Alaska is large. It’s more or less half the size of the contiguous United States. Based on this alone, it’s difficult to cover all the ground in one trip. Alaska is the kind of place you take in slowly, over a few trips. Along with its big size, comes an overabundance of beauty. Most of the state is uninhabited which makes for fantastic outdoor adventure. Most visitors find that the cities, while always unique and interesting in themselves, are best used as base camps for exploring the wilds beyond. There’s an incredible history to learn about the 49th state and plenty of one-of-a-kind experiences.
Lets explore the best things to do in Alaska:
1. Denali National Park
Denali is home to the United States’ tallest peak. Though the ancient name of this 20+ foot mountain is Denali, modern explorers named it Mount McKinley – which is a hot topic among the locals. Regardless of what you choose to call it, it’s surrounded by over six million acres of tundra, alpine ranges, glaciers, and river valleys. Simply put, it’s spectacular. Just about halfway between Fairbanks and Anchorage, the national park has reindeer, wolves, elk, grizzlies, and almost 200 species of birds. Enjoy the sled dog kennels within the park. They have regular demonstrations of how the huskies work together to pull sleds across vast distances.