With awe-inspiring scenic beauty, enormous ice-age glaciers and abundant wildlife, Alaska is like nowhere else on earth. You’ll find a wide variety of activities in Alaska, everything from the mild to the wild. Whatever you do, traveling in Alaska is just plain fun!
Watch the Wildlife
If you want to see wildlife, Alaska is the place to visit. Bald eagles gather by the hundreds, moose cause traffic jams and millions of salmon spawn in its rivers. Take a guided tour through a national park or wildlife refuge to see moose and caribou or a boat tour to see otters, whales and porpoises. No matter where you go, you’ll find an amazing variety of watchable wildlife.
Take a Breathtaking Drive
Driving in Alaska is an unforgettable experience. Spectacular views, pristine lakes and towering mountains are all part of the Alaska driving experience. Looking for adventure? Fly to Alaska and rent a car or RV. You’ll find 3 routes that have been designated National “Scenic Byways;” the Glenn and Seward Highways, with road accessible glaciers, and the Alaska Marine Highway, a unique ferry route connecting more than 5,600 kilometers of coastal waterways.
Visit the Country’s Largest National Park
Alaska is home to 17 national park areas, which is two-thirds of the land in the entire national park system. From mountain ranges and volcanoes to wild rivers and vast tundra, Alaska’s parklands offer an array of recreation and sightseeing opportunities. Visit Wrangell-St. Elias, our country’s largest national park, and see the best remaining example of a 20th century copper mining town.
Cruise to a Glacier
Come see the ancient, enormous rivers of ice that sculpted Alaska’s mountains. You can get up close to glaciers on cruise tours and day cruises in many areas of Alaska including Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Prince William Sound. These trips offer a wonderful glimpse of coastal Alaska with its dramatic mountain scenery and tidewater glaciers.
Flying is a way of life in Alaska and a trip to Alaska would not be complete without a flightseeing excursion. Get a bird’s eye view of this great land as you circle majestic Mt. McKinley, take a floatplane to a wilderness lodge or land on a glacier in a helicopter.
Explore the Wilderness
In Alaska you can explore the wilderness by day and sleep in a warm bed at night. Guided trips and tours take you to a variety of remote – or not so remote — places where you can enjoy almost any outdoor interest. Stay at a backcountry lodge for fly-fishing and bear watching, or join an expedition to one of Alaska’s remote parks, forests or refuges.
Explore Alaska’s Rich History and Unique Cultures
Native and cultural diversity abounds in Alaska. Each region contains its own unique peoples and customs. From traditional music and dance to beautiful Native art, there are many opportunities for Alaska visitors to experience Alaska’s culture and history.
Must see places
Denali: National Park & Preserve Alaska
More than a Mountain
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America’s tallest peak, 20,310′ Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
Sitka: National Historical Park Alaska
On an island amid towering spruce and hemlock, Sitka National Historical Park preserves the site of a battle between invading Russian traders and indigenous Kiks.ádi Tlingit. Totem poles from Tlingit and Haida areas line the park’s scenic coastal trail, and the restored Russian Bishop’s House is a rare reminder of Russia’s colonial legacy in North America.
Musk Ox Farm
The non-profit Musk Ox Farm is dedicated to the gentle husbandry of the musk ox, an Ice Age mammal that once roamed the earth alongside saber-tooth tigers and woolly mammoths. From the Inupiaq language, “Oomingmak,” means “The Bearded One.” This once-endangered animal produces an annual harvest of qiviut (kiv’-ee-yoot), the finest wool in the world.
We welcome visitors to the farm for a close-up experience of these magnificent Paleolithic ruminants with guided tours, engaging exhibits, and our gift shop featuring some of the world’s only gently hand-combed qiviut fiber, qiviut yarn, and qiviut garments.
We also host community fundraising events and educational programming throughout the year. Visit our picturesque farm surrounded by the majestic Chugach and Talkeetna mountains. Our historic 1930s-era Colony farm is located just 45 miles north of Anchorage in the Matanuska Valley, the heart of Alaskan agriculture.
Katmai : National Park & Preserve Alaska
A landscape is alive underneath our feet, filled with creatures that remind us what it is to be wild.
Katmai was established in 1918 to protect the volcanically devastated region surrounding Novarupta and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Today, Katmai National Park and Preserve also protects 9,000 years of human history and important habitat for salmon and thousands of brown bears.
The Anchorage Museum sits on the traditional homeland of the Eklutna Dena’ina. The museum is committed to recognizing and honoring the land, culture and language of the Dena’ina people. We recognize and respect the continuing connection, by Alaska Native people and all Indigenous people, to the land, waters and communities.
Glacier Bay: National Park & Preserve Alaska
Southeast Alaskan Wilderness
Covering 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines and deep sheltered fjords, Glacier Bay National Park is a highlight of Alaska’s Inside Passage and part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site—one of the world’s largest international protected areas. From sea to summit, Glacier Bay offers limitless opportunities for adventure and inspiration.
Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway
Alaska Marine Highway
Alaska SeaLife Center
Alaska Native Heritage Center
The Alaska Native Heritage Center is honored to be guests in the traditional territory of the Native Village of Eklutna, a Dena’ina Athabascan tribe.