If you are bored of staying cooped up, only touring places available inside, we suggest you take a mind-blowing trip to Alaska, where natural wonders never cease. With enough untouched attractions to visit that will last you a lifetime of memories, the country makes for a perfect destination to completely fulfill your desire of getting at least a little closer to what kind of fascinations the world has to offer. First, however, if you are unsure of where to start, check out our list of the 6 Alaska beautiful places, natural wonders of this amazing state!
Meaning “The Great One,” Denali is the highest peak in North America, with stunning mountain tops skimming the horizon and stunning wildlife bursting in-between. People usually choose to visit the mountain for the beautiful trails and routes prepared for hikers and strollers.
However, if you are not into spending your time as actively, you can simply explore its grounds, where you will see plenty of wild animals in the area! You might also meet the people who inhabit the territory – Kuyokun natives.
Denali is also a centerpiece of the Denali National Park and Preserve, though you might recognize it by its former name – Mount McKinley. So do not miss a chance to visit and explore!
A part of one of the world’s largest international protected areas, Glacier Bay has over 3 million miles of glaciers. What a jaw-dropping number! The surroundings of this bay are absolutely crazy – ice, snow, and clear blue water shining on you as you tour the region, inhaling as much of nature as possible.
Glacier Bay is one of the remotest and wildest places in the southern part of Alaska. It is located not far from Juneau and is reachable only by plane or boat. But once you arrive there, you can dive into a fantastic fairy-tale world.
To do that, you can hike, cruise, ice-climb, and even camp here, so take your pick with what appeals to you the most and give into the striking beauty of Alaska!
The Girdwood Ghost Forest
An earthquake in 1964 was very harmful to Southcentral Alaska, landing a severe blow to the shoreline of Turnagain Arm. What was once a place of incredible flora and fauna was flooded and dropped several feet by the seawater, destroying the proud trees.
Nowadays, as Seward Highway approaches Girdwood, travelers can see the haunted forest where the remains of trees lie as a reminder and evidence of the catastrophe. This magnificent place, though destroyed, still looks beautiful, so you should make plans to spend time here. If anything, just to witness that Mother Nature can be cunning and harsh.
Definitely include this as one of your Alaska tours for the dramatic experience of authentic and honest natural scenery!
Glacier Ice Caves
There should not be a surprise that a Northern country such as Alaska has numerous different corners and wonders of ice and frost. Now that you have Glacier Bay on the list, why not dig deeper? Literally! Visit Glacier Ice Caves for a more adventurous experience.
Most of the Glacier Ice Caves are located in the southern part of Alaska, near Anchorage. The most beautiful of them are Mendelhall Ice Caves, the caves in Spenser Glacier, Chugach National Forest, Matanuska Glacier Cave, and the caves of Root & Kennicott Glaciers.
The caves are formed naturally, with ice taking control before a human hand could touch it, making it even more extreme. The truth is, the caves are not for the fainted-hearted. The routes are slippery and cold, and however slight the chance may be, the ice could always start collapsing, so think twice before visiting! We also do not recommend this for people who are claustrophobic.
Of course, none of that matters if you are a huge risk-taker. In that case, pull up your armor of courage, and explore these stunning tunnels!
Icy as it is, Alaska is also very green! If spending time surrounded by trees is what you require for a successful, relaxing holiday, we suggest you make a note of visiting the Afognak Island in the Kodiak Archipelago.
Impressive greenery is what will lure and keep you in, and watching sea lions retiring near the shore will be a bonus if you are lucky! There are also a few small camping sites and fishing lodges here on the island, so if you are suddenly restless, take your pick!
Due to its pristine conditions and incredible views, Afognak is now the location of Alaska’s newest state park!
By far the most popular natural tourist attraction here in Alaska is the opportunity of seeing the mind-blowing Auroras, aka Northern Lights.
This stunning phenomenon that colors the night sky in a spectrum of colors is a frequent sight in the country, wherever they are actually visible to the eye. That is because of the convenient geographical location that results in Alaska being right under the Aurora oval.
Since nature can be unexpected, as always, you should do heavy research before setting off for Aurora hunting so that you know what time is the best to see it. However, if you get lucky, and most likely you will, the experience will be incredible!
Pull out your winter gear, sunglasses, and good mood, because visiting Alaska- one of the best adventure destinations in the USA with its best natural attractions is what is going to make your journey unforgettable! At any time, be curious and brave – you never know if this is your only chance to see these wonders. Have a great, fulfilling trip!
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Hi, we are Krasen and Ying Ying. Krasen is from Bulgaria, and Ying Ying is from China. We are passionate about geography and history, and we believe that the best way to experience it is by exploring the Earth in reality, not in a school, and not virtually.
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