Alaska: The Last Frontier of Adventure

May7,2024
Alaska

Alyeska or Alaska is the biggest state in the U.S., located north of Canada. It is bigger than all 18 countries, with a population density of just 1.2 people per square mile and an area of nearly 665,384 square miles. The state still has the lowest population density in the union, and it used to have the lowest population for a while.

As well as the highest point in North America, This city has all ten of the highest mountains in the country. Russia and Asia are across the Bering Strait. Alyeska’s vast wilderness, spectacular landscapes, and spirit of adventure make it a once-in-a-lifetime destination for travelers.

Whether you are on a romantic vacation with your beloved, on a family trip, or on a solo trip, you will be amazed after visiting this city, as this destination has something for everyone. Read below to learn more about this spectacular city and places you can visit in Alaska. 

Places to Visit In Alaska

There are a lot of things to do and see in Alyeska (the great land), the biggest state in the country. It doesn’t matter if you’re an adventurer, nature lover, or just looking for a peaceful getaway; This city has something for everyone. Here are some of the places to visit in this beautiful city:

Juneau

In Alaska, Juneau is the only state capital without road access since it’s only reachable by plane or boat. Juneau is one of AS’s most beautiful cities and is a popular stop for cruise ships from late spring to early fall. The city’s waterfront is also home to many fishing boats and floatplanes. In the heart of town, you’ll find Mount Roberts, Mount Juneau, and the Gastineau Channel. You can also learn about its Native cultures and natural history at the Alaska State Museum in this part of Juneau.

Visit Denali National Park

Known for its majestic mountains, lush tundra, and abundant wildlife, Denali National Park is a nature lover’s paradise. Go hiking on the park’s renowned trails, see wildlife, or catch a glimpse of Mount Denali, North America’s highest peak. You can take a narrated or non-narrated bus tour from mid-May to mid-September, boarding at the park entrance or outside a nearby hotel. The scenic road goes almost 100 miles into the park, but buses can only go as far as mile 43 until at least 2024.

Kenai Peninsula

Kenai Peninsula is also known as “Alaska’s Playground”. It extends 150 miles southwest of the Chugach Mountains, south of Anchorage. There are a lot of outdoor adventures in this area, which is separated from the mainland by Cook Inlet on the west and Prince William Sound on the east. You can fish world-class, river raft, hike, bike, camp, view wildlife, take pictures, etc. There are 14 cities and towns on the peninsula, including Homer, Kenai, and Seward. The Alaska Railroad or Seward Highway are the most popular ways to get here.

Fairbanks

Fairbanks is one of the best places in the World to see the northern lights during the aurora borealis season between August 21 and April 21. There’s more to do in and around town than chase the dancing lights at night. Alaska’s interior makes Fairbanks a great year-round basecamp to explore the Arctic Circle to the north and Denali National Park to the south. From Fairbanks, you can drive, take a van, or take the Denali Star Train every morning during the summer to reach Denali.

Aurora Borealis

It’s no surprise that people come from all over the World to see the aurora borealis in Alaska during the aurora season between August and April. Fairbanks is a great place to watch the show because of its location, accessibility, lodging, dining, and other options. Additionally, many Northern Lights tours leave from here. The best places to see the lights are away from light pollution on a clear night – preferably in the interior or Arctic regions of the state.

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is one of the highlights of an Inside Passage cruise to Alaska. One of the World’s largest protected areas, the park covers 3.3 million acres of a 25 million-acre World Heritage Site.

There are rugged coastlines, deep fjords, majestic mountains, icy blue glaciers, and a verdant rainforest in this boundless landscape. Almost 20% of the park is water, so it’s also a marine sanctuary where humpback whales, orcas, harbor seals, and Steller sea lions live. 

Arctic Circle

Visitors to Fairbanks love driving the 198 miles of the Dalton Highway to cross the Arctic Circle on their own. This journey is only recommended if you’re an experienced driver and have a vehicle that can handle rugged terrain, remote wilderness, and gravel and dirt roads, especially in the winter.

Dalton Highway isn’t allowed for most rental cars. You can still rent from companies like Arctic Outfitters, Alaska 4×4 Rentals, Overlander, or Auto Rental. There’s no cellphone coverage or Wi-Fi on the Dalton Highway, so it may be best to let a tour operator handle the driving or flying.

Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city and most urban destination is nestled between the Chugach Mountains and the Cook Inlet. But it’s still close to wilderness areas and outdoor adventures. There are a lot of outdoor activities in the city, like road and mountain biking, hiking, running, and water sports. Besides 200 parks, there are 120 miles of paved trails in the city.

On a clear day, Kincaid Park’s 1,400 forested acres give you a good view of Mount Susitna over the inlet and spectacular sunsets. Chugach State Park, the fourth-largest state park in the U.S., is a wilderness area right next to Anchorage. Many trailheads are nearby, including one of the most popular hikes to Flattop Mountain.

Conclusion 

Alaska is a unique city to explore, offering you some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the World. With its large wildlife, unparalleled thrilling adventures, and rich history, it is a must-visit destination that should be on your bucket list. 

FAQs

Why is Alaska so famous?

Alaska is home to salmon, moose, caribou, bears, whales, bison, puffins, jellyfish, etc. There are glaciers and fjords, mountains, lakes, rivers, and waterways galore in this amazing city.

It is also famous for the Iditarod, gold mining, sourdough, the Alaska Railroad, aviation, Native heritage, homesteading, world-class fishing and seafood, outdoor adventures, fresh air, and a slower, more self-sufficient way of life.

Is it expensive to live in Alaska?

Cost of living is 30% higher than the national average. The cost of housing is 18% higher than the national average, while utilities are 46% higher.

Food and clothing are 28% more expensive than in the rest of the country, while groceries are 28% more expensive. Henceforth, it is expensive to live in this city. 

Can I visit Alaska in january?

Temperatures in this city range from 9°F (-13°C) to 22°F (-5°C) in January. About 60% of the days are clear, so you’ll be able to see the sun (only about 5-6 hours a day). If you’re looking for true winter weather, you can visit Alaska in January. 

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