Collected by Bernadette Ellis
Baranof Island, Sitka, AK 99835, USA
Baranof Island is a land of enchantment. Home of the Tlingit Native people, it is the smallest of the ABC Islands in Alaska, just over 1,600 square miles in size. According to locals, there is a grizzly bear on Baranof Island for every one of...
411 W 1st Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
My father and I boarded the Alaska Railroad in Anchorage, donning our GoldStar cabin pins , to begin our journey in the interior of Alaska. The GoldStar cabin, the premier cabin of the Alaska Railroad, offers exceptional views and service. With...
737 W 5th Ave #110, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
With a whopping average size of twenty to twenty-five pounds (and fifty pounds being considered trophy size), King Salmon are one of Alaska's crown jewels. The season opens up every year in May, and in Anchorage as well as all over America's 49th...
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...
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,...
Mile 238.9 Parks Hwy, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755, USA
I like hotels in general, but there’s a special place in my heart for national park lodges. The range of accommodations usually encompasses several levels of vacation budgets (Yay for patriotic inclusiveness!) and there’s nothing better than...
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...
Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK, USA
It was the experience I was most looking forward to when planning my trip and it did not disappoint! On a beautiful Alaskan summer day we took a 30 minute sea plane ride on the Kenai peninsula out to a little john boat where we took another 15...
Turnagain Arm, Alaska, USA
The first hour-plus drive down the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage is perhaps the most dramatic. Riding along the Cook Inlet, the mountain scenery is fantastic. In the late summer, there’s a chance of spotting some of the 350 or so beluga...
Exit Glacier, Alaska 99664, USA
Before leaving Seward, it’s worth the effort to visit the glacier and visitor center to help you understand how these massive ice caps have shaped the geography of the area. A hike to the ice flow itself is breathtaking and can easily be...
Cooper Landing, AK 99572, USA
To break up the 170-mile drive from Seward to Homer, there are plenty of hiking trails to stretch your legs. Because we were anxious to spot a moose, we selected the Upper Kenai River Trail because it supposedly offered some prime viewing...
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...
Whittier, AK 99693, USA
The drive from Anchorage to Whittier is stunning, and our vehicle was full of, “whoa, look at that!” and “what, are you kidding? this is amazing!!” Whittier, population 200, was basically buried in snow, and can only be reached when traveling...
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...
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...
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...
There are no guarantees the northern lights will start dancing on the night you look skyward, but it's so worth taking the chance. One of the great rewards for hanging out in Alaska once the dark and cold settle over the state, the northern...
530 E Benson Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99503, USA
Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge is a hip hang-out with a creative vibe for chocolate and espresso lovers. Their drinking chocolate is delicious and addictive – their espresso compliments it perfectly. The owner, Zoe Oakley, is an incredibly...
209 Lake St, Sitka, AK 99835, USA
Fewer places in the world are more remarkable in their beauty, than Sitka, Alaska. The launching point for my Alaskan Dream Cruise, I flew in on a bluebird day, with snow-capped mountains in the distance and canary-colored wildflowers dancing in...
13550 E Main St, Talkeetna, AK 99676, USA
A friend saw on social media that my father and I were headed up to Alaska, to board the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage up to Denali National Park, making a stop in Talkeetna: a small, rustic mountain town that serves as a base camp for climbers...
With rumors of ice melting all around the world, I cherish the experiences I had on my trip to the inside passage on Wildland Adventures Alaska Northern Passages and Glacier Bay itinerary last summer which brought me up close and personal to...
411 W 1st Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
It’s tempting to explore Alaska by car – indeed, there are advantages to doing so and in some areas no other choice – but the Alaska Railroad is a comfortable way to pass through tucked-away towns and see wilderness where no roads appear to wind...
2001 Seward Hwy, Seward, AK 99664, USA
Local artists have painted the town with scenes ranging from wildflowers to The Giving Tree and even the senior prom. The Kenai Fjords National Park wall—by the renowned Ed Tussey from Homer—stands out as the most stunning and detailed. Look for...
111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada
One of Canada’s most iconic hotels, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is cradled by the Rocky Mountains, its grand, castle-like structure surrounded by towering peaks and the pristine, protected wilderness of Banff National Park. The...
109 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada
Whether it’s after a long summer hike or a winter day on the ski slopes, there is no better place to relax than the Deer Lodge rooftop hot tub. It has a clear view of the Victoria Glacier across Lake Louise. The hotel is gorgeous in a rustic way....
312 Stikine Ave, Wrangell, AK 99929, USA
In Wrangell, Alaska, an old lodge that once belonged to Chief Shakes has been restored with many of the original (or recreations of the original) carvings on furniture and the poles that hold up the roof. Carved wooden whale oil lamps still hang...
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