Activities

Encompassing nearly 600,000 square miles, the Last Frontier offers plenty to see and do. Whether you want to fish, hike or fly above jagged mountain ranges, there's endless opportunity for adventure.

While Denali may be Alaska’s best-known flightseeing tour, visitors’ aerial options don’t end there.

From May to September in Alaska, the fish counts are high, the midnight sun is warm and bright, and fishermen are giddy.

Glaciers are one of the state’s most awe-inspiring and unique attractions.

What’s not to like? You’ll escape the crowds and see wildlife, glaciers and soaring mountains.

From Kodiak to Chicken and music to mushrooms, there are dozens of options.

Anchorage

What to see and do in the state's largest city, a home base for your Alaska adventures.

Downtown Anchorage is packed with old-school souvenir shops and hip art galleries, moody dive bars and upscale eateries.

Here are a few gorgeous options within 30 minutes of Anchorage, whether you have a few hours, a day or an overnight adventure in mind.

Museums and cultural centers scattered across Anchorage feature perspectives, relics, treasures and experiences that offer a little of everything for visitors.

It’s a friendly battle of the beans in Anchorage: Everyone has their favorite, but each of these coffee purveyors enjoys a well-earned popularity.

From sweet king crab legs to humble halibut tacos, dining out in Anchorage means eating the way many Alaskans dine in. Which is to say, beautifully.

Alaska is home to over 50 breweries, distilleries, meaderies and cideries, and you’ll find them anywhere from urban centers like Anchorage and Juneau to some of the state’s most remote, tiny towns.

Within town limits, Anchorage’s impressive trail system meanders along the city’s coastline, threads through thick forests and connects pretty parks and a multitude of neighborhoods.

National parks

When bigger is better: Catch a glimpse of North America’s tallest mountain, Denali, or explore the country’s largest national park, Wrangell-St. Elias.

From how to get there, to activities, to the perennial question: “Will the mountain be out?”

For true adventure seekers and wilderness lovers, the park is rife with opportunities to play — from backpacking, fishing and camping to rafting, hiking and climbing.

Destinations

There’s more to Alaska than just Anchorage. Hit the road (or catch a plane) and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

This waterfront town offers great food, cozy small-town vibes and above all an outdoor enthusiast’s haven.

From basking in the midnight sun to chasing the northern lights, Fairbanks is a year-round destination.

It’s easy to see why the Kenai Peninsula is often referred to as “Alaska’s playground.” Here are a few spots to get you started.

With busy fishing fleets, thriving art and food scenes, vibrant Native communities and quirky little museums, it’s hard not to fall in love with Alaska’s largest island and coastal communities.

Take your time — there’s memorable dining, spectacular scenery and worthwhile stops all along the road between Anchorage and the small town of Seward on Resurrection Bay.

Fuel up, power down, explore and enjoy all that you’ll find in this amazing corner of the world.

Arriving in Valdez, visitors will be delighted to learn their Alaska adventure is just beginning.

Know before you go

Curious about what to do in a bear encounter, or best practices on hiking trails? Here's what you need to know.

Hikers are spoiled for options in Alaska. Here are some tips for keeping things safe and enjoyable.

Here are just a few animal sightings for your bucket list and tips on where to scope them out.

What to know about consuming cannabis in the 49th state, whether you’re an old hand or just looking to sample some unique local fare.