If there's ever a time to visit Alaska, it's the summer -- your daylight hours are maximized (they don't end) and it's warm enough to appreciate the state's rugged beauty in parks like Denali. Plus there are some great Alaska cruise deals and vacation deals. From Denver, L.A., and San Francisco, you can fly to Anchorage and Fairbanks for prices starting at $179. Passengers continually rate Alaska Airlines as one of the most on-time airlines with the best customer service, according to a JD Powers survey. And if Ms. Palin is correct, you may even get a glimpse of Russia. More likely, you'll see some moose, eat some reindeer sausage and be dazzled by the site of Mt. McKinley, the highest point on the continent.
THE VALUE: The round-trip airfares are about 25% less than similar airfares on other airlines.
THE CATCH: We hear the mosquitos get pretty bad in the summer.
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