People frequently imagine Alaska as a cold, remote location, but the truth is that it is alive and bustling with activity. There are dozens of beaches, fjords, glaciers, geysers, and caves for every snow-covered mountain. There are bars, restaurants, shopping malls, museums, and movie theatres for every icy rock in the middle of nowhere. It’s important to understand that Alaska isn’t for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Let’s talk about some incredible Alaska activities!
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1. Museum of the North
If you’re unsure where to begin on your trip to Alaska, start with the Museum of the North. It is on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus and displays over 2,000 years of art, culture, history, flora, and fauna from the region. Among the displays are nature photographers, full-size bison mummies, and precious metals and mineral collections from the Klondike Gold Rush. There’s even a light and sound show that mimics the night sky’s aurora borealis! It’ll be an excellent way to begin your journey through this vast, beautiful, and mysterious landscape.
2. White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
A train ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad is one of the most exciting things to do in Alaska. Another appealing aspect of the train is its vintage design, which has not changed since the days of the Gold Rush. A train ride through the mountains with the spirit of a gold miner is one of the most memorable things to do in Alaska.
3. Denali National Park and Preserve
Denali National Park and Preserve, which spans more than six million acres, is one of Alaska’s most popular tourist destinations. Do you want to get out in nature? Hike, bike, camp, or climb among the towering trees and rushing rivers. There is plenty to see and do in Denali National Park and Preserve. You could spend your entire vacation here and still want to return!
4. Juneau Whale Watch
Juneau is one of Alaska’s most well-known cities, but its best attractions aren’t the downtown bars and clubs. That honour goes to the remote and rugged outlying ocean landscapes where you can go on a Juneau Whale Watch. The tours last 3 to 5 hours and involve climbing aboard a ship and sailing so far out on the water that you can’t even see the city. The captain usually turns off the engine so that the creatures become curious and swim right up to the starboard side. You can enjoy the experience on deck or in the warmth of a heated cabin.
5. Hubbard Glacier
The Hubbard Glacier, located in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, is more than seven miles long and sloughs off icebergs as tall as 10-story buildings. It’s a massive structure that juts out of the water like something both beautiful and terrifying. It’s so large, though, that you’ll see it for a long time before you reach it. The Hubbard Glacier is one of Alaska’s most well-known attractions. Book a tour to experience its grandeur for yourself!
6. Anchorage Market
The Anchorage Market, which straddles the line between “flea market” and “farmer’s market,” is a maze of food, florals, arts, crafts, and clothing. Its vendors rotate on a daily basis, so you might see 80 stalls one morning and 200 the next. It’s very easy to become disoriented, and you never know what’s around the next corner. The Anchorage Market, which runs from May to September, is a city institution as well as one of the most vibrant places to visit in Alaska.
7. Dr. Seuss House
Check out the Dr. Seuss House if you’re looking for unusual places to visit. It’s impossible to miss: its tallest tower stands 185 feet tall, and each of its floors is on top of the next in an odd, disjointed, and tumble-style stack. The Dr. Seuss House is unique in that it has nothing to do with Dr. Seuss at all. Its official name is the Goose Creek Tower, and it was for fun by a local. But, it’s easy to see why locals associate The Cat in the Hat with its colourful and whimsical architecture.
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