One of the most beautiful places on earth is the state of Alaska. Although cold, the sites are simply stunning. Whether sightseeing through natural parks, looking for bear, camping, taking a tour, or just dining out, you will fall in love with the land and the people. If you have been thinking about a vacation and are not sure where to go, we recommend you consider a trip to the most stunning place – Alaska. To help you guide you on your adventure’ we’ve put together the top 6 must sees while visiting the great northwest.
Alaska Native Heritage Center – Anchorage
Alaska is steeped with various cultures and the native tradition. This center teaches about the timeless customs, practices, and arts of the 11 different cultural groups. This experience includes walking through native homes, watching ancient practices and performances, and being able to gain a better understanding about the importance of hunting and fishing in this vast land.
Iditarod Headquarters – Wasilla
If you have never had the opportunity to watch the Iditarod on television, it is quite the amazing adventure. At the Iditarod headquarters, you can learn about the history of this massive dog sled race and how this ancient tradition has evolved through the ages. Then on the first Saturday each March, the ceremonial start of the race occurs in Anchorage with the actual race starting in Wasilla the following day. Exciting and fun, this is truly an incredible, unique experience.
Alaska Sealife Center – Seward
From monetary settlements coming out of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, this center was created to help teach people about marine biology, seal life, and animal rehabilitation. This area of Alaska is mesmerizing, rich with an abundance of sea mammals, fish, and birds. Perfect for families, the Alaska Sealife Center offers hands-on exhibits while teaching about this state’s ecosystem. Known as one of the most intriguing places to visit, we highly recommend it.
Denali National Park
Denali, which translates to “The Great One”, is the native name for the highest peak in all of North America – Mount McKinley. This mountain range offers a number of peaks where all types of wildlife live to include bear, wolves, Dall sheep, wolves, and moose. If you enjoy the great outdoors, you can take a tour of the area or enjoy a day of hiking. Spread out over some six million acres, you will immediately fall in love with the natural beauty.
Glacier Bay – Southeast Alaska
At Glacier Bay, you will discover 13 tidewater glaciers. Although they are all spectacular, the three largest and most impressive include Margerie, Muir, and Johns Hopkins. Glaciers are located in the south half of the state, with many of those being accessible by foot or vehicle. For those harder to reach, you can enjoy magnificent views from airplane or boat. To see the largest concentration of calving glaciers in the state, you want to spend time at Prince William Sound.
One of the favorite things to do in Alaska is to look for bears. With grizzly, brown, and polar bears, the very sight of these incredible creatures is breathtaking. Of course, safety rules are important to follow but the best places to visit include the Anan Wildlife Observatory where black bear feed in the salmon stream and Pack Creek where brown bear live on the island. Additionally, Katmai National Park is an excellent adventure where from July to September, you can enjoy brown bear feeding off salmon runs and Kodiak Island, the famous place where the largest bear in the world is seen, the Kodiak brown bear.
There's more to the these adventurous lands then a glance can offer so we recommend you plan some time to explore all that Alaska has to offer.