Alaska is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the United States. It’s also the country’s most largest and most sparsely populated state. So if you’re looking for an adventure with few tourist crowds (and don’t mind the cold weather), Alaska may be just what you’re looking for.
It’s known for its scenic beauty. And Alaska definitely isn’t lacking in breathtaking natural landscapes. Here you’ll find an array of terrain from mountains and forests to open spaces and glaciers. Alaska is also home to the vast Denali National Park. It’s here you’ll find North America’s highest peak: Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley).
Alaska is a prime outdoor destination. Visitors can enjoy hiking, kayaking, fishing, and exploring the great Alaskan frontiers. While the sights alone are sure to impress, here’s a look at a few places you can venture to make the most of your Alaska adventure…
DENALI NATIONAL PARK
It’s one of the largest parks in the United States. So there’s definitely plenty of exploring to do in Denali National Park. Here you’ll find North America’s tallest mountain. The 20,320 foot Denali is the highlight here, of course. But there are also plenty of other things to do here too.
The park is comprised of over six million acres of high alpine ranges, tundra, river valleys, and glaciers. Be on the lookout for some amazing wildlife as well. Grizzly bears, reindeer, elk, wolves, and more than 160 species of birds all call Denali National Park home.
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KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK
This national park offers up some of the most picturesque sights in Alaska. It’s a great place for sightseeing in general too. The Kenai Fjords National Park protects most of the coastline of the Kenai Peninsula. Located south of Anchorage, here you’ll find the amazing panoramic glaciers of the Harding Ice Field. The coastline is relatively uninhabited and also home to the huge brown bears that come to the area to feed on salmon.
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THE SCENIC ALASKA HIGHWAY
Those looking for a truly scenic drive should look no further than the Alaska Highway. There’s no better way to see the sprawling beauty of Alaska than by taking a road trip through some of the state’s most picturesque scenery.
The highway starts up in British Columbia, Canada and winds its way down through the Yukon Territory into Fairbanks (in the center of the state). The route was originally built for military purposes during WWII. Since then it’s an important connection for accessing the Yukon Territory and southern Alaska. Travelers will find motels, gas stations, and shops along the way. Those looking for a uniquely authentic way to see Alaska will love traveling along this scenic highway.
THE INSIDE PASSAGE
This southeastern part of Alaska offers some incredible scenic sights. One of the best ways to see this area is by boat. Private yachts and charter boats are usually available. The area is known for its beautiful mountains and glaciers.
Along the passage lies the Tongass National Forest. The seventeen million acre area includes islands, Glaciers, ice fields, mountains, and waterfalls. One of the largest US islands is also located here: Prince of Whales Island.
VIEW THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Alaska is one of the well-known destinations for Northern Lights viewings. Alaska sees some long and dark winters, making it the perfect venue for checking out this impressive phenomenon. The Northern Lights typically are best seen from September until mid-April. The Fairbanks area tends to see some of the better light shows. Many locations offer Northern Lights viewing tours as well.
TRACY ARM FJORD
It wouldn’t be a trip to Alaska without seeing glaciers. And the Tracy Arm Fjord is a prime location for glacier viewing. The fjord is edged with glaciers. It’s located within the boundaries of the Tongass National Park. It’s a popular destination for boat tours and cruise ships. Visitors will have plenty of great Alaskan scenery to behold along the way. Keep a lookout for wildlife sightings too. The area is known for its brown bears and moose on the land and whales and seals in the water.
GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK
If it’s more glaciers you’re looking for, look no further than Glacier Bay National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site is full of magnificent glaciers and snow-capped mountains. It’s a vast park (nearly 3.3 million acres) and offers some of the best glacier viewing in the state. Those travelers looking for a true taste of the Alaskan glacial wilderness are definitely in for a treat here. Don’t forget to keep a lookout for the present wildlife as well!
Alaska…the frozen frontier. It’s not a typical destination, nor one for the faint of heart. But it’s a great place to discover not only the beautiful and scenic scenery, but you’re inner adventurer as well.