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Celebrating Alaska Day: Exploring the Last Frontier's Natural Wonders

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a cultural connoisseur or simply seeking a tranquil escape, Alaska has something extraordinary to offer.

On October 18th, we observe Alaska Day, a day dedicated to honoring the majestic land that became the 49th state of the US. Often referred to as the "Last Frontier," Alaska captivates with its unparalleled natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and endless adventure opportunities. In celebration of this significant day, we've curated a guide to help you explore some of the best outdoor activities and must-visit destinations in this breathtaking region. So, gear up and prepare for an unforgettable Alaskan adventure!

Glacial Explorations
Alaska boasts some of the world’s most impressive glaciers. Take a cruise in places like Glacier Bay National Park or Prince William Sound to get up close and personal with these icy giants. You’ll marvel at massive tidewater glaciers calving into the sea, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle, and catch glimpses of seals and whales playing in the frigid waters.

Hiking Expeditions
One of the best ways to explore Alaska’s untamed and unspoiled wilderness is by foot. Home to North America's tallest peak, Denali National Park is a paradise for hikers of all skill levels. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or a more challenging trek, there are a variety of trails to choose from, all offering unparalleled views of the diverse scenery—ranging from lush forests to jagged mountains.

Wildlife Encounters
Experience Alaska's remarkable wildlife at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where you’ll have the chance to see grizzlies, moose, caribou, bald eagles and more. Head to Kodiak Island to observe the world's largest brown bears in their natural habitat. At Kenai Fjords National Park, take a boat tour to spot puffins, sea lions, orcas and other magnificent marine creatures.

Aurora Borealis Viewing
If you visit in the winter, be sure to catch the mesmerizing Northern Lights. Fairbanks, with its clear skies and minimal light pollution, is one of the top spots to see this enchanting natural phenomenon. To watch the magical display of vibrant colors dance across the night sky, opt for remote locations to maximize your chances of witnessing this otherworldly celestial show.

Adventure Tours
Adrenaline enthusiasts have endless opportunities to add a dose of excitement to their trip. Experience the exhilarating rush of dog sledding, one of the most iconic Alaskan activities, and glide through pristine snowscapes guided by a team of skilled huskies. Join whitewater rafting or kayaking excursions to navigate rushing rivers or serene streams—from mild to wild, there are options for all ability levels and preferences. Or, explore the wild backcountry in ATVs and jeeps to traverse rocky roads while soaking in epic landscapes.