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 sprawling natural reserve in southern Utah, known for crimson-colored 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. 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. 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.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is a southwest Utah nature preserve characterized by the Canyon’s steep red cliffs. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive cuts through its main section, leading to forest trails along the Virgin River. The river flows to the Emerald Pools, which have waterfalls and a garden. Also along the river is Zion Narrows wading hike. Zion is a great place to gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink and red that soar into a lovely blue sky. 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. A tram carries visitors 1,800 feet up Mount Roberts to an alpine area with hiking trails, wildflowers and views of Gastineau Channel. This is also the site of the Juneau Raptor Center which is dedicated to and features local birds.