Talk to any frequent traveler, and they will tell that it’s impossible to cover whole of Alaska in one trip. Yes, it’s that huge, and more importantly, there are a wide range of activities and attractions to see, enjoy, and absorb. If this is your first trip and you are wondering what to do in Alaska, we have a basic list for a perfect travel plan.
Denali National Park
The tallest peak in the US is here. Glaciers, river valleys, and incredible landscape – Denali should be on every traveler’s bucket list. If you are in love with huskies, do make time for the sled dog kennels in the park. By the way, it is possible to take an air tour of Denali National Park too.
If you love adventure, snowmobiling could be your ultimate activity here in Matanuska-Susitna valley. Guided tours are available, and you don’t need to be an expert. Just remember to plan in advance. The region is great in itself for photography enthusiasts, and you may even have a chance to see the northern lights.
Go whale watching
For many wildlife lovers, this is the ultimate way to enjoy marine life. You can go for whale watching in places like Seward and Whittier, and the good news is boat tours are pretty easy to access. Whales can be spotted in most areas of Southeast Alaska – All you need is some luck on your side.
Kenai Peninsula National Forest
One of the best attractions in Alaska, Kenai Peninsula National Forest is a world in itself. Don’t miss Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords on your trip. There are also boat tours available, and you can also try walking tours, which are guided, because other activities, such as kayaking. You can explore better if you choose to stay in Anchorage.
Hike on Matanuska Glacier
Think of incredible natural marvels, and you have Matanuska Glacier, which is a sight to behold. Hiking trip on the glacier is an incredible experience, and you will find numerous hidden gems along the Mendenhall glacier. Alaska is the land of snow, and you need to try taking one of the ready trails, even if you are not a big fan of hiking.
Cruise the Inside Passage
It is possible to charter a boat or yacht for Inside Passage, but you can also consider one of the cruise ships. The experience is beyond anything you may have explored, because you get to see the local tribal life, wildlife, forests and more. It is easily among the best experiences in Alaska, and if you can afford, book your yacht.
Now that you have a list of things to do in Alaska, plan your trip and book your stay in advance. Considering how vast the region is, it is best to think of the to-dos and must-sees before coming here. If you are a fan of rafting, whitewater rafting is available in Denali, and safety is ensured. Many bookings can be done online too.
Author Bio – Tim Bell has been travelling and writing about Alaska and the North for over 50 years. His travel guides for Alaska have in depth information on all the towns and cities in Alaska, the Yukon and northern BC.