Trip Plan Details
- Kenai Fjords National Park1212 4th Ave, Seward, AKrecommended Kenai Fjords National ParkDefinitely book a whale watching/wildlife/glacier tour in Seward. They are a little pricey--around $200--but worth the expense. When I went a couple years ago, we spotted a killer whale and humpback ... read morewhale sparring, bald eagles and puffins flying overhead, sea lions and porpoises, and amazing views of calving glaciers. It was the highlight of an amazing trip.
recommended Denali National ParkDenali National Park is a majestic place with huge expanses of wild lands, Mount McKinley (the tallest mountain in North America), and an amazing diversity of wildlife; when I was there, I saw dall ... read moresheep, moose, caribou, wolves, black bears, and eagles. It's an amazing part of the world. There also are lots of options for camping in Denali. I spent a week at Wonder Lake, with incredible views of Mt. McKinley about half the time. Reserve a spot early--they fill up fast! And, be sure to bring mosquito repellant, light colored clothing, and even a mosquito head net--the mosquitos and black flies can be brutal is some parts of the park, especially in the summertime.Liza Prado
Just north of Anchorage, this is an Alaskan must-see....
recommended SewardFantastic little Alaskan port town that feels (and is) in the middle of nowhere. Wedged between massive, glacial-cut valleys and sitting on the edge of a productive ocean wilderness, alive with marine ... read moremammals, Seward is a tiny oasis of "civilization" amidst endless tracks of Alaskan backcountry. It's the perfect place to catch up on your fish eating, beer drinking and rebel rousing between long stretches of wilderness exploration. The place has a unique, frontier feel and mentality, so do watch your behavior. My feeling is the locals are more likely to use fists (or guns) and ask questions later if you're pulling some inappropriate drama.Arlo Hemphill
The coastal town of Seward is worth the drive from Anchorage for the charm and seaside pubs and seafood kitchens that line the main street. But the town's real draw is it's location along pristine ocean wilderness. This is the place to book a whale watching tour, cruise out to the glaciers, or rent a sea kayak and explore the Big Blue on your own terms!
- Exit GlacierKenai Fjords National Park, 1212 4th Ave, Seward, AKrecommended Exit GlacierThis is only glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park that you can actually reach by car from the main road. It's an amazing spectacle of ice that is a lot of fun to walk around and gain various ... read moreperspectives from along the trail. The most impressive thing is the signage, starting several miles down road, marking the recession of the glacier over the past 100 years or so. The loss of ice due to climate change is dramatic and a valuable lesson - bringing the reality of what we are doing to the planet into sharp contrast.Arlo Hemphill
Take a daytrip drive to Seward and stop at the Exit Glacier on the way. You'll witness an amazing testament to climate change as you pass signs on the road, marking the extent of ice in years past. Once there, it's a fantastic place to scramble around the ice flows and scout for Alaskan wildlife.
- Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum4721 Aircraft Drive, Anchorage, AKrecommended Alaska Aviation Heritage MuseumRight next to the world's busiest floatplane lake, where you can watch actual bush pilots taking off and landing, this little ol' museum caught my interest even though I'm not a huge fan of aviation ... read morehistory (but if you are, it'll keep you engaged for hours). Great historical photos of the early days of Alaskan aviation, both civilian and military, plus a hangar where you can look at rare aircraft being restored. Watch for plane traffic on the taxi-way that you have to drive across to get to the museum parking lot! The friendly lady in the little food shack outside (usually open in summer) sells tasty reindeer hot dogs that you can chow down on while watching the planes by the lakefront.
- Anchorage Museum of History & Art121 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-3611recommended Anchorage Museum of History & ArtIf you're ever walked around downtown Anchorage, you know there's not a whole lot to do once you're eaten a reindeer hot dog and paid your disrespects to the Captain Cook Monument. This museum is one ... read moreof my top two don't-miss sights in town (the other is the floatplane lake & bush pilots' museum), especially now that the Smithsonian has sponsored a new tribal history, arts and culture gallery with interactive multimedia exhibits. It's just too bad that the Alaska territory/state history galleries are less well-funded, as some of those displays look haphazard in comparison.
- Glacier Brewhouse737 West 5th Avenue #110, Anchorage, AK, United Statesrecommended Glacier BrewhouseDowntown Anchorage's best place for dinner is this upscale brewpub. Love the copper brewing vats almost as much as the daily salmon dinner specials. Incredibly fresh seafood, and the house-made potato ... read morechips with melted blue cheese are awesome if you've been working up an appetite in the great outdoors. Service is friendly, and if you don't make reservations, you can just wait to snag a table in the bar area. We ate here twice during our most recent trip to Alaska, and our relatives who are AK locals rate it as their favorite place to eat downtown. Oh, the beer's tasty, too!