Alaska is a frontier destination for many local and foreign travelers planning a trip around the U.S. This state has a rugged but spectacular landscape, which will entice adventure seekers to visit it. The beautiful sceneries and even the difficulty (and expense) to explore it are worth it.
If you are thinking of visiting Alaska, here are some of the places to consider including in your itinerary.
Kenai Fjords National Park
This stunning park is nature’s work of art. The coastline offers plenty of picture-perfect landscapes characterized by an ice field as far as your eyes could see. The uninhabited coast gives it a rugged charm that makes one thing of the great and vast unknown.
Brown bears also call this part of Alaska home. You might see some going about their daily routine during your excursion. Other than bears, you might get a glimpse of wildlife such as seals, Minke whales, and bald eagles. The wild adventures you experience in Alaska will definitely make you come back for more.
Wrangell St. Elias National Park
This beautiful mountain range is often referred to as North America’s Mountain Kingdom. Its vastness will make you feel small and awed at nature. As one of the largest parks in the country, it has several visitor centers and hiking trails that take adventure seekers through the glaciers and mountains.
Pitch a tent to enjoy the peace and quiet nature brings. Or, hop on a bike to break out a sweat. If you plan to spend a night or two in the wilderness, bring more than enough supplies for the trip.
Iditarod National Historic Trail
This network trails that connect Nome and Seward provides stunning views of the landscape such as glaciers and towering peaks. The original users of this route were hunters, and centuries later, gold prospectors walked along its path. Fast forward to today, this is where you will see a sled dog race. The trail is also a popular destination in the summer where additional routes open.
Juneau is the capital of Alaska and is a major port for ships that come and go in the region. You can spend a couple of days here to plan your trip or see some of the attractions such as the Shrine of St. Therese and the Alaska State Museum.
Follow some of the hiking trails to get bird’s eye views of the city and the beautiful landscape. You will also find many breweries and local restaurants to get a taste of Alaskan cuisine and drinks.
Denali National Park
This park is one of the largest in the U.S. and is home to the country’s highest peak, Mt. Denali. This vast natural wonderland has stunning and awe-inducing landscapes characterized by valleys, tundra, glaciers and mountains.
There are hiking trails where outdoorsy visitors can enjoy the beauty of the park on foot. Other than the spectacular views, you might also see wildlife such as bears, elks, and a variety of birds.
These are some of the noteworthy destinations to include in your itinerary when you visit Alaska. This state has a frontier-like feel that will entice all types of travelers to visit.