Among the many things to do in Alaska there are some MUST DO things in this state that should be included in your itinerary. In the most popular destinations like Anchorage, Seward, Denali and Fairbanks, we will list for you, the top attractions for you to make your vacation unique among all others. Continue reading →
Alaska’s Arctic is one of the last great wilderness regions on earth. It is a remote, wild, and sparsely populated land of vast wilderness expanses. Experiencing the expansive landscapes and fascinating cultures unique to Alaska’s Arctic requires braving travel along the rugged Dalton Highway through remote country where the amenities common in today’s modern world are rare or non-existent. Travel in Alaska’s Arctic is always an adventure.
There are lots of different ways to explore Northern Alaska, but here are a few popular trips. Continue reading →
1. El Dorado Gold Mine Tour: This is a family oriented tour. Visitors can learn about Alaskan past during the Gold Rush era and they can learn to pan for Alaskan Gold.
2. Historic Fairbanks Alaska City Tour: Traveling on a comfortable Motorcoach visitors can enjoy sights and sound that only Fairbanks can provide such as Historic Downtown Fairbanks Alaska, University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum, Trans-Alaska Pipeline, University of Alaska Fairbanks Botanical Gardens, and Downtown Log Cabin Visitor Center.
Riverboat Discovery & Susan Butcher Kennel
3. Fairbanks Riverboat Discovery Tour: This is an exciting three and half hour adventure aboard the Discovery III, which is an authentic sternwheeler riverboat. Visitors get to see the life in the interior of Alaska, visit dog kennels and gain insight into the ancient Athabascan Indian Culture.
4. Arctic Circle Fly/Drive Adventure: This is a great one-day adventure. Visitors get to follow the trans Alaska Pipeline and cross the Arctic Circle in a ceremonious fashion. They even get a certificate of this milestone, and they will fly back to Fairbanks marveling the beauty of Northern sub-arctic tundra.
We have ridden around 1,000 miles north from Anchorage to Deadhorse, Alaska, chiefly to go for a chilly dip in the Arctic Ocean. Deadhorse is the most northerly settlement of Alaska reachable by land transport. The 400-mile dirt road that runs up here only exists to service the huge Prudhoe Bay oil exploration area, and the pipeline that runs south to Valdez.
On the way, we crossed into the Arctic Circle, i.e. into latitudes where the sun doesn’t set during the summer time. Scores of caribou and foxes dot the landscape. Rolling vistas with towering rocky peaks as far as the eye can see.
Alaska Oil Pipeline
We are staying in what is basically an Atco Trailer in a giant oil terminal at the end of the world, but it’s very hospitable indeed. Hairy oil workers are asking us about the bikes and the trip, and are impressed by the scale of our ride. Glad I’ve had my haircut, though.
So, this is where it really starts, and it’s obviously downhill all the way from here back to Anchorage, so no major problems expected.
I have found that Alaska’s long roads are a wonderful way to get in touch with the Alaska we all read and see in pictures. The freedom to stop and go as I please, is for me, worth every penny of the rental car. Driving the George Parks Highway up to Denali National Park and then on to Fairbanks was one of the many highlights of my summer. I learned to appreciate the path, and not just the destination.
Driving into one of the state constructed pullouts allowed me the opportunity to stretch, get my camera and to see Salmon
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spawning in a nearby stream; and that wasn’t the only wild life sight sighting I was able to do from the road. I stopped at a State Park and was rewarded with a mountaintop of two little lambs and their parents, a Moose too, albeit in the distance. The State Park had nice information placards that detailed the local features, and helped me pick out specific mountains in the range I was studying.
The lush greenery, and the expansive vistas beckoned me to the side of the road again after leaving Denali National Park (an experience in and of it’s self) where I was able to get pictures of what is rightly called “The Last Frontier”. Whenever the little blue signs appeared for a scenic viewpoint, it is a smart decision to heed the warning, you may be passing something you’ll only see in Alaska.