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Alaska's hidden gems offer a chance to experience raw and untouched beauty, with unforgettable adventures for visitors venturing off the typical tourist trail.

About Alaska

With proper planning, a trip to Alaska can be an awesome experience; a chance to explore some of the world's most beautiful and remote wilderness areas.

Sometimes called the Last Frontier, Alaska really is on the boundary of the edge; where superlatives abound.

Countries neighbouring Alaska: Canada and Russia.

Travel Map Mapping Alaska

Map of Alaska

Map of Alaska

Alaska gets its name from the Aleut word for mainland.

The state capital of Alaska is Juneau.

Alaska Overview

Alaska is located in the extreme north-west of North America. It is the largest state in the United States by land area, covering over 663,000 square miles; which is about one-fifth the size of the continental United States.

Alaska is known for its vast, rugged wilderness areas, including glaciers, mountains, and forests. The largest US state reaches into the Arctic Ocean and is separated from Russia by the Bering Strait.

Alaska Population

Alaska is home to a diverse population of around 731,000 people, many of whom live in urban areas such as Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska.

Other major cities include Fairbanks, Juneau (the state capital), and Sitka.

The indigenous people of Alaska are the Inupiaq, Yupik, Aleut, Tlingit, Haida, and other Native American tribes. Their cultural traditions are an important part of the state's heritage.

Alaska Economy

The state's economy is largely based on natural resources such as oil, gas, and minerals, and it also has a thriving tourism industry due to its stunning natural scenery and wildlife.

Alaska Wildlife

Alaska is known for its unique wildlife, including moose, bears, wolves, and caribou, as well as marine life such as whales, seals, and sea lions.

The Yukon

The Yukon is Alaska's major river, and one of the longest on the North American continent.

Alaska was purchased from Russia by the United States in 1867 and became the 49th state in the Union in 1959.

The first Europeans to Alaska were the Russians in 1741. When the survivors of the expedition returned home with otter skins the following year, they sparked off an exploitation of the fur trade. Winters are extremely cold in Russia too.

The Russians held on to the area until it looked like the British might attack from Canada. The decline in fur profits was also a factor in the sale of the land to the United States in 1867, for the bargain price of $7.2 million.

The Klondike gold rush in the 1890's doubled the population and brought capital to the state.

In 1900, at the peak of production, more than $22 million worth of gold was panned in the region.

When production ceased in 1966, $220 million worth of gold was more than a good return on investment.

State of Alaska Online:
The government's official reference for the state of Alaska.

Travel in Alaska

Alaska's Mount McKinley, Denali, is the highest point in North America (6,194 m.).

When planning a trip to Alaska, it's important to be prepared for the state's unique climate and natural environment.

This can include packing appropriate clothing and gear, being aware of wildlife safety guidelines, and understanding the benefits and challenges of different types of accommodations and transportation.

Visit Alaska

Alaska is a beautiful state with stunning natural landscapes and diverse wildlife.

If you're planning a trip to Alaska, here are some things you might want to consider.

Plan your trip according to the season.

Alaska experiences different weather conditions throughout the year, so it's important to plan accordingly.

The summer months from June to August are the best time to visit, as the days are longer and the weather is generally warmer.

Decide on your itinerary.

Alaska has a lot to offer, so you'll want to decide which places you want to visit.

Some popular destinations include Anchorage, Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, and the Kenai Peninsula.

Book your accommodations in advance.

Alaska can get busy during the summer months, so it's a good idea to book your accommodations in advance to avoid any last-minute surprises.

Consider a cruise.

Alaska is famous for its scenic cruises, which take you through some of the state's most beautiful areas. You can choose from a variety of cruise options, depending on your budget and preferences.

Prepare for the weather.

Even in the summer months, the weather in Alaska can be unpredictable, so it's important to pack accordingly.

Bring warm layers, rain gear, and comfortable shoes for hiking.

Explore the wildlife.

Alaska is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including bears, moose, whales, and eagles. Make sure to take some time to explore the wildlife while you're there.

Visiting Alaska in Summary

Visiting Alaska can be an amazing experience, filled with stunning landscapes and unforgettable adventures. Just make sure to plan ahead and prepare for the weather, and you're sure to have a great trip.

Alaska Airlines:
In December 2016, Virgin America was acquired by Alaska Airlines to create the West Coast’s premier airline. The two airlines were granted a single operating certificate by the FAA in 2018 and now operate as a single airline under the Alaska brand.

Alaska Ferries:
Alaska's Inter-Island Ferry Authority; providing daily passenger/vehicle transportation around Alaska's Rainforest Islands.

Alaska Marine Highway System:
The fastest way to find the perfect voyage along the Inside Passage, Southeast Alaska, Gulf of Alaska, and Southwest/Aleutian Chain routes.

Alaska Railroad:
The charm and scenic appeal of this great and vast land is amplified through panoramic windows and underscored by historical narratives of lifelong Alaskan conductors and tour guides.

Alaska's Road Weather Conditions:
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is developing a state-wide Road Weather Information System.

Alaska Scenic Byways:
The State of Alaska's information page on the scenic byways within the state.

Alaska Sea Adventures:
Enjoy a one of a kind cruise that combines gourmet dining and a sublime touch of wilderness on a custom adventure voyage through Alaska's remote Inside Passage.

Alaska SeaLife Center:
The Alaska SeaLife Center is located at Milepost 0 of the Seward Highway in Seward, Alaska, just 125 miles from Anchorage.

Alaska State Fair

Alaska State Fair Inc provides a center for the Alaskan community to gather in a dynamic and safe atmosphere throughout the year.

Cruising in Alaska:
Alaska cruising season generally runs from May through September, although some smaller ships start going out in April.

Explore Fairbanks Alaska

Explore Fairbanks Alaska - Official visitors bureau for Fairbanks, Denali, the Interior and Arctic Alaska; wild places that awaken the spirit and nourish the soul.

Travel Alaska:
An excellent showcase for this unique State, by the Alaska Tourism Marketing Council.

Alaska's Best-Kept Secrets Revealed: Unveiling Hidden Gems

Alaska, known for its breathtaking natural landscapes, vast wilderness, and unique wildlife, boasts several hidden gems that often escape the spotlight.

From secluded spots offering serene solitude to lesser-known attractions that are off the beaten path, these are some of Alaska's best-kept secrets.

Anan Wildlife Observatory

Tucked away in the Tongass National Forest, this remote sanctuary provides an exceptional opportunity to witness black and brown bears feeding on salmon.

With a limited number of permits for visitors allowed each day, Anan Wildlife Observatory offers a rare chance to observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

Eklutna Lake

Situated within Chugach State Park, this scenic lake offers a peaceful escape just a short drive from Anchorage.

Visitors can hike, kayak, or simply relax amidst the picturesque surroundings, taking in the beauty of the Chugach Mountains reflected in the crystal-clear waters.

Gates of the Arctic National Park

As one of the least-visited national parks in the U.S., this Arctic wonderland offers pristine wilderness and unparalleled solitude.

With no established trails, Gates of the Arctic National Park is a destination for experienced hikers and outdoor enthusiasts seeking an unspoiled Alaskan adventure.

Kachemak Bay State Park

Accessible only by boat or plane, this wilderness park near Homer offers a serene retreat for hikers and nature enthusiasts.

With rugged mountains, secluded coves, and diverse wildlife, Kachemak Bay State Park is a paradise for those seeking off-the-grid adventures.

Kodiak Island

Known for its lush landscapes and diverse wildlife, Kodiak Island remains relatively undiscovered by mainstream tourists.

Explore the island's rugged coastline, spot Kodiak bears in their natural habitat, and immerse yourself in the unique culture of Alaska's largest island.


Nestled in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, this historic mining town offers a glimpse into Alaska's gold rush era.

Explore the abandoned buildings, hike the Root Glacier, and absorb the rich history of this remote community.

Tangle Lakes

Located on the Denali Highway, these interconnected lakes are surrounded by rolling hills and stunning vistas.

A haven for fishing and camping, Tangle Lakes provides an opportunity for an authentic Alaskan outdoor experience away from the tourist crowds.

Valdez Glacier Lake

A hidden gem accessible by a short hike, this glacier-fed lake near Valdez offers mesmerizing views of icebergs and towering peaks.

Adventurers can kayak amidst the icebergs or simply bask in the tranquility of this awe-inspiring natural wonder.

Travel Search Alaska Regions

Out and About in Alaska

Places to visit in Alaska.


Alaska's largest city lies between the Knik and Turnagain arms of Cook Inlet and the rugged Chugach Mountains.

Anchorage, Alaska:
Surrounded by all the beauty and activities of Alaska, Anchorage offers a unique blend of spectacular scenery, Russian and Native heritage, Alaskan adventure and big city amenities.

Anchorage Visitors:
Request your Anchorage Visitors Guide online.

Anchorage Walking Tour:
Downtown Anchorage is easy to walk, with a grid of numbered and lettered streets, wide sidewalks, and plenty of parks and paths.

Accommodation in Anchorage

Hotels in Anchorage, Alaska.


The capital of Alaska is not Anchorage or Fairbanks, but Juneau.

Map of Juneau

Map of Juneau

Fishing Charters:
If you're interested in fishing from Juneau, tell Auke Bay Sport fishing and Sightseeing Charters what you want to do and they'll make every effort to meet your needs.

Juneau Web:
Large directory connecting south-east Alaska's electronic community.

Where to Stay in Juneau

Hotels in Juneau, Alaska.

Juneau Floatplane Tours

Wings Airways in Juneau, Alaska, offers two flight-seeing tours: Glacier Flight-seeing tour and Taku Glacier Wilderness Lodge.

Alaska Attractions

Historic McCarthey-Kennecott

Historic McCarthy-Kennecott is an early 1900 Alaskan Frontier town. Unlike most Ghost towns this area, in the centre of the USA's largest National Park, is largely intact.

McCarthy Lodge:
More than just a place to stay, you will hopefully discover a little of the rich history and uniqueness that is McCarthy-Kennecott.

Alaska Heritage

Alaska Dog Mushers Association:
What is it that drives these men and women who drive the dogs?

The Iditarod Dog Sled Race is run to commemorate the historic serum run of 1925, when diphtheria threatened the small town of Nome. It is unlike any other event in the world. A race over 1,150 miles of the most extreme and beautiful terrain known to man: across mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and windswept coastline.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park:
This park celebrates the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-98 through 15 restored buildings within the Skagway Historic District. The park also administers the Chilkoot Trail and a small portion of the White Pass Trail.

Kodiak Brown Bear

For most people, Kodiak's identity is inexorably linked with its most famous resident, the Kodiak brown bear. The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 to protect this unique population. Approximately 3,000 bears live in the archipelago, with many additional coastal brown bears inhabiting the Katmai Coast.

Native Heritage Center:
Since time immemorial, Alaska Natives have been sustained by the guiding light of tradition. The Alaska Native Heritage Center is Alaska's premiere interactive cultural destination; a gathering place that celebrates, perpetuates and share Alaska Native cultures.

Peoples of Alaska

These cultures are represented by four groups: the Aleut, the most maritime-adapted of all North Pacific peoples; Eskimos, whose earliest culture in this region dates from 8,000 years ago; Athapaskans, a forest-dwelling culture of hunters and trappers; and Northwest Coast Indians, represented by the Tlingit.

White Pass and Yukon Railroad:
Against all odds this iron trail was born of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush and built through some of the North's most ruggedly beautiful terrain. Now a comfortable journey on board this railroad runs from Skagway, Alaska to Carcross, Yukon.

Alaska Maps and Travel Guides

Lonely Planet Alaska (Travel Guide) DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Alaska

Alaska Travel Guides - Alaska Maps.

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