Many Alaska attractions are unique to Alaska. In addition to its natural attractions, Alaska has festivals, events and activities developed by its cultures and history. And then there are the Alaska museums, including Alaska natural history museums, research centers and other modern institutions. But they all say, “ALASKA” to the highest degree. Here are just a few…
Alaska Attractions IN THE NORTHERN REGION –
- Visit the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North – See great displays of Alaska’s past and present.
Fees: From $5.00 to $10.00 per person – special passes also.
Location: 907 Yukon Dr, Fairbanks AK 99775 – Open summer/winter.
Address: PO Box 756960, Fairbanks AK 99775
Contact by phone: 907-474-7505 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Take a Ferry Ride on a “Discovery” paddlewheeler
Starts on the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks.
Location: 1975 Discovery Drive, Fairbanks, AK
Phone: 907-479-6673 or Toll-Free: 866-479-6673
- Or Visit their El Dorado Gold Mine – Take a ride on the Tanana Valley Railroad, tour a gold mine and pan for gold.
Location: 1.3 Mile Elliott Hwy, Fox, AK 99709
Contact by Phone: 907-479-6673 or Toll Free: 866-479-6673
An Alaska attraction that shows the spirit of its native culture:
• The World Eskimo-Indian Olympics – See the skills and toughness required of the Eskimo lifestyle that are displayed in these games. Also see some of the beautiful Eskimo arts and crafts. Hosted by Fairbanks City in July.
Contact by Phone: Free Visitor’s Guide – 1-800-327-5774
Fairbanks Convention/Visitors Bureau, 550 1st Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701
- Ice Alaska – Where the World Ice Art Championships are held. There’s also a Kid’s Park made COMPLETELY of ice! Visit from late February-March
Fees: range from $1.00 to $10.00 per person/season passes available
Location: 1925 Chena Landings Loop, Fairbanks, Alaska
Address: Ice Alaska, PO Box 83134, Fairbanks, AK 99708
Alaska Attractions in the SOUTHCENTRAL REGION to VALDEZ –
An Alaska attraction from the gold rush days:
• Visit the Valdez Museum and Historical Archives – It was a gold rush town in the late 1800’s.
Location: 217 Egan Drive in the heart of downtown Valdez
Special Exhibit: Remembering Old Valdez on the waterfront at 436 S Hazelet (This exhibit is about the original site of the City of Valdez before the 1964 earthquake).
- Take part in the Valdez Fish Derbies. There is a Halibut AND a Silver Salmon Derby as well as other great fishing.
Phone: Derby Clerk: 907-255-4727 – Office: 907-835-5680
- Visit the Stamp Mill – Built in 1913 for processing ore to find gold.
Location: Seven miles up Mineral Creek Canyon. Drive 6.8 miles on a dirt road and hike the last short distance.
- Valdez has a number of hiking trails, some easy, some difficult. There is a short “Dock Trail” which will take you out by the water where you could easily spot some of the varied and abundant marine life in Valdez Harbor.
Check with the Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau for information and maps of hiking trails
Address: Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau, 200 Chenega Street, Valdez AK 99686
Phone: 907-835-INFO E-mail: email@example.com
Alaska Attractions IN THE CENTRAL & SOUTHCENTRAL REGION to ANCHORAGE AREA –
- Visit the Alaska Wildlife Museum in Glennallen and view their panoramic displays.
Location: Mile 187.05 Glenn Highway
Address: Box 682, Glennallen, AK 99588
- Alaska State Fair – Held at Palmer in the famous Matanuska Valley. Occurs in late August and early September, but the fairgrounds now has activities most of the year.
Address: 2075 Glenn Hwy, Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: 907-745-4827 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alaska Attractions from our Russian Heritage:
• Visit the Russian Orthodox Church and see the delightful miniature houses in the Eklutna Native children’s cemetery at the Eklutna Native Historical Park – part of the Alaskan culture – Open summer and winter.
Location: Take a right exit from the southbound lane of the Glenn Highway just south of Wasilla-Palmer area.
Address: Eklutna Inc. 16515 Centerfield Drive Eagle River, AK 99577
Phone: 907-696-2828 Toll Free: 1-866-EKLUTNA (355-8862)
- Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center – It sits on 26 acres in northeast Anchorage.
Directions from Glenn Highway: exit at Muldoon Road NORTH, off the Glenn Highway. Be sure to look for the brown directional signs – marks the one mile long winding driveway through the forest, before arriving at the Welcome House. Open May 10 through mid-September.
Phone: 907-330-8000 Toll-Free: 800-315-6608
- Visit the Alaska Museum of Natural History – One of the largest rock, mineral and fossil collections in the state. Has special activities for children
Fees: range from $3.00 to $5.00 with special group rates
Location: 201 N. Bragaw Street, Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: 907-274-2400 E-mail: email@example.com
Alaskan Flowers are a special type of Alaska Attraction: • Alaska Botanical Garden – See many native Alaskan wildflowers and cultured flowers, as well as wildlife that happen to show up, on a 110 acre reserve.
Location: 4601 Campbell Airstrip Rd., Anchorage, AK – Open year around – snow covered in winter
Office: 3701 Tudor Rd., Suite 203, Anchorage, AK
- Attend the Fur Rendezvous at Anchorage. A very old Alaskan tradition that includes World Championship Sled Dog Racing, Fur Auction, Miners and Trappers Ball, Native Alaskan Art and Craft displays and many other great activities and events.
Occurs in late February and March each year, right before the famous Iditarod dog sled race.
Fees: None required. Become a supporter of this great event, purchase a Fur Rondy pin or gift certificate at http://www.furrondy.net.
Address: Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, 400 D Street #200, Anchorage, AK 99501
- Find out about the results of the dramatic and gigantic forces of the 1964 earthquake in Earthquake Park at Turnagain-by-the-Sea in Anchorage (Spenard area). It’s at the same end of town as the International Airport.
Location: 4306 West Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99517
- Visit the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum in Anchorage – See the part aviation played in Alaska’s history.
Fees: range from $3.00 to $10.00 – Open summer and winter
Location: 4721 Airport Drive, Anchorage, AK, 99502
- Observe and photograph Alaska wildlife including Polar Bears at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage.
Location: The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O’Malley Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
Fees range from $6.00 to $12.00 per person
Phone: – Main Office: (907)346-2133
Gift Shop: 907-346-1088-Education: 907-346-2858
Alaska Attractions in the SOUTHCENTAL REGION to THE KENAI PENINSULA: SEWARD and HOMER areas –
- Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center – has lots of Alaskan wildlife to photograph up close.
Fees: range from $5.00 to $7.50 with special car and group rates – Open summer and winter.
Location: Mile 79 Seward Highway, Portage Glacier, Alaska
Address: PO Box 949, Portage Glacier, Alaska
Phone: 907-783-2025 Fax: 907-783-2370
- Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward – Visit Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center. View a multitude of Alaskan marine life.
Fees: range from $10 to $20 per person
Location: Mile 0 of Seward Highway
Phone: 800-224-2525 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Enter the Seward Silver Salmon Derby – Sponsored by the Seward Chamber of Commerce since 1955.
Phone: 907-224-8051 Derby Hdqtrs: 907-224-2009 P.O. Box 749, Seward, Alaska 99664
- Visit the Pratt Museum in Homer. It’s the only natural history museum on the Kenai Peninsula. It has indoor and outdoor exhibits covering a wide range of topics relating to Kachemak Bay area.
Fees: range from $3.00 to $6.00 – Family rates also
Location: 3779 Bartlett Street, Homer, AK 99603
Phone: 907-235-8635 Fax: 907-235-2764
- Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies with several locations – Has guided and unguided tours, boat and kayaking trips. Many activities for adults and children at different times during the summer.
Headquarters Location: at the corner of Smoky Bay Way and Lake Street in Homer, Alaska – open year-round, Monday – Friday
Fees: range from $5.00 on up, depending on activity – some special rates available.
Address: P.O. Box 2225, Homer, AK 99603
Phone: 907-235-6667 E-mail: email@example.com
- Enter the Homer Halibut Derby sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce. Yry your luck at Halibut fishing. There are some GREAT cash prizes – the bigger the fish you catch, the larger the prize.
Derby starts May 1st and runs through September 30th.
Alaska Attractions in the WESTERN REGION –
- Seeing a Gold Dredge operation on the Bering Sea off the Coast of Nome is something different – especially since it has become quite popular as a TV Show – “Bering Sea Gold”
- Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry – Has numerous exhibits and events.
Location: 3800 W. Museum Dr. (Mile 47 Parks Highway) Wasilla, Alaska – Open May 1 to September 30
Address: PO Box 870646, Wasilla, AK 99687
Phone: 907-376-1211 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
An Alaska Attraction you would never think of!
- Talkeetna Moose Dropping Festival – You’ve got to see this one to believe it! It is the major fundraiser for the Talkeetna Historical Society and includes foot races, parade, free softball tournament, free music, entertainment in the park and lots of other happenings… including the Moose Dropping raffle!
Occurs the second weekend in July in downtown Talkeetna
Directions: Travel 14 miles on the Talkeetna Spur Road from Mile 98.7 of the Parks Highway, to reach the town.
- Nenana Ice Classic – Try your luck and bet on the date, hour and minute that the ice will break in the Tanana River – a very popular and long-time Alaskan lottery.
Alaska attractions are found in its natural environment and its multicultural and eventful history.
There are endless numbers of Alaska attractions to learn about. The above is but a sampling. But if you really want to spend your whole vacation is just one place, then you might find something of interest under Special Vacations…