Ultimate Travel Guide to Alaska

  • Although the Western Arctic is remote, it is known as the most beautiful out of all the Arctic region.
  • The word Denali means "the high one." This area is also home to Athabascans Indians who have been staying there for centuries.
  • It doesn't matter which area you go to, there is no doubt that you will enjoy the wilderness that Alaska has to offer, such as fishing.

Alaska, our 49th state that was admitted into the union in 1959. Alaska has 5 great land regions that it is known four that you may end up. These regions are the Arctic, Inside Passage, Southwest, Southcentral, and Interior.

Arctic

  • Arctic Coast: The Arctic coast is the home of the Inupiat people. The Inupiat community is one of the largest indigenous Eskimo groups in Utqiagvik or also known as Barrow. Barrow is the largest municipality in the world. The Arctic may be remote but it is very beautiful. When you go to the Arctic it would be good to make sure that you bring a coat. During the winter the region could be as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit. More information about the weather and climate can be found here.
  • Brooks Range: The Brooks Range is known for its thousands of caribou that migrate there every year. The area consists of the towns Anaktuvuk Pass, Bettles, Coldfoot, and Wiseman.
  • Western Arctic: Although the Western Arctic is remote, it is known as the most beautiful out of all the Arctic region. The Western Arctic is known for all the millions of bird species and thousands of caribou that live there. The region consists of the cities Kotzebue and Nome. Kotzebue is known for its magnificent rivers that are in proximity to the Noatak, Kobuk, and Selawik rivers. Nome is greatly known for being a finishing line for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Interior

  • Alaska Highway: The Alaska Highway consists of the towns Chicken, Eagle, Northway, Paxson, Tok, and Delta Junction. Here you can visit and explore the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. The Highway was first constructed in 1942 during World War II.
  • Denali National Park: The word Denali means “the high one.” This area is also home to Athabascans Indians who have been staying there for centuries. The park has opportunities like hiking, rock and ice climbing, and photography.
  • Fairbanks: The area is known for its gold founding by Felix Pedro in 1902. Fairbanks has been known for trade and transportation for more than a century. If you are able to come in the months of mid-May to July then you will be able to enjoy more than 20 hours of sunlight.

Inside Passage

  • Glacier Bay Area: There are more than sixteen glaciers that surround the mountain in the water. At the bay area, you can enjoy an overnight cruise, flightseeing or a kayaking expedition.
  • Northern Region: The northern area consists of the towns, Angoon, Elfin Cove, Haines, Hoonah, Juneau, Pelican, Sitka, and Tenakee Springs. The Sitka area is a Russian capital in Alaska. Many visitors come to see the Native artifacts at the Sheldon Jackson Museum.
  • Southern Region. The Southern area consists of the towns Kake, Ketchikan, Petersburg, and Wrangell. The town Ketchikan is the majority of the Inside Passage. Visitors go to the museum in order to learn about the native culture, the history of fishing and see the timber camp bunkhouse.

Southcentral

  • Anchorage Area: The Anchorage area is the largest city in all of Alaska. It is a popular visitor area and the center of commerce for the region. The Anchorage area consists of luxury hotels, fine cuisines, and there is a shopping area that is very close to the state park. You get a wonderful view of the Chugach mountains which is the main mountain range in Alaska.
  • Copper River Valley: The Copper area consists of the cities Chitna, Copper Center, Gakona, Glennallen, and Lake Louise. Glennallen has great access to the Wrangell Mountains which is popular for backcountry recreation and is a great spot for fishing.
  • Kenai Peninsula: The Kenai Peninsula offers a great adventure with tons of different activities that can be done. Such as world-class fishing and river rafting. You can hike to the Exit Glacier or you can kayak down the Kachemak bay.

Southwest

  • Alaska Peninsula: The Alaska Peninsula goes 550 miles across the Pacific Ocean. This area is known for its award-winning trophy-sized trout.
  • Aleutian Islands: Here at the Aleutian Islands is among active volcanoes. There are many species of birds and beaches to visit. The islands consist of the towns Eastern Aleutians, Sand Point, and Port of Dutch Harbor.
  • Bristol Bay: Bristol Bay is known for the best source of red salmon. Salmon are interested in the area because of the freshwater that flows in the rivers. The area is home to a lot of Eskimos, Aleuts, and Athabascans.

National Parks

There are more than 20 different national parks in Alaska. It is free to visit the parks with no payments except for Denali National Park.

  • Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
  • Gates of the Arctic National and Reserve
  • Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
  • Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
  • Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.

Things To Do

There are so many different activities that you can do while in Alaska. It doesn’t matter which area you go to, there is no doubt that you will enjoy the wilderness that Alaska has to offer, such as fishing. Fishing is a great activity to do in Alaska and there are some really great spots that you can go to.

Here are just a few of the activities that you can do when you arrive:

  • Bear Watching
  • Bird Viewing
  • Ziplines
  • Dog Sled Tour
  • Garden Tour
  • ATV and 4-wheeling
  • Hiking
  • Skiing and Snowboarding

Places To Stay

Alaska consists of many different places for you to stay depending on what you choose. You can choose to stay in your own RV or in a hotel or bed and breakfast. Here’s a small list of places that you can choose to stay while being in Alaska.

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