Best Places to Visit in Alaska

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Last updated:
14.01.2022

There is a lot to consider when planning a trip to Alaska. In addition to its immense size, Alaska has numerous fascinating scenic attractions. Getting outside and hiking, kayaking, or fishing in the vast outdoors is a memorable way to experience this natural wonder, especially since many state and national parks are located here.

There are a lot of Alaska tourist attractions to choose from. By including the places that are both popular among tourists and residents, this list will help make it easy to decide where to go.

Denali National Park & Preserve

As Alaska's third-largest national park, Denali is located in the northern part of the state. Mount McKinley, commonly referred to as Denali, is one of the most exciting sights there. It is the highest mountain in North America, standing at 6,190 meters high.

Denali

Grizzly bears, wolves, reindeer, elk, and other animals call Denali home. This breathtaking park is midway between Anchorage and Fairbanks. There is only one road through the park, making it an ideal wilderness excursion. By visiting the park, you can admire the natural beauty as well as learn about Native American life and culture.

Kenai Fjords National Park

Located on the edge of the land where the ice age remains, the Kenai Peninsula is one of Alaska's most scenic regions. The Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords' crowning feature, is surrounded by more than 40 glaciers.

Kenai

These vast areas of ice are home to a variety of wildlife that live in the icy waters and lush forests around them. A monstrously large brown bear, the grizzly bear, also lives in the park, feeding on fat-rich salmon. Near the park's northern boundary, the Alaska Railroad and the Seward Highway end in Seward.

5 Quick Facts About Alaska

  • There are 3 million lakes in Alaska
  • More than 12,000 rivers flow through Alaska
  • The number of glaciers in Alaska is estimated at 100,000
  • There are more volcanoes in Alaska than any other state
  • A total of 54,563 kilometers of tidal shoreline are on the Alaskan coast

Anchorage

Despite not being Alaska's capital, Anchorage is the state's largest city. So visiting this city is an absolute must-see in Alaska. The region is known for its trails, wildlife, and glaciers, and it is also the heart of Alaska's culture. Anchorage is home to more musicians and artists than anywhere else in Alaska. Many wildlife species can be found here, including moose, brown and black bears, Dall sheep, and migratory birds.

Anchorage

Moose are fairly easy to see if you drive through any neighborhood on Anchorage's Hillside (the foothills of the Chugach Mountains). Additionally, there is the impressive Anchorage Museum, which is one of Alaska's top attractions.

Fairbanks

Fairbanks is very different from the other places in this region that are frequently visited by tourists. Pioneer Park is one of the best places to go in Alaska, where history is celebrated and preserved for future generations to enjoy. There are baseball/softball fields, a skate park, and a large playground, which is the city's largest and most feature-filled park.

Fairbanks

Aurora borealis, the midnight sun, sunrises, and sunsets are other top attractions in Fairbanks. Mid-September to late April is the best time to see the northern lights, with March being the peak month. Read more about the Northern Lights Trip and get ready for this magical experience.

Mendenhall Glacier

Alaska's Mendenhall Glacier is one of the most impressive sights in Alaska and one of the best places to visit in the state. It is located near Juneau, Alaska's capital. It stretches from Juneau Ice Field, its source, to Mendenhall Lake. Several icebergs are visible in the lake, and the water provides expansive views of the glacier.

Mendenhall Glacier

Seeing icy glaciers is not only a quintessential Alaskan experience but something every person should do at least once in their lifetime. Tourists can gaze upon beautiful ice scenes in a large number of glaciers, of which the most popular are Matanuska Glacier, Exit Glacier, Spencer Glacier, and Ruth Glacier.

In Fact
The U.S.'s northernmost, easternmost and westernmost points are in Alaska. It’s true! Point Barrow in the north and both the eastern and western points are in the Aleutian Chain. Pochnoi Point on Semisopochnoi Island in the Aleutians is considered the easternmost point and Amatignak Island is the westernmost point because it lies east of the 180-degree longitude.

Inside Passage

The Inside Passage is a popular Alaskan coastal cruise route with a treasure trove of wildlife and is a popular itinerary for oceangoing ships. Massive glaciers carved out this passage millions of years ago.

Inside Passage

It is now home to bald eagle habitats, sea lions, dolphins, and migrating whales. Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian totem poles can be seen here, as well as Russian churches and large forests.

Tracy Arm Fjord

Located approximately 50 miles southeast of Juneau, the Tracy Arm is named after Civil War general Benjamin Franklin Tracy. Tracey Arm stretches over 30 miles in length and almost a quarter is covered with ice.

Tracy Arm Fjord

It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many travelers to see the breathtaking scenery of this charming fjord. Tourists describe the glacial scenery as "incredible" and "breathtaking”, which just proves the fact that this place deserves to be on the list of Alaska top attractions.

It is impossible to find natural beauty like Alaska anywhere else in the world. It is no wonder that tourists choose Alaska tours and come from near and far just to experience this incredible state and its people. Alaska is the perfect place for those looking for a new and exciting experience.