Known for its abundant beauty, Alaska is one of the most beautiful states in the United States of America. It is surrounded by the Beaufort Sea and the Arctic Ocean in the North, Canada and British Columbia in the East, and the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean in the South. No wonder it’s one of the best tourism destinations globally.
Alaska attracts all kinds of tourists, from adventure lovers to honeymooners. It offers unmatched tourism potential ranging from glaciers to forests, mountains, northern lights, wildlife, and much more. There are many Gulf Coast vacations in Alaska that offer incredible opportunities to experience the untamed wild.
Best Time to Visit Alaska
The Best time to visit Alaska would be July, with warm temperatures and active wildlife. Although Alaska is open all year round, the main tourist season usually begins in June and lasts in August. Alaska has the warmest temperatures and longest daylight hours during July. August and July are also ideal months for fishing, and Gulf Coast expeditions are the best way to enjoy this.
In June, all national parks, such as Denali National Park and others, open up for tourists. As snow melts, it also allows travelers to explore higher altitudes. All cruise and land tour opportunities continue from April through September.
Many tourists prefer Early Spring, i.e., April, to visit Alaska, which is when early tourist season begins. For tourists who love peace and solitude without many people around, then April is the best month to travel. Typically, travel packages at lower prices and discounts are available. If you are lucky, you will also get to see Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis on some nights.
Winters in Alaska are known for winter activities such as dog sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, and last but not least, the beautiful, awe-striking Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis.
Here are some of the most notable tourism options for all kinds of tourists in Alaska:
Fishing and Hunting
Many tourists go to Alaska to enjoy the great opportunity it offers for fishing and hunting. There are family-owned tourist services for Gulf Coast hunting in Alaska. They offer boats, hunting gear, and exotic lodging facilities.
Tourists can expect clean, safe, fast, and comfortable vessels equipped with modern safety gadgets. These vessels are likely going to be ultra-low emissions with a seating capacity of up to six people.
Licensed captains and trained medicos are also available. Tourists on these fishing and hunting expeditions can find local processors who would help them with their catch’s packaging, freezing, and shipping.
Different types of exotic lodges can be found in remote tourist locations. It is better to plan such stays beforehand and book the rooms. Log cabins with amenities like a full kitchen, bath, beds, etc. can be found.
Certain parts of Alaska are more game and fish rich than others. Besides fish, hunters can go after black tail deer, sea ducks, and foxes. A hunting expedition is usually 6-7 days long. Local tour operators organize these all-paid trips during the season.
Mendenhall Glacier is accessible by road, cruise, state ferry as well as local airport. It connects to 1500 miles square of Juneau Icefield, the last remnant of the Ice Age. Mendenhall Glacier consists of a 13-mile long ice river with floating pieces of blue icebergs which terminates at Mendenhall Lake.
Mendenhall glacier looks over the beauty of Mendenhall glacier with trails of ice mass floating in the stream, Tongass National Forest, and traces of Nugget Falls. Tourists can also enjoy rafting, kayaking, and wildlife sightings over here.
Hubbard Glacier ranks at No. 3 position in the list of most beautiful natural places in Alaska. It is one of the largest tidewater glaciers of Alaska and is over 7 miles wide, 300 feet above the water, and 76 miles long. Hubbard Glacier continues to thicken and grow towards the Gulf of Alaska. It offers potential for Gulf Coast outdoor adventures, scenic cruising, and picturesque views of sunrise and sunset.
Reindeer, Rainforest, and Eagles
In Northern Fairbanks, tourists can see magnificent reindeer roaming around the farm freely. They can love them, pet them, play with them and enjoy their company and learn about reindeer from their caretakers along with cookies and hot beverages.
Further down, breathtaking scenery with magnificent snow-covered mountains, glaciers, and sharp sheer cliffs with a waterfall that tumbles down them to narrow waterways, await tourists in Tracy Arm. They can spot Eagles, Seals, Bears, and whales here during the summer season and can cruise through glaciers or take a boat trip, which usually takes an entire day.
Covered with dense rainforest and wildlife, tourists can explore these paths with glorious scenery. They can find colorful birds, all kinds of insects, and unique plants and trees. Along the way, they can find quaint villages, parks, heritage centers, and islands.
Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, known for wildlife, glaciers, parks, art, and culture, especially the Northern lights. In one place, tourists get it all. It also features the most important historical sites of Alaska. Anchorage has impressive mountain sites like Glen Alps, which serves as the site for perfect mountain biking, and ski resorts like Alyeska. Anchorage is packed with local seafood delicacies such as Jen’s, Crow Nests, Salmon, King Crab, and much more. Here, tourists can see the Big Five of Alaska, “grizzly bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and grey wolves.”
Experience the beauty of Alaska by luxury train tours that allow you to take a relaxing and scenic journey. It gives a look into the soul of Alaska from the windows of plush, warm 2-tier seatings of a comfortable coach, accompanied by drinks and food. The railroad connects the far and wide of Alaska and lets tourists experience glaciers, national parks, hot springs, wildlife, fishing, hunting, bear viewing, Arctic circle tools, staying in infamous lodges run by local families, and much more.
Alaska’s climate varies for three different regions of the State: Coastal, Interior, and the Arctic. Together they offer all possible options – big game fishing and hunting included. Tourists can plan their vacations based on the themes they want to explore.