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Three unforgettable Southcentral Alaska hikes with varied difficulty levels

As amazing as Alaska is to experience from the air, water and road, there’s something very special about exploring the state on foot. And there are hundreds of hiking options of all distances, difficulty levels, and landscapes. You can hit a trail for an hour, a day, or a week, and see parts of Alaska rarely explored or view popular... Read More

Exploring Kodiak Island

Kodiak Island juts out of the Gulf of Alaska with a rugged beauty all its own. Snow-capped mountains, dense old growth forests, rocky cliffs, wildflower-laced meadows, and sandy beaches are the foundation for this stunning landscape. In 1912, a massive volcanic eruption 100-miles to the east rained thick ash across the island for three days, completely blocking light from the sun.... Read More

Why is Juneau the state capital of Alaska?

When it comes to conversations around Alaska’s unique geography, topics are dependably fascinating and practically infinite. What’s the distance of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race? (The traditional route is 1,149 miles.) What’s the proper name of the state’s great mountain: McKinley or Denali? (Alaskans and the federal government agree, the 20,310-foot peak is Denali.) Just how big is America’s biggest state? (663,268... Read More

A Weekend in Nome

I live in Anchorage and I’m always craving new adventures.  When I discovered that there were over 200 miles of road I had not been on in Northwestern Alaska, I grabbed a friend and we hopped a plane to Nome. Our 3-day road trip began with a 2-hour flight from Anchorage.  Nome sits on the shores of the Bering Sea with... Read More

Exploring McCarthy, Kennicott, and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska

McCarthy, Kennicott & Wrangell-St. Elias: A Motherlode of Magnificent Mountains and Alaska Mining History   Located at the end of one of Alaska’s roughest rural roads, and set deep in the Interior and mountainous wilds of America’s largest national park, the 13.2 million acre Wrangell-St. Elias National Park has two tiny towns with one big history: Kennicott and McCarthy. This is where... Read More

Fishing in Alaska: It’s Easy to Get “Hooked”

For avid anglers and first-time fishermen, Alaska is where most fishing fantasies come true. Fishermen travel to Alaska from around the world with dreams of hooking a spectrum of salmon, heavy and hearty halibut, beautiful biting trout and graceful grayling. Fly-fishing for salmon on Big River Lakes from Redoubt Bay Lodge. If there’s a will, there’s an Alaska waterway filled with fish:... Read More

Visit Alaska On Video: Planning A Vacation to America’s “Last Frontier”

There's nothing more exciting than coming to Alaska. Many people have had Alaska on their bucket list for years and for good reason. What's a visit to the 49th U.S. state feel, look and sound like? Watch this video from TravelAlaska to find out! Dive into an Alaska vacation experience by video you'll never forget (go full screen for best results!):... Read More

Like any traveler, I'm always looking for those experiences that are almost unique to any place, and watching films around Alaska of the skies in winter made me want to taste those unworldly showers of light in person.

— Pico Iyer
Misty Fjords National Monument

Grandiose glaciers, wonderful waterfalls and chilling cliff walls. Deep blue water and white capped mountains. The unique rainforest characteristics, landscapes and natural colors of Southeast Alaska. An amazing assortment of the state’s wildlife traveling the air, land and waters. It can all be found in one place: the Misty Fjords National Monument. Misty Fjords is a magical 2.3 million acre stretch... Read More

Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park

Gold! Gold! Gold! In 1896, the Klondike Gold Rush drew around 100,000 prospectors, laborers and entrepreneurs to the Yukon Territories and Dawson City, Southeast Alaska and Skagway, the Yukon River and beyond, with all routes leading to potential fortunes. Some struck gold and had their lives instantly changed. But most grand dreams of gold were met with the reality of... Read More

The Brooks Range in Alaska

Standing tall and spanning west to east across Alaska’s rugged Arctic region is the Brooks Range. The Brooks Range is best known for the hundreds of thousands of caribou that pass through this area of the Alaska Range in massive migratory herds. These Alaska mountains are home to a handful of spectacular peaks that range from 8,000-9,000-feet tall as well as... Read More

Alaska’s North Slope

Few regions in Alaska embody as many radically extreme lifestyles and conditions as Alaska's North Slope. Located between two unforgiving settings – the Arctic Ocean to the north and the Brooks Range mountains to the south – Alaska's North Slope is located in Alaska's Far North region and is home to big polar bears and whales, even bigger oilfields and business,... Read More