“Alaska is for Beer Lovers” and that is a lesser known fact. While Alaska tourism is driven by individuals in search of soaring mountains, pristine waters, calving glaciers, and teaming wildlife including moose, bear and bald eagle, other visitors are on a quest for craft beer. Thirty years ago the Alaskan Craft Beer industry was non existent. Today Alaska boasts over 50 breweries scattered from Fairbanks to Anchorage down the panhandle to Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. Certainly a staggering area to explore as Alaska is over twice the size of Texas measuring better than 660,000 square miles with most towns only accessible by boat or plane. The Alaska Railroad provides service between Fairbanks and Anchorage and on to the ports of Whittier and Seward, beyond that exploration of the pan handle is best served via cruise ship.
This Emerald City may not be Oz but it’s pretty darn close for six months of the year. Seattle, located on the Puget Sound is surrounded by water, mountains and lush evergreen forests. Inside the city you’ll find an abundance of parks filled with trees and flowers making this urban space feel like a suburban utopia. From May to October you’ll find beautiful weather which contrasts the typically rainy winter months, so plan your visit accordingly.
It just doesn’t get any better than Boston! My favorite U.S. East Coast destination checks off all the boxes, it’s easy to navigate, has a major airport, has year round sports, has established beer culture, has diverse lodging options, and a wide selection of restaurants. The downtown area is walkable, with the top notch public transit that makes it easy to get from the city center to the burbs.