Spring is here which means the days are getting longer and the temperatures are rising. Julie Saupe, president and CEO of Visit Anchorage joined Daybreak to list some of her best bets for April to celebrate spring.

For fans of wildlife, the first species of whale to return for the spring are the gray whales. There are whale spotting cruises out of Whittier and Seward right now. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage has a large assortment of Alaska wildlife and is a treat for the whole family.

For those looking to cross items off from that bucket list, Saupe recommends flight-seeing. It's a great way to appreciate the scale of the Alaska landscape no matter if you're a visitor or a life-long Alaskan. You can book flights all over the state and take adventures like circling Denali or landing on a glacier to explore.

If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, the Anchorage Museum is always worth a visit. Starting May 1, the museum will be open seven days a week. It is home to great Alaska Native artwork and a great resource for knowledge of Alaskan history.

Tourist season is near -- the first cruise ship to Alaska will arrive at the end of April; the Ruby Princess will be in port in Juneau on April 30. Anchorage will also have a cruise ship called the Zaandam every two weeks starting on May 14.

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