Alaska’s been on my lifelong must-see list since long before the state took center stage in the current Presidential election.

Here are just a few reasons why:

5. Jaw-dropping, snow-capped scenery.
denali in alaska, the tallest mountain peak in the united states

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4. Haunting coastline.

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3. Cedar-planked wild salmon. ‘Nuff said.

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2. Killer wildlife.

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1. The Northern Lights, of course!

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Clearly, the state packs a powerful punch in terms of travel appeal.

So what could possibly throw me off?

Just one crazy lady: Sarah Palin.

As far as I can tell, the new Vice-Presidential candidate stands for guns, abstinence-only education (how’s that goin’ for ya?), overturning Roe v. Wade, hockey (okay, I’m with her on that one), drilling for oil in Alaska’s wilderness refuges – and, of course, being pretty.

Give that ex-beauty queen a new tiara and a sash: she takes the prize for Scariest Up-and-Coming Politician on the scene in ’08.

But I’d bet it’s how “2nd Amendment Barbie” pictures herself in her dreams…