Summertime in Alaska is like no other. It is home to over three million lakes, Chugach State Park, abundant wildlife, glaciers, and adventures galore! Words and pictures hardly own up to this spectacular state. That’s why visiting Alaska is an experience of a lifetime and trip you should take to fully experience it for yourself. With over 19 hours of sunlight during the summer, you’ll have plenty of time to experience the places below and then some!
Have you ever wanted to see a glacier? How about take a walk on one? Head north on Glenn Highway out of Anchorage to mile marker 102 and get your camera ready. Be prepared to stop along the way as the views from the highway are remarkable. Once you arrive, zig-zag down the hillside to the foot of the glacier. We suggest you purchase a guided glacier tour or pay to explore the glacier on your own (it makes the exploring all the easier). Matanuska is one of the largest glaciers in the U.S. at 27 miles long by 4 miles wide. Don’t forget your cell phone or camera in the car, you will want photos of this!
If you don’t have time to drive all the way to Denali National Park, make sure to stop in Talkeetna. Here, you can leisurely stroll down E Main Street to Talkeetna Riverfront Park where a trail opens up to the racing waters of the Talkeetna, Susitna, and Chulitna Rivers. When you look to the right you can see Denali. And don’t you worry – you can’t miss North America’s tallest peak at 20,310 feet. It’s breathtaking and absolutely amazing how nature can create something so beautiful. Quick hint: give yourself a few day options to see the mountain. Some days, it can be a little cloudy and you might need a window of time to catch a look.
Driving along the Turnagain Arm will definitely be on your Alaska itinerary if you plan on exploring outside of Anchorage. Photo ops are nicely marked along the highway with “photo” signs giving you plenty of time to get your camera ready and pull over. Beluga Point, McHugh Creek, and Bird Point are just a few of the places you can stop at and soak in the amazingness. Moose, mountain goats, waterfalls, eagles and even bears are a few of the sights you may run across.
Only 2.5 hours south of Anchorage is Seward. An idyllic town known for fishing, it’s a great starting point for a cruise. Take a stroll through the cute shops and harbor before boarding a boat for a wildlife and/or glacier cruise. Your voyage will cruise through Resurrection Bay where you can see both Humpback and Orcas, sea lions, puffins, eagles, and otters in their natural habitat. Make sure to book in advance, wildlife, and glacier cruises are a must on your Alaska adventure.
Employee Author Bio: Pam is an Associate Market Development Manager on the Vacations team at Sun Country Airlines. What she loves most about Sun Country is the destination diversity – you can be adventurous in Anchorage or lazy on the beach in Puerto Vallarta. Where is she going next? Austin, TX, there’s something about that BBQ that keeps her coming back!
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