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Must-see destinations in Alaska
If you're willing to make the trek, exploring Alaska by vehicle can be a great way to see the region's amazing arctic wildernesses. As the largest state in the nation, there's virtually no limit to the memorable experiences and discoveries you can make in America's great white north. Just be careful to abide by all car safety tips when venturing into this winter wonderland. Here are some car travel tips on Alaska's must-see destinations.
Billed as the "Last Great Race on Earth," the Iditarod is the sled-dog equivalent of the Indy 500. According to Iditarod.com, the race course stretches from the southern city of Anchorage to Nome on the coast of the Bering Sea. In total, the snow-covered track spans about 1150 miles, a feat which teams of 12 to 16 sled dogs and the musher must complete in somewhere between 10 to 17 days.
Denali National Park
This national park features about six million acres of wilderness located in the heart of Alaska, reports the National Park Service. Visitors can take in all sorts of wildlife, ranging from grizzly bears to moose. The park is also the location of America's tallest peak, Mt. McKinley, at 20,320 feet high.
One of the state's most popular destinations, Portage Glacier is a part of the Chugach National Forest. The glacier has begun to recede in recent years, leaving behind the massive Portage Lake, according to TravelAlaska.com. However, visitors can still embark on cruises around the area to gain a firsthand view of this spectacular natural formation.