Alaska may not be at the top of your list for vacation destinations, but after reading this, it could be! With affordable lodging, hundreds of outdoor activities (many of which are free), and some of the world's most beautiful landscapes, Alaska is quickly becoming a family favorite destination. Here are three, fun activities you can do in Alaska that you can't do anywhere else!
Visit the Tracy Arm Fjord
The Tracy Arm Fjord is currently listed as the #1 Thing to do in Juneau by TripAdvisor and holds a Certificate of Excellence, all for good reason! Tracy Arm is located in the heart of the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, featuring over 30 miles of ice, with pieces as tall as a three-story building, and featuring wildlife including black and brown bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, mountain goats, and a variety of birds. With American Black Bears extinct in most of America, this one one of the few places you can see them in the wild. Many Alaskan cruises make this location their main landmark; however, if you visit Alaska, you can take a day cruise here for almost nothing! With clean air and untouched landscape, this is a place worthy of being on everyone's bucket list!
Walk with Reindeer in the Wild!
Love reindeer? If so, you NEED to check out Running Reindeer Ranch! Located in Fairbanks, this location holds a Certificate of Excellence for its unique, one-of-a-kind tours where guests of all ages can get acquainted with reindeer in an intimate, immersive tour. Here, guests can go through a guided nature walk where you can learn all about the natural history of the forest as well as the reindeer themselves. With the reindeer all being mellow, playful and friendly, this is a great experience for those who don't like the restrictive nature of zoos and have always wanted to see these beautiful animals in their natural environment!
See the Northern Lights
Alaska is one of the best places on earth to see the northern lights and certainly hosts the best views! Travelers from all over the world travel to Alaska each year to see the stunning display while also taking advantage of snowmobiling, dog mushing, skiing and more! If you love winter activities, there's no better way to enjoy them than while having a view of the northern lights in the sky! The lights, also known as aurora borealis, occur year-round, but, due to Alaskan summer's near-constant daylight, are hard to see in the warmer months. The aurora can be spotted anywhere in Alaska, making this a great, free activity you NEED to check out!