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20 Top-Rated Attractions That Will Lure You to Snowy Alaska

Alaska is probably the US’s own version of Iceland; both absurdly alien and superbly pristine in equal measure. It is furthermore the largest yet least-populated state of the United States. And that therefore guarantees you acres and acres of diverse open spaces as well as forests to explore.

The north-based state offers loads of astonishing outdoorsy activities that includes climbing the highest peak in North America.

From the untamed wilderness to the massive Denali National Park we will highlight the top places you must not miss while on your escapades of the pristine snowy landscapes of Alaska. Oh! And it has cities, too, with the best cuisines of the North.

Prepare your Polar gear as it may get very cold up there.

  1. Anchorage’s Skyline

Anchorage - Alaska
Anchorage – Alaska’s largest City

Alaska’s largest city is home to some pretty remarkable towers lying on a backdrop of icy mountains. Some postcard views await you in the seaside city. Activities here include surfing and mountain biking. You won’t have to worry about traffic or congestion as you make your ways around the city. Also view the blue sky beyond the mountains at sunset.

  1. Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

When you tour in March, you may be lucky enough to get involved in the Iditarod Dog Racing. The 1,000-mile dog-sled race is a competition for devoted mushers who brave harsh conditions across the extensive Alaskan glacial wilderness. The race is preceded by a ceremonial start right in the center of Anchorage City.

  1. Fun at Eklutna Lake

Eklutna Lake
Eklutna Lake

Alaska’s cities are always close to the wild countryside, which means a short trip from Anchorage lands you at Eklutna Lake. Here you meet perfect-picture spots as well as an interesting location for thrilling adventure activities. Such adventures include kayaking and mountain hiking on the frosty wilds.

  1. Winter in Alyeska Ski Resort

Skiing at Alaska
Skiing at Alyeska Resort

The only ski resort in the whole of Alaska, Girdwood’s Alyeska Resort is an obvious draw for visiting snowboarders. The resort is surrounded by inches-thick pure snow during the winter onto which you may perilously ski down slope. Or maybe just feed your Instagram desires at one of the purest gifts of Mother Nature.

  1. Bites and bottles at the Glacier Brewhouse

Juicy Sockeye salmon at Glacier Brewhouse
Juicy Sockeye salmon at Glacier Brewhouse

Enjoy mouthwatering cuisines at the local favorite  – Glacier Brewhouse – including this lip-smacking grilled sockeye salmon. You may later wash it down with the wines of your choosing.

  1. Brown Bears of Brooks River

Brown Bear Vs Fish
Brown Bear Vs Fish

You may then head over to Katmai National Park and watch the survival battle between the brown bears and fish of Brooks River. See where the delicacy of salmon originates and revel in first-hand experiences worthy of National Geographic.

  1. Sea Lions at Kenai Fjords National Park

Alaska Sea Lions
Alaska Sea Lions

These are also some pretty interesting creatures of the sea you can witness in the arctic climates of Alaska. Capture pictures if you can of the beauties basking on the banks raised against backgrounds of green forests.

  1. …And Puffins too

Adorable Puffin of Alaska
Adorable Puffin of Alaska

Adorable puffins may also be spotted doing their thing in the extensive Kenai Fjords National Park.

  1. Exciting Exit Glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park

Unearthly Exit Glacier
Unearthly Exit Glacier

Why do you need to burn dollars all the way to Iceland if you’ve got such unearthly sights as the Exit Glacier right there in Alaska? The extensive glacier is something off any sci-fi or medieval movies you’ll watch. This is moreover the place visited by President Obama during his tour of Alaska back in 2015.

  1. Or opt for the Glacier Bay

Cruise Ship Past Glacier Bay
Cruise Ship Past Glacier Bay

Thanks to its magnificent settings and loads of lovable wildlife, Glacier Bay has been one of the popular stopover for luxury cruise ships sailing the Alaskan territories. Voyagers get the chance to witness the arctic magic mixed with an unpredictable geography.

  1. Other views aboard the luxury Cruises

Cruise Ship Views of Predatory Whales
Cruise Ship Views of Predatory Whales

Also sight the amazing whales ruling the Alaska waters while you sail aboard the luxury cruise. This is in addition to the incredible views of the limitless glacial seaside. You may make stopovers during cruise and head into the snowy mountains and experience the associated off-sea cruise pleasures.

  1. Picturesque Ketchikan homes

The Ketchikan boardwalk
The Ketchikan boardwalk

Beauty is observing several small and gorgeously colored huts and the colorful boardwalk set on a beautifully forested background. The green rainforests serve to complement the already picture-perfect tiny structures lying charmingly over the Alaskan Gulf. To sweeten the deal even more, this is also a popular route for the luxury ships cruising the waters of Alaska.

  1. Or just train-ride through the terrains of Alaska

Catch Train from Skagway to Yukon
Catch Train from Skagway to Yukon

You could on the other hand embark on an explorative train adventure across the vast empty lands of Alaska through the White Pass or the Yukon Route Railroad. This century-old route mingles round and round the marvelously forested mountains and connects the Towns of Skagway and Yukon. Feel the countryside breeze that comes as a welcome bonus.

  1. Maybe a cable-car ride on Mt. Roberts Tramway will do the trick

Views atop Mt. Roberts Tramway
Views atop Mt. Roberts Tramway

Experience the scenic magnificence of the Mt. Roberts aboard the cable cars of the aerial tramways. You also get to explore the Gastineau Channel and the whole town of Juneau and capture it all on tape if you wish. You are on top of the world anyway; 1,800 feet on top that is.

  1. The crab legs at Tracy’s are pretty awesome

Tracy
Tracy’s King Crab Shack

The uniqueness of Tracy’s King Crab Shack is evident from the first sight. You get to buy the meat off a monster crab. The lega alone will serve you just fine, trust me. There isn’t any other US state that serves crab delicacies quite like Alaska’s Crab Shack.

  1. Then drain this Classic Ale

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Alaska’s delectable Amber Ale

The Alaskan Brewing Company has served the boozy desires of Alaska for over 20 years now. You could grab Alaska’s finest Amber Ale to wash down the delicious crab meal.

  1. Then head down for more Glacial Sights at Mendenhall

Blue Glacier Ice Caves
Blue Glacier Ice Caves

Visit the home to the grandiose Blue Glacier Ice caves in Mendenhall and witness the magic nature has in store for us. The caves are  devilishly quiet.

  1. Hike at the tallest Peak in Alaska – Denali

Tallest Peak In Alaska
Denali

You may opt for the chilling adventures of climbing the tallest peak in Alaska which is as well and unsurprisingly – covered in snow. This is just but one of the several peaks in the Alaskan terrain.

  1. Good luck exploring the Denali Wilderness

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The Vast Denali National Park

If you opt to traverse the six million acre Alaskan wilderness that make up the Denali National Park then we can only wish you luck while at it. Quick hint though: it is very wide and very chilly!

  1. Finally, revel in the presence of the Northern Lights

The Incredible Northern Lights
The Incredible Northern Lights

You cannot just leave Alaska without a glimpse of the incredible Northern Lights. Head down to the Fairbanks City to catch the most refreshing views of the polar magic. Now your tour of the US’ ‘Iceland’ can wind down.

Images via business Insider

Originally posted 2017-04-21 14:38:23.

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