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Friday, February 1, 2013

Nestled in between serene lakes and rivers, glaciers, and towering mountains, Alaska gives traveler’s endless picture-perfect photos of the splendor of nature. You can see bald eagles, grizzly bears, and wolves in their undisturbed natural habitats. Take a floatplane or glacier cruise to view orcas and humpback whales and behold Alaska’s immense beauty (Alaska is the largest U.S. state).

Granville House Bed & Breakfast, Vancouver, BCGranville House Bed & Breakfast, Vancouver, BC

If your road trip adventures lead you up north, point your steering wheel towards Haines Highway, one of the most spectacular drives in North America. This byway connects Haines, AK, in the United States with Haines Junction, Yukon, Canada and passes through British Columbia. While you’re admiring the impressive mountain peaks, get your camera ready because you’ll probably see a majestic bald eagle soaring through the sky. Haines Highway runs through the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve along the Chilkat River, the year-round home to more than 300 bald eagles.

Surrounded by so much magnificent scenery and wildlife, you might feel as though you’re in the middle of nowhere. But the Vancouver Coast Mountains British Columbia Region has plenty of local town events with fun-filled activities to enjoy. Visit Vancouver, BC, during the 51st Annual Vancouver International Boat Show, which is being held from February 6-10. Visitors can enjoy free boat rides and board some of the largest yachts featured at the show. If you’d rather stay on land and celebrate new beginnings, join the revelry at the Chinese New Year Parade (Year of the Snake) on February 10 in Vancouver. After a full day of activity, unwind in front of the fireplace at the Granville House Bed & Breakfast before you adjourn to your luxurious suite for a peaceful nights rest.

Dale and Jo View Suites, Fairbanks, AKDale and Jo View Suites, Fairbanks, AK

Alaska’s frigid temperatures create the ideal environment for the 2013 World Ice Art Championships taking place in Fairbanks, AK (The Ice Capitol of the World). From February 26 – March 31, watch real artists transform blocks of ice into amazing ice sculptures. The competitions, and the bonus kids’ park with ice-skating and enormous slides, attract more than 100 ice artists and approximately 45,000 visitors from Alaska and all over the world. After watching the competitions, take a short drive to Dale and Jo View Suites. Not only will you enjoy spectacular, panoramic views of the Alaska Range from your suite, but also glimpses of the wondrous Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights).

If you’re looking for ideas for your next road trip, stop by our “Road Trip, Anyone?” Pinterest board. You’ll find great suggestions for noteworthy and never boring byways to travel. Make sure to check back because we have one more road trip to go!

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