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 wonders.
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
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 species.
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 tremendous beauty.
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
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
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
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Nicole is an avid traveler passionate about yoga and healthy living. She always seeks
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