6 Must-Visit Attractions in Alaska

Alaska is a state of the U.S, just across the Bering Strait from Asia. This is a Canadian province of British Columbia and locality of Yukon border the state to the east and southeast.

Denali National Park and Preserve

According to the Alaska Travel Industry Association, the 6-million-acre Denali National Park and Preserve draws approximately 432,000 visitors every year. Most of these travelers go to observe Mount McKinley – which at 20,320-feet tall, is the highest peak in North America – and the park’s diverse fauna, which includes 37 species of mammals and 130 bird species.

Glacier Bay National Park

One of the top cruise destinations in Alaska is Glacier Bay National Park, which was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Following the Alaska Travel Industry Association, 850,000 people make the tour the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park per year, making it the most famous park in the state. Klondike is home to the 33-mile Chilkoot Trail, and the primary route used to reach the Canadian site of the 1897-98 gold rush. 

Kenai Fjords National Park

The 601,839-acre Kenai Fjords National Park encompasses the Harding Icefield, one of the four remaining icefields in the country. The icefield is one of three main areas open to visitors. The others are the Exit Glacier, which attracts over 100,000 visitors every summer, and the coastline, which is dotted with tidewater glaciers and is home to several species of marine mammals.

Alaska’s Largest City Anchorage

Six mountain ranges are visible from Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, located close to the geographic center of the state. As a perspective of a large metropolis, Anchorage offers fine dining, cultural destinations, and luxury accommodations. Forty-five miles south of Anchorage is the Portage Glacier. Flattop Mountain is the city’s best hiking attraction.

City of North Pole

In the year of 1950s, the Dahl and Gaske Development Company renamed an area in Alaska “North Pole” to tempt toy manufacturers who then could claim their products were “made in the North Pole.” Although this vision was never realized, tourists can see reindeer and Christmas decorations, and take photos with Santa Claus year-round.

Among the most famous attractions in Alaska is its breathtaking natural destination. With 15 national parks and preserves that boast towering mountain ranges and close to 100,000 glaciers, Alaska offers one of the most histrionic getaways in North America. Travelers can experience Alaska’s best locations by land or from the vantage point of a cruise ship.