Alaska, the largest state in the USA offers countless destinations to relax and enjoy in the stunning natural beauty, including overwhelming lakes, rugged coastline, perennial mountains, glaciers, wildlife and much more. But what to include in that perfect Alaska Itinerary? Apart from these beautiful attractions, the fantastic state of Alaska also provides the leisure of hiking, paddling, and fishing in the great outdoor places, especially in the national parks and other locations.
Here are some of the spectacular places to visit in Alaska.
1. Denali National Park
Denali National Park located in Alaska Interior is centered on 20,310-foot-high Denali peak. Covering an area of about 6 million acres, the park encompasses terrain of tundra, lush-green forests and glaciers. The park is also home to some of exotic wildlife species including grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou and Dall sheep. The park offers something to do all year around. Popular activities in summer include biking, backpacking, hiking and mountaineering. Wintertime activities includes dog-sledding, cross-country skiing, and snow machining.
2. Tracy Arm Fjord
Located about 70 miles to the north of Petersburg, Alaska, Tracy Arm, is a classic fjord, and a must-see vacation spot in Alaska. A “fjord” is a Nordic term meaning a narrow waterway surrounded by sharp cliffs. It is named after the Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Franklin Tracy. Attracting tourists from all over the world, this 27-mile-long Tracy Arm Fjord is an incredible natural gem.
3. Alaska Highway
The Alaska Highway is a 1,390-mile-long road stretching from Delta Junction. The road was originally built mostly by the US Army as a supply route during World War II in a time of eight months. It is also one of the favorite recreational route for travelers. The Highway features Motels, shops, and gas stations, lodging at an interval of every 30-50 miles more particularly in summer. Due to drastic weather conditions, only few shops are opened during winter season.
4. Inside Passage
The Inside Passage is a coastal route for ships and boats. It extends from southeastern Alaska in the United States to northwestern Washington state. It has an awesome scenic beauty of glaciers covered with majestic Western hemlock. Inside Passage is primarily a region of pristine water and forested islands. It offers beautiful scenery of glaciers, mountains, ocean, and is home to an abundance of wildlife. Also, The Inside Passage is a popular tourism destination among travellers that offers the opportunities for boating, camping and hiking.
5. Dalton Highway
The James W. Dalton Highway or “Dalton Highway” is a 414-mile road running through central and northern Alaska. It is one of only two roads in North America that crosses the Arctic Circle. The Dalton highway is one of the most isolated roads in the world in fact, it is said to be the loneliest road on the planet. The trip through this route is often called as “the ultimate road trip” by the travelers as it offers the views and experience of America’s Arctic, its wildlife, and landscape. However, one has to be very precautionary during the trip because it is the longest stretch of service less road in North America with no gas stations, restaurants, hotels, or any other basic services.
6. Iditarod National Historic Trail
The Iditarod National Historic Trail is Alaska’s sole National Historic Trail. This network of 2,300-mile winter trail is historically also known as the Seward-to-Nome Trail. This splendorous trail offers extensive landscapes that surrounds the entire route, and offers the beautiful views of mountains, glaciers, and wildlife. This America’s great trail hosts many popular winter races, one of them being annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The venue also hosts many majestic attractions including, The Nulato Hills and tundra along the Iditarod National Historic Trail.
7. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
Wrangell St. Elias is a vast national park located in Alaska. Encompassing an area of about13 million acres, the park is the largest national park in Alaska. Also, this protected area is included in an International Biosphere Reserve and is part of the Wrangell–St. Elias UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park features nine out of sixteen highest peaks in the United States and features the panoramic views of glaciers, lakes, and mountain streams, a rich variety of wildlife and other breathtaking views. It is offers superb county for climbers, walkers, and water sports activities.
8. Seward, Alaska
Seward is a majestic city located in the heart of Kenai Peninsula Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. The city hosts many splendorous attractions which attracts visitors from every corner of the globe. Some of the popular attractions include, Mt. Marathon, rising steeply behind the town, Kenai Fjords National Park, Resurrection Bay and much more.
9. Mendenhall Glacier
Mendenhall Glacier, one of the Grandest Attractions in Alaska is 13.6 miles long glacier located in the Mendenhall Valley. Just 12 miles from downtown Juneau in the southeastern area of the U.S. state of Alaska, the Mendenhall Glacier offers stunning views of a lakes, calving glacier and other speed bounding natural attractions. The center is open all year-round and receives more than five million visitors each year. Visitors can access the place through two entrances, one an upper entrance with a ramp and another lower entrance with elevators.
10. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is a national historical park located in the city of Skagway, Alaska. It is operated by the National Park Service and maintains lovely restored buildings in the Skagway historic district to commemorate the 1897-98 Gold Rush. It offers the best experience of hiking to the visitors with the 33-mile-long Chilkoot Trail, which begins at Taiya River Bridge and commemorates the path for the hikers. Visitors can also enjoy in exploring the on-site lovely museum and visitor center that features many great attractions for tourists.
This is our perfect Alaska Itinerary, including our favourite things to do in the American state! What is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!
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