Alaska sometimes feels like the forgotten state. Far from much of the United States, it’s remote and wild.
It also only joined the US in 1867 when William H. Seward bought it from Russia.
But that remoteness and untamed beauty make it a wonderful place to visit. A vacation to Alaska is like visiting no other place on earth.
Looking for things to do in Alaska? Read on to learn more!
Kroschel Films Wildlife Center
If you’re tired of zoos but you still enjoy seeing animals? Then try Kroschel Films Wildlife Center near Haines.
Its operator, Steve Kroschel, cares for orphaned and abandoned wild animals. There are no cages here though.
Follow a trail through the wilderness to see the animals in their natural habitat. Look out for wolves, reindeer, owls, grizzly bears and lynx.
White Pass and Yukon Route Railway
This narrow-gauge railway dates to 1900. It was built during the Klondike Gold Rush to take miners to the goldfields.
The railway links Whitehorse, Yukon with Skagway, Alaska. After it closed in 1982, it reopened as a heritage railroad in 1988.
Ride through tremendous scenery in vintage and replica train cars. You’ll pass places like Inspiration Point and Dead Horse Gulch.
It’s the closest you’ll get to traveling back in time.
Alaska Cruise Tours
One of the best ways to see Alaska is by cruise. And you’re not going to be stuck on a boat the entire time.
The traditional cruise takes in Alaska’s Inside Passage between Seward and Vancouver. But it adds a ‘land cruise’ by railroad.
Enjoy whale watching, scenery spotting, and wildlife photography from the deck. When the boat makes a stop, try whitewater rafting, fishing, or gold mining.
Choose your Alaska vacation package for the best trip.
Alaska Native Heritage Center
If you’re looking for things to do in Anchorage, head to the Alaska Native Heritage Center.
See exhibitions about eleven of Alaska’s indigenous cultures. Visit six recreated dwellings to learn more about traditional ways of life.
Watch performances, including native dancing. Listen to storytelling in the Gathering Place.
And you can stock up on souvenirs because artists sell handmade crafts in the Hall of Cultures.
Lost Lake Trail
Is hiking more your speed? Alaska offers plenty of trails and hiking opportunities for all levels of ability.
The Lost Lake Trail (aka the Primrose trail) is great for a single day trip. It’s seven miles long in one direction.
You’ll start off in a rainforest and pass through mountains and alpine terrain. If you’re looking for epic scenery, this trail has plenty of it.
The trail ends among the meadows and lakes that give the trail its name. Take plenty of water, a first aid kit, and spare camera batteries!
Enjoy These Awesome Things to Do in Alaska
The 49th state offers plenty of opportunities to take photos, enjoy nature, and learn. And these things to do in Alaska suit all ages and abilities.
Your biggest problem will be deciding what to do first.
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