last Frontier" or "Land of the Midnight Sun" or "Seward's Icebox"
- Average daytime summer temperatures range from about 55 to 78 degrees F (13 to 26 degrees C); average daytime winter temperatures are about 5 to 30 degrees F (-15 to -1 degrees C).
- Not surprisingly, the official State Fish is the King Salmon.
- The State Sport is Dog Mushing.
- The State Dog is the Alaskan Malamute
There are several International Vacation Home Exchange www.ivhe.com properties in Alaska to choose from, each with a different style or vibe to suit your mood.
A cozy cabin in the woods for two (or three) will provide the traveler from the city with a true feeling of rustic, country living. Property #0762 is a unique 2-bedroom cabin that overlooks the water of Tongass Narrows and includes a hot tub!
A mountainside condo might be the perfect getaway for the skiers in the family. This property, #0538, offers two to three guests resort views and skiing, all while overlooking the Alyeska Resort Mountain
A Bed & Breakfast can be an ideal property for vacationing groups of extended friends and family. This property, #0761, the Black Bear Inn, offers views of the Tongass Narrows. The waterfront B&B has three bedrooms that sleep, respectively, two, two and four people. Each bedroom has a private bath.
How about vacationing on your own yacht? Property #0177 is a 40 foot (12 meter) motor yacht that can sleep four to six guests. Think of it as a “floating advanture” that has the ability to meander both salt and fresh waterways for activities such as fishing, crabbing, shrimping, sightseeing, hiking and more.
Be adventurous this year and book an IVHE vacation to Alaska!