Alaska is a magical state overflowing with beautiful scenery and thriving wildlife. Visiting a place with so much to offer can make it difficult to decide what attractions are worth seeing and which ones you can live without. Here is a list of the top five tourist attractions to make the decision a little bit easier:
- The Glacier Bay National Park: Feast your eyes on one of the world’s greatest wonders. This natural assortment of 16 towering glaciers is a leisurely 60 mile cruise northwest from Juneau. Along the ride you can see fleets of enormous whales, gorgeous snow capped mountains, and sparkling blue glaciers unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
- Alaska State Museum: This culturally rich museum in Juneau showcases Alaska’s native people, the natural history of the state, and the story of American colonization. Kids can enjoy hands on activities while you spend time interactively learning about Alaska’s impressive past.
- The Kenai Peninsula: This popular destination of south Anchorage is known for its busy fishing port, canoeing/kayaking/rafting excursions, glacier and wildlife cruises, camping and sightseeing activities, as well as its legendary golf courses. In fact, Sewardhome of the Alaska SeaLife Center and one of the peninsula’s largest citieswas recently voted the number 1 US destination for 2010 by TripAdvisor.com.
- The Kenai Fjords National Park: While on the Kenai peninsula, you must check out the 600,000 acres of coastal mountains, Ice fields, and shorelines that are the Kenai Fjords National Park. You can choose from 6 or 8 hour cruise tours that take you on an in depth adventure through the distinct wildlife and alpine and tidewater glaciers.
- Denali National Park: Home to Mt. McKinleythe highest mountain in North Americathe 6 million acres of Denali National park is Alaska’s most famous park. Take in mind blowing views of local wildlife, learn about the significance of Denali (‘the Great one’), and have the photo op of a lifetime.