I often tell people that in order to truly appreciate Alaska’s beauty they have to go twice. Once in the winter and once in the summer, which for us is June and July.
Alaska’s epic scenery draws thousands of tourists every year. If you’re planning an Alaskan adventure, there are a number of attractions and activities you must experience to explore the natural beauty of the Last Frontier.
Hot Springs in Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska, is a prime location for visiting true hot springs. Here, the water runs down bedrock and is heated before being returned to the surface. There are several hot springs in Fairbanks and other areas of Alaska, including the Chena Hot Springs in Fairbanks, as well as Toloyana, Kanuti and Hutlinana Hot Springs.
Most hot springs offer a warmed pool indoors in addition to their super steamy pond outside, which you have to be an adult to enter. One of my favourite memories in Alaska was sitting in Fairbanks’ Chena Hot Springs in the dead of winter close to midnight as my family and I watched a beautiful display of the Northern Lights.
While you’re in Fairbanks, don’t forget to visit Creamer’s Field, Ice Alaska, dog sledding, Pioneer Park, Riverboat Discovery tour, Fairbanks City Tour and the Fairbanks Golden Days in July.
The Northern Lights of Alaska are a sight everyone should see when visiting the state. It is a rare event that requires being in the right place at the right time. The best time to view the Northern Lights is the end of September or March. Good conditions for viewing will be a clear sky and cold night. They usually appear between the times of 10pm to 2am.
There are many areas in Alaska that are best seen from the air, such as Mt. McKinley or the massive Columbia Glacier. Quite often the only way these prestigious locations can be seen is through these helicopter tours. Just make sure the day you plan to go is cloud free or else your trip might be for naught.
Summer and Winter Cruises
Many visitors choose to go by cruise line, either in the summer or winter. Each major cruising season offers different sights and experiences, so it depends on what you’re looking for. With summer cruises, you get slightly warmer weather and more wildlife sights to enjoy. In the winter, you have a better chance of catching the Northern Lights and the bonus of cheaper airfare.
Alyeska Ski Resort
For a luxury vacation in Alaska, consider the Alyeska Ski Resort. This large resort is open year-round. There are 304 hotel rooms and the hotel is located about 40 miles from Anchorage. It has activities in the summer for adventures as well as skiing for all experience levels in the winter. Go to the lodge at the top of the mountain to warm yourself up with a cup of hot cocoa as you take in the view of snow-capped mountains against an Alaskan blue sky.
Take a break from your job and experience the real beauty of Alaska.
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BIO: Alicia is a content coordinator for a tech company. In her free time, she enjoys hiking (as long as she brings rabbit repellent), cooking healthy meals, and blogging.
Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America. His latest book of photography, Suenitos tells the story of the only daycare inside the dangerous Hidden City. Now based in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe. Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today. Have a story that needs to reach national media? Email him today.
In addition to being photo editor for the Internet’s largest collection of Travel Articles, Outbounding, he is also the lead photographer for BuenosTours, the specialists in private walking tours of Buenos Aires
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