Some of the greatest adventures and most picturesque sights can be found within national borders. Women Traveling the World offers two different domestic vacations: our Alaska Cruise and Our Utah National Parks Tour. In this blog post, we explore different attractions and sights germane to both Utah and Alaska.
Bryce Canyon National Park is a famous natural reserve in southern Utah, known for red hoodoos, which are spire-shaped rock formations. The park’s main road leads past the Bryce Amphitheater, a rock-filled depression lying below the Rim Trail hiking path. It has overlooks at Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. The best viewing times for these points are around sunup and sundown. You can Bike it, hike it, snowshoe or ride a horse. If you don’t want to park, hop on the shuttle and people-watch between viewpoints. Take a bunch of pictures and let the giant yellow-pink behemoths haunt your dreams. Bryce Canyon is one of Utah’s central jewels- a year-round national park that’s comfortable all summer and where snowy hoodoos make for gorgeous cross-country skiing winter to spring.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is a southwest Utah nature preserve characterized by the Canyon’s steep red cliffs. A scenic drive cuts through the middle, leading to forest trails along the Virgin River which flows to emerald pools which boast waterfalls and a garden. Also along the river is Zion Narrows wading hike. Zion is a great place to gaze up at the stars and all the colors of the nature surrounding you. As well, Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present adventures.
Shaped by massive glaciers millions of years ago, Alaska’s Inside Passage boasts fjords and lush island scenery- a habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoises and whales. Its mountains are covered with majestic forests. Inside Passage Alaska is home to Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Indians whose history is reflected in nearby totem poles. Russian settlers left a legacy of onion-domed churches. The Inside Passage is comprised of sub-regions, including: Glacier Bay Area, Northern Region and Southern Region.
Juneau, Alaska’s remote capital, sits in the state’s panhandle, at the base of the 3,819-ft. Mount Roberts. It’s a popular cruise-ship stop, reachable only by boat or seaplane. One of its most famous features is the aforementioned Mount Roberts, which you can visit via tram. You will be transported to an area with wildflowers, trails and amazing views. Juneau Raptor Center is here, which is dedicated to and features local birds.