1. Denali National Park
The flora of the park varies depending on the elevation, from taiga and combined forests at the lower slopes to tundra under the snowline. During summer, the slopes of the mountain are full of some 650 species of flowering plants. According to archaeologists, Athabascan individuals have been living in the parking area for centuries. Denali National Park is among the most famous places to see in Alaska, and approximately 400,000 people come to go to the park each year.
2. Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay covers over three million acres of rainforest, glaciers, mountains, rugged coastlines, and deep fjords. It is one of the best things to do in Alaska. The landscape is continually changing; glaciers continue to evolve and retreat, dramatically impacting the landscape. The Alaska Marine Highway provides easy access to the park from Juneau. Bartlett Cove, near to the park headquarters, is situated in a rich coastal temperate rainforest. It's a beautiful place for hiking, biking, boating, and fishing. You can take one of the boat trips to see the glaciers.
3. Hubbard Glacier
It is vast– around six miles wide at the point where it reaches the ocean - and is continuously active its two surges in the last 30 years turned the Russell fjord into a lake and almost flooded Yakutat. The frequent calving of the glacier is dramatic, and its face, which is observed from many visiting cruise ships, is around 400 feet tall.
It is situated just 36 miles south of Anchorage and provides year-round recreational opportunities. It is the tourist location to come for dog mushing, snowmobiling, great Nordic skiing, biking, hiking, rafting, fishing, wildlife viewing, and much more. Travel to Chugach Powder Guides for helicopter skiing and snowcat or Alyeska Resort for the spectacular Aerial Tram to watch breathtaking scenes of the water and hanging glaciers.
The dominant feature of the town is Fort William H., which is now home to houses, shops, and galleries. The city is renowned for its large variety of musicians and totem carvers, in addition to the curious Hammer Museum, having a collection of 1,500 hammers.
Restaurants and shops line this famous street. The Kenai Mountains to the north and east not just offer a great background but also save the town from the cold, creating an extremely mild climate. Almost any road from town ends as a biking or hiking route, taking you into the picturesque wilderness. Go fishing, just like everyone else in town, explore the landscapes, or have a boat tour to see the abundant marine life.
The city welcomes the bluffs along the coastline for 31 miles, and many businesses are situated over the water and can be reached through suspended walkways. Tlingit, Native Haida, and Tsimshian arts are visible everywhere throughout Ketchikan, in totem parks, and museums. Ketchikan, among the best towns to go to Alaska, is known as the salmon capital of the world and also known for its salmon fishing.
8. Mendenhall Glacier
The best way to visit the glacier is by kayaking up to its face or from a helicopter. Amongst many well-known glacier-based activities are ice climbing and experiencing ice caves. There are also a few well-maintained hiking paths leading up to the glacier.
9. Northern Lights in Fairbanks
The city has two things going for it: The area around the North Pole known as Auroral Oval, and its continental climate provides more clear nights than other places on the coast. In this area, the lights appear more frequently and are more vibrant and pleasing than almost anywhere else. The best time to see it is early in the morning or late at night. Have a sleigh or a dog sled to enjoy lights. Take a dog sled or a horse-drawn sleigh to experience northern lights in comfort.
Visit Kenai Fjords National Park, participate in a dog sled race, the Harding Icefield, glacial lakes, go fishing for salmon or halibut, take a kayak trip, or take a small plane tour and see everything from the air.
It is the city where Americans came to buy Alaska from Russians, an event that is celebrated with much enthusiasm every year. The culture of Sitka's original native inhabitants supplies much of the vibrancy of the city. The spectacular surrounding nature is excellent for outdoor adventure. Move through the spruce and hemlock rainforest to find black-tailed deer, the bald eagle, or brown bears at the Fortress of the Bear. You can take a boat trip to see thousands of birds, sea otters, sea lions, and humpback whales.
It's all part of this natural museum today that is Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The gold rush of today includes thousands of tourists that arrive during the summer on cruise ships to experience a bit of history. Have a 45-minute trip of the Skagway historic region with one of the National Park Service guards or take any hiking trail to the waterfalls and cold alpine lakes throughout the city. You can also take the famous Chilkoot Trail for an interesting three- to four-day hike that follows the trails of the gold rush stampeders on the way to the Klondike Gold Fields.
Where else can you still see people moving for gold or old log cabins created by gold miners over a hundred years ago that are still surviving strong? Take Alaska Railroad to Talkeetna and find a piece of history.
14. Tongass National Forest
Three Alaska countries live in the region: the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian. Tongass National Forest represents the real wild Alaska, and it gives the exceptional opportunity to see bears, eagles, and salmon, and also to take a sled-dog ride across a glacier, hike through boardwalk paths, and to fish in the sea or the wild streams.
15. Tracy Arm Fjord
The common way is by ship on Stephens Passage to Holkham Bay and then to the fjord. Lots of tourist ships visit the fjord and North Sawyer and South Sawyer, the two glaciers at its end. The bottom of the glaciers is a place where the visitors can see local wildlife such as brown and black.