The Last Frontier
From its famous glaciers and Northern Lights to its abundant wildlife and majestic national parks, Alaska offers so much to see.
I think the best time to visit is mid-August through mid-September. This way you can catch the tail end of summer tours and also have the chance to witness the dazzling lights of the aurora borealis, without all the snow.
In the south-central part of the state, on the Cook inlet sits Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. This gateway city is home of the midnight sun, traveling here between March 20th and September 22nd will provide you with more daylight than anywhere in the other 49 states. That will give you extra time to explore all of its wonders, and Wow, the adventures you can find here!!
Keep Your eyes open!
If seeing a moose is on the top of your list, wildlife officials say there are approximately 1500 that live in and around the city and you can find one within an hour. If you want to take the one-hour challenge, your best bet is Point Woronzof Point, only 3.5 miles from the Anchorage airport. With so many moose around they can pop up anywhere but they especially love the terrain on the road to Point Woronzof.
Fairbanks is a great jumping off point for various adventures. Less than 200 miles north is the Arctic Circle. You can get there by driving the rugged Dalton Highway or for a bird’s eye view of the rolling tundra, you can take a small plane. This would be an amazing place to take in the aurora borealis!
Glaciers more your speed? The area surrounding Anchorage is sprinkled with these frozen gems. Take a day cruise from Whittier or Portage, catch the Glacier Discovery train to Spencer Whistle Stop, go flightseeing and soar over the top. Don’t want to travel that far? Ride the Alyeska Tramway, it takes passengers 2,000 feet up Mount Alyeska. Seven named glaciers, kettle ponds and sparkling Turnagain Arm are all visible from the tram.
Unmatched Beauty and Adventure
A trip to Alaska is not complete without exploring the National Parks. Luckily, Anchorage is the center of it all and offers many ways to visit all the parks but five in particular. Kenai Fjords National Park, watch whales feed and otters swim and play in this glacier filled park. Hiking and fishing are abundant and bear sightings plentiful in both Lake Clark National Park and Katmai National Park. Want to see glaciers larger than the state of Rhode Island? Visit Wrangell-Saint Elias. Home to North America’s tallest peak and abundance of amazing wildlife, there is Denali National Park.
Did someone say ice?
An hour northeast of Fairbanks is the Aurora Ice Museum, the world's largest year around ice environment! When you finish your time in the ice museum, head over to the Chena Hot Springs and take a dip. This is a natural hot springs lake discovered over 100 years ago by gold miners who saw the steam rising from the river valley. This is also a fantastic spot to relax and take in the Northern Lights.
I hope you’re on the Nice List!
You cannot visit Fairbanks and not go visit the man himself… Santa Claus! Located in North Pole Alaska is the world-famous Santa Claus house. Inside you will find a gift shop, photo opportunities and a sweet shop. Outside you can sit in his sleigh and hang out with the reindeer team!
Adventures in the last frontier are endless, whether watching bears in the wild, kayaking glacier waters with humpback whales or flying over the frozen tundra and taking in the wonder and beauty of this untouched land, this remarkable destination will undoubtedly leave an impression on your soul.