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Summering In Alaska Is A 'Thing' And Here's Why You Should Do It

04/24/2014 07:13 am ET | Updated Apr 25, 2014

Whenever Alaska is brought up in conversation, it's most likely linked with some Sarah Palin quip or a remark about how much your current city "feels like Alaska." Well, you might not know this, but it actually gets warm in Alaska. Yep -- WARM.

Sure, there might a little snow on the mountain caps, but just keep Alaska in mind the next time you're planning a summer getaway. Cruise ship prices are always reasonable and a great way to escape those big crowds in the Caribbean.

Check out the tiny towns (with awesome temps and cheesy headlines) that you should spend time in this summer:

1. Anchors away in Anchorage
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Earn all of the money back you spent on your Alaskan vacation by panning for gold in Alaska's biggest city. But with temperatures in the 60s, it's also awesome weather to catch some King Salmon or go "bear viewing."

2. Catch me if you Ketchikan
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Ketchikan is another major stop for Alaskan cruise lines and there's a definitely a reason why -- misty fjords and salmon runs. We're hooked -- line and sinker.

3. Go on a ferry in Fairbanks
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A typical Fairbanks summer day means temps hovering around the 70s, aka fantastic weather to check out the ginormous pansies and 50-pound cabbages over at the Georgeson Botanical Garden.

4. Take a sailboat out in Sitka
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Sitka is still a little chilly in the summer, but it's considered the most beautiful seaside town in Alaska (it was also made famous by The Proposal). Go in June to check out the Sitka Summer Music Festival where evening concerts are held overlooking the Sitka Sound.

5. Get jiggy with Juneau
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Mendenhall Glacier (pictured) is a must-see in Juneau. As one TripAdvisor user said, "Going to Juneau, and not going to the Mendenhall Glacier, is like going to Paris, and not going up the Eiffel Tower; It's synonymous with Juneau." Agreed!

6. Soar away to Skagway
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The Skagway Mushing Camp is probably one of the cutest things you can do in Alaska. After meeting the Alaskan Husky sled dogs and watching a "mushing" demonstration from 7-time Iditarod veteran Matt Hayashida, you can actually play with puppies... Need we say more?

  • 10 San Francisco, CA
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    San Francisco has been the setting of enough TV shows and films to get any kid a little excited at the first sight of a trolley car or The Painted Ladies, but that's not where the child-friendly fun will stop.
  • 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
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    It wouldn't be right to not mention the massive Mall of America in Minneapolis-St. Paul, but don't kid yourself. This northern city is full of nooks and crannies that can make visitors of any age a big fan.
  • 8 Chicago, IL
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    Spending a hot summer afternoon in Grant Park or making your way toward the Navy Pier Ferris wheel for a ride, Chicago's kid-friendliness knows no bounds.
  • 7 Boston, MA
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    Boston is a city rich in history and a prime location for a quick kid-friendly getaway. From spots like Copley Square to anywhere along the Charles River, a trip to Bean Town will certainly not disappoint.
  • 6 Portland, ME
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    The adventurous, outdoorsy kid in your life will love a stop in Portland, ME. There are plenty of opportunities to spend majority of your time outside, soaking in the tranquil scenery and gorgeous coastlines. Have no fear though, if the weather is bad, there are plenty of kid-friendly museums to fill your time.
  • 5 Washington, D.C.
    There will be no shortage of things to see in Washington, D.C. for everyone. The countless museums and monuments will make for the ultimate history lesson during the family vacay.
  • 4 New York, NY
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    The City That Never Sleeps just has to make the top 10 kid-friendly destinations. From a baseball game at Citi Field to the famous Dylan's Candy Shop, the kiddos in your world will be grinning from ear-to-ear during their stay in NYC.
  • 3 San Diego, CA
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    A destination that is actually pretty perfect any time of the year, San Diego is a pretty sweet spot for families who love a little fun in the sun and the water. Sea World, Coronado Beach... need we say more?
  • 2 San Antonio, TX
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    From Six Flags to the River Walk, San Antonio as the perfect combination of a little bit of history, some delicious food and a whole lot of southern charm.
  • 1 Orlando, FL
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    While Walt Disney World certainly helps to make Orlando, FL the most kid-friendly city in America, let's not forget the many, many other things that make this southern city so great.
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