When you think about a summer getaway, it’s unlikely that the first place that comes to mind is Alaska. However, you should know that this is an attractive destination with hidden gems and you can visit any time of the year you want to.
There are unforgettable activities you can get up to, whether they be adventure-related or something to help you relax and reflect. If you’ve added Alaska to your list of places to go, then you’ll need to research things you can keep busy with while you’re there. Having said that, continue reading if you want to find things that you can do in Alaska during the upcoming summer.
Visit Denali National Park
If you want to visit one of the largest national parks in the United States, then you should add this one to the list of things to do in Alaska. Located in the Northern part of the Alaska Range, Denali National Park is home to grizzly bears, reindeer, elk, as well as other animals. In addition to this, over 167 species of birds have also apparently been recorded in the park.
Denali National park is the perfect destination for nature lovers and those who enjoy the great outdoors. So if this sounds like you, put Alaska on your bucket list.
Alaska has many picture worthy highways that are filled with stunning landscapes and dreamy views. Below are a few you could see in Alaska in the summer.
- Alaska Highway: This highway runs from Dawson Creek in British Columbia all the way through to the Yukon territory to Delta Junction which is located near Fairbanks. In terms of the history of this highway, it was built in 1942 during WWII and took just eight months to complete. Over the years, this highway has become an important route to access land to the Yukon Territory as well as southern Alaska.
- Dalton Highway: Another highway that you should endeavor to at least see once is the Dalton highway. It stretches over 400 miles into Alaska’s far north region leading up to the outpost of Prudhoe Bay. Although a somewhat lonely and rugged highway, an incentive to travel along it would be that the gates of the Arctic National Park Reserve and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are along the roadside.
Alaska Native Heritage Center
If you want to get up close and personal with Alaska’s culture, then you should see the Alaska Native Heritage Center. This will give you insight into Alaska’s 11 major cultural groups so that you’re able to learn more about the Alaskan people. At the heritage center, you can expect hands-on interactions with music, people, and art.
Kroschel Films Wildlife Center
For all of the animal lovers that are out there, another exciting activity to try during your summer in Alaska is going to the wildlife center. There are 15 species of animals that you could see when you visit which include foxes, wolves, moose reindeer, and grizzly bears amongst others. With so many wonderfully wild and rugged animals to witness, this wildlife center will spark joy in you.
In case you’re wondering what the history behind this place is, it was founded by filmmaker and naturalist Steve Kroschel; he helps take care of abandoned or wild animals from either Canada or Alaska.
Steve Kroschel has an interesting backstory, which is just as interesting as the wildlife center itself. Kroschel currently freelances for Walt Disney Pictures, Lionsgate, Universal, and Paramount Pictures, to name but a few. He has also contributed to many wildlife documentaries.
Go Whale Watching
Alaska in the summer can be a beautiful place to be, especially if you decide to go whale watching. If you’ve never seen one up close and personal, this is your chance to do so.
A more specific place to go would be Juneau, which is a destination that’s surrounded by ancients glaciers as well as rainforests. You can use a company such as Juneau Whale Watch if you want more of a guided experience when going to see the whales. Whales are magnificent creatures and are sure to make your trip one to remember.
Aurora Ice Museum
For those who are open to new experiences and want to see something that is different and mystique during Alaska summer, go to the Aurora Ice Museum. Here you will find over 1,000 tons of both ice and snow and explore a museum that is 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Throughout the museum, you’ll see sculptures that were made by well-known ice carvers.