alaska travel guide

last week, my brother and i took a trip to Alaska! my sister and her husband moved there about a year ago and we were so excited to finally be able to go visit. it was pretty chilly and rainy for most of our trip but everything was still so beautiful. in case you are planning a trip to Alaska in the future i thought i would put together a guide of things to do while you’re there!

portage glacier cruise {~1 hour from anchorage}

this was my favorite thing we did on our trip. the weather cleared up so it was a perfect day to be out on the water. they do 5 tours a day from may 17-sept 18. the tour is very affordable and definitely worth it. for more information click here.




ride in a float plane {in anchorage}

my brother and I took a flight tour with Rust’s Flying Service. we spent most of our time flying over the cook inlet and searching for wildlife. we were able to see beluga whales, seals, bears and moose! it was such a cool experience!

they offer multiple different flightseeing tours that range from $100-$500. {note: some tours are only offered in the summer!}


hike to waterfalls

this was the first hike we did to thunderbird falls. if you look closely you can see some people closer to the falls which shows just how massive the falls are!


this is barbara falls. at the beginning of the trail there was a sign posted saying that there had been a brown bear attack there only 10 days before! needless to say i was terrified the entire hike but thankfully we did not have any bear encounters and the view was worth it.


drive down the coast

driving from anchorage down the seward highway was incredibly beautiful. this photo is at beluga point. beluga whales are often seen from mid-july until august in this area.


visit local attractions

the town my sister and her husband live in is the headquarters of the iditarod! there is a museum and gift shop and we also saw these cute 2 week old puppies!



south of anchorage there is a wildlife conservation center that we visited!



we also stumbled upon a place near Talkeetna, AK that produces Birch Syrup. i had no idea that you could tap a Birch tree but they have this syrup all over Alaska. i think i will be sticking to the classic maple syrup, but it was fun little stop.

our trip was short, but we were able to do and see so much! there are a ton of different things to do in Alaska it really just depends on what you’re interested in. if you’re thinking about going, do it!



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