Alaska, America’s largest state and hosts the lowest population density at approximately one person to every square mile. This, coupled with Alaska’s incredible variety of geographic features, truly makes it “The Last Frontier.” Here’s a selection of must-have experiences to have in the state.
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Hubbard GlacierYakutat, United StatesTaking a boat across the bay from Yakutat to the base of the Hubbard glacier was a great way to spend a day. On the way we fished for halibut, saw some giant elephant seals and motored past massive icebergs. Highlight was watching school bus sized chunks of ice calving off and falling hundreds of feet. A powerful sight. #alaska
Eagle River Nature Center
Eagle River Nature CenterAnchorage, United StatesThe ponds at eagle river nature center have beautiful reflections of the mountains. It’s a great place to spend an hour or two just walking around in nature.
Crow Pass Trail
Chena River State Recreation Area
Chena River State Recreation AreaFairbanks, United StatesDrive just outside Fairbanks to catch the Northern Lights. There are so many great locations around the city to view the Aurora. Make sure to dress warm, check the Aurora forecast, bring extra batteries, and something warm to drink. Plan accordingly as the Aurora is best viewed around 1-2AM.
Check out AlaskaAuroraCam.com for a live view of the Aurora, and if you want, take an awesome Aurora Photography Workshop at www.seankurdz.com #extreme #hiking #snow #NorthernLights #free #Aurora #Fairbanks #Alaska #ExploreFairbanks #Photography
Pioneer ParkFairbanks, United StatesThe steam that comes off the river freezes the trees and turns everything into magic! Take an awesome stroll around Pioneer Park and make sure to check out the Chena River. #extreme #hiking #snow #free #river #frozen
Creamers Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
Creamers Field Migratory Waterfowl RefugeFairbanks, United StatesThis place is a must if your looking to go for a walk in the winter time. Creamery field has all sorts of walking trails! #walking #free #snow #hiking #extreme
Denali National Park
Glacier Bay National Park
Hatcher PassPalmer, United StatesThe glory of #alaska is in her #mountains! Such an excellent place to experience it. Big ❤️ for #hatcherpass. Every one should make time to visit here it is so #worthit
Portage Pass Trail
Graveyard CoveYakutat, United StatesProbably one of the most spectacular backdrops to a surf spot that I’ve even seen. Clear days are pretty rare but when they come along and you’re out waiting for a set staring at Mt. St. Elias it’s nothing short of jaw dropping.
Deep Creek State Recreation Area
Chena Hot Springs Resort
Chena Hot Springs ResortFairbanks, United StatesAre you ready for the best dog sled tour around? Check out ‘Just Short of Magic Sled Dog Tours’ they have half hour and hour dog sled rides you are going to love. They also have warm clothes and drinks if you get cold.