Still dreaming about a trip to Alaska? Here are the top ten reasons why you should take an Alaska vacation.
10. You love dogs. Did you know dog mushing is Alaska’s state sport? If you’ve ever dreamed about seeing the Iditarod Sled Dog Race or just want to ride along in the dogsled behind the team, you’ll want to try an Alaska dog mushing adventure.
9. You want to get away from it all on a road less traveled. If you’re looking for an epic road trip, Alaska’s stunning views await you around every corner. Rent a car or RV to explore Alaska’s scenic highways and byways.
8. You’d like to explore traditions old and new. Alaska Native cultures have called our great state home for thousands of years. Dance to the tune of an Athabascan fiddle, hear Tlingit Raven stories, or paddle an Alutiiq kayak along a distant shoreline and see how Alaska Native traditions shape our culture today.
7. You want to play under the Midnight Sun. Summer is a great time to visit Alaska where our nearly endless daylight hours give you plenty of time to kayak Alaska’s more than 44,000 miles of coastline, take day-tours to see humpback whales breaching, pan for gold at a historic mine, hike under old-growth trees in Alaska’s temperate rainforests, or go fishing for our famous wild Alaska salmon.
6. You want to see the Northern Lights. Peak season to see the northern lights – the aurora borealis – is between mid-August and April when the darker nights show brilliant lights. Take a snowmachine ride out to a remote cabin away from the city lights or soak up the heat in a natural hot spring as you look up into the night sky. Get ready for the greatest light show on earth.
5. You love fresh seafood. If you like fresh seafood – or want to catch your own – you’ll want to head north to Alaska. Try the catch of the day at a shoreside restaurant or grab a fly rod for record Alaska rainbow trout, take a charter for saltwater halibut, or drift down a stunning blue river and cast for salmon. Fish on!
4. You want to feel part of something big. At more than 580,000 square miles, Alaska has lots of places to explore. Sit underneath an old-growth spruce in the Inside Passage’s Tongass National Forest; hike in the foothills of Denali, North America’s tallest mountain; or stand on a carpet of Arctic tundra to calm your mind and feel instantly connected to Alaska’s immense landscapes.
3. You want to visit National Parks. Alaska has 24 sites managed by the National Park Service, including 15 national parks. Stamp your “Passport to Your National Parks” at hidden gems like the Inupiat Heritage Center in Utqiagvik, watch for whales in Kenai Fjords National Park, look up at North America’s tallest mountain in Denali National Park, watch bears fish for salmon at Katmai National Park, or explore Alaska’s Tlingit and Russian history at Sitka National Historical Park.
2. You want to soar like an eagle. One big reason to go flightseeing in Alaska – and we do mean BIG – is the sheer size of Alaska’s landscapes. Take in the 360-degree aerial view of Alaska’ mountains, rivers, and glaciers, then land on the 10,000-year-old ice of an ice-blue glacier for a truly awe-inspiring Alaska experience.
1. Baby Bears. And baby moose, and baby caribou…well, you get the picture. If you love animals, you’ll want to see Alaska’s “Big Five” - Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolves, and bears – in the wild Alaska they call home.