10 Exciting Things to Do in Alaska

If you’re looking for a cool place to relax in the wilderness, consider the 49th state in the United States. Alaska has the potential to be both beautiful and inspiring. Here are 10 awesome things to do in Alaska to help you plan your Alaskan itinerary.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center

the alaska native heritage center

Anchorage is home to the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Here you can read about the state’s 213 indigenous tribes’ modern and traditional ways of life. Discover over 10,000 years of culture and history, including art, dancing, and Native American games. There are also full-scale traditional houses to see.

The Arctic Circle

arctic circle

You have earned the right to brag if you travel to the Arctic Circle. (If you’re in a tour group, they actually give you a certificate!) Throughout the year, tour firms offer one-day and multi-day journeys to passengers. A flight to Coldfoot camp, hidden in the Brooks Mountain Range, and a drive to Fairbanks are the first stops on your journey. The Trans Alaska Pipeline, distant communities, the huge Yukon River, and the Arctic Circle sign are all included.

Explore Anchorage


Too many visitors just fly into and out of Anchorage. They rent a car and proceed south to the beautiful Kenai Peninsula or north to Denali. Veteran tourists, on the other hand, can attest to the fact that Anchorage is home to half of Alaska’s population. Explore the Anchorage Museum, go hiking in adjacent Chugach State Park, go bicycling on the municipal trails, dine at outstanding restaurants, and go king salmon fishing in Ship Creek, an urban fishery.

Watch the whales

whales alaska

You can view a variety of whale species migrate to Alaska’s coastal waters to feed if you visit during the summer. Gray whales arrive in the middle of April, followed by orcas in May, and humpback whales in June. From April to September, whale viewing tours are available in Juneau and Seward. Professional narration is said to be included in all of them, and several of the lengthier excursions include lunches and even drinks.

In Kenai Fjords National Park, try kayaking

kenai fjords national park

It can be a fantastic sensation to navigate a tandem kayak over bobbing chunks and pieces of sparkling glacial ice. In the summer, join a guided two-part, three-hour adventure out of Seward, Alaska, not far from a rarely visited, calving glacier. This tour begins with a private charter tour of Resurrection Bay, where you may see bald eagles, humpback whales, orca, otters, and sea lions.

Take a train ride into the Alaskan wilderness

alaska train

Relax and take in the beauty as you ride the Alaska Railroad. From Seward, travel to Fairbanks. Stops in Talkeetna, Anchorage, and, of course, Denali National Park are all highlights.

The famous second-level outdoor observation platform provides excellent views of the distinctive shoreline. Enjoy the scenery, which includes ice, snow-capped mountains, deep, beautiful canyons, and wildlife. The entire journey will be narrated by trained tour guides.

The Northern Lights In Fairbanks

the northern lights in fairbanks

The well-known Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, is an astonishing natural light show near to the Arctic Circle, as previously reported. From August through May, the Northern Lights are the most visible in Alaska. Between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., they grow much more intense. While experts warn that they are very unpredictable, Fairbanks sees over 200 light shows each year. Join a professional northern lights hunting group on a tour.

Visit the Wilderness In McCarthy

location: wrangell st. elias national park, mccarthy

McCarthy is one of America’s most distinctive villages, located in the middle of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. It’s a small, abandoned mountain boomtown with a population of less than 24 people. It’s an excellent base from which to explore the near-pristine wilderness that surrounds it. Hike through the alpine mountain ranges, view Root Glacier, or go whitewater rafting!

Observe brown bears in their natural habitat

brown bears

In Katmai National Park and Preserve, you’ll find the world’s largest density of brown bears. During the summer, you can see them in the rushing river, scooping upstream-swimming salmon with their claws or even grabbing them mid-air with their strong teeth as the salmon try to jump over a small but furious waterfall. Only accessible by floatplane, this park is near-pristine and well worth the extra cost.

Watch the sunset after midnight

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“There are strange things done under the Midnight Sun,” noted poet Robert Service during the Gold Rush. If you go in the summer, you’ll notice that because the season is so short, locals attempt to make the most of each day. The sun doesn’t set until far beyond midnight here. The longer the days become as you travel further north. In reality, Utqiagvik is the northernmost settlement in the United States. They’ve gone more than 80 days without seeing a sunset.

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