As the biggest state in the U.S., Alaska has no shortage of superlatives. It has the longest coastline, the largest national park, the longest day and night, and the highest peak. Majestic mountains dot the landscape and breathtaking wilderness is home to large populations of wildlife. There are plenty of Alaskan adventures waiting for everyone.
What to Do
Home to six million acres of land, Denali National Park is a gorgeous place to visit. It is home to wild animals large and small, and hosts North America’s tallest mountain, Denali, at 20,310 feet of elevation. There are zoos, wildlife parks, and aquariums where you can experience all the life that calls Alaska home. You can go bear viewing or bird watching and there are plenty of wildlife excursions available to visitors. Dog sled tours, railroad trips, and flight tours are also fun options for those looking for more ways to explore.
Outdoor activities include ATV and 4-Wheeling, hiking, fishing, ziplining, kayaking, rafting, bicycling, camping, and water sports. In the winter, you can go skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, cross country skiing, dog sledding and mushing, and northern lights viewing. Art galleries and museums reflect the Native culture of Alaska in crafts, festivals, Native dancing, traditional music, totem carving, and the blanket toss through Russian iconography and local artisan handiwork.
What to Eat
Alaska is known for its seafood. The wild salmon, halibut, and crab fished out of the ocean is some of the finest in the country and people often develop a craving for Alaskan fish. Chefs and cooks across the state use game, seafood, and produce in their dishes. The game served can include moose, bear, caribou, and elk. Alaska’s Grown program alerts customer to products that are grown locally. International dining such as Asian, Mexican, Italian, French, etc. can be found in the big cities. Alaska also has the distinction of being eight in the nation for breweries per capita, so you can always find a handcrafted brew at a number of pubs.
What to Shop For
When you travel to Alaska, there are unique products and goods made in the state that are greatly renowned. At galleries, farmers markets, museums, gift shops, boutiques, and retail stores across Alaska, visitors can purchase Native-made baskets, wood carvings, knives, jewelry, paintings, prints, and sculptures. Shop for tasty shrimp, salmon, and king crabs at local markets if you wish to make a home-cooked meal. If you want to ensure that products are genuine, look for the Silver Hand or Made in Alaska emblems. These logos signify that they are made locally by an individual Native Alaskan artist. If you purchase something that you cannot take home with you, most everything can be shipped if you need it.
Where to Stay
Each city (or park) has a variety of options for everyone to choose from. These include: hotels, motels, wilderness lodges and resorts, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds and rv parks, and cabins. The most popular places to stay are Denali National Park, Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Juneau, but you can find a comfortable place in many other cities too. Happy travels!