The Last Frontier can be discovered through a variety of mediums, but the best ways are those which take you behind the scenes to experience this great land as the locals do. Alaska is majestic, impressive and unforgettable – and your experiences will be epic. Here are the top five ways (and places) to get a taste of this diverse and striking state:
On Foot | Anchorage, AK
The largest city in Alaska is best discovered on foot, where you can take in the history from a local expert. Despite the fact that it’s a bustling metropolis, Anchorage is home to approximately 250 black bears – and can be found roaming the trails and parks within the city. You may just meet a moose – in the city center they’re a surprisingly common sight!
By Sea | Kenai Fjords National Park, AK
Nearly forty glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, one of the Kenai Fjords’ central features. Break through icebergs and admire calving glaciers right in front of you. Whether you’re in a large ship or a small kayak, the best vantage point is from the water where you can paddle alongside sea lions, humpbacks and killer whales.
By Air | Wrangell St. Elias National Park, AK
The largest National Park in America, Wrangell St. Elias is the same size as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the country of Switzerland combined! The only way to appreciate the sheer vastness is to take it in by air. Soar over volcanoes, spot bears and caribou and land on untouched beaches, glaciers and meadows – all in the same day.
By Rail | Denali National Park, AK
Traveling either by Anchorage or Fairbanks, this scenic journey to Alaska’s tallest peak will provide glimpses of stunning backcountry otherwise unseen. Cross the rushing rapids of the Knik River, admire the Chugach Mountain range or take a pit stop in the historic town of Talkeetna.
By Dogsled | Juneau Icefields, AK
Imagine whizzing across an icefield, led by a team of happy Alaskan huskies. Touching down by helicopter, you’ll meet the dogs and professional musher where you’ll learn about the “Last Great Race on Earth”, the 1150 mile-long Iditarod. Cuddle with the new pups-in-training, and then hop on your sled for the ride of your life!