Alaska is overwhelmingly big and beautiful. It consists of vast uninhabited land with relatively small towns and cities. There are different types of urban centers, like Juneau, a state capital with no road access, and Anchorage, which is commercial-minded. There are endless outdoor activities you can do, including hiking, fishing, paddling, among others, especially since the state hosts some of the largest national parks in the country. Here are a few amazing places you must visit in Alaska.
Denali National Park
The national park is one of the largest in the United States. It hosts Denali, also called Mount McKinley, which is the highest mountain in North America. The name of the mountain has been a subject of disagreement among locals for a while. The park is six million acres with spectacular sceneries of high alpine ranges, wide river valleys, tundra, and glacier-draped mountains. If the weather is favorable, views of Denali can be visible from the park. Only one road is used to access the park, and a few buses can go beyond the Savage River if the park allows. The Denali National park hosts a variety of wild animals, including wolves, elk, grizzly bears, reindeer, and other animals. Additionally, the park is also home to more than 167 species of birds.
Tracy Arm Fjord
Tracy Arm is found in the south of Juneau. It is a perfect destination for people who love boat and ship tours. A fjord full of several glaciers, the location has several waterfalls that tumble down the walls of spectacular rock formations and glaciers calve that create icebergs. There are several wild animals in the area. It is common to see whales and seals in the waters, and moose and brown bear on land. Other glacier viewing locations in Alaska include Prince William Sound, areas northwest of Juneau and Glacier Bay National Park.
University of Alaska Museum of the North
The museum is located in Fairbanks and houses over one million natural history pieces and historical artifacts. The collections focus on Alaskan art, archeological discoveries of birds, prehistoric cultures, and paleontology specimens. The building was designed by Joan Soranno to resemble the magnificent Alaskan landscape. The museum is open to all visitors at their own pace.
The Dalton Highway
The Dalton Highway is accessible from either Anchorage or Fairbanks and stretches over 400 miles into the Alaskan North. There are spectacular sceneries along the lonely road for well-prepared sightseers. The road is remote and rugged with gates of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and The Arctic National Park lining the roadside. Tourists can use personal cars, buses, or planes from Fairbank or Anchorage to experience the Arctic Circle.
The Alaska Heritage Center
There are 11 cultural groups in Alaska. This heritage center, which is located in Anchorage, preserves the traditions and values of the ethnic tribes. It facilitates the interaction of different people with Alaskan music and art. Visitors also get to explore Lake Tiulana that is surrounded by the homes of Alaskan natives.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Reserve
The park hosts nine out of 16 highest peaks in the US. One of the most magnificent parks in the state, Wrangell-St. Elias provides the best conditions for walkers, water sports lovers, and mountain climbers. It has several lakes, glaciers, and mountain streams. Additionally, it is a habitat for a variety of wildlife.
This is one of the most popular destinations in Alaska. The most convenient way to visit is by charter boats, cruise ships, or personal yachts. You could also catch a glimpse of the eye-catching scenery at the Haines, Hyde, or Skagway highways. Located in the southeast of Alaska, visitors can enjoy the spectacular land formations, mountains, glaciers, and ocean. Wildlife is also abundant in the area. Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Haida native tribes also inhibit the area. Along the passage, you will see Tongass Forest that covers almost 17 million acres.