20 Things You Should Do When You Visit Alaska

It should be no wonder that the largest state in the United States has the most to see and do. The state sits just northwest of Canada and has some of the most breathtaking sights you will ever encounter. The snow-capped mountainous range, scenic routes, wildlife preserves, and endless trails and parks, Alaska is perfect for any outdoor enthusiast. Alaska also offers many more opportunities to those who may not enjoy the outdoors so much, but I’m pretty sure no one can turn down Alaska’s striking natural beauty.

Here are 20 things you have to do while visiting beautiful Alaska.

1. Visit Denali

If you’ve never heard of Denali, don’t worry, not many people have. Denali was once called Mount McKinley, and was recently renamed. It is the tallest peak at 20,230 feet in North America and worth a visit while you’re in Alaska. There are trails, wildlife viewing spots, ATV tours, helicopter tours, and much more to do in Denali National Park.

2. Hike the Chilkoot Trail

If you’re an ambitious hiker, take this historical 33-mile trail through the Coast Mountains from the U.S. to Canada.

3. Zip-line through Icy Straight Point

Take the world’s largest zip rider through these beautiful mountains and zip atop tall pines in Hoonah, Alaska.

4. Visit the Anchorage Museum

The Anchorage Museum combines art, history, ethnography, ecology and science in one. It’s great for people with a variety of interests.

5. Explore Misty Fiords

Misty Fiords, just east of Ketchikan, Alaksa, is a national monument and wilderness area.

6. Enjoy Some Music at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

Take a break from exploring Alaskan wilderness and enjoy a local performance.

7. Tour the Oscar Anderson House Museum

This house was constructed in 1915 and is one of the oldest homes in Anchorage, Alaska. It’s also the only house museum in the area.

8. Take a Train Tour through Alaska

An Alaska train tour is one of the best ways to see the state.

9. View the Wildlife at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge

Visiting this wildlife center is an experience you’ll never forget. It can only be reached by boat or floatplane!

10. Stop by the Alaska Botanical Garden

Explore the 110 acres of this boreal forest, with 11 acres of cultivated gardens and nature trails.

11. Kayak on Mendenhall Lake

Alaska has many lakes and waterways to choose from, but Mendenhall Lake is located in Juneau, the state’s capital city.

12. Go Ice Skating in Delaney Park Strip

There’s plenty to do and see in Delaney Park Strip. It’s where the locals in Anchorage frequent.

13. Bike Along Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

The trail runs along the coastline of Cook Inlet in Anchorage. It offers some of the best views.

14. Play with Sea Lions at the Alaska SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center offers tours and marine mammal encounters where you can meet sea lions and other marine wildlife.

15. See Spectacular Views Atop Flattop Mountain

Flattop can be reached by driving to the Glen Alps trailhead and following the trail. This is also the most accessible mountain in Anchorage, making it a very popular destination.

16. See Beautiful Views on Mount Roberts Tramway

The only tramway in Southeast Alaska, Mount Roberts Tramway takes you to incredible heights to see just how beautiful Alaska is.

17. Check Out Juneau Icefield

Juneau Icefield is certainly a sight to see with more than 40 large valley glaciers and 100 smaller ones. Oh, and beware of the incredible crevasses.

18. Go Fishing in Sitka, Alaska

Sitka is known for its wildlife, fishing, and deer hunting. You can even do a little whale watching.

19. Visit the Totem Heritage Center

The Totem Heritage Center is home to 19-century totem poles.

20. View Wildlife at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Lastly, make sure to check out the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. You can donate to and learn about all the animals in the area. The center is dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife and helping indigenous animals in need.

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