Alaska Things to Do

  • The White Pass Yukon narrow gauge train.
    The White Pass Yukon narrow gauge train.
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  • The Skagway fish Company.
    The Skagway fish Company.
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  • Mendenall Glacier
    Mendenall Glacier
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Alaska Things to Do

  • Portage Glacier

    Anchorage Things to Do

    About an hours drive from Anchorage, the drive itself is a constant stream of beathtaking views as you drive along the Turnagain Arm. The cost of the cruise for us was $29. It lasts about an hours and runs at Departure Times: 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm. The cruise around the lake is on an 80 foot vessel and has an indoor 1st level and...

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  • Mendenhall Glacier

    Juneau Things to Do

    First named Auke Glacier in 1879 by Naturalist John Muir for the Aak'w Kwaan of the Tlingit tribe, Mendenhall Glacier was subsequently renamed in 1892 for the noted scientist Thomas Corwin Mendenhall, who served as Superintendent of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1889 to 1894. Thomas Mendenhall was responsible for surveying the boundary...

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  • Mt. McKinley

    Denali National Park and Preserve Things to Do

    Wonder Lake is the end of the park road, literally. The road goes a little bit past the lake to a couple of lodges, but really, Wonder Lake is it, and round-trip, it's a 12 hour ride! I've taken the camper bus out to Wonder Lake and had a wonderful experience. We camped on the McKinley bar and after hiking down in a virtual monsoon, woke up to see...

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  • Beach Fever

    Kodiak Things to Do

    Buskin is a beach along a river, the river is a fave spot for fishermen. It has a beach house you can rent up on the cliffs, and it's actually a state park too, so you had better behave there! On warm summer nights this spot usually plays host to countless local barbucues and parties.

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  • Chugach Mountains

    Anchorage Things to Do

    Hiking Flat Top was a routine for the friends in Anchorage that I was visiting so they had no problems. For a flat-lander like me from Florida, it was a heck of a workout! The motivation to make it to the top was that I could yell at them for bringing me along. Despite how strenuous it was, I had a great time. The view from the top was totally...

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  • Whale Watching

    Juneau Things to Do

    During this 3-hour cruise/tour, an on-board naturalist will explain much about the wildlife and natural phenomena, such as the glaciers, that you will see. On our cruise, the naturalist happened to be a twenty-something young lady who did an excellent job with her commentary and answered any questions she was asked, such as "Why do whales breach?"...

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  • Wildlife

    Denali National Park and Preserve Things to Do

    We decided to go on the Eielson shuttle bus, instead of the Tundra Wilderness Tour, which is popular among tourists, especially cruise passengers like ourselves. The Eielson shuttle goes further into Denali National Park (66 miles versus 53 miles) and is a lot cheaper (around $40/person versus $90/person). We booked Eielson shuttle tickets for 8:30...

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  • Iditarod

    Anchorage Things to Do

    Sure, the start line is where the excitement is, but you will get a better views and thinner crowds if you move a bit down the track! My experience was that it was easy to find free curbside parking on 5th avenue, and then just a short walk (five blocks, maybe) to the race area.

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  • Mount Roberts

    Juneau Things to Do

    The driver dropped us off at the Mt. Roberts Tramway, which we had purchased tickets on the ship. I was a little concerned when I got advance tickets that it would be bad weather (I had heard so much about the rain in Alaska) and we wouldn't be able to see much, but the weather was very good. When we got to the top I saw a wheelchair and they...

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  • Tundra Wilderness Tour

    Denali National Park and Preserve Things to Do

    Take a Denali Park tour in a converted school bus. Private cars are only allowed to Mile 15 on the Park Road, so busses are the way to see it. Terry was an entertaining guide, and good at spotting wildlife. No bears on this drive the day I went, but we did see a number of moose, and some distant white specks that were sheep.. Terry says there are...

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  • Potters Marsh

    Anchorage Things to Do

    Just at the southern edge of Anchorage, where the Seward Highway meets Turnagain Arm, is a large expanse of open wetlands. A wooden walkway has been constructed that allows you to walk out into the marsh a ways, parallel to the highway. I've always liked the open feeling at the marsh and have spotted many different species of birds over the years....

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  • Red Dog Saloon

    Juneau Things to Do

    I'm not quite sure what brought "The Red Dog Saloon" all of its notariety, but it does seem to be a place that most people want to see when they visit Juneau. The Red Dog's own website doesn't even list much of its history except to give some minor descriptions and devotes the major portion of the site to sales of its apparently hugely profitable...

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  • Sled Dogs

    Denali National Park and Preserve Things to Do

    On my must-do list for Alaska was playing with sled dog puppies and boy did I get my fill of that and then some at Husky Homestead. They offer a range of tour times throughout the day and I was very happy that there was a tour in the evening so we could do something fun right when we arrived in Denali in the afternoon. The Husky Homestead is about...

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  • Native Heritage

    Anchorage Things to Do

    There is a free trolley bus from downtown Anchorage to this place, although once you get your bearings around downtown Anchorage it hardly seems worth it as it’s only a short walk from the train station. Good excuse taking the trolley, saving your legs though and chatting to the trolley driver. Every souvenir shop seems to sell ULU knives in,...

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  • Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure

    Juneau Things to Do

    After the glacier we went to Juneau Gardens, which had upside down trees - due to a landslide that blocked the road, all the debris and logs were pushed onto this property and the man (Steve) who owned the property conceived the idea of sticking the top down in the ground and putting plants on the roots that were in the air. They took us on a tram...

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  • Lakes/ Rivers

    Denali National Park and Preserve Things to Do

    This is another of the few trails near the entrance to the park that are marked. This trail drops down among the taiga forest, bringing you first to an overlook, and then further to the marshes along the lake shore. It is a rather easy hike, loosing about 200 feet during the hike. The lake is gorgeous, nestled against the hillsides of the...

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  • Saturday Market

    Anchorage Things to Do

    The Downtown Saturday Market attracts vendors from all over the state. White tents line the way overlooking Ship Creek and parts of the Alaskan Railroad Depot. Eliminate the middle man department store and buy your souvenirs directly from the Artisans! The Saturday Market is open every Saturday starting May 17, 2003 thru September 13, 2003 from...

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  • Alaska State Museum

    Juneau Things to Do

    One place I really wanted to go to in Juneau on this latest trip was the "Alaska State Museum." My daughter and I walked about a mile from the ship to get there and spent at least an hour there, but really could have stayed longer. The 1960's style, somewhat non-descript exterior of the museum is a little deceiving for inside the museum contains...

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  • Mountains/ Viewpoints

    Denali National Park and Preserve Things to Do

    The park is located within the beautiful mountains of the Alaskan Range, including Mount Mckinley which is the highest mountain in North America. Unfortunately, I did not get to see it due to constant cloud cover. In fact, only about 25% of the time is the mountain visible so you must be very lucky in order to see it.

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  • Fur Rondy

    Anchorage Things to Do

    You may want to consider coming up here in the winter for the special events that take place at this time. Big events in Anchorage include the Iditarod (more written about this on my Alaska page), Fur Rendezvous festival, the International Film Festival, winter festivals and carnivals and so on. The "Fur Rondy" was named for obvious reasons. It's...

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  • Salmon Hatchery

    Juneau Things to Do

    Next we went to the salmon hatchery and they explained how they raised salmon. They collect the eggs and milt and then raise the small salmon to a certain size and let them go out to the ocean and swim around for a couple of years and then they come back to the hatchery to spawn. They had a little aquarium there. Under Construction

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  • Rafting

    Denali National Park and Preserve Things to Do

    The Nenana River is famous for its Class III-V rapids. The scenery is also spectacular. I'd never tried white water rafting before, and was a bit wary. Personally, I would have preferred paddling along some more common waters and keeping an eye out for the grizzly I was still hoping to see. But the weather went from raining to pouring, my spirits...

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  • St Nicholas Orthodox Church

    Juneau Things to Do

    This picture was taken by my father in 1973. The Russian influence is still visible throughout this part of Alaska. From the church's website: "Although there were no Russians in Juneau at that time and Alaska had been under United States control since 1867, the Russian Orthodox Church of St Nicholas was established there in 1894. Many tourists...

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  • Try salmon fishing, with the grizzlies

    On one of my trips to Alaska, when I spent most of my time in and around Anchorage, my host asked if I had ever been salmon fishing. "No,: I replied."Are you afraid of grizzly bears?" he asked."Yes," I replied."Would you like to go salmon fishing with some hungry grizzlies?" he responded."Probably not, " I replied."Okay," he replied, let's go for a...

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  • Cooper Landing

    Cooper Landing is a small village located around mile 47 on the Sterling Highway, Kenai Peninsula, halfway between Seward and Homer. It is a great base for a variety of activities: - if you`r e into fishing, several operators offer guided fishing along the Kenai River- various hiking trailheads are in the immediate vicinity of Coopers Landing...

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  • Carter & Crescent Lake Hike

    My favourite hike in Alaska! The Carter Lake hike starts from the parking lot at milepost 34, Seward Highway. The return trip to both lakes and back is about 7 miles long (ca. 4-4 1/2 hours). This easy hike starts through woodland and enters more open country later. After reaching Carter Lake, I recommend highly to continue the hike through an...

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  • Ptarmigan Lake Hike

    Ptarmigan Lake Hike was a very worthwhile hike starting from the pull-out at milepoint 23 along Seward Highway. As the name says, the final destination is the scenic turquoise Ptarmigan Lake (lenghth about 3,5 miles one-way to the lake). Keep in mind that this hike is not very well maintained and parts of the path are overgrown with waist-high...

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  • Potters March

    Potters March is a wetland natural reserve, about 1/2 an hour`s drive from Anchorage on the Seward Highway (mile 116). An elevated boardwalk allows you to appreciate the wetlands and watch for many kinds of waterbirds in fantastic scenery.

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  • Turmagain Arm & Viewpoints

    The scenic Turmagain Arm is a fjord-like area between Anchorage and Girdwood, with the backdrop of the Chugach Mountains and the Seward Highway running parallel. This is probably the most beautiful stretch of the Seward Highway. It is accessible by several viewpoints, for instance Bird Point (mile 96), Windy Point (mile 106) and Beluga Point (mile...

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  • Grayling Lake Hike

    Grayling Lake trail starts at the parking lot located by milepost 13,2 on the Seward Highway. The return trip from there to the lake and back takes about 2 1/2 to 3 hours (1,6 miles one way). The hike can be continued from here to Leech Lake (2.3 miles one way) and has connections to Meridian Lake and Long Lake. This is very easy walking through a...

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  • Flattop Mountain

    Flattop Mountain is a favourite hiking destination of Anchorage locals, in ca. 30 minutes driving distance from the city centre. From the Glen Alps trailhead parking lot to the summit and back, it is about 2 1/2 - 3 hours return trip of moderate difficulty. The hike gives great open views on Anchorage, the surrounding mountain-ranges and the Cook...

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  • Scenic Raft Kenai River - u/c

    Several operators offer scenic raft trips along the Kenai River - an opportunity not to be missed. The landscape as seen from the raft is impressive, and salmon, bald eagles, and sometimes moose or bears can be spotted. We went with ... and paid ... for a .. hour - trip.

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  • Hiking Eagle River

    Eagle River Nature Reserve is about 1 hours drive north of Anchorage (exit Eagle River, continue on Eagle River road until visitors centre) and a great place for hiking. I recommend to start with the Rodak Trail (1 mile) with great scenery views on Eagle River and a beaver habitat. From the boardwalk, salmon could be seen easily. It is possible to...

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  • Polychrome Mountain Hike

    In Denali Park, the shuttle bus drivers let you off anywhere along the park road if you want to go hiking. There are no marked tracks, so you basically make your own path where the going is easy. Polychrome Mountain - named because of its multicoloured ridges - is a nice area for hiking. You can either hike from the bus stop on the ridge paths or...

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  • Exit Glacier

    Exit Glacier is a mere 15 minutes distant from Seward city centre (by car) and a very accessible glacier. There are several options to experience the Glacier: you can do a short hike from the visitor centre which allows you to get close-up with the Glacier; or you could hike up to Harding Ice Field, where - fine weather provided - you get a great...

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  • Trails End Horse-Riding (near Homer)

    Trail`s End Horseriding was a great bargain considered that you get 4 - 5 hours of riding for a mere 90 $ (October 2013). The horses are well-cared for and docile, and Mark, a real Alaskan cowboy, is a great guy and a good story-teller. The ride involves several river-crossings on horse. It is suitable for beginners and experienced riders and Mark...

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  • Russian Falls Hike

    The trailhead for Russian Falls starts at mile 52 on the Sterling Highway between Cooper Landing and Soldotna (access road to Russian Falls campground). A very easy and beautiful hike trough woodland, after 2 miles one-way it leads to the turbulent Russian Falls where - between June and August - salmon can be watched high-jumping into the rapids....

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  • Resurrection Pass Hike (to Juneau Falls)

    The Resurrection Pass Hike (trailhead on Sterling highway between Cooper Landing and Soldotna, mile 53, parking lot) is a multi-day-hike (40 miles) from Cooper Landing to Hope, but can be done as a dayhike from the southern trailhead to Juneau Falls and back (between 3 1/2 and 5 hours return trip). The majestic Juneau Falls can be reached by small...

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  • Toklat River Hike

    From the Denali Access Centre at the Park Entrance, the shuttle bus drive to Toklat takes about 3 hours one-way. As the first busses leave around 9:00 a.m., that means it will be around midday when you reach Toklat bus stop. That makes Toklat a good destination for day hikes, as you have 3-4 hours of hiking and still plenty of time to catch a bus...

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  • scenic Seward Highway

    If you travel in Alaska, you can`t avoid driving on the Seward Highway which connects Anchorage and Seward on a distance of ca. 127 miles (about three hours driving time). It is one of the most beautiful roads in the world, so take your time and stop along the way often. Among its main attractions are - the Turmagain Arm Fjord - roughly between...

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  • Homer

    Homer has probaly the most beautiful location in all of Alaska, virtually at the end of the world at the southwestern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, with great views on the surrounding mountains across the water. It is worthwhile exploring in itself, especially the Homer Spit stretch, a long causeway with shops and restaurants along the road, also...

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  • Native Heritage Center Anchorage

    The Native Heritage Center of Anchorage is a great place to be introduced into the culture of Alaskas Native People. At regular times, performances of music, dance and native sports take place, as well as guided tours through a small but beautiful open-air museum around a lake, with native huts and houses from different areas of Alaska. A...

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  • Ninilchik

    Ninilchik is a small village halfway between Soldotna and Homer (between mile 134 and 138 on Sterling Highway), with an Orthodox Church with a rather picturesque graveyard. The church is not a remnant of the Russian rule in Alaska till 1867 but was built in 1901 by locals of Russian descent. Not sure if it can be visited outside mass times - it was...

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  • Seward

    Seward - at the end of the Seward Highway, and the southeastern tip of the Kenai Peninsula - is a very likeable small town and a good base for outdoor activities. One of the distinctive features of Seward are the colourful murals which depict natural scenes or important historic and cultural events. Kenai Fjord day-cruises leave from Seward Harbour...

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  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre

    About 45 minutes south of Anchorage on the Seward Highway the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center is a great way to meet the Alaskan wildlife in a "controlled environment". The conservation center cares for hurt or sick wild animals which are kept in spacious enclosures. The species here include Moose, Elk, Caribou, Musk Ox, Porcupine, Lynx, Fox,...

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