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Fun Things To Do In Alaska

October 5, 2016

Think of Alaska. What comes to mind? Probably icebergs, barren lands covered in snow and lots of cold. You've probably never really thought about traveling there. And why would you, with so many interesting, warm, or exotic places to go. But the truth is, Alaska has a lot to offer, and there are several fun things you can do there.

 

Check Out Some Parks

 

Alaska is full of parks to visit. Denali National Park has just about anything you could want in a park no matter what time of year - hiking, rafting, fishing or bus tours. Or, if you're feeling really ambitious, you could climb Mount McKinley, the tallest peak in North America.

 

Glacier Bay National Park is huge, bigger than the entire state of Connecticut. You can climb the mountains, hike or go kayaking. Or, you can take a cruise along the water and have a chance to see some dolphins.

 

If you want to get a good look at some bears, head to Katmai National Park. You may find bears in other parks, but your chances are slim. Katmai National Park has the highest population of brown bears out of all of the parks, so you've got a really good chance of coming across one or two of them.

 

Take A Boat Ride

 

In Fairbanks, you can hop on a three-hour riverboat ride. You'll get a history lesson, learn about the culture, customs and the people. It even makes a stop in Chena Indian Village.

 

Or, for another interesting look at Alaska, you can hop a ride through the Inside Passage, the longest, deepest fjord in North America. The ride starts in Juneau and ends in Skagway, taking anywhere between two to six hours. But the ride is sure to be a memorable one.

 

Delve into the History

 

The Museum of the North in Fairbanks is one of the most popular destinations in Alaska. You can get a look at ancient carvings, mastodons and mammoths, and even some gold nuggets.

 

Speaking of gold nuggets, why not stop by Skagway, for a look at the Alaska Gold Rush (also known as the Klondike Gold Rush), right in the area that saw the action. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park can give you a look at what gold rushing hopefuls went through as they traveled to the Klondike region in the Yukon in search of riches. After seeing the visitor's center, you can explore the town, which still holds a good portion of the buildings that came to be during that time.

 

Alaska is full of fun and interesting sights. And if the idea of gold piques your interest, but you can't quite yet get yourself up to the beautiful state, why not give yourself a little taste of what the gold miners experienced with some pay dirt from Eureka Joe's? Grab your pan and get your pay dirt today.

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