I’ve been to Alaska a few times this year, and I’ve gotten some requests for a round up of places we’ve been and things to do, so here we go!
Matanuska Glacier is a pretty stunning thing to see in person. It is the largest glacier in Alaska that can be reached by vehicle. It is approximately 26 miles long and 4 miles wide at its terminus (source). There are tour companies that will outfit you to walk around on the glacier in gear and with a tour. We just drove up and walked around, which was very cool on its own.
The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail in Anchorage is another really cool spot. It is 11 miles long (so you could totally get a 22 mile long run out of it), and the views along it are beautiful. Last summer we rented bikes and biked along it. Allegedly, there was a moose around some part of the trial, but we never saw in person. That was fine with me, as moose are especially thrilled to see people.
Talkeetna is a really cute town that has a lot of activities – clear views of Mt. McKinley (Denali), zip lining, fishing, and a ton of great trails to explore. Denali Brewing Company is also in town and is a great spot for lunch and sampler.
Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge has amazing views – whether you stay there or just get lunch on your way in or out of town, it is worth stopping by.
Hatcher Pass is a great area with amazing views. You can hike and visit Independence Mine State Historical Park, which is free.
Lazy Mountain is a tough, but beautiful run or hike. We went up the steep way, and ran down the switchbacks – which ended up being 3000 feet of gain and 6 miles total up and down. Definitely make sure you’ve got trail shoes, or shoes with some tread on them, as it was super muddy and slippery when we went.
Downtown Anchorage is one of my favorite places to spend time in Alaska – the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is right there, and Skinny Raven running store is here as well. There is no shortage of cute parks and places to wander, plus some great restaurants. The Hotel Captain Cook is a great place to stay or grab a bite to eat. Moose’s Tooth is famous for pizza, Simon & Seafort’s is great for a nicer meal, and Humpy’s Alehouse has the best benedicts.
The Northern Lights are something everyone seems to ask about in Alaska, but it is difficult to pin down exactly when and where you can see them.
I snagged the above photo from a tour company which I linked. We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights in person, but they weren’t bright enough for a picture that would do them justice.
Something else that is on my list to do in Alaska is going on a floatplane to land on a Glacier.
I hope that helps you all with your travels! Alaska has so much to offer any time of year and I would love to know if you’ve done anything there that I didn’t mention.