Seeing Alaska by sea has its advantages, including bird’s-eye views of wildlife and glaciers; Rosemary McClure; LA Times


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The word “epic” doesn’t do Alaska justice. It’s America’s wild playground, with parks that are bigger than many U.S states. Its scenery is dramatic, its wildlife so plentiful that animals outnumber people.

Alaska ranks as a top bucket-list choice for many travelers, but if it’s on your “must” slate, you face a choice: by land or by sea?

Mark McConnell, an Anaheim financial planner, did both. He got his feet wet, so to speak, by sailing through the Inside Passage on Norwegian Cruise Line.

He then took a 10,000-mile van trip that included the Alaska Highway, a 1,387-mile stretch of road that was built during World War II to connect Alaska with the contiguous United States. (It also includes parts of Canada and is often called the AlCan Highway.)

“The scenery in Alaska is awesome,” McConnell said.

 

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