Twice the size of Texas, covering roughly 660,000 square miles, it is America’s largest state. Alaska is famous for its rugged people and its vast expanses of wilderness. The natural attractions in this state are staggering.Â From Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park in the interior, to the salmon catching brown bears of Alaska’s Katmai National Park, “wild” is the best word to describe this incredible destination. Alaska is one of the United States’ last unspoiled wildernesses.Â Before modern times, tourism in AlaskaÂ was nearly impossible. It’s harsh climate and remoteness kept travelers at bay until the beginning of the 20th century when pioneers first began offering steamship excursions to Alaska.Â Today, much of the travel is conducted through commercial and private air charters since roads are long, few and far between.