The grizzly bears, mountain salmon and rugged wilderness of Alaska give Jeff Wise new respect for nature.
The USA's biggest state is also big on sights and price. But nowhere else in the world can you traverse such a dramatic coastline and witness orcas frolic in wild seas, boulders of glacial ice crash into the ocean below or breaching humpback whales in a single trip. Inland, its national parks have hungry brown bears catching salmon in river rapids. Alaska may be hard work, but it's rewarding.