Collected by Andi Fisher , AFAR Local Expert
The last frontier? Alaska is mysterious and beautiful no matter what time of the year you travel to see it. It is definitely a spot for nature lovers and people who love the great outdoors. I've been twice, but only along the Inside Passage and I would love to explore deeper in. This collection of highlights is spots I would be interested in exploring more.
On the first Saturday in March, the mood in Anchorage, Alaska, is best expressed by a pack of huskies. More than 60 dogsled teams, each composed of 12 to 16 agile canines, assemble along Fourth Avenue for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail...
Looking for an active vacation not too far? Look no further! We took a 7 days Kayaking trip in Glacier Bay in Alaska. It was one of the best experiences of our lives. We took then another 5 days Kayaking trip to watch the whales in Point Adolphus....
1104 Peninsula St, Wrangell, AK 99929, USA
We walked on boardwalks through dense woods to a platform surrounded by a low fence. The instructions were: Do not get off the walk!! Along the way a female grizzly was asleep in our path. The ranger threw stones that landed with a racket on the...
Landing in an airplane on a glacier is for sure in my top 10 experiences so far in the world. There are several companies that offer flight tours and glacier landings on Mt. McKinley out of Talkeetna Alaska. The landing by a small airplane on skis...
Teller is an eskimo village located 70 miles north of Nome, Alaska. The road is open May through September and there is year round air service from Nome. The people living here live a subsistence lifestyle and salmon is a large part of their diet....
You can't help but be awed by what a glacier and a few thousand years can do to a landscape. As we hiked closer to Exit Glacier I become aware of the enormity of this sheet of ice that has carved out the valley and the river behind us. Signposts...
Harding Icefield, Alaska 99664, USA
While in Seward, Alaska one must take the hike along the Exit Glacier up to the Harding Icefield. It is a bit difficult at times, especially if there is snow, which there will be, and there are monster mosquitoes. However, it is amazing; the...
621 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
This morning I headed to Kaladi Brothers Coffee. A 20-ounce latte with four shots of espresso? Yes, please! It was amazing and should keep me awake for the next 36 hours. The young ladies working there are all extremely friendly, just like...
Sterling, AK, USA
In researching an article I wrote about the Iditarod, my son and I went dogsledding in February with Sam Deltour, a musher for Team Seavey who was the first rookie to complete the thousand-mile race with his entire sixteen-dog team intact. Later,...
66448 Church St, Ninilchik, AK 99639, USA
Set upon a bluff overlooking Cook Inlet, the Transfiguration of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church in winter with two of Mt. Iliamna's peaks visible in the background. The church is one of the most photographed sites on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula and...
227 Airport Rd, Nome, AK 99762, USA
Musk Ox have inhabited the frozen arctic north for thousands of years. Their undercoat of hair that keeps them warm throughout the winter and falls out as the temperature rises. This is a prize wool for the natives to spin and knit scarfs, mittens...
Petersburg, AK 99833, USA
When working up in Alaska there was a open seat on of the flight-seeing tours out of Petersburg. I jumped on the opportunity and this is one of my favorite shots! Nordic Air, Kupreanof Flying, and Pacific Wings all offer flightseeing trips out of...
Marathon Mountain, Alaska 99664, USA
Mount Marathon is a popular 5k trail running race in Seward, Alaska. The problem is, no one on their right mind should run it. We learned about the trail from some locals and decided to try it out – walking, not running. It was difficult to find...
Kenai Peninsula, AK 99611, USA
AdventureSmith adventure coordinator Andrew Browning just arrived to the Kenai Backcountry Lodge on the shores of Skilak Lake on our Alaska Grand Journeys trip. How gorgeous! Guests raft through miles of Alaskan wilderness to arrive for their...
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