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  • Turnagain Arm

    Anchorage Favorites

    The tides of Turnagain Arm are incredibly impressive. This place has the 2nd largest difference in tides in North America and something called a tidal bore which is uncommon, overall. This isn't a tsunami but it is a tidal wave and I recall seeing this on TV a couple years ago. Because the tide difference is so great, this huge wave forms (not all...

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  • Hiking/ Trails

    Denali National Park and Preserve Favorites

    Horseshoe lake can be reached via a pretty short trail near the Denali visitor's center. If I'm remembering correctly, the trail was about 2 miles round trip and had only minimal elevation gain. The views of the lake, and the surroinding mountains, are spectacular, even under the typically cloudy conditions that surround Denali.

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  • Cook Inlet

    Anchorage Favorites

    The City of Anchorage overlooks Cook Inlet, named for Captain James Cook who explored this area in his vain search for a northwest passage across the top of the North American continent in 1778. The inlet , surrounded by mountains and filled with glacial silt, extends from Anchorage 150 miles to the open Pacific Ocean. These waters are ferocious...

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  • Wildlife

    Denali National Park and Preserve Favorites

    Nowhere that I have been on the North American continent have I seen more impressive and diverse wildlife in such profusion as at Denali National Park. It is one of the few places anywhere that the average visitor can realistically expect to see Caribou, Moose, Dall Sheep and Grizzly Bear all in the same day. Many also report sighting one of the...

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  • Wildlife

    Anchorage Favorites

    If you talk to people from here, they seem so blasé about moose. Not me. I haven’t lived here a long time, but there’s no way I’ll ever get tired of them. They are so large and fun to watch that spotting one (which is not really spotting since they walk through parking lots and your yard or stand in intersections) it always exciting for me. I can...

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  • Visitor's Center

    Denali National Park and Preserve Favorites

    There is a modern visitors center located inside the front entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve at mile 0.7. Here you will find books and souvenirs, interpretative programs, a slideshow, and you may also obtain permits for camping and backcountry travel. Eielson Visitor Center, at mile 66, is currently under reconstriction. In the town of...

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  • Chugach Mountains

    Anchorage Favorites

    See Anchorage & surroundings from the aeroplane. When you are landing at the Anchorage airport during daytime, do look out the aeroplane window and enjoy the really fantastic view of nature at it's best ! You can see the snow capped Chugach mountains, the vast plains, the waters of the Knik and Turnagain arms and even as far as the snow capped...

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  • Camping/ Lodging

    Denali National Park and Preserve Favorites

    There are two ways to camp in the park. (1) You can camp in an established camground such as Igloo, Riley Creek, or Wonder Lake. Check with the visitor center for availability. All of these are accessible from the main park road. (2) You can get a backcountry permit for a particular zone in the park. There will be certain rules about where in...

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  • Climate

    Anchorage Favorites

    Even in the summer you need to dress warm. Take warm clothing always. Rain is common in the summer and even on other days you are going to want a jacket. In the winter it gets really cold. Layers are the way to go. But it is so pretty to see all the snow.

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  • Mt. McKinley

    Denali National Park and Preserve Favorites

    I was pretty bummed returning from my visit to Denali and not having seen the mountain. Fortunately, a friend had better luck and provided me with a photo of what I missed. I read somewhere that the mountain is only visible one out of every three days or something like that. Denali's size and elevation cause it to create its own weather and it can...

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  • Rafting

    Denali National Park and Preserve Favorites

    Several tour operators offer raft trips down Denali-area rivers ranging from a few hours to a few days. Prices obviously vary depending on the duration of the trip, plus possible premiums depending on the degree of whitewater found on that section of the river. Outfitters are numerous, but the general fees still resemble monopoly pricing. McKinley...

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  • Not all those signs are worth to stop

    We've noticed around during our road trip that we passed many to this signs. There were “must-see” attraction along the way. Road trip in Alaska is for everyone's freedom. The roads are well-maintained but except for some delays because of road construction We've done a lot of drives around, and after seeing this sign from one to another we don't...

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  • Pay parking on designated area

    Once you turn off from the main road and parked in one of the parking area, first thing you see is a sign of payment. This was surprised us when we stop for the first timeIn some places if you stay less than 15 min payment must apply. I wonder if everyone done this. As I see one can purchase an annual pass for parking.This parking areas are often...

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  • Public restrooms on highway

    Alaskan highway has no shortage of restrooms. But if you traveling in May, many of this restrooms are closed for the season. The restrooms you've find on the highway is not the nicest one than you think. But at least there is a place where people can go. Also in some place where restrooms are located there is a parking lot. And if you parked for...

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  • Road constructions... it can take delay

    Before the trip we have everything prepared, we know if taking a road trip in Alaska there are not much of a road in the country comparing to other countries. We've seen on the internet which roads are closed and where they are working, that way, we can calculate the travel time, because we do a lot of driving on this tripsThe annoying thing when...

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  • Keep the trash...do not littering

    While traveling around the country we've noticed that Alaska is a very clean state. Everywhere, we saw a signboard a fine of 1000$ when littering. This is necessary and everyone should respect it. We haven't seen any rabbish on street I really admired the people to keep this country cleanTrash cans are available everywhere, and in some places...

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  • Alaska begins when you see it from...

    The culture in Alaska is that you start to experience Alaska when you leave the ground! I'm not sure about that because I felt Alaska when I saw a big rat crossing the road and a bald eagle spreading its seven foot wingspan on top of our car...wilderness.But there are so many planes around that are available for your renting pleasure -- and I do...

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  • When to visit Alaska?

    My sister and I visted Alaska on the first week of May and it was then considered springtime and were we LUCKY! The weather was perfect - we were just wearing our shirts and the sun was out in Anchorage - all the way to Homer and Seward. The only time it drizzled was during our last day and it was not that bad.May through September is the tourist...

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  • Jumping Around Central Kenai Peninsula!

    For adventurers visiting Anchorage, this is considered ALASKA'S PLAYGROUND!For my sister and I, this was where we witnessed a lot of wildlife from mountain goats to killer whales on our cruise! But for most people, this is where you will go fishing (big salmon!), hiking, river rafting and canoening.We saw the kenai River and there are several...

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  • Jumping Around Girdwood!

    This is just about 45 minutes by driving from Anchorage, but if you travel by train, it takes about 1.25 hours.It is considered the Resort Town and was called Glacier City before due to the - what else, glaciers. So, my sister decided to book the helicopter tour that she wanted to take here in Girdwood. As you can see from our Alaska pictures, we...

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  • travelling in Alaska

    Hi - In my opinion the finest time of year to drive and explore Alaska is late May and early September. In my experience these times are cooler, clearer, and roads and attractions are less crowded. Snow is unlikely between mid May and mid September. June and July are fine too but much more crowded with other tourists, and August tends to be rainier...

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  • What to do in March in Alaska?

    March might be spring break in the rest of the lower 48 but it is still the middle of winter in Alaska.March will not be suited to fishing or river rafting. Perhaps some winter run king salmon fishing in the coastal towns but nothing fresh water. Ice fishing is available all over but the small stocked trout you'll find don't make the effort...

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  • Matanuska Glacier

    I flew up to Alaska for a few days to visit my brother who lives in Anchorage. We decided to hit the road one day to find a glacier. We ended up at Matanuska Glacier which is a few hours north of Anchorage. They were technically closed for the season as it was November when I visited but they allowed us to go out on the ice since there was very...

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  • denali national park

    one of the most beautiful places in Alaska is the Denali Nationalpark near Mt.McKinley It's more than a mountainDenali National Park and Preserve’s dynamic glaciated landscape supports a diversity of wildlife, including grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep and moose. Birds and wildflowers grace summer slopes. Visitors enjoy sightseeing,...

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  • Alaska Late May

    HiLate May is a good time to be in interior Alaska because the weather tends to be very good and you will be ahead of the heavy crowds. I would not count on skiing in May. I think a trip to Denali NP will be worth your time, especially in late May - that is an excellent time to see Denali. I have seen more wildlife during that time of the year than...

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  • Northern Lights Coupon Book

    I had heard plenty about the Alaska Toursaver Coupon Book when planning my trip to Alaska, but very few people mention the other great coupon book for tourists...the Northern Lights Coupon Book. It's produced by a non-profit org and sells for US$50. Some of the coupons are repeats from the Toursaver, but there are a few that are not, and those few...

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  • Katmai

    You will be fine on the timing of your trip. The best thing to do is since you are camping there is to take advantage of the viewing decks at off peak times. What I mean is that many people fly into Katmai just for a day tour and have there lunch and dinner at a scheduled time and have a scheduled time that they are departing. When it is lunch or...

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  • Ideal time to visit alaska

    I personally think june-july period is the best time to visit alaska, though weather in alaska is quite unpredicatable._______________________Travel clipshttp://www.swiftvideos.com/category/4 My wife is really good at noticing when there are poor sight-lines, berries, and water noise masking our conversation. Then she really steps up the "Hey...

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  • Roadhouses

    If you're driving along some of the Alaska highways, you'll probably see signs for Roadhouses. Few of these are the originals but the concept is the same. They are places for travelers (both who had traveled the Yukon in the past to people arriving by road in other areas today) to get food, drinks and lodging. There's a lot of them accessible by...

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  • Nothern Lights & Your Chances of Seeing...

    I found this to be quite helpful and it's really doesn't need much explanation. If you're going to be traveling up here and want to find out how active the displays for the aurora will be, there are 2 sites you can check out. The first is the forecast site based in Fairbanks: Geophysical Institute and then the Space Environment Center page which...

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  • Wildlife viewing in Skagway

    Wildlife viewing in downtown Skagway. Although downotwn is not the best spot if you wanna see animals. The Yakutania Point Trail begins at the footbridge over the Skagway River at the southwest corner of town and winds for half a mile to Yakutania Point. Just 5 minutes walking from downotwn and you'll certainly have a bigger chance to see something...

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  • Looking for the HALIBUT !!

    You can probably catch a sight of these huge fish while in Homer. If you're not interested in fishing but wanna see these big animals just hang around the port. There you will have a good chance to see and you can even taste it in one of the local restaurants. There are also Halibut Charters, they usually hang out halibuts and rock fish directly in...

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  • Sunsets

    Enjoyed the most beautiful sunsets when I was in Homer maybe because I didn't see too much anywhere else on the Kenai peninsula due to the generally rainy Alaskan weather. Locals said i was so lucky to see the sun in Homer after the rainy weeks. Well I deserved some sun, why not in Homer?:) The end of the spit is the best part to enjoy sunsets...

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  • Walking along the beach

    Great pastime for everyone. Browsing among shells, crabs, watching wildlife enjoying the good weather, whatever. In the beginning of the spit you can find binoculars and have a look at the birds during low tide. You can also find a boat cemetery on the left, quite interesting if you like ships. While getting closer you will see a ferry terminal on...

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  • Pull over for a view

    If you're driving to Homer make sure you don't miss to stop by for a while. Just a few miles from town you will see a sign which helps you to pull over in time. The view is just spectacular! You can see Homer, the Spit and the snow covered mountain peaks on the other side. Can be more exciting during sunrise / sunset. As far as i know there are...

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  • Watching the fishers

    While in Soldotna don't miss the riverside to catch your own dinner or watch the folks how they do. You can walk down (ask in the visitor centre how) or just watch it from the bridge. Well, at least for me (who never seen as big salmons as those were) it was a good pastime. The more so since because i love fishing myself, pity that i had no...

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  • Mushroom Picking!

    Pick it by yourself! Needless to say Alaska is not just the perfect place for berry picking but the Kenai peninsula is one of the best for mushroom pickers. One can find a large variety of mushrooms including bolets, morels and gilled mushrooms all over the Kenai. Beside wild fruit picking it can be a great pastime for all. The picture was taken...

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  • The Bay area in Seward

    You have a good chance to get some rain while in Seward (especially in August) but who cares, right? There are still many things to do in / around town. For example put on your jacket and see the bay area. Start at the sealife centre walk along the camping area to the port and back. It's easy and you can find out more about Alaska's history while...

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  • Hiking in Chugach Forest - Ptarmigan...

    I loved hiking this trail although it was sooo wet. I started too late so I ended up sleeping in the mountains which was a really special experience. The trail is quite difficult some parts are steep and muddy in rainy weather other sections a brushy and narrow on the other hand you have to pay attention and watch the surroundings due to the big...

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  • Berry picking - Chugach Forest

    Not the most important activity nor a must but I just loved it. I could write about it in general beacause berry picking is a well known and liked activity all over Alaska altough not everywhere. You should ask for someone where to go and in a few hours you can fry your own pie. In my opinion the best berry picking area is just near Seward. Here...

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  • Green areas in Anchorage

    Anchorage has a large amount of parkland and trail corridors maybe the reason why i like the city but not the downtown itself. The possibility of walking, hiking an relaxing made it so special. You will find bikeing and walking trails evrywhere if you get out from downtown. They follow Cook Inlet and connect the city's parks, a bike ride or walk on...

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  • Hiking in Hatcher Pass

    You can choose between valley trails offering a glimpse of the hostoric mining past or ridgetop hikes withsweeping views of the Talkeetna, Chugach and Alaska ranges. The most popular trails include Craigie Creek trail, Reed Lakes trail and the Gold Mint trail. My pictures were taken along the Reed Lakes Trail. On the road i've seen a black...

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  • Beach and Sunshine!

    Who would guess we are in the middle of Alaska? Warm weather, sunshine, bathing locals and sandy beaches...okay not that sandy as it should be:)) Meanwhile it was a big surprise for me to see this it the state. If you're looking for fun feel free to take a break in Wasilla and walk around the Lake Wasilla area. You can camp, fish, picnic have a...

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  • Fishing near the Yukon River

    The Yukon River itself is not the best fish source as I've heard but if you have some spare time and like fishing I have a recommendation for you. About 15 minutes driving from the restaurant (along the Yukon River) you will find a big stream which is filled with salmon (depending on the season of course). You can try fishing here, definitely a...

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  • Suffering near Fox

    Best memory. Although it was hard...a friend of mine and myself were hitchhiking for 2 days at this place just north of Fox near a gas station on our way to the Arctic Circle. Needless to write anything about the story because it's not that kind of web site as far as i know. But if you're curious feel free to contact me.

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