Alaska is simply an incredible state to visit and there is no other state quite like Alaska that for sure.
Alaska has some things that you just cannot find anywhere else. Since it’s located so far north, it has a unique environment that provides amazing views and unique ways to experience the great outdoors.
Take a peek below at the top 5 things to do and see in this amazing state!
1 | Northern Lights Alaska
Staying up all night long may seem crazy to do but the Northern Lights are worth staying up for. They can just take your breath away and you will get lost in its beauty. The lights are visible at the end of summer and into early fall, the best time to see them is from the end of September until mid-April between midnight and 4 am, depending on the season. There are plenty of places to see them, too, but some of the most reliable spots are Fairbanks and Anchorage. Even heading further north past the Artic circle to the Brooks Range can give you incredible views surrounded by snowcapped mountains. Just need the weather gods to give you a crisp clear night sky.
2| Denali National Park
Head about 3 hours south of Fairbanks and you will be at the entrance to one of the most amazing park. Welcome to Denali National Park. Once you get there, there are plenty of ways to explore the wilderness of this incredible park. You can take an ATV tour, go rafting, or use the park shuttle to get to many of the hiking trails throughout the park. Bringing a camera is must because Denali has some of the most breathtaking views in the country, including Mount McKinley or otherwise known as Denali. You will be able to see glacial rivers, and lots of wildlife like moose, wolves, and grizzly bears. This is their home so please respect it and give them their space. Looking for a winter trip to Denali National Park then consider joining a photography tour with Light Chasing Phototours!
3| Dog Sledding in Alaska
If you go to Alaska then you must do Dog sledding trip. It is one of the most unique ways to see Alaska. There are a lot of options available across the southeast, including Anchorage, Juneau, Denali, Girdwood, and Fairbanks. There are different types of experiences available, depending on the time of year. I have personally done this in the winter during our Northern Lights Workshop based in Fairbanks. Around the Fairbanks there are many choices to choose from. You can’t go wrong with any of them. I personally like Paws for Adventure
4 | Whale Watching
If you love the sea and wildlife from the sea, then Whale watching is a must for sure. There are plenty of places to spot whales along the coast of the state. So, depending on where you trip takes you along the coast make sure to look into the opportunities in the area when planning your trip. The best seat to be able to see whales will be directly to see them from a boat. There are plenty of tours offered at most coastal towns. Alaska is a popular spot for humpback whales, gray whales, killer whales, and beluga whale are common sights also. You never know you could even see dolphins out playing around the boats wake.
5| Exploring the Glaciers
Depending on where your travels plans take you there are a lots of opportunities to experience glaciers in Alaska. One of the best ways to get up close an personal is taking a cruise or kayak trip. If you really want to get a sense of scale of these glaciers then flightseeing tours are also available. Highly recommend this amazing experience for sure. You can also see many glaciers even from roadside tours. Going for an hike, ATVs, and even ice climbs for an extreme challenge. Some of the best known areas for viewing are Prince William Sound and the Kenai Fjords in the southeastern part of the state near Anchorage. There are many opportunities are scattered throughout the vast landscape of Alaska, so be sure to look for one that fits into your travel plans.