“Everyone is going to Alaska this summer,” declares the woman sitting next to me on a flight from San Francisco to Anchorage. “When I told friends we were going, so many of them said, ‘So are we!'”
Because Alaska’s such a huge state, you can easily escape to a place where you’re the only one along a secluded beach or wilderness trail, with plenty of empty, wide-open spaces to explore. Places like the Matanuska Valley with its namesake glacier and the Knik River Valley in the Chugach mountains that offer the full-on Alaska outdoor adventure experience with a huge dose of solitude.