Over 2.2 million people visit Alaska, America’s 49th (and largest) state, each year. Are you one of them? Well, if you haven’t checked out Alaska yet, it may be time.
The Natural Sights
There are so many beautiful natural attractions, and National Parks, in Alaska. If you pick the right time of year, the Northern Lights (the Aurora Borealis), can be seen clearly from parts of the state.
If you want to take a look at one of the coolest mountains in the world, you’ll definitely want to head to Denali National Park and Preserve to look at Denali, also one of the tallest mountains in the world.
Go On A Tour
There are lots of tours that go around Alaska, so you can explore more than just one city. You could also try out a cruise to see even more. Alaska is one of the most cruised parts of the world. Check out this post to learn more.
Alaska may not be the first place on your list when it comes to cuisine, but there are actually amazing food options up north, especially seafood, not least, and unsurprisingly the many, very fresh varieties of salmon. But you’ll have to fight bears, hand to hand, to get some! Haha, just kidding. You don’t have to fight bears to eat great salmon in Alaska.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are available throughout the state. You won’t want to miss any of the delicious berries or berry-themed desserts that are found in Alaska. If you’re a big meat eater, you can sample delicacies like reindeer, moose, or deer. Not everyone’s cup of tea, maybe, but, you know, when in Rome…
Explore The Great Outdoors
You’d probably guess that Alaska offers some fabulous outdoor activities. Skiing and snowboarding abound. Try out snowshoeing or cross-country skiing if you’re looking for something a little less strenuous and, if you’re a beginner, less nerve-racking. Hike one of the trails in any of the national parks. Go camping for a full-on, immersive in unspoiled nature experience.
Learn About Indigenous Cultures
Alaska has a huge indigenous population, so you may be interested in learning more about their culture and history in the region.
If you plan to visit Anchorage, be sure to check out the Alaska Native Heritage Center. In Kodiak, take a look at the Alutiiq Museum. If you’ve visiting Fairbanks, head over to the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Any of these museums are a great resource for learning about Native American history and issues that affect them to this day.
So, er, what are you waiting for?