Travel Guide – Alaska, USA

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Travel Guide – Alaska USA

Alaska’s natural beauty is unparalleled by almost any other place on earth. Large stretches of open and uninhabited wilderness with jaw-dropping mountainous ranges make the US state a favourite for travellers who want to really get a taste of the great outdoors.

Although Alaska’s home to some amazing small towns, museums and other attractions, its best attraction by far are the endless national parks, hiking trails, fishing spots and mountains ranges. No matter where you go in Alaska, you’re sure to be impressed.

Denali National Park

Sitting in a more northern point of the Alaskan Range, travellers will find Denali National Park. It’s one of the largest parks in the whole United States and is home to the Denali Peak, standing at over 20,000 feet.

The park will be one of the most enticing things about Alaska for hikers, with more than 6 million acres of wilderness of pure wilderness including rivers, valleys, the tundra and glaciers. Denali National Park is connected to the outside world by just a single road, making it impossible to get lost. Home to over 160 species of birds, countless wolves, elk and even rare grizzly bears will mean you’ll have to stay well alert and within camping grounds, but the park is certainly a great place to add to your list when travelling to Alaska.

Travellers will find Denali National Park in-between Anchorage and Fairbanks and the park’s home to countless campgrounds as well as full-service hotels with free wifi and more. So no matter what type of traveller you are, Denali National Park should tick all the boxes.

The Alaska Highway

First paved during the second world war, in just eight months, the Alaska Highway is one of the most popular stretches of road in the state for travellers looking for a look into Alaska’s wilderness and vastness from the comfort of their vehicles.

The final stretch of the highway extends from Canada’s Yukon Territory into Alaska through Tok and a number of other small towns. Tourists looking to travel down the highway will be glad to know that every 30 to 50 miles there are gas stations, small motels and shops for pit stops, making the journey much more comfortable.

Some of the highway’s greatest sites are the breathtaking views of the mountain ranges and uninterrupted openings of the vast plains with easy views of the native wildlife. The entire length of the highway, if travellers begin their journey in Dawson Creek, Canada, will be just over 2,230km, so be sure to plan plenty of time for stops and breaks.

University of Alaska Museum of the North

Heading out of the wilderness and into the city, the University of Alaska Museum of the North is a must-see for any traveller pining for a deep look into Alaska’s history. Providing visitors with over 1 million artefacts and other objects makes the museum one of the most comprehensive in North America. There are also plenty of pieces from Alaska’s native people as well as other earlier cultures.

The building itself is also a jaw-dropping futuristic styled building that is an experience in itself. The museum is open from 9 to 5 Monday to Saturday and is a great place to visit for kids and adults alike. Admission is just $14 for adults and $8 for children.

Totem Bight State Historic Park

In the late 1930s, the US Forest Services started to renew a focus on creating and fostering totem pole development to salvage a tradition. Older generations were contracted to create and teach the art to younger generations and now, at the world famous Totem Bight State Historic Parks stands 15 totem poles.

Travellers looking for a look into the earlier days of Alaska’s history and native heritage should absolutely have Totem Bight Park on their itinerary. Tucked into an ancient pine forest the park offers a great deal of history, but also an amazing opportunity to look at an amazing landscape. A short walk from the totem poles and you’ll find yourself in the state forest.

The entrance fee to the park is just $5 per person and the $5 vehicle fee is waived when the entrance fee is paid.

Seward, Alaska

Sitting just south of the state capital, Seward is one of the most intriguing and popular tourist hot spots in Alaska. The town is built on the shore and is home to countless historical and educational attractions as well as amazing natural wonders like the Chugach State Park. Travellers can visit the Alaska Railroad as well as the awesome Alaska SeaLife Centre and on top of this, the Kenai Peninsula is home to the Exit Glacier where you can visit via boat.

Although a town of just 2,600 people, Seward has some of the most amazing natural and man-made attractions that are certain to excite even the most seasoned travellers. Hotels in the town average just $143 a night and public transport connections make travel effortless.

Conclusion

It’s no secret that Alaska is home to some of the worlds greatest natural wonders. Packed to the brim with mountain ranges, wildlife, ancient culture and friendly locals, the state should be on top of any avid travellers itinerary.

Even if you’re just hopping from city to city, the road trip involved is a holiday in itself. Every highway in Alaska opens up tourists to the states wonders and mountain ranges and everywhere you look is so photogenic your Instagram feed will have no shortage of amazing snaps.

A few things to remember though are that winters in Alaska can be harsh and blistering, so families and almost all travellers would be wise to choose May through August as the best times to see the state.


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