I'd love to visit alaska. I'm sure you natives would love to keep me out. I understand. We've been trying to keep the damn yankees out of Alabama to no avail. I'm a hunter/fisherman/hiker/camper/photographer so alaska holds a lot of interest for me.
I have lived a few places and Alaska is very unique. I was lucky to have a job that relocated me there for several years. I love the Kenai peninsula! There is awesome fishing everywhere, catching a big halibut or salmon is fun whether you call yourself a fisherman or not. Moose walking around downtown Anchorage.
My favorite time of year is late Summer, early Fall when the tourists and the mosquitoes aren't as thick, and the leaves are changing.
I drove the Alcan highway and if you drive up, there is some spectacular scenery on the way too.
Why visit Alaska? The highest mountain in the United States. It is the only place in the United States that you can drive north of the the Arctic Circle. The expanse of the state is something you will not experience anywhere else. You top out on a mountain as you drive from Anchorage to Fairbanks and can see so far your camera can't even get the entire vision that you see. The wildness of it all.
Drive from Anchorage to Fairbanks on stop on the way to check out Talkeetna and have a burger and beer both made at the Denali Brewing Company. Stop at the Talkeetna lodge and get a picture of Mt McKinley from their back deck. Continue on to Denali National Park, more scenery and more pictures. Continue to Fairbanks. . Visit Fairbanks for a day and then drive north on the haul road (Dalton Highway) it is the same road shown on the tv show Ice Road Truckers. Drive up the haul road until you each the Arctic Circle more pictures along the way of the oil pipeline. Return to Fairbanks. Then head south to Anchorage through North Pole, Delta Junction and down south through Glen Allen over towards Palmer past Matanuska Glacier and others along the way. Drop down to the river and pay the admission to hike to Matanuska Glacier, then when you get done hiking return to the road and swing in to The Long Rifle Lodge for lunch and an amazing view of the glacier. Then on to anchorage.
Then head south towards Seward and Homer to check out the Kenai Peninsula.
If you don't make it to any other state you should hit Alaska and make the loop as I mentioned, in June. The sun will be up most of the night and the scenery is something that will stick with you the rest of your life.
This is will be my first summer vacation plan for next year!