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There is no other state quite like Alaska. Here you will see things that you just cannot find anywhere else. Because the state is located so far north, it has a unique environment that provides amazing views and unique ways to experience the great outdoors. Visit an isolated coastal town for a quiet getaway or stay in one of the few major cities to experience all the comforts of a five-star hotel with the mountains calling from right outside your window.

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1. See the Northern Lights

You have to be awake in the middle of the night to see them, but the Northern Lights are worth staying up for. While they are visible at the end of summer and into early fall, the best time to see them is from the end of September until mid-April between midnight and 4 am, depending on the season. There are plenty of places to see them, too, but some of the most reliable spots are Fairbanks and Anchorage. Wait until a clear night for best viewing.

Norther Lights Fairbanks Alaska Elizabeth M. Ruggiero / Getty Images
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