No one can appreciate the beauty of the north until they visit: It's hard to imagine what it's like to cruise into Seward by boat, to hike through Denali National Park, or to stay up until midnight watching the sun set. Because Alaska is America's largest state, you won't see everything in one visit. Start in Anchorage and explore the ultra-modern museum at Rasmuson Center, then head to the secluded Kenai Fjords or magnificent Chugach National Forest. If there's time, swing down by Juneau or north to Fairbanks to hike atop a glacier, canoe along a misty river, or find a lodge and just relax.