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    Tourist Attractions in Alaska

    The most interesting tourist attractions places in Alaska. Photos and a brief description.

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    About Alaska

    The largest and northernmost state of the USA. In addition, it is separated from the rest of the country. Alaska consists not only of the mainland, but also of a large number of islands. These lands once belonged to the Russian Empire, and traces of Russian residence are still preserved, for example, in the names of a number of geographical objects. In 1867, Alaska was sold to the United States and very soon began to form as a tourist area.

    Travelers are interested in the local nature. National parks, glaciers and fjords are the main wealth of the state. Tourist routes have been developed for every taste, for example, hiking along the “Foggy Fjords” or sea in Juneau for whale watching. The climate and geographical location give travelers the opportunity to see another unusual phenomenon — the Northern Lights.

    Top Tourist Attractions in Alaska

    Mount Denali

    One of the main attractions of Alaska. The National Park occupies about 25 thousand km2. Here is the highest point of Alaska, after which the area is named. Mount Denali has another name, McKinley, given in memory of the country's 25th president. Visiting the park allows you not only to admire the natural beauty, but also introduces you to the life and culture of the indigenous people of North America.

    Mount Denali
    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

    The area of the national park is about 13 thousand km2. Most of the territory is covered with forests. In addition, there are many hills, mountain rivers and streams, lakes and glaciers. The largest glaciers are Margerie and Lamplugh. The climate in Glacier Bay is specific: warm winters and cold summers. There are convenient walking routes for tourists. Guests of the park can go fishing, rock climbing or rafting.

    Kenai River Viewing Platform

    It was created in 1980 in order to protect the Arctic territories from the negative influence of people. The area is approximately 2800 km2. More than half of the territory is covered with snow and ice. The fauna is typical for such a climate: polar bears, walruses, whales, seals. But the coastal flora is more exotic. Kenai Fjords is famous for its "glacier cruises": tourists are offered to look at the parts that break off from the glaciers.

    Kenai River Viewing Platform
    Punchbowl Cove in Misty Fjord National Monument

    Punchbowl Cove in Misty Fjord National Monument

    In 1978, the territory with this name was declared a national reserve. The area is 9500 km2. The remoteness of the area allowed the wildlife to remain virtually untouched. Tourists are brought here mainly by cruise ships and airplanes. Hiking trails allow you to see the main beauties of the park. Those who wish can go mountaineering, boating or fishing in the designated areas.

    Hubbard Glacier

    The largest glacier off the coast of Alaska. Hubbard continues to gain weight and grow. At the same time, it is in motion and is slowly heading towards the bay. The maximum age of the ice layers is 400 years. In summer, impressive chunks break off from the glacier and fall into the water with a noise. Tourists come to watch this process. And icebergs separating from Hubbard are a serious problem for navigation of ships in the region.

    Hubbard Glacier
    Mendenhall Glacier

    Mendenhall Glacier

    It can be found in the valley of the same name. Since it is not so far from the central part of Juneau, in the past it was called the "glacier outside the city". In 1891, it received its current name in honor of the physicist and meteorologist Mendenhall. The length is about 19 km . Climate change has greatly affected the size and location of the glacier. The glacier is part of the recreational area of the Tongass National Forest.

    Tracy Arm Fjord

    Surrounded by emerald water. The shores of the fjord are indented, the slopes are covered, and the rocks and mountains have "ragged" features. The Tracy Arm waterfalls carry their waters directly into the sea. Tourists during sightseeing tours are brought as close as possible. Sometimes you can see pieces of glaciers breaking off. Another interesting phenomenon is the bathing of bears and deer. Dolphins at the fjord are used to people and often swim up to ships.

    Tracy Arm Fjord
    Brooks Falls

    Brooks Falls

    It is located in the Katmai National Park. A large number of sockeye salmon and shallow water attract bears. In the past, they were hunted, so the population has significantly decreased. Thanks to the current bans on extermination and the environmental regime, the number of individuals is growing from year to year. There are webcams installed next to the waterfall to monitor bear fishing.

    Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

    In 2007, Tim Kearney opened this museum of rare cars in Fairbanks. 85 cars were assembled under one roof. They look perfect, and all but a few are on the go. Cars from this collection were produced before the Second World War. In good weather in spring and summer, they are "released" from the hangar. If you find yourself in a museum at such a moment, then there is a chance to ride a rarity or watch a mini-race.

    Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
    Museum of the North

    Museum of the North

    Located in Fairbanks. A futuristic-style building was built especially for the museum collection. Each hall is responsible for a certain direction. Historical, geographical and cultural halls are the largest. Notable exhibits are a mummified ancient bison and Inuit products. The museum has a gallery where artists whose works are associated with Alaska are exhibited, and a botanical garden.

    Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center

    Here you can plan your trip around Fairbanks or across Alaska. The center offers brochures, access to telephone and wi-fi, places for overnight stays. The spacious exhibition hall features dioramas and other exhibits telling the history of the state. The center is open all year round, seven days a week and closing only for a few national holidays. Research activities are conducted on its basis.

    Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center
    Anchorage Museum

    Anchorage Museum

    It was opened in 1968, so the state authorities celebrated the centenary of the sale of Alaska to Americans. The museum area exceeds 16 thousand m2. Initially, the exhibition was made up of about 2,500 exhibits of ethnographic and historical nature. 60 of them are paintings. Now the funds have increased 10 times. Now a full-fledged gallery is reserved for painting. The design of the museum building is dominated by metal and glass.

    Red Onion Saloon

    During the "gold rush" period, this institution was the most popular in Skagway. Upstairs there were rooms for "leisure". Each girl was correlated with a doll that was displayed at the bar. As soon as the doll was in a horizontal position, it meant that the prostitute was free. For the museum, the appearance of Solon was completely recreated. During the excursions, real performances are arranged and stories about the past are told.

    Red Onion Saloon
    Alaska SeaLife Center

    Alaska SeaLife Center

    A large aquarium has been located in Seward since 1998. Its task is to maintain the integral water system of Alaska. The organization is non-profit, it provides its reports to everyone who helps to keep the seas and rivers clean. Another area of activity is animal rehabilitation. As a result of natural disasters or human activity, some individuals require treatment, and the center provides it.

    Alaska Zoo

    It has been operating since 1969 and attracts an additional one hundred thousand tourists to Anchorage annually. The history of the zoo in Alaska began with a baby elephant won in a lottery by a local resident. Currently, the number of mammalian species has reached 46. In addition to them, there are about a hundred birds here. On the basis of the zoo, scientific research and rehabilitation of animals injured or discarded by their former owners are carried out.

    Alaska Zoo
    Totem Bight State Historical Park

    Totem Bight State Historical Park

    It occupies 13 hectares in the vicinity of Ketchikan. It was created in 1939. In the past, there was a camping site at this place. The historic area includes the original totem poles of the state's indigenous people. Other unique objects have been added, such as the restored dwelling of the leader. Dexterity tests, participation in rituals, and canoeing are available to tourists. Every evening, gatherings are arranged around a large campfire.

    Tony Knowles Coastal Trail (Anchorage)

    It stretches for more than 17 km from the center of Anchorage to Kincaid Park. It runs along the coast of Cook Bay. Terrain features and scenic views attract pedestrians, bikers, half marathon runners and skiers to the trail. There is something to see here at any time of the year. The conditions remain comfortable, both for walking and for sports. From here you can see the Fiery Island and planes taking off from the local airport.

    Tony Knowles Coastal Trail (Anchorage)
    Alaska Railroad

    Alaska Railroad

    Construction began in 1903. The length of the main highway is about 760 km . The state road belongs to the second class. It is connected to the rest of the country's railway system via ferry: trains are transported from Witter to Seattle on it. There are several special tourist routes. The cars on them are equipped with panoramic windows or even transparent domes on the roof.

    Whale Watch Alaska

    Among sightseeing trips, this is the most popular. The tour lasts about 4 hours. Buses with tourists depart from the center of Juneau and reach the port in less than half an hour. There groups are placed on special boats. On the way to the places where whales congregate, there are all kinds of inhabitants of the local waters. Especially a lot of seals. They attract whales. Killer whales are not afraid of people at all and swim up close.

    Whale Watch Alaska
    Alaska Naturally Inc.

    Alaska Naturally Inc.

    One of the most beautiful and unusual natural phenomena. The glow of the upper layers of the atmosphere occurs due to their interaction with the flow of ionized particles. Alaska is just the place where it is best to watch the aurora. Usually the phenomenon is revealed in all its splendor in September, although the forecast differs by year. The hills of Denali National Park are perfect as an observation deck.

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