A Haida dancer in Ketchikan. Image: Daniel Volland, Brand USA The Northern Lights shine above Bear Lake. Image: Senior Airman Joshua Strang, US Air Force / public domain A seaplane coast on the waters near Talkeetna. Image: Pixabay A humpback whale breaching in Kenai Fjords National Park. Image: Pixabay Dog sled is such a legitimate form of transport in Alaska. Image: Skeeze / Pixabay Views on the Alaska Railroad. Image: Alaska Railroad / Facebook On an Alaskan snowmobile tour with Rod's Alaskan Guide Service, departing from a town called North Pole (yes, really). Image: Rod's Alaskan Guide Service Totems and meeting hall in Totem Bight State Historical Park. Image: Daniel Volland, Brand USA A glacier calves into the ocean. Image: Pixabay A view in Totem Bight State Historical Park. Image: Daniel Volland, Brand USA An Alpine Air Alaska scenic helicopter taking in the view of glaciers. Image: Alpine Air Alaska / Facebook Creek Street in Ketchikan. Image: Daniel Volland, Brand USA A mother bear teaches her cubs to swim on the edge of Naknek Lake, in Katmai National Park. Image: Paxson Woelber / Unsplash Skating in a small ice cave below Byron Glacier, in the Chugach National Forest. Image: Paxson Woelber / Unsplash Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan. Image: Daniel Volland, Brand USA The University of Alaska, Museum of the North houses collections of items relating to the "natural, artistic, and cultural heritage of Alaska and the Circumpolar North". Image: University of Alaska, Museum of the North / Facebook Alaska is a big place, but its roads serve it well. Road trip anyone? Image: Roman Romanenko / Unsplash Finding reflections on Matanuska Glacier. Image: Nitish Meena / Unsplash Take a dogsledding trip with a magnificent backdrop.
It’s a bit of an underdog when it comes to the many, many places to visit in the
is well worth your time. Packed with incredible nature and wildlife experiences, and simply unbelievable views, visitors can take scenic train journeys, helicopter flights, check out glaciers, catch a dog sled, or explore Indigenous culture all within a few days. It might even give
a run for its money on all these counts.
(Lead image: Rod’s Alaskan Guide Service)