Alaska Travel Guide

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One of the least populated and most beautiful of the 50 states of America, Alaska is an isolated state located in the far north-western region of the North American continent, beyond the vastness of the Yukon and tucked away against the Bering Sea. Home to some of the most beautiful natural parks in the US, and with some of the most vibrant wildlife scenes in the country, Alaska boasts a broad variety of activities for visitors, from camping and hiking to fishing or simply relaxing and enjoying the natural beauty of the land at one of the National Parks or an exclusive lodge.

For years, Alaska was viewed as a frozen wasteland, barren and unworthy of attention. At the time it was purchased from the Russians back in 1867 by Secretary of State William H. Seward, the state was nicknamed “Seward’s Folly”, until it become one of the US’s most valuable assets in terms of gold and oil. In the mid 20th century the state began to transform from simple wasteland into vast natural resource mine, although this has had its own set of downsides as well.

While accessible for all levels of travelers, the remoteness of the state, combined with the exclusive nature of the resorts and otherwise, makes for an exceptionally expensive trip. Alaska is not a budget destination, not by any means. Getting there either requires several days by ferry, a week on the highways through the vast open spaces of Canada, or a fairly expensive plane ticket. But for sheer natural beauty, Alaska is one of the ultimate destinations. From Glacier Bay National Park, complete with rugged mountains, glaciers, coastlines against the ocean, and plenty of lakes and rivers, to places like the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, called the mountain kingdom of North America, the majestic beauty of Alaska’s landscapes is second to none, and well worth spending the extra few dollars to come see.

Anchorage #1 most popular location
Backed by the striking, frosty hills of Alaska and fronted by some of the iciest stretches of water you’ll ever want to pointedly avoid stepping in, Anchorage is perhaps the ultimate stop o…
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Juneau #2 most popular location
The capital of Alaska, and easily one of the most beautiful places in the entire state (possibly even the entire United States), Juneau is a municipality located on the Gastineau Channel in t…
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Fairbanks #3 most popular location
The second largest city in Alaska, Fairbanks is located in a unique part of the world just short of 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle, meaning the summer days stretch on for hours, while t…
127travelers 21reviews 29blogs
Seward #4 most popular location
A deceptively long drive down the Seward Highway from Anchorage leads you to the city of Seward. Seward is a city on the Kenai Penninsula and has about 3,000 residents. Seward, named fo…
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Ketchikan #5 most popular location
This small south-eastern community on the coast with a population of about 8,000 is one of the cruise ship stops on most Alaskan cruises. It has the most standing totems in the State. Its…
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Homer #6 most popular location
Homer is a town on the north side of the entrance to Kachemak Bay from Cook Inlet, south of Anchorage. Arriving at Homer you see the panorama of mountains, white peaks, glaciers and Homer Spi…
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Skagway #7 most popular location
Skagway is located at the bottom of a deep valley, with very steep mountain sides. In the winter, it gets very little sun and there are few people around. In the summer, however, tourists and…
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Sitka #8 most popular location
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Talkeetna #9 most popular location
Talkeetna is a small town in Alaska between Anchorage and Denali National Park. It is the starting point for many mountain climbers seeking to climb Mt. McKinley, known as Denali to the loca…
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Denali National Park #10 most popular location
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McKinley Park #11 most popular location
Soldotna #12 most popular location
A good place to go fishing. And they have a Dairy Queen!
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Valdez #13 most popular location
Valdez is a fishing port, both for commercial and sport fishing. Freight moves through Valdez bound for the interior of Alaska. Sightseeing of the marine life and glaciers, together with both…
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Whittier #14 most popular location
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Gustavus #15 most popular location
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Palmer #16 most popular location
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Tok #17 most popular location
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Wasilla #18 most popular location
This small town on the northern point of Cook Inlet in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley gained notoriety after Sarah Palin arrived on the national scene as Senator John McCain's pick for vice pre…
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Girdwood #19 most popular location
Girdwood, Alaska formally called Glacier City is located about 40 miles southeast of Anchorage on the shores of Turnagain Arm. A one time mining town is now a year round resort town. Girdwood…
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Petersburg #20 most popular location
Nicknamed "Little Norway", Petersburg continues to proudly display its Scandanavian heritage. While the site was originally inhabited by native Tinglits as a seasonal fishing camp for severa…
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Healy #21 most popular location
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McCarthy #22 most popular location
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North Pole #23 most popular location
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Hyder #24 most popular location
The Alaskan Hyder calls itself The friendliest ghost town in Alaska. Although it belonging to Alaska, you can only reach Hyder by road (a stunning view awaits you along the way!) via Canada.…
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Cooper Landing #25 most popular location
Cooper Landing is a small area around Kenai Lake and the Kenai river that comes out of the lake. It is not the city but it has post office, store, restaurants and few places to stay. It is ve…
Deadhorse #26 most popular location
Deadhorse is a settlement located on the North Slope of the U.S. state of Alaska near the Arctic Ocean. The town consists mainly of facilities for the workers and companies that operate at th…
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Nome #27 most popular location
Accessible by airplane from Anchorage or Fairbanks, (or by daring sea captain,) Nome is well worth a visit on any Alaskan discovery tour. Located on the Seward Peninsula, it is a bustling sma…
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Kennicott #28 most popular location
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Haines #29 most popular location
Kodiak #30 most popular location
Kodiak is a typical Alaskan fishing town. For those who want to experiance Alaskan life, without all the "tourist traps" Kodiak is still in the running. In the summers boating, kyaking, f…
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Copper Center #31 most popular location
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Barrow #32 most popular location
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Chitina #33 most popular location
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King Salmon #34 most popular location
King Salmon is located on the Alaska peninsula on the north bank of the Naknek River about 15 miles upriver from the city of Naknek. King Salmon is in Bristol Bay Borough. Coordinates of King…
Coldfoot #35 most popular location
Originally named Slate Creek, Coldfoot was founded as a gold-mining camp in 1898. The name changed when many prospectors got "cold feet" upon winter's arrival and headed back south. At its tu…
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Alyeska #36 most popular location
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Wrangell #37 most popular location
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Willow #38 most popular location
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Kiana #39 most popular location
Kiana is a small fishing village with a population of about five hundred and is situated on the Kobuk River about a hundred miles Northeast from Kotzebue. The name Kiana derives from an old …
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Chicken #40 most popular location
Chicken is a miniscule town in eastern Alaska which marks either the start or the end of the Top of the World highway, depending on how you look at it. Downtown Chicken is comprised of three …
Auke Bay #41 most popular location
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Kasaan #42 most popular location
Technically an "organized village" established in 1938, Kasaan is an exceedingly small (population 49) settlement along the shores of Price of Wales Island in Alaska. The community is closel…
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Hope #43 most popular location
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Chena Hot Springs #44 most popular location
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Kotzebue #45 most popular location
Kotzebue is located in Northwest Alaska along the Bering Sea and about thirty miles above the Arctic Circle. The town is situated on a spit of land which is between 1100 and 3600 feet wide an…
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Manley Hot Springs #46 most popular location
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Prudhoe Bay #47 most popular location
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Cantwell #48 most popular location
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Hoonah #49 most popular location
Dutch Harbor #50 most popular location
Dutch Harbor is located within the city limits of Unalaska which is located on the islands of Unalaska Island and neighboring Amaknak Island which are connected by a bridge. Unalaska is in th…
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