A good vacation is one spent inside the continent, especially during the pandemic. If you like the outdoors and enjoy adventure, then you should book a vacation in Alaska. It’s the right place for you.
Alaska is one of the most visited states in the U.S. About two million people visit the state every year, bringing in billions of dollars of revenue annually. We can’t blame them. There are just so many things to see and do in Alaska. Despite its cold climate being one of the coldest in the world, the adventure and the experience it brings are worthwhile. Here are some of the special activities you can do in Alaska.
Hiking and Mountain Climbing
If you enjoy hiking, then there is no better place to do it than the wilderness of Alaska. Its cold climate should be a challenge for your body, especially if you plan to test the body to its limits. It’s also a great practice if you’re someone who’s planning to do something even more extreme, like climbing Mount Everest.
Interestingly enough, 17 of the highest peaks in the U.S. are located in Alaska. These peaks are considered to be more than 20,000 ft above sea level. If you’re wondering, Mount Everest is about 29,000 ft above sea level. Alaska is undoubtedly one of the best places to practice some of your mountain climbing skills if you’re up for the challenge.
The mountains you should try climbing are the highest mountain of Alaska, Denali (about 19,000 ft), and the Alpine Heights, which consists of tall valleys and mountains such as Mount Foraker and Mount Hunter (about 16,300 ft 14,400 ft respectively). These mountains will certainly give you a challenge, even if you’re an experienced climber.
If you love the wilderness and like surviving in the wild, camping is one of the best activities you can do in Alaska. Camping in this state is an experience like no other because, for many miles, you are surrounded by nothing else but wilderness.
There are so many woodland creatures you’re going to encounter while out there in the wild. There’s also so much to discover. There are a variety of expert campers who are willing to teach you different camping spots and how to survive in the cold winter, but if you’re only out to see the beauty of Alaska, then there are spots for those too!
The Brushkana Creek Campground and the Chena Lake Recreation Area are excellent tent camping spots even for amateur campers.
Camping in Alaska is a majestic experience. Just make sure you don’t forget to bring your bear spray with you.
Alaska has about 3,000 rivers and a million lakes. On top of that, its coast is also considered one of the best places to go fishing. It’s one of the reasons why Alaska’s economy is booming and one of the main reasons why you should visit.
You have a variety of options when fishing in Alaska. You can go freshwater fishing and try to get yourself some salmon. If you’re an amateur angler, we suggest this option for you. But if you’re quite experienced and you know what you’re doing, then you should try booking an amazing saltwater fishing vacation in the capital city of Alaska, Juneau. Saltwater fishing is a more demanding experience than freshwater fishing, but one that will certainly help you transition from an experienced angler to an expert.
Whenever you visit Alaska, you should always go fishing at least once. Many friendly anglers are willing to teach you the ropes if you’re new.
Seeing the Northern Lights
We’ve mentioned camping earlier, and one of the most rewarding things you can see while camping is seeing the northern lights, also known as aurora borealis.
This majestic beauty can be seen between September and April. So make sure you book your vacation inside those months. They are such a beautiful sight to behold and one you should see while you’re out there in the wilderness.
Lastly, one of the best activities you can do in Alaska is to taste their delicacies. We all know that Alaska is known for its salmon, but have you heard of their reindeer sausage? What about their king crab legs? These are just some of the delicacies known to Alaska, and there’s so much more to discover, each having its variety of flavor and taste. So make sure you taste some good Alaska delicacies when you’re vacationing there.
There are just so many things to do in Alaska that a single trip isn’t enough. Make sure to visit the state a couple more times so that you can enjoy everything it has to offer.