Amazing Alaska Places –
5 Things to Discover
A perfect destination for nature-lovers
Remote, pure and untamed are perhaps perfect to describe this almost entirely deserted region of our planet.
Alaska has never ceased to amaze and inspire any globetrotter who knows their way around a bucket-list, and as
such, the country is becoming an increasingly popular destination for adventure-seekers, nature-lovers and those
craving a refuge in the embrace of intact wilderness.
For first-time visitors of the far north, there are a few must-see stops to fill your itinerary. Let go of any
metropolis-related ideas and start preparing for barely inhabited, unbroken landscapes, and unique natural
The secluded capital of Juneau
Perhaps the strangest capital city a country could have, Juneau is located in the south of Alaska, and there are no roads whatsoever that can take
you to this stunning place, due to its rough surrounding terrain. You have two options – by air or sea, and both
are beautiful in their own way.
Immerse yourself in the local history by visiting the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, with exhibitions of Tlingit
heritage, the history of gold mining, as well as the stories of the region itself. Just on the west of the city,
Glacier Bay National Park is a sight for sore eyes with its majestic glaciers, where you can also spot whales
(orcas, humpback and minke), wolves, bears and other mountain mammals.
The Kenai Fjords National Park
Created to conserve the awe-inspiring fjords of the Kenai Peninsula, this national reserve is a unique
destination that allows you a glimpse into the unspoiled coastline life of the country. Tours of the area offer
some of the most memorable stops you could possibly imagine, including the scenery you can experience during
the Harding Icefield Trail. It’s an arduous journey only for the fittest and experienced
hikers among you.
You can even take part in kayaking around the fjords, accompanied by a local guide, and spend a night sleeping
in the park, in one of its three rustic cabins for $75 per night. The Exit Glacier is the only accessible one by
road, hence the only one with walks and tours for inexperienced hikers, still with the local ranger.
The magic of the Inside Passage
The southeast of Alaska hides one of its most precious gems where people from all over the world come solely for
its raw, scenic allure. If you’re eager to experience this rugged region, spending your Alaska holidays on a cruise ship roaming the fjords and nearby towns is the
best way to soak in this untamed wilderness. Among many incredible sights you’ll encounter, the Tongass National
Forest alone covers a staggering surface of 17 million acres, and is home to many endangered plant and animal
From enchanting waterfalls with emerald bushland all around, kayak-friendly spots only for the veterans, all the
way to breathtaking glaciers, mountains and ice fields, your cruise will mostly go by in pure landscapes of
The stunning Aurora
While it may not sound appealing to spend your entire winters completely in darkness, but these lasting nights
offer regular appearances of Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. If you are traveling with this
purpose in mind, Fairbanks is one of the most Aurora-friendly regions you can stay in.
From early autumn in September and all the way to April, after midnight Aurora watching is one of the favorite
activities visitors of the far north enjoy. To get the best sights of this incredible natural phenomenon, you can
join a tour and even take part in photography courses to commemorate this unique adventure.
Where Santa’s reindeer reside
When you’re in the land of sled-dogs, you might as well spend some time getting to know the home of Santa Claus
and his trusty reindeer! If you’re already staying in Fairbanks to see the Aurora, the Running Reindeer Ranch is conveniently located about half an hour from the town, and
it will awaken your inner child in a matter of moments.
This family-owned and operated ranch is home to many playful, friendly and well-cared for reindeer you can meet
and greet alongside Jane and her pooch Candy. The walks through the surrounding fairytale-like woods will take you
to an educational tour lasting over two hours at least, followed by home-made cookies and refreshments. This
particular experience is as dreamy as your Alaska trip can possibly get!
All photos on this page are courtesy of flickr.
Nicole is an avid traveler passionate about yoga and healthy living. She always seeks
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