Alaska Bucket List ~ Arctic Region

Today we head as far north into Alaska as we can, to the final region of the final frontier, the Arctic. After this, we return to the lower 48 and will be exploring Montana.

Bettles

  • Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve: This entire park sits north of the Arctic circle and is the northern most national park in the United States!

Kotzebue

  • Cape Krusenstern National Monument: Protects an area of beach ridges.
  • Kobuk Valley National Park: Known for its giant sand dunes and a great place for caribou sighting.
  • Northwest Arctic Heritage Center: Visitor center for Kobuk Valley National Park and home to a museum about the Arctic ecosystem and the native culture.

Nome

  • Bering Land Bridge National Preserve: Protects the remnants of the Bering Land Bridge that connected Asia to North America long ago.

Utqiagvik

  • Inupiat Heritage Center: Tells how the native population helped the whaling industry.

All attractions found in the 2019 Alaska Travel Guide.

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Alaska Bucket List ~ Interior Region

Home to the larger city of Fairbanks, today we explore the interior portion of Alaska.

Central

  • Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve: Explore the region of the Yukon River and the Charley River Delta.

Delta Junction

  • Big Delta State Historical Park: Learn about the area that was a crossroads on the Valdez-Fairbanks Trail.

Denali Park

  • Denali National Park and Preserve: Home to the highest mountain peak in North America.

Fairbanks

  • Aurora Pointe Activity Center: Great place to explore the Northern lights.
  • Gold Dredge 8: Explore the work of dredging a gold mine and other mining history.
  • Museum of the North: Explore the history of the area.
  • Running Reindeer Ranch: Walk with reindeer at this family farm.
  • SS Nenana National Historic Landmark: This 5 deck sternwheeler is one of three left in the US.

Hot Springs

  • Aurora Ice Museum: Year round complete ice environment.
  • Chena Hot Springs: Wonderful hot springs and a great place to view the auroras.

North Pole

  • Santa Claus House: This town is completely dedicated to year round Christmas and the place where all letters to Santa are sent!

All attractions found in the 2019 Alaska Travel Guide.

Alaska Bucket List ~ Southwest Region

Today we move to a region of Alaska that is more easily accessible by boat instead of car. Granted a lot of Alaska is more easily accessed by boat or bush plane versus a car!

Attu Station

  • Attu Battlefield and U.S. Army and Navy Airfields National Historic Landmark: One of a few sites in Alaska related to its involvement in WWII.

King Salmon

  • Kodiak National Park and Preserve: Known for its grizzly bears that you can watch feed on salmon.

Kodiak

  • Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park: Several remains can still be seen of this WWII era fort.
  • Russian-American Co. Magazin National Historic Landmark: Oldest of only four Russian structures standing in the U.S.

Port Alsworth

  • Lake Clark National Park and Preserve: Beautiful park in the wilderness of Alaska.

All attractions found in the 2019 Alaska Vacation Guide.

Alaska Bucket List ~ South Central Region

Today we move further north into Alaska and visit the region that is home to the larger city of Anchorage.

Anchorage

  • Alaska Native Heritage Center: Shares the heritage of Alaska’s 11 major cultural groups.
  • Alaska Zoo: Features many “cold weather” species.
  • Anchorage Museum: Tells the history of the state.
  • Chugah State Park: One of the largest state parks in the nation.

Chitina

  • Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark: This old mining area is located within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Chugiak

  • Eklutna Historical Park: Features an old Russian Orthodox log cabin church and colorful spirit boxes in the cemetery.

Copper Center

  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve: Four mountain ranges can be found in this park.

Homer

  • Kachemak Bay State Park: Located on the bay, this was Alaska’s first state park.

Seward

  • Alaska Sealife Center: Premiere aquarium in Alaska with a mammal rehabilitation center.
  • Kenai Fjord National Park: Explore the glaciers that still flow from the Harding icefield.

Trapper Creek

  • Denali State Park: Located just to the east of Denali National Park, this park is one of the most beautiful in the region.

All attractions found in the 2019 Alaska Travel Guide.

Alaska Bucket List ~ Inside Passage Region

Today we move into the “Final Frontier” of Alaska. We will begin this series in the Inside Passage region, which includes the capitol city of Juneau.

Gustavus

  • Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve: Filled with glaciers, fjords, mountains, and a temperate rainforest, there’s a little bit of everything at this park.

Haines

  • Fort William H. Seward National Historic Landmark: Location of a military fort during boundary disputes with Canada and the Gold Rush.

Juneau

  • Admiralty Island National Monument: National Monument site located within the Tongass National Forest.
  • Mendenhall Glacier: 13 mile long glacier located just outside of town.
  • Tongass National Forest: America’s largest national forest and a great place to view Alaska wildlife.

Ketchikan

  • Misty Fjords National Monument: Steep rock walls along the sea covered with layers of rain forest.
  • Totem Bright State Historical Park: Park known for its hand carved totem poles.

Sitka

  • American Flag Raising Site National Historic Landmark: Site of the first American flag raised after Russian America was sold to the United States.
  • Sitka National Historical Park: Known for its iconic totem poles.
  • St. Michael’s Russian Cathedral National Historic Landmark: Earliest Orthodox cathedral in the New World.

Skagway

  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park: Discover the history of the Alaska Gold Rush.

All attractions found in the 2019 Alaska Travel Guide.