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A fisherman casts his line into Prince William Sound along the breakwater in Whittier, Alaska. Halibut, salmon, shrimp and crab are all popular catches in the sound.
The Anchorage Museum is a glass-covered modern building in downtown Anchorage featuring anthropomorphic sculptures by Alaska artist Rachelle Dowdy near the entrance.
Pilot Richard Olmsted of Talkeetna Air Taxi flies a de Havilland Otter airplane through the Alaska Range on a flightseeing tour. The planes carry 11 passengers on tours around Denali, and also carry emergency supplies in case of bad weather.
A cormorant takes off from a rock in Resurrection Bay near Seward. Birds seen on tours of the bay include eagles, puffins and gulls.
The shadow of Olmsted’s de Havilland Otter airplane appears small over the massive glaciers of the Alaska Range. The planes are often used in Alaska because of their short takeoff and landing capabilities.
Sailboats take advantage of favorable weather conditions on Resurrection Bay. The bay is popular with cruise lines and passengers connecting with the Alaska Railroad.
The Alaska town of Whittier features small, quaint buildings housing knick-knack shops, restaurants and charter services for fishing or touring Prince William Sound.
“Little Switzerland” in the Alaska Range. The mountains in the range are popular with ice and rock climbers.
A keyhole arch is formed in a rock on Cape Resurrection at the southern end of Resurrection Bay. The bay was named by Russian trader Alexander Baranov, who took shelter in the bay during a storm.
Mount McKinley, aka Denali, rises above the clouds and the Tokositna Glacier in the Alaska Range. While clouds often obscure the views of the20,322-foot peak, a sunny day offers spectacular views of North America’s tallest peak.
A tourist enjoys a partly sunny day on a boat cruise of Resurrection Bay. Views from a tour of the bay off the Gulf of Alaska include glaciers, mountains and wildlife.
A tour group walks around on the Ruth Glacier after landing in the Alaska Range. The runway offers a stunning view of the Ruth Amphitheater at an elevation of 6,000 feet on the north end of the glacier.
Winner Creek flows through a lush coastal rainforest on a trail near Girdwood, Alaska. The temperate rainforest in the Chugach Mountains is the northernmost rainforest in the world.
Sea lions gather on a rock in Resurrection Bay near Seward, Alaska. Other sea life often seen on tours of the bay are harbor seals and Dall’s porpoise. While less frequent, additional impressive sightings include humpback whales and orcas.
A view of the valley from a trail at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska. The resort has hiking and biking trails available in the summer, and offers a gift shop and restaurant/bar at the top of the tram line.
Surrounding mountains cast shadows over the Ruth Gorge in the Alaska Range. The 40-mile-long glacier moves at a rate of more than 3 feet a day.
A braid of the Tokositna River is highlighted by the sun during a flight through the Alaska Range. Glaciers in the Alaska Range feed many rivers, which wind their way to the Gulf of Alaska from the southern mountains.
A tram car heads back to the lodge at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska. Although the ride is short, the breathtaking views from the top and the mountain-bike trail access is worth the pricey ticket.