Alaska is easily one of the prettiest and hardest states to visit. What makes it the Last Frontier is that the majority of the state is uninhabited and still essentially wild. Here are 6 Places Not to Miss in Alaska when you visit! This list is just what you need to get started planning the ultimate vacation for your family!
This list includes some of the most popular places to see in Alaska. It also includes a ton of great places that are lesser known. Whether you are looking for a place to take your family for vacation, or an exciting solo adventure, this list is a great place to begin.
Denali National Park
Denali National Park is where you can see the largest mountain in North America, Mt. McKinley. Denali is absolutely beautiful and a great place to see the tundra. If seeing Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Dahl Sheep, or Wolves are on your must-see list, this is the place for you!
Seward is a small coastal town on Resurrection Bay. It is where cruise ships dock and people rush off to visit the interior of Alaska. Don’t leave so fast! Go ice climbing at Exit Glacier or take a fishing charter out to catch salmon, halibut, or rockfish. Seward is also the perfect place to see Orcas, plus Blue, Grey and Humpback whales, not to mention sea lions, otters, and other marine mammals.
Talkeetna is teeny tiny town located between Anchorage and Denali National Park. It was the inspiration for the show Northern Exposure. You can go dog sledding, fishing, take a helicopter ride around Denali, or go on a river rafting trip. Talkeetna is also a great place to see the Northern Lights in the Winter.
Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau
In Southwestern Alaska are the island parts of the state, including the state capitol, Juneau. One of the prettiest and most accessible glaciers is Mendenhall Glacier. You can hike onto the glacier and even go dog sledding on the glacier with one of the local guide companies.
Homer is located on a spit, which is a rare piece of land that juts out into the water. It is a town known for its artistic community and free-spirited loving ways. The fishing is stellar in Homer and a great place to catch both halibut and salmon!
Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska and is home to great museums, local attractions, and nightlife. Hike up to Flat Top for the most amazing view of the city. Take in the sunset at Beluga Point and walk through Potter’s Marsh, both just 15 minutes from the city. Anchorage is a big city in the middle of the most amazing scenery!