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Wild, Wild


Wildlife Abound

The pristine wilderness of Alaska is, perhaps, the last vestige of thriving populations of North American wildlife. Where else can you see polar bears, bald eagles, blue and humpbacked whales, gray wolves, grizzly bears, orcas, lynx, moose, and hundreds of other rare and endangered species in their original and undisturbed natural habitats? Select from Alaska's best wildlife viewing operators to plan a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife adventure! Alaska’s wild lands are vast and finding wildlife often requires knowledge and preparation. The state’s wildlife viewing program can point out viewing opportunities throughout the state, help you learn about Alaska’s wildlife, and provide safety tips. Take a tip from Albert Einstein who said, “Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift,” and enjoy Alaska’s wildlife!

Outdoors Paradise

 (known locally as the Mat-Su or The Valley) is an area in South Central Alaska south of the Alaska Range about 35 miles (56 km) north of Anchorage, Alaska. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is often described as an area as large as West Virginia. The comparison is made to help visitors understand the vast magnitude of the borough. The valleys are shaped by three mountain ranges: the Alaska Range, the Talkeetna Mountains Matanuska-Susitna Valley and the Chugach Mountains. The Matanuska-Susitna Valley was carved by glaciers leaving thousands of lakes. The Mat-Su rivers and lakes are home to the spanning grounds of chinook, coho, sockeye, pink, and chum salmon. The area is home to 31 state parks and campgrounds From fishing to golfing, from flight seeing to rafting to skiing and snow-shoeing, you'll need several days to experience all of the adventure offered!

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