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When you think of a sunny summer getaway, Alaska is probably not the first destination that comes to mind. However, summer is among the top times of year to visit the northernmost state, which receives more sunlight in the summer than any other state. Here are a few reasons why Alaska could be the destination that brightens your summer vacation.
Celebrate the Solstice
Alaska is often referred to as the “land of the midnight sun.” Around the summer solstice (June 21), parts of Alaska receive up to 24 hours of daylight. One of the best ways to witness this spectacle is on a cruise, where the unending light can illuminate the breathtaking sights of glaciers, marine wildlife and charming towns. You can also head to the city of Fairbanks to celebrate at the Midnight Sun Festival, a 12-hour street fair and Alaska’s largest single-day event. To experience even more of the state at its peak, consider going the distance with a tour by train.
Get the ‘Inside’ Scoop
If you can’t make it in time for solstice festivities, there are still plenty of ways to take advantage of the extended daylight. Consider sailing through Alaska’s famous Inside Passage, which was forged by glaciers millions of years ago and boasts wildlife-filled fjords and pristine island scenery. These sights are a must-see, particularly in the summer as Alaska transforms to a lush green landscape under the warmer temperatures and extra sunlight.
Take in the Great Outdoors
With the sun shining all day, average temperatures stay between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, which is perfect to take advantage of Alaska’s many outdoor activities. The remote Glacier Bay National Park provides the perfect setting for outdoor adventures including sea kayaking, backpacking, rafting, climbing and much more. And since there will be twice as many hours of daylight, don’t forget to pack sunscreen and keep your skin protected.
No matter where you choose to travel this summer – or how much daylight reaches your destination! – remember to look on the bright side with AARP membership discounts.
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