reply to thegeek
Re: Funny I was thinking about taking a plane trip to Alaska, but I gotta see California first as I have never been anywhere except midwest and northeast (NYC, MA).
save yourself the trouble and skip california. you'll enjoy alaska much better. i suggest a cruise through the southeast and then camping and hiking in the interior.
Ca has beautiful wilderness too. And it has beaches.
But I will see someday Alaska and HI, the only two odd noncontonental states separated from mainland by water or another country.