10 Best Places to Visit in Alaska

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Wrangell St. Elias National Park

This park is found in Alaska's interior. Surrounded by towering volcanoes, this area is volcanically active and allows for hiking and treckking. You can see what the mountains and some volcanoes look like as well.

Katmai National Park and Preserve

This national preserve is located within the state of Alaska. It covers 4,720 square miles and features 400 square miles of protected wilderness. You can take a tour of Halibut Cove, which is a type of community that is made up of a group of small rustic cabins. This area is home to an active volcano.

Denali National Park and Preserve

This national preserve showcases some of the most beautiful and picturesque mountains in the entire United States. As for the wildlife, you can spot caribou, moose, grizzly bear, and bald eagles.

Kenai Fjords National Park and Preserve

This national preserve is pretty poppular with most people because everyone loves giant waterfalls. The waterfall here is so large that it appears to be two separate waterfalls!

Chugach National Forest

The Chugach National Forest is an area that is approximately the size of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland combined.

Glacier Bay National Park

Anchorage

Alaska is on the Kenai Peninsula and is a great stop on your way to Denali. The state capital has a few museums, the best of which is the Rasmuson Center, which features Native American art and history.

Ketchikan

Glacier Bay National Park

If you’re courageous and love the feeling of adventure, Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska is an amazing place to visit. From the jagged mountains to glacier capped islands, it resembles a postcard from nature.

Glacier Bay was also a place where a religious experience took place on November 11, 1806, when Russian-American Company men reported their witnessing of an occurrence that resulted in their conversion to Christianity.

The park has a few must-see landmarks and is located approximately 2,000 miles from Anchorage.

If you think that visiting the park would be an easy task, you would be wrong. Some of the best and most convenient forms of transportation are walking and short helicopter rides.

The distance from the major entry point of Whittier to the biggest national park in Alaska, is 21 miles. The South Park entrance is approximately 25 miles from Whittier.

There are 65 miles of hiking trails in the park along with 13 lean-tos near the southern section of the park. The trails are named according to how difficult they are for hikers. The Angel Island Trail is one of the most moderate trails in the park.

This trail covers approximately 4.5 miles and takes approximately 3 hours to complete. The hiking is very scenic and gorgeous. It provides amazing views of the surrounding area.

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Juneau

Juneau is the capital of Alaska and the third largest city in the state. It was also the capital of Alaska until 1988. It’s located on Douglas Island in the central part of the state.

Juneau has the largest population of people with disabilities in Alaska, but also the 4th largest population. Alaska Natives make up over half of the population.

Juneau is a city for people who want to have fun. The city has a popular downtown, and there’s great boating, biking, hiking, shopping, and nightlife. It’s the perfect place to get away from the stress of city life.

Juneau is a great place to visit for the aurora borealis (also known as the northern lights) and the eagles.

Accommodations in Juneau

Juneau has great accommodations. The best include the Whittier Hotel and Mendenhall Glacier Inn. For a more affordable option, the University of Alaska Student Hotel is great for everyone except only very young children.

Budget travelers may want to try one of the many hostels in the area. The River City Hostel has a great location in downtown Juneau. The Alaskan Hostel in Juneau has a great location in downtown, and the Midnight Sun Hostel is located in beautiful college town, Fairbanks.

Mendenhall Glacier

Glaciers are massive rivers of ice that are extremely slow moving. Thousands of feet thick, they are carved into the land and slowly retreat.

You can easily drive through this coastal glacier without realizing its size. Take a few moments to soak in the amazing beauty. You will be able to hear the shattering of the ice as you drive through the huge ice chunks.

The surrounding land is blanketed in snow and ice, creating a perfect snowy environment. Remember to take your camera and enjoy this spectacular sight.

We recommend caution when driving on roads that have iced over. Do what you can to get an overview of the surroundings.

Kenai Fjords National Park

Extraterrestrial Visits and UFO sightings there have been reported on regular basis. Interesting facts about the area…

It is a must visit place for a lazy day vacation, a good office photo shoot, or for any picture you want to take with the scenic beauty found here.

Kenai Fjords National Park is a National Park of United States and it lies in Alaska. The park is part of the National Park System and provides an opportunity to explore the beautiful nature here and have a pic with free tourists.

The area is home to the Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. The area is open from summer to late August every year.

Katmai National Park

The first National Park in Alaska—established in 1918–is a hotspot for visitors each summer. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll find the park in an active volcanic region in the southwest region of the state.

The park contains a number of different volcanic attractions, such as the active volcano Mount Katmai, cinder cones and valleys of the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, and a variety of waterfalls, including a 72-foot waterfall known as the Valley of 10,000 Smokes.

You can even watch as the park staff sends live molten lava over the edge of the volcano and into the sea by putting it in a PVC pipe.

The park is famous for its summertime population of brown bears, as well as a variety of caribou, moose, wolves, wolverines, and foxes. For the former inhabitants of the park, like the brown bears and grizzlies that once roamed the area, you’ll find the animals and birds that would have been in the area during those times.

For instance, you can see the remains of the extinct Pleistocene Woolly Mammoth.

If you have a picture of a black and white gas station with wheels, that is actually a mammoth that was discovered in Alaska.

Denali National Park

& Preserve, Alaska Denali National Park in Alaska is a 2029 acre park. Its highest peak, Denali, is 20,310 ft. The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including brown bears, caribou, bald eagles, and even wolverines. There’s also a chance to see mountain goats, wolves, and moose.

There are two amazing trail systems for your enjoyment. Either choice will be thrilling as you hike through the Alaskan wilderness. The southern portion is called the Savage River Route, a 78 mile course that is accessed by five campgrounds. The other route is the Northern Route, a 130 mile trail that requires backcountry camping.

Denali National Park is famous for having stunning views of the mountain. You can view the mountain from the Mount Hunter Viewpoint, Raven’s Rest Lookout, and Avalanche Lake.