Alaska comes alive in the summer once the snow has melted. The wildflowers are in bloom, people are out having the adventures of a lifetime, and it seems as if everyone is in a state of happiness. It’s also a great time for visitors and if you’ll travel Alaska soon, you’ll want to know what 5 things you shouldn’t miss while you’re there.
Here are five things not to miss in Alaska in the Summer and all of them can be done in one trip!
Travel Alaska: Glaciers
With over half of the world’s glaciers in Alaska, it is not uncommon to see one as you are driving through the state. If you are up near Anchorage or the Kenai Peninsula, you can hike to Exit Glacier – Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward or visit the Matanuska Glacier State Recreational Site, which is between the towns of Palmer and Glennallen, to get the best public view of the Matanuska Glacier. To hike it, you’ll need to go to milepost 102 of the Glenn Hwy and pay $20 to a private landowner to access it. There are guided glacier hiking and ice-climbing tours available as well.
If your cruising the Inside Passage, you can visit the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center (Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Information | Mendenhall Glacier FAQs) when in port at Juneau. Look for snow that is a deep ice blue and you are looking on one of the hundreds of glaciers flowing through Alaska.
Travel Alaska: Fishing
The majority of the world’s salmon and halibut are fished out of Alaska’s waters. During the summer you can fish for Red Sockeye Salmon, King Salmon, Silver Salmon, and Pink Salmon in the ocean and on the Kenai River.
The salmon return here each year to spawn and at times there are close to 100,000 running in the waters. Take a charter boat out of Homer or Seward,to try your hand at Halibut fishing. You might also see Orcas, Humpback, and Grey Whales out there fishing right alongside you!
Travel Alaska: Mountains
In the Denali National Park and Preserve in the interior of Alaska is the largest mountain in North America. It is called both Mt. McKinley and Mt Denali, or event the Big One. You can see it from Anchorage and Fairbanks, which are both hundreds of miles away! Only 30% of visitors will ever see it as it is so tall that it is often surrounded by clouds.
In Alaska, you don’t have to go far to see mountains larger than anything you have ever seen. This state doesn’t have anything small in size, especially its mountains!
Travel Alaska: Wildflowers
In the summer, wildflowers can be seen throughout Alaska. From bluebells, to blue and orange Columbine, wild roses and delphinium, to the state flower, the Forget-Me-Not. What most people see though are the pink Fireweed flowers. They are strikingly tall and beautiful. Most of the flowers in Alaska have a very short blooming season and the flowers are tight and compact, but oh so beautiful!
Travel Alaska: Flight Seeing
In Alaska, owning a plane or being a pilot is quite common as you can only access most of the state by plane or by boat. As a visitor to the state, they are many opportunities to go flight seeing. You can take a small aircraft or a seaplane and go and see Grizzly Bears fishing for salmon. Or take a plane and land on a glacier to go dog mushing. There are even flights that will take you to go see Mount Denali in all of its glory.
Summer in Alaska is pretty spectacular. What would you do with 24 hours of daylight?