Alaska is essentially a part of every adventure seeker’s idea of heaven. This rugged state boasts of wide expanses of pristine wilderness, ancient glaciers, noble peaks, and miles upon miles of breathtaking shorelines teeming with beauty and life.
Aside from its rugged face, Alaska also has a fun and interesting side: it has America’s first museum for hammers, state laws that focus on moose, and record-breaking agricultural produce — such as a 138-pound cabbage and hefty 35-pound broccoli.
But, humongous vegetables and moose-focused legislations aside, The Last Frontier is, first and foremost, a remote destination that promises a million ways to experience adventure. If you’re heading out to this vast state any time soon for a weekend getaway or a long-awaited vacation, then you’d better have your pen and paper ready to include these exciting things to do in Alaska:
- Head over to the Denali National Park. Denali National Park is Alaska’s premier National Park where Mount Denali, formerly Mount McKinley, is located. It is excellently preserved and guarantees visitors lots of chances to eyeball caribous, moose, and wolves. Denali Nation Park is open for tourists all-year-round, so there is no way you couldn’t visit the location (notwithstanding the current COVID-19 restrictions).
- Go fishing for some Alaskan salmon. Alaska’s rivers and saltwater lakes are home to various species of tasty, wild salmon that best epitomize the region: an eclectic mix of wilderness and flavorful beauty and character. When you visit Alaska for a vacation or weekend trip, don’t miss out on the many guided saltwater fishing trips that local tour operators offer for reasonable rates, including board and lodging. Your fishing adventure will not only let you catch some mean salmon but also allow you to bask in the untamed beauty of the Alaskan countryside.
- Be mesmerized by the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights are one of the earth’s most stunning natural phenomena and one that you should not miss when coming to Alaska. The best months to come to the state for a spectacular Northern Lights experience are between October to March. Be sure to go as far up north as possible as the views are more stunning there.
- See Alaska from above. If you want to have even the most remote visual idea of how vast Alaska is, then seeing it from above is the best way to do it. Local flight operators would be ready to take you to the skies and fly over ice-covered mountains and glacial formations spanning miles upon miles. A single ‘flightseeing trip’ will surely leave you breathless and in awe of just how big Alaska truly is.
- Get up close and (almost) personal with Alaskan wildlife. There is no better way to have a glimpse of Alaska’s wild side than to come face to face with a large Alaskan bear. Well, not really face to face but from a safe-enough distance. Alaskan bears are a hardy animal species that have survived in such an unforgiving landscape for centuries, so they perfectly symbolize Alaska’s people’s resilience.
- Take a trip inside the Mendenhall Ice Caves. If you want to spend a few minutes or hours in an otherworldly destination, then the Mendenhall Ice Caves should form part of your bucket list. This unique place gives one a clear look into the water cycle and a world that only a handful of lucky people would get to see at least once in their lifetimes. The Mendenhall Ice Caves are part of the Mendenhall Glacier that is 12 miles long. The place is one the best spots to head to if you want to gain a visual clue of the real effects of climate change since the glacier has been rapidly melting due to the earth’s increasingly warming climate.
- Go on a half-day Klondike experience. If you’re someone who wants to do a lot of activities on one go, then be sure to sign up for a half-day Klondike experience. This will take you to remote sites where you can do rock climbing, ziplining, and rappelling. You’ll surely leave Alaska with a big smile, having experienced quite a thrill.
- Hop into a cruise ship/boat. If you happen to love the views from a boat or ship, then an Alaskan cruise experience should be something you must not pass on. There are numerous tour operators that offer competitively-priced cruise packages that take guests to gorgeous sounds, stunning fjords and glaciers, and a chance to watch whales in their playful mood.
Alaska, truly, is a must-visit region for those who love nature, adventure, and the chance to revel in the many wonders of the earth. With these suggestions, your Alaskan vacation would be one for the books.