Our Alaska Travel Guide
Alaska is one of the most beautiful and wild places on Earth. The clean, crisp air, the abundance of wildlife, and the friendly people make it a great destination for any traveler. Whether you are adventure seekers or simply one who enjoys the slow pace of life, Alaska is the total package and has so many major attractions.
Situated in the extreme northwest of the North American continent, Alaska is the largest peninsula in the Western Hemisphere. It borders the Canadian province of British Columbia, the Yukon territory, the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug of the Russian Federation, the Chukchi, Beaufort Seas of the Arctic Ocean, and the Pacific Ocean. Read our Alaska travel guide page to get some ideas on how you can travel to this beautiful state.
First a little history…
It is estimated that the first people arrived in Alaska 15,000 years ago via a land bridge from Asia. The state has a rich and proud history of indigenous peoples, because they have lived on the land and made it home since that time. Alaska officially became a state of the US on January 3, 1959, which increased the size of the United States by almost one-fifth. Still, Alaska has vast stretches of untapped land and undiscovered resources. In 1968 oil was discovered at Prudhoe Bay, and the development of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System was set in motion. Its completion in 1977 led to an oil boom for Alaska, which has funded the state budget.
Find your adventure! Organized by city name…
Denali National Park
Home to North America’s highest mountain, Denali National Park is the third largest National Park in the United States and one of the major attractions in Alaska. Denali is the traditional name of Mount McKinley, which is 20,320 feet tall. The park covers six million acres of land with some of the most breathtaking landscapes you will ever see. Here you will find everything from river valleys, and high alpine ranges, to glacier-draped mountains and tundra. The park is situated between Anchorage and Fairbanks and can be accessed easily by the Alaska Railroad.
Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords National park protects most of the Kenai Peninsula and offers some of the best sightseeing in Alaska. The park is ridden with fjords, glaciers, and miles of untouched coastline. In addition, the Kenai Fjords National Park protects a 700-square-mile Harding Icefield and beastly brown bears that feed on the fresh salmon. Unfortunately, most of the tourist spots inside the park can only be reached by hours of hiking; the only area accessible by vehicle is the Exit Glacier, where you can hike through several tries to get a closer view of the icefield and other attractions.
With around 300,000 residents and an area of 1,706 sq miles, Anchorage is the biggest city in Alaska and is often the starting point for most tourists flying into Alaska. Apart from being home to Anchorage International Airport, the city also has a wide range of top-notch hotels and restaurants, in addition, the Alaska Railroad headquarters is also located in Anchorage, providing visitors easy access to attractions all over the state of Alaska.
University of Alaska Museum of the North
Anyone interested in learning about Alaskan history and the different people that have called Alaska home over the years should visit the University of Alaska Museum of the North. It is situated in Fairbanks and houses over a million historical artifacts. In addition, indigenous groups’ ethnological items and fine arts collections are represented here. The museum also showcases archaeological finds from prehistoric cultures and several paleontology specimens.
Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park
Known for its fascinating wildlife and scenic views, Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park is tailor-made for those who want to glimpse native brown bears. Brown bears feed on fresh salmon, and spawning salmon travel the Brooks River in June and July, attracting the park’s largest mammals in significant numbers. Several elevated platforms around the falls allow visitors to view these majestic beasts from a safe distance.
Other notable places and attractions:
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
Alaska Native Heritage Center
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