Alaska is a big state that features bountiful amazing sights to behold. The uninhabited wilderness of the state can even overwhelm the comparatively small cities found therein. But because of its vast wilderness, there are various things that you can do and many sites that you can visit to enjoy its natural beauty. This article lists down some of the places you need to visit when in Alaska.
When you are in Alaska, make sure to visit Seward, which is a coastal town that is roughly 120 miles away from Anchorage Alaska. You can reach this town via vehicle or train, but you also have the option of riding a cruise ship. Since this is a coastal town, make sure to visit the Waterfront Park Beach located at the heart of the community. Visiting this beach is one of the best things to do in Seward Alaska because this is where you will find many places to eat, along with various campgrounds where you can breathe in the fresh ocean breeze.
You can also visit Lowell Point Beach in Seward, which is another popular destination in the town. Otherwise, you can consider exploring The Fourth of July Beach or take a hike in Mount Marathon. You can also follow the Two Lakes Trail or the Lost Lake Trail in case you are more into hiking. If you want to get educated, you can also visit the Alaska SeaLife Center in the town.
Denali National Park
When you are in Alaska, you will never run out of national parks to visit. One of the national parks that you should not miss is the Denali National Park, which is the third-largest in the United States. This national park encompasses North America’s highest mountain. It is home to grizzly bears and wolves, as well as reindeer and elk. There are also more than 167 species of birds recorded to inhabit the park.
Tracy Arm Fjord
Tracy Arm is one of the most popular destinations for cruise ships, as well as boat tours. Perhaps this can be attributed to the fact that the fjord is edged with glaciers and waterfalls tumble down sharp rock walls, creating a scenic setting. During the tours, seeing wildlife is common, regardless of whether you encounter a brown bear or a moose. There are also instances wherein whales and seals that inhabit the waters are sighted. Some other tourist favorites in this place include the Glacier Bay National Park, as well as the Prince William Sound which is near Anchorage.
A trip to Alaska is never complete without traveling through the Alaska Highway. This road stretches from Dawson Creek in British Columbia through the Yukon Territory. It was primarily built for military purposes way back in 1942 but since then, it has been one of the most important means of access to the Yukon Territory and southern Alaska. If you are keen on a road trip, then make sure to pass by the Alaska Highway because you will be able to pass by plenty of motels, shops, and gas stations that you can also explore.
University of Alaska Museum of the North
Aside from the diverse wildlife in Alaska that you can explore, there is also the option for you to visit the museums and educational centers in the state. For instance, in the University of Alaska Museum of the North, you will be able to discover over a million artifacts and natural history pieces that are made and used by some indigenous groups in the region. Even the building that houses the museum is worth your trip when you visit. The best part is that a visit to this museum is free for students and teachers, but tourists may be charged with a meager admission fee.
Finally, never leave Alaska without a visit to the Inside Passage. One of the most popular ways to reach this place is through a cruise ship or a charter boat. You can also reach this place by stopping off the highway at Haines, where you can enjoy the incredible scenery of glaciers, mountains, and ocean.
The places in Alaska listed above are only some of the sites that you need to include in your itinerary when you visit the state. There are various other places that you can consider exploring and for sure, you won’t run out of destinations in Alaska to put into your itinerary. The key is in ensuring that you enjoy every place that you see in the state and you make the most out of your visit.
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