America’s last frontier and what an untouched beauty it is. Sure, palm trees and beaches are nice but if we had to pick ONE cold place to visit – Alaska would be it! Picture serene and dramatic landscapes, crisp clean air and amazing wildlife such as orca whales, brown bears, bald eagles and many many more. There are not too many places you can see amazing glaciers or even that type of wildlife anywhere in the world except here! This place is beautiful, so consider cancelling your summer vacation to Florida and get your butt to wild Alaska instead!
1. Cruise Through the Tracy Arm Fjord
This is definitely a place you want to bring your fancy camera to, because you’ll never want to forget this experience. From the awe inspiring granite canyons to the snow crested ridges the enormity of this place will take a hold of your soul. You will see Ice flows and waterfalls, sea birds and seals…even the silence overtakes the sound of the ship sliding through the still waters.
2. Visit the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Here you will experience one of the most extensive and meticulously displayed collections of antique automobiles found anywhere in the US! Each vehicle has been restored to working order on site – and the beautiful clothing worn at the same time as the cars displayed only adds to the wonderful dimension to this museum. Take a peek into the past at the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum!
3. Kayak Through Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
The rumble before the glaciers calve is not to be missed! Also, see tons of wildlife such as sea birds, mountain goats, eagles, etc. Just look at those two kayaking through this serene landscape – believe us, it could be YOU!
4. Catch a Glimpse of Whale Pods at Prince William Sound
The Best Way to see Prince William Sound is via the Alaska Marine Highway System (the car ferry)! The ferry goes past fjords and glaciers – this route also allows you to see whales, sea otters sea lions and all types of Alaskan wildlife!
5. Visit Husky Homestead
How can you go to Alaska without learning about sled dogs and the Iditarod? This is an amazingly fun and informative activity that cannot be missed. Visit Jeff and his team and learn about this amazing sport and you can even hold a future sled dog 🙂
6. Experience White Pass & Yukon Route Railway
A narrow-guage railroad track that hugs the cliff walls? Sounds amazing to us! The vistas’ and history of the White Pass are unreal, breathtaking and totally worth the ride alone to see the sites. You’re allowed to go out on the platform on each end of your car and take photographs of the spectacular scenery – BONUS!
7. Visit the Anan Creek Bear Observatory
This trip will blow your mind! Get your camera out because you will be close enough to a bear that you could practically pet it!! Excellent place to see bears feeding and the wooden observatory sits next to a creek where bears fish 🙂 Seriously, where can you get this close to bears in their natural habitat? ONLY in Alaska!
8. Meet the Raptors at the Alaska Raptor Center
This is a wonderful place where they take care of injured birds – so right away – awhhhhhh! Some are released and those not able to be released back into the wild are cared for here. The indoor Eagle recovery center is fascinating – getting the chance to see so many eagles in one place and to learn their stories is incredibly interesting.
9. Spend the Night at the Orca Island Cabins
Situated on Resurrection Bay – these beautiful cabins offer a unique overnight stay in Alaska. Who WOULDN’T want to be drinking their orange juice on this porch first thing in the morning?
10. Explore The Mendenhall Ice Caves
Ok, what in the world and HOW in the world is this even possible? Ice caves like this one actually exist in Alaska and that man in this picture is living proof! Just look at walls – stunning blue! The sad truth is, these ice caves are actually melting, so if you get the chance to see and explore a natural beauty such as this, take that opportunity 🙂