Explore the Last Frontier: the Most Fantastic Wild Wonders of Alaska

Explore the Last Frontier:

the Most Fantastic Wild Wonders of Alaska

Alaska is full of natural wonders to explore. Whether you are longing to see the northern lights and glaciers or want to observe moose, whales, and bears in their natural habitat, Alaska, also known as the Last Frontier, has a lot to impress you with. National parks to encounter wolves, reindeer, and 400+ bird species, jaw-dropping glaciers to observe sea otters, humpback whales, and bears fishing for salmon—Alaska will surround you with its frosty embrace and won’t let you go!

In this piece, we’ve handpicked the most impressive natural wonders to explore in the Land of the Midnight Sun and expanded on some crucial tips to make your trip to Alaska unforgettable. 

In this piece, we’ve handpicked the most impressive natural wonders to explore in the Land of the Midnight Sun and expanded on some crucial tips to make your trip to Alaska unforgettable.

Planning Your Trip to Alaska

Visiting Alaska, it’s essential to plan your trip in detail. Which season is the best to make a wish under the northern lights and enjoy winter sports? What is the best time to observe the wildlife in Alaska? How to get there? No worries, we’ve got it all covered for you! 

1. The Best Time to See Wildlife in Alaska

If you are not a fan of cold weather but still want to explore Alaska, summer is a perfect season for you! July is the hottest month in Alaska, with an average daytime temperature of 18-21 °C (65-70 °F). The climate is perfectly comfortable, all hiking trails are available, and the wildlife is active. Summer is an ideal time to observe spawning salmon, humpback whales, and bird migration.

Winter might be a great season to visit this cold land for those who are not afraid of the harsh climate and want to relish Alaska in all its icy glory. Winter in Alaska begins in October and lasts till March with an average temperature from -7 °C (20 °F) to -23 °C (-10 °F). It’s a splendid season for dog sledding, northern lights viewing, and winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. You can also encounter bald eagles, mountain goats, sea lions, moose, Arctic foxes, and snowshoe hares. 

2. How to Get There? 

By plane, by car, or even by yacht—you can reach Alaska by any means of transport you like. For example, you can take a flight to Anchorage, Ketchikan, Juneau, and Fairbanks. It’s also possible to get there with a vehicle by driving the Alaska-Canada Highway, the Trans-Canada Highway, or the Cassiar Highway. 

Taking a cruise to Alaska is one of the most picturesque ways to have an exclusive traveling experience while observing busy fishing villages, dazzling glaciers, and whales swimming around your vessel. And of course, you can also combine this cruise with snorkeling, jet skiing, and kayaking, so your journey will be anything but boring!

The Most Impressive Wonders of Alaska 

 

3. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Start exploring the local natural wonders and jaw-dropping landscapes by visiting Glacier Bay, a national park in the west of Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. This fjord is 105 kilometers (65 miles) long and is dotted with snow-covered hills, temperate rainforest, and 50+ glaciers. 

Glacier Bay has a lot to offer every passionate globetrotter—from hiking to flightseeing. So whether you are in the air or in the sea, keep your camera on to capture amazing Alaskan wildlife. Black and brown bears, moose, and eagles will delight you!

We recommend you take a day tour aboard a high-speed catamaran to catch the authentic atmosphere of this marvelous place. You will travel all the way from the vast rainforest to the fantastic glaciers, savor mouth-watering lunch, and encounter such marine creatures as sea otters and humpback whales. 

4. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Visiting this refuge is one of the best ways to explore the wildlife in Alaska as here you can meet 45 marine and land mammals, over 40 fish species, and 200+ bird species. Strolling around numerous rivers and picturesque valleys, you can relish the iconic Alaskan weather with its cool winds and heavy fog. 

Besides wildlife watching, you can also entertain yourself with hiking, rafting, and camping. The refuge covers 7.9 million hectares (19.6 million acres) in northeastern Alaska, so you definitely won’t get bored while exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. 

It’s a vast spot where the wildlife can thrive, so you will encounter gray wolves, polar, brown, and black bears along with their cubs, caribou herds, snow geese, tundra swans, pink salmon, and even butterflies. 

5. Tongass National Forest

Your trip to Alaska won’t be complete without visiting the US’s largest national forest! This jaw-dropping place covers an area of almost 7 million hectares (17 million acres) of Southeast Alaska. It is home not only to the diverse wildlife but also to colossal mountains, glaciers, and bays. 

One part of Tongass is covered with ice and rocks, while another part is home to the huge temperate rainforest making its ecosystem diverse. While exploring 19 wilderness areas of the Tongass National Forest, you can take amazing photos of wolves, bears hunting for salmon, moose, numerous bald eagles, and such marine mammals as seals and whales.

Once you are done with wildlife watching, treat yourself to hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. You will pass by giant shore pine trees, sparkling waterfalls, and rivers full of fish. You can also take a hiking tour around the forest to find its hidden trails and secret paths so you can explore Alaska to the fullest. Floatplane tours, canoe safari, and kayak eco-tours are also available.

6. Kenai Fjords National Park

This national park in south-central Alaska is renowned for 40+ breathtaking glaciers and diverse flora and fauna. The Kenai Fjords National Park is a perfect place for travel addicts longing to explore Alaska from every angle. You can take a 6-hour cruise from Seward, explore the park on a kayak, enjoy endless hiking trails, or observe the park from a bird’s-eye view. 

Though the climate is harsh here, this park is home to bears sledding down the snowy hills, wolverines, coyotes, and otters. Also, don’t forget to take a peek at the glacier’s azure waters, as here you will find shy porpoises, majestic whales, and adorable sea lions. 

Don’t leave the Kenai Fjords National Park without visiting the Harding Icefield. This great hiking trail starts at the valley, goes through the dense forests and eye-catching meadows ending with a fantastic view over the Icefield. It takes about 8 hours to get through the entire trail, but this unforgettable landscape will impress you! 

7. Brooks Falls

Complete your trip to Alaska with a tour to Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park and Preserve. This magnificent waterfall is a real treasure for bears in June and July as they can catch a huge amount of fish due to salmon migration.

Upon arrival, an experienced guide will tell you how to behave around animals and how you should react if you bump into a bear. Then, you will head to the waterfall while enjoying beautiful valleys and snow-covered mountains. Once you are on the bear trail, go on the viewing platform and get your camera to take incredible photos of bears hunting for salmon, charming cubs playing around, and fish jumping out of water.

It’s an ideal place to get that close to bears in their natural habitat and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience! 

Set Off on Your Epic Trip to Alaska! 

The Last Frontier is always happy to welcome you to its frosty lands. All you have to do is choose the perfect destination to explore the wonders of Alaska and embark on your unforgettable journey to the Land of the Midnight Sun!

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