Hike Blackstone Bay Vista, Whittier

What: An incredible hike climbing up a peak in Whittier to provide views of Passage Canal and Blackstone Bay. 6.4 miles with 2800 ft of elevation gain rated as Hard. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak summer months once the snow has melted between July and September. Total hike should take 5 to…

Raft 6 Mile Whitewater, Hope

What: A series of class 4 and 5 rapids located near Hope – bucket list worthy item for the thrill seekers out there. When to go: Ideally accessed during the peak summer months while these tours are being offered in June to September. How to get there: Depending on the tour company you go with,…

Bike Spencer Glacier, Portage

What: One of the most spectacular fat bike rides near the portage area out the Spencer Glacier. When to go: This is a very limited season at which enough snow has built up, but also hasn’t melted across various creek crossings. Typically lasts from mid Feb to early April. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/L8icHjjSCaU5twC79This is…

Fly-in Fish Crescent Lake, Soldotna

What: A bucketlist worthy experience involving flying into Lake Clark National Park to fish for salmon and watch for bears. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak summer months between June and September while the tour operators are running. How to get there: You can take your flight out from a few places, but…

Hike or Kayak to Caine’s Head, Seward

What: A stunning perch in the Ressurection Bay in Seward worth checking out via kayak and/or hiking. Either way, it is a long way to get there from Lowell Point and the journey is rated as Hard. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak summer months between June and September. Journey should be a…

Chase the Northern Lights, Fairbanks

What: Seeing the Aurora Borealis should be at the top of any Alaskan’s bucketlist – no amount of pictures can fully encapsulate how epic the experience can be. When to see: Given the huge fluctuation in daylight hours, the best time to see the lights are between September and April. The months of Sep-Nov and…

Hike Reed Lakes, Palmer

What: An amazing hike in Hatcher Pass in the Mat-Su area visiting two beautiful glacially fed lakes. At 8.7 miles with 2200 ft of elevation gain rated as Hard. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak summer months between June and September. Depending on snow fall, the trail may not be clear until July….

Fly-in to a Denali Glacier, Talkeetna

What: An expensive but bucket list worthy experience – flying into Denali National Park and landing on Ruth Glacier right next to Denali mountain. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between June and September. How to get there: There are a few different places to take this tour from, but the most…

Hike or Bike Johnson Pass, Portage

What: An epic trail following a historic gold mining route in the Kenai peninsula. 20.4 miles with 3000 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak summer months between May and October. Due to intense overgrowth on the trail without maintenance, recommend doing this trail in May/June or…

Hike to Snowbird Hut, Palmer

What: An incredible hike leading up different valleys, over a mountain pass, across a glacier, to a maintained wilderness hut. Roughly 12 miles, 3000 ft of elevation gain rated as Hard. When to go: The snowbird hut can be accessed year round, but is best accessed during the summer if you don’t have significant back…

Drive the Old Denali Highway, Paxson

What: An epic roadtrip spanning part of the state’s interior between Paxon and Cantwell. This is not the “Denali Road” that goes into the national park, but rather the original road to get you to the national park. The highway is roughly 130 miles and can be done in a day or multiple days. When…

Tour College Fjord & Esther Passage, Whittier

What: One of the most scenic fjord valleys in the state, worth accessing via boat tour from Whittier. When to go: Ideally accessed during the peak summer months between June and September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/csz5mekfnv5EewPm7 Tips: The most affordable way to do this is by taking the 26 glacier cruise with Phillips Cruises….

Hike to Harding Ice Field, Seward

What: One of the absolute best hikes in the state located in Seward. Roughly 10 miles and 3800 ft of elevation gain rated as Hard. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months once the snow has melted between July and September. Total hike should take roughly 7 hours. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/dBVS1A7y2hGzaEvW6Alltrails…

Hike Crow Pass, Girdwood

What: One of the most iconic backpacking trips in the state, traversing between Girdwood and Eagle River. 26 miles with 3300 ft of elevation gain rated as Hard. When to go: Ideally accessed once enough snow has melted and before the late season snow sets in, between July and September. Total hike time can vary…

Visit Denali National Park, Healy

What: One of the most popular experiences in the state that involves driving / taking a bus on a 90 mile dirt road into the deep wilderness of Denali National Park. When to go: Ideally accessed while the season is open during June to September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/ogwDifDmZj5MxSeg6 Tips: The most popular &…

Tour Northwestern Fjord, Seward

What: A beautiful tidewater glacier in Kenai Fjords national park, worth checking out on a boat tour leaving from Seward. While most people take the tour as far as Bear or Ailaik glacier, the Northwestern Fjord tour is the farthest tour offered by boat operators. This makes it a longer ride, but there’s a lot…

Hike Castner Glacier, Paxson

What: One of the most stunning places you will ever see (assuming the glacier opening is still accessible) located off the Dalton highway. Roughly a 4 mile hike rated as Medium to Hard. When to go: Accessed in the winter months when you can actually climb inside the glacier cave. Should take roughly 2 to…

Hike Grace Ridge, Homer

What: An incredible hike in Kachemak Bay near Homer, climbing up to a peak that offers views for hundreds of miles. 9.5 miles with 3000 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate to Hard. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Total hike should take roughly 6 hours. How…

Bike Knik Glacier, Palmer

What: An incredible winter fatbike ride to an active glacier lake located in the Mat-su area. It is a 20+ mile ride including a river crossing and is definitely rated as Hard. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak snow months between January and April. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/1gJmQnC9HkH5Gjgv7 Tips: You’ll definitely want…

Hike Slaughter Gulch, Cooper Landing

What: A straight up hike with incredible rewarding views of the Kenai Lake and River located in Cooper Landing. 5 miles with 2400 ft of elevation gain rated as Hard. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Total hike should take roughly 4 hours. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/6aeoURjKMw59LPHR7Alltrails…

Hike Mt. Gordon Lyons, Anchorage

What: A great hike with insane view payoffs located near Anchorage. 3.5 miles with 1400 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Can be hiked in the winter too, but need to stay clear of the skiers at the Arctic Valley resort….

Hike Thorofare Ridge, Healy

What: An amazing ridge hike located near the Eilson visitor center on the Denali National Park road. 3 miles with 1000 ft of elevation gain rated as Hard. When to go: Ideally accessed during the peak summer months while the road is open between June and September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/sUrimy88et1aSUuK9Unless you have won…

Go Halibut Fishing, Homer

What: Several deepsea fishing charter companies offering anywhere from half day to full day trips to catch halibut, rockfish, salmon, etc. Homer is especially known for Halibut, so it’s worth doing a halibut only/focused trip. When to go: The fishing season typically runs between May and September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/KwSBWix6WqAZq7NK7 Tips: There are…

Hike Harp Mountain, Eagle River

What: An Eagle River area hike to the top of Harp Mountain with stunning views for hundreds of miles at the top. Roughly 4 miles with 2500 ft of elevation gain, rated as difficult. When: Ideally done in the peak summer months between May and October. Can be done in the winter months as well…

Hike Eagle/Symphony Lakes, Eagle River

What: One of the most popular hikes near Eagle River, this hike takes you way back into a stunning valley with two beautiful lakes at the end. 10.7 miles roundtrip (out & back) with about 1600 ft of elevation gain, rated as hard. When: Recommended for summer time between May to October. Should take 30…

Tour Blackstone Bay, Whittier

What: A beautiful cove near Whittier with stunning hanging and tidewater glaciers. Best accessed via various tours – either via boat, kayak, or even jetski! When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between June and September while tours are running. How to get there: Best accessed from Whittier Tips: The most popular, cheapest…

Hike Lion’s Head, Glacier View

What: Stunning hike near Matanuska Glacier offering view of the glacier and surrounding mountains. Roughly 3 miles with 1000 ft of elevation gain rated as moderate. When to go: Ideally done in peak summer months between May and October. Total hike should take around 1.5 to 2 hours. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/Q9WwhJVyg4mBnTr87Alltrails link: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/alaska/lions-head-trail…

Visit Valdez

What: A great coastal town with plenty of activities ranging from Glacier cruises to stunning hikes. The drive or ferry ride to the town is amazing in itself. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/FxyrLriFiQH2bub88 Tips: The drive into Valdez over Thomson pass is…

Visit Homer

What: One of the most beautiful towns in Alaska sitting at the south end of the Kenai Peninsula. Includes many amazing activities including fishing, hiking, camping, eating & drinking. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/ZLexmEbLKpEM48cs7 Tips: Homer has some of the most stunning…

Bike Portage Glacier, Portage

What: An amazing experience biking/hiking to the face of the Portage glacier while the lake is frozen in the winter. When to go: Can be accessed during the winter freeze months between Jan and April. The condition of the lake, both in terms of how frozen it is and how much snow there is, can…

Hike or Bike Eklutna Lakeside Trail, Eagle River

What: An amazing trail hugging the Eklutna Lake located between Eagle River and Palmer. Spanning 12.7 miles and 1300 of elevation gain, the trail is rated as Easy. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. While the trail is easy, it is long, so should expect 6+ hours to…

Tour the Matanuska Glacier, Palmer

What: One of the largest accessible glaciers in the state located near the town of Glacier View. When to go: Worth checking out in both summer and winter time for totally different experiences. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/N4DJkZ4yt4paFXx69 Tips: You can either book a trip with a guide company, or book a trip with the…

Tour the Knik Glacier, Palmer

What: An amazing tour in the Mat-Su area that takes you up close to the Knik Glacier. The tour first starts off with you sitting in an offroad truck that traverse tough terrain and cross rivers. You’ll then jump into a jetboat and head up the river to the glacier. You can explore the glacial…

Hike or Bike Lost Lake, Seward

What: An amazing hike on the Kenai Peninsula located near Seward offering stunning views of Resurrection Bay and the valleys around. Roughly 14 miles with 2600 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Total hike should take roughly 7 to 8 hours….

Hike Kesugi Ridge, Talkeetna

What: An amazing ridge hike near Talkeetna with expansive views of Denali National Park and the surrounding valleys. 29 miles with 6000 ft of elevation gain rated as Hard. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak summer months between June and September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/9ReFooYN8UoMxHEy7Alltrails link: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/alaska/kesugi-ridge-curry-ridge-trail Tips: While technically doable as…

Hike Grewingk Glacier Lake, Homer

What: A huge lake in the front of Grewingk glacier with massive icebergs floating in there summer around. Requires taking a round trip boat from Homer to Kachemak Bay to do the hike. 3 miles with 700 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak summer months between…

Kayak Kachemak Bay, Homer

What: One of the most beautiful bays across from Homer with plenty of opportunities to explore via kayak. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between June and September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/ZLexmEbLKpEM48cs7 Tips: There are various tour operators that offer kayak tours into Kachemak Bay. Alternatively you can take a boat…

Hike West Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau

What: A beautiful forest hike leading up close to the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. The main part of the trail is 4 miles with 560 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When: Ideally accessed in the summer months of May to October. Total hike should take about 2 hours. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/qwcxDVp4Mjp5E3J99Alltrails…

Kayak Valdez Glacier, Valdez

What: A massive glacier sitting in the outskirts of Valdez, worth exploring via kayak or canoe. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between June and September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/8AhKA8mR1pe1rwUa6 Tips: You can check this out via your own kayak, or go on a guided tour with a few different companies…

Dipnet Copper River, Chitina

What: An ultimate Alaska experience – catching the tastiest red salmon from the famous Copper River via dipnet. When to go: Ideally accessed during the peak run between May and June. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/Py4FvF6nNWdbUFUp7 Tips: While many people dipnet off the side of the cliffs, the best way to do this is really…

Explore Kennecott Mine, McCarthy

What: Amazingly well preserved copper mine near McCarthy that can be explored via a tour guide. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months of May to October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/MEez8nXpDW7DsNqj6; you’ll need to drive to the footbridge leading up to McCarthy and then take a shuttle from there to Kennecott Tips:…

Bike Hillside Trails, Anchorage

What: One of the best downhill set of trails in the state, located conviently in Anchorage. When to go: The trails are great for both summer and winter riding. They’re less popular in winter since the condition of the trails can vary significantly deepending on how recently it has snowed and how well it has…

Tour Aialik Glacier, Seward

What: A beautiful tidewater glacier in Kenai Fjords national park, worth checking out on a boat tour leaving from Seward. When to go: Ideally accessed during the boat tour season from June to September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/75NSM1PbSjT8pqQC8 Tips: There are a few ways to experience Aialik Glacier – the shortest & most affordable…

Hike Skilak Lake Lookout, Cooper Landing

What: A beautiful short hike offering stunning views of Skilak Lake in the Cooper Landing area. Total hike is 4 miles with 800 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Total hike should take about 2 hours. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/5pbVZyAiTJKPUzGdAAlltrails…

Visit Seldovia

What: A charming town nestled in Kachemak Bay, accessible via ferry from Homer. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak summer months between June and September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/hL6K7mturp4Q4Wcu9The best way to get across from Homer to Seldovia is to book a $40 each way ferry on the Seldovia Bay Ferry. The…

Hike Palmer Lakes Trail, Hope

What: A short but beautiful hike heading up the Palmer lakes valley near the town of Hope. Roughly 3 miles with 1000 ft of elevation gain rated as Easy. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Should take roughly 2 hours for the full hike. How to get there:…

Hike Hope Point, Hope

What: Stunning peak hike climbing to the top of Hope point from the town of Hope. 7.5 miles with 3400 ft of elevation gain rated as Hard. When to go: You really only want to do this during peak summer months after the snow has melted between June and September. Total hike should take around…

Visit McCarthy

What: Rustic town incredibly well preserved from the copper mining hay day of the 1930’s. Somewhat challenging to get to, but visiting McCarthy is a must visit for any Alaskan. Easily accessed for any physical ability. When: Recommend visiting in the peak summer months between June and September when the road the McCarthy is passable….

Hike Mt. Roberts, Juneau

What: A peak hike in Juneau offering incredible views of the bay leading into town. 7.6 miles with 3700 ft of elevation gain rated as Hard. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak summer months between June and September. Total hike should take roughly 5.5 hours. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/xpzioPd6ijPGAGEQ6Alltrails link: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/alaska/mount-roberts-to-tramway-trail Tips:…

Hike McHugh Peak, Anchorage

What: A great peak hike in the front of the Chugach Range near Anchorage with panoramic views at the top. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Total hike should take 3 to 4 hours. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/B6Qv3AQzXjYCN3t56Alltrails link: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/alaska/mchugh-peak–2 Tips: The parking lot at the trailhead…

Hike Worthington Glacier, Valdez

What: A beautiful glacier that’s very accessible off the highway between Glenallen and Valdez. When to go: Can be seen anytime of year; worth checking out during the summer months between May and October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/PQUBp6493EmmMMRz8 Tips: There are a few ways to check out the glacier – you can walk a…

Hike April Bowl, Palmer

What: A short hike at Hatcher Pass offering incredible views of mountain ranges far beyond the area. 2.2 miles with 850 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months once the Hatcher Pass gate is open between July and September. Total hike should take 1 to 2…

Hike or Bike Maclaren Summit, Paxon

What: A beautiful ridge hike off the Denali Highway with expansive views of the Maclaren river valley. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/BEJDW4Lu9nLfw6Ex8 Tips: There is a small parking area at the Maclaren summit from where you can start this hike. The hike…

Hike or Bike Crescent Creek, Cooper Landing

What: A great hike leading up the large Crescent Lake in the Kenai Peninsula. 10.9 miles with 1600 ft of elevation gain rated as moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Given the amount of brush that can start to overtake the trails on the kenai peninsula, it’s…

Kayak Kenai Lake, Cooper Landing

What: One of the prettiest lakes in the state, perfect for exploring via kayak. There are so many little coves to explore with a great chance of seeing wildlife from eagles, moose and bear along the way. When to go: Ideally accessed in the warm summer months between June and September. How to get there:…

Bike Russian River Trail, Cooper Landing

What: An exciting bike trail traversing along the Kenai peninsula. At roughly 22 miles, this trail is rated as moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Due to the overgrowth of brush on the kenai peninsula, it is recommended to do this trail in either May/June or September/October….

Hike Lazy Mountain, Palmer

What: A great leg burner hike near Palmer offering great views of the peaks and valleys around. 5.6 miles with 3000 ft of elevation gain rated as Hard. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Total hike should take 4 to 5 hours. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/62q7U7gpAQbXLjSH9Alltrails link:…

Hike Blueberry Knoll, Palmer

What: A beautiful hike starting at Government Peak reaching an overlook that provides expansive views of the surrounding valleys. 4 miles with 1500 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When to go: Can be accessed year round, but best to go during the summer time to allow for climbing up some steep parts. Total…

Hike Bear Point, Eagle River

What: A fun hike in Chugiak leading up to an amazing view of the surrounding valleys. 4 miles with 2000 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When to go: Can be accessed year round; worth doing on a clear day to get a full view of Denali in the distance. Takes roughly 2 hours….

Take a Boat Tour to Portage Glacier, Portage

What: An easy family friendly boat tour on Portage lake that takes you right up to the face of Portage glacier. When to go: The tour only runs in the summer months typically between June and September. Total boat tour takes roughly 1 hour. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/4ujD78rHoxri8s9L6 (where to buy the tickets)Link to…

Fish Deshka River, Willow

What: One of the premier rivers for salmon fishing in the Mat-Su area. From kings to reds, the river offers plenty of great catches. When to go: Accessed in the summer months between May and October. Keep a watch on fish counts to time your trip appropriately. How to get there: There are many spots…

Visit Talkeetna

What: Beautiful small town located in interior Alaska with plenty of small shops, restaurants, bars, and tours worth checking out. When to go: Can be accessed year round, but best to go during the beautiful summer months between June and September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/3Emj6JaZqGvhuyrP7Most people will drive to Talkeetna from Anchorage or Fairbanks;…

Go Deepsea Fishing, Seward

What: Several deepsea fishing charter companies offering anywhere from half day to full day trips to catch halibut, rockfish, salmon, etc. When to go: The fishing season typically runs between May and September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/Z662Jzkj8wCFEiXx7 Tips: There are many many different charters that take you on a day long fishing trip; do…

Kayak Passage Canal, Whittier

What: One of the most beautiful bays in the state, well worth checking out via kayaking. You can rent a kayak in the town of whittier and go explore as far out as you want. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/VChygQMSn9Lv1qQi6 Tips: Given…

Go Whale Watching, Seward

What: Both Seward and Homer offer tremendous opportunities to go whale watching – you can spot everything from gray whales, humpbacks, and orcas. When to go: Each of the whales has a season – gray whales and humpbacks usually early in the summer and orcas being around most of the summer. How to get there:…

Visit Seward

What: Beautiful coastal town at the base of the stunning Resurrection Bay with plenty of restaurants, bars, trails, camping spots, and activities. When to go: Can be accessed year round, but best accessed during the peak summer months of June to September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/1Z9qgZaUQL5D33eeAMost people will drive to get there, but there…

Hike Hidden Lake, Anchorage

What: Local Anchorage area hike heading up to a lake in the Chugach Range. Roughly 11 miles and 1500 ft elevation gain, rated as moderate. When: Ideally done in the summer time after the snow has melted between May and October. Can be done in the winter too, but can be slow going if there’s…

Hike Mt. Baldy, Eagle River

What: Popular hike located in Eagle River with a decent climb that is well worth the expansive views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. 4.6 miles total with 1700 ft elevation gain rated as Medium difficulty. When: Recommended for summer time between May to October. Should take 30 minutes to get to trailhead from Anchorage,…

Bike North Bivouac Trails, Anchorage

What: An amazing trail system for exploring on your fatbike in the winter time. Good combination of easy to medium difficulty trails. When to go: While the trail system can be accessed year round, the winter snow months between Jan and April are the best time to access these trails. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/rvLmfqm8QdBFjdNq8Trailforks…

Hike or Bike Coastal Wildlife Refuge, Anchorage

What: A beautiful coastal area worth checking out a fatbike in the winter or summer time. Rated as easy difficulty assuming packed down snow. When to go: Can be accessed year round, but the coast can be sketchy in the summer time with loose mud. Best time to access this area is in the peak…

Hike or Bike Powerline Pass, Anchorage

What: A long trail traversing through the Chugach range with a nice wide trail to bike or hike. Rated as easy to hard depending on which section you’re doing. When to go: Can be accessed year round; can be especially fun to explore in the winter with a good snow packed trail. How to get…

Hike Byron Glacier, Portage

What: A valley hike in the Portage area taking you back to the foot of the Byron Glacier. 3.2 miles out and back with 777 elevation gain, rated as Easy. When: This is a nice year round trail that can be accessed via summer or winter. The full hike can be done in 1.5 to…

Hike or Bike Rabbit Lake, Anchorage

What: Anchorage area a hike leading up a beautiful valley in the Chugach Range. The hike is 8.7 miles with 1440 ft elevation gain, and is rated as moderate. When: Rabbit Lake can be hiked year round, but is usually hiked in the summer time months between May and October. The hike should take roughly…

See the World Ice Art Champtionship, Fairbanks

What: An amazing yearly display of ice carving skill hosted in Fairbanks during the spring season. When to go: Festival is held yearly in February & March. How to get there: https://g.page/icealaska?share Tips: It’s best to go in the middle of the competition window – too early and the carvers are still building their sculptures;…

Visit Fairbanks

What: One of the state’s largest towns in the interior. Well worth visiting, especially in the winter time to catch the northern lights, ice festivals, and hot springs. When to go: Can be accessed year round, but one of the best times to visit Fairbanks is in the winter spring months of Feb – April….

Visit Girdwood

What: Charming ski town with an incredible number of fun activities in the summer or winter time. When: Girdwood is truly a year round destination worth checking out in both winter and summer seasons. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/Do6dUJsh5XsPjFxT7 Tips: Fun activity ideas: ski/bike at Alyeska resort, explore many of the cross country ski /…

Go Four Wheeling, Talkeetna

What: An amazing set of trails worth checking out via four wheeler in and around the town of Talkeetna. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/FSgXc8NDbU9STUkB9 Tips: If you don’t have a four wheeler, there are a few companies that will rent them right…

Visit Cooper Landing

What: One of the best located towns on the Kenai Peninsula to access world class activities including fishing, rafting, hiking, camping, and biking. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/fz68S5GzVMvkwKQd9 Tips: There are many cabin rentals on Airbnb, hotels, and campsites available in Cooper…

Hike Solomon Lake, Valdez

What: A beautiful hike in Valdez leading up to a lake and offering views of the town below. Roughly 5 miles with 1,300 ft of elevation gain rated as easy. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Total hike should take roughly 3 hours. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/mcg2DmMF9YJksPRR8Alltrails…

Tour Resurrection Bay, Seward

What: One of the prettiest places in the state starting from the town of Seward. There are many ways to explore Resurrection Bay from driving down to Miller’s landing, hiking to Caine’s head, or taking one of the many boat tours that run in the bay. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months…

Hike Portage Pass, Whittier

What: A beautiful pass hike starting in Whittier and ending at Portage Lake overlooking Portage Glacier. 4.2 miles with 1400 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak summer months between June and September. Total hike should take roughly 2 hours. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/aT1spYuEsuWsKtLBAAlltrails link: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/alaska/portage-pass…

Hike Twin Peaks, Eagle River

What: Beautiful peak hike next to Eklutna Lake in the Chugiach area. 8.3 mile hike with 4500 ft of elevation gain rated as hard. When to go: Accessible year round, but ideally done in the summer months of May to October. Can be a beautiful winter hike as well to see the snow covered peaks…

Fish the Kenai/Russian River, Cooper Landing

What: One of the most popular areas to fish in the state given the massive salmon runs that comes through here. When to go: Accessed in the summer months between May and September. There are various sites, blogs, and facebook groups that track the salmon count coming through, so it’s best to time your trips…

See the Arctic Thunder Air Show, Anchorage

What: A yearly show held at the JBER base in Anchorage showing amazing aerial manueavers. When to go: Usually held every summer around the 4th of July weekend. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/YnR9ui6uCmXEu8iA7 Tips: You can enter via the various JBER entrances – signs will clearly point you on where to park and how to…

Hike Flat Top, Anchorage

What: Arguably the most popular summit hike in the state, located in Anchorage. 3.3 mile hike with 1400 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When to go: Can be accessed year round with plenty of hikers heading up the mountain. Total hike should take between 1 and 2 hours. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/2kf963iGd7rWwcc98Alltrails…

Hike Chutes & Ladders, Girdwood

What: A great obstacle course type hike taking you across a beautiful ravine and waterfall located in Girdwood. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. How to get there: Unfortunately this is one of those local secrets and it’s not well documented; do your research and you find it!…

Hike Bodenburg Butte, Palmer

What: An easy short climb offering stunning views of the Mat-Su area near Palmer. Roughly 2.3 miles with 700 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When to go: Can be accessed year round, but ideally accessed in the summer between May and October. Should take roughly 1 hour to complete. How to get there:…

Bike South Fork / Middle Fork, Anchorage

What: Two incredible trails near Anchorage with stunning views of the Chugach frontrange. When to go: Middle fork can only be accessed via fatbike in the winter time. South fork can be accessed year round and is worth checking out in both summer and winter time for a great experience. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/NSyQEhuidmBervUe9From…

Hike Near Point, Anchorage

What: A great hike in the Chugach front range in Anchorage offering expansive views of the city and valleys around. Multiple ways to get to the top of the peak – the most popular route (from Prospect Heights) is roughly 6.8 miles with 2250 ft of elevation gain and rated as Moderate. When to go:…

Hike Bird Creek Falls, Anchorage

What: A beautiful waterfall in the Bird Valley area between Anchorage and Girdwood. Roughly 4 miles with minimal elevation gain rated as Easy. When to go: It’s really worth checking out these falls in the winter time while they’re frozen; you’ll be amazed with a huge wall of ice along with stunning frozen creeks and…

Bike Matanuska Lakes Trails, Palmer

What: An amazing system of single track bike trails located near Palmer. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/ptMgGbMoy2AJZviK6Trailforks link: https://www.trailforks.com/region/matanuska-greenbelt-trails/ Tips: There are multiple parking areas to access the trail system – the parking area further north is closer to the fun single…

Hike Rendezvous Peak, Anchorage

What: A great hike with insane view payoffs located near Anchorage. 3.1 miles with 1400 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Can be hiked in the winter too, but need to stay clear of the skiers at the Arctic Valley resort….

Tour the Chena Hot Springs, Fairbanks

What: A popular natural hot springs resort with plenty of fun activities. When to go: Worth visiting in the winter to see the northern lights and take a dip in the hot spring in sub zero temperatures. How to get there: https://g.page/chena-hot-springs-resort?share Tips: Even if you don’t stay at the resort, this can make a…

Ski at Alyeska Resort, Girdwood

What: Alaska’s largest ski resort full of amazing downhill runs ranging from very easy to very difficult. The mountain itself is not large, but the views, terrain, and price make this a worthy visit. When to go: Accessed during the season from mid-December to mid-April. Best months are February and March when there is usually…

Kayak Campbell Creek, Anchorage

What: A winding creek running through Anchorage worth exploring on a kayak. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak summer months between June and September. How to get there: There are many places to put into the creek depending on how far you want to go. A decent trip is to drop in at…

Tour the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Portage

What: An outdoor wildlife conservation center near Girdwood with a variety of local wildlife including bears, moose, and eagles. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Shouldn’t take more than an hour to check out the place. How to get there: https://g.page/akwildlife?share Tips: There is an entry fee to…

Hike Peak 2 & 3, Anchorage

What: Two accessible peaks in the Chugach Range near Anchorage with great views all around. 3.3 miles with 2200 ft of elevation gain rated as moderate. When to go: Can be accessed year round; ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Total hike should take 2 to 3 hours. How to get…

Raft Spencer Glacier Lake, Portage

What: Ride the train to Spencer Glacier lake and raft back down Spencer Creek to get picked up by the train. A great easy way to explore the beautiful Spencer Valley. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak summer months while the tour is running between June and September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/xT7SYVS3ZaZWXPfd6…

Tour Halibut Cove, Homer

What: A beautiful island “city” sitting in Kachemak Bay across from Homer. When go to: Ideally accessed in the peak summer months between June and September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/2mCGaSjaH5rvBxHA8 Tips: To fully experience Halibut Cove, it’s worth staying here overnight in one of the cabin/hotel rentals. Alternatively, you can do a day trip…

Hike Perseverence Trail, Juneau

What: Beautiful train in Juneau leading through a lush valley to multiple waterfalls. 4.6 miles with 1100 ft of elevation gain rated as moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed during the summer months of May to October. Should take roughly 2.5 hours to do the full hike. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/zFcpXJAYkSiKmYFn6Alltrails link: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/alaska/perseverance-trail Tips:…

Visit Juneau

What: The state’s capital, worth visiting for the number of activities from hiking, biking, and exploring a beautiful downtown. When to go: Can be accessed year round; worth going in the summer between May and October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/u5aeXuR4214oq7mK9Juneau is only accesible via flying in! Tips: There are so many amazing hiking trails…

Bike Bird to Gird, Girdwood

What: One of the most popular paved biking trails between Anchorage and Girdwood, offering amazing views of Turnagain Arm throughout. When to go: Ideally accessed after the snow has melted, between the summer months of May to October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/tJ4cvqQ7ZtvBn2EJA Tips: The ride is roughly 13 miles one way – most people…

Kayak Eklutna Lake, Eagle River

What: A stunning lake between Eagle River and Palmer that offers a huge area to explore via kayak. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/JnktezUdmdcfAwby9 Tips: Even if you don’t have your own kayaks, there is a rental place usually open that lets you…

Hike Winner Creek Trail, Girdwood

What: A beautiful trail meandering through the woods in Girdwood. Full trail is 6.4 miles with 1200 ft of elevation gain rated as Easy. When to go: This trail is best done in the summer between May and October when all the greenery is out, but can be a fun hike to explore in the…

Hike Turnagain Arm Trail, Anchorage

What: Great trail along the Turnagain Arm section between Anchorage and Seward. 7.8 miles with 2400 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When to go: Fairly popular trail that’s worth checking out both in summer and winter months. Should take roughly 4 hours for the full out and back hike. How to get there:…

Kayak Byers Lake, Talkeetna

What: A beautiful lake off the parks highway, offering unparalleled views of the Denali mountain on a clear day. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak summer months between June and September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/4WuZjXaGfHfXZh456 Tips: Even if you don’t have your own kayak, there is a company that offers rentals right…

Hike to Williwaw Lakes, Anchorage

What: A beautiful valley in the Chugach range near Anchorage, worth checking out as a day hike or overnight backpack trip. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/QkJYd1MN8SggjS697 Tips: There are a few different routes to get to the Williwaw Lakes – best bet…

Kayak Portage Lake, Portage

What: A beautiful lake with a tidewater glacier, worth exploring via kayak to enjoy many of the waterfalls and beaches around the lake. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peaks ummer months between June and September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/ffj9o2BdrNKisuWs7 Tips: There is a small parking lot (at the link above) which has…

Hike Root Glacier, McCarthy

What: Stunning hike leading from the Kennecott mine in McCarthy. 6.5 miles with 900 ft of elevation gain rated as moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months of May to October given the accessibility challenges to get to McCarthy. Should take roughly 3 hours for the total hike. How to get there:…

Raft Kenai River, Cooper Landing

What: One of the most beautiful rivers in the state located between Cooper Landing and Soldota. Well worth checking out via raft to enjoy the scenery and some fishing. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak summer months between June and September. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/bRXeMDeYS6CXLiKq6 Tips: Your best bet is to drop…

Ski Hatcher Pass, Palmer

What: A huge open mountain valley that usually gets record amount of snow – well worth checking out via various ski / board methods. When to go: Ideally accessed when there is enough snow up at Hatcher Pass – can be as early as December and as late as May. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/MdAjGb1upBt9Md5b8…

Go Dogsledding, Fairbanks

What: A bucketlist Alaskan activity – can be done from many places across the state, but the most common area is in and around Fairbanks. When to go: During the peak snow months between January and April. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/GkreNY9NYudaYkFW8 Tips: There are many dog sled tour operators, and there are many types…

Hike Exit Glacier, Seward

What: Beautiful hike leading up the face of Exit Glacier located in Seward. 2.2 miles with 400 ft of elevation gain rated as Easy. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months of May to October. Should take an hour to get to the glacier face and back. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/9Eo4DhQkt8mj8p8C9Alltrails link:…

Hike Horsetail Falls, Whittier

What: An easy hike in Whittier offering stunning views over the city and Passage Canal. Contrary to it’s name, the hike does not end at a falls, but you do see plenty of waterfalls along the way. Total 2 miles with 500 ft of elevation gain rated as easy. When: Ideally done in the summer…

Bike Trail of Blue Ice, Portage

What: An easy and beautiful trail connecting Portage Lake to the Seward highway, enjoyable by bike or hike. Roughly 10 miles roundtrip rated as Moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/Vb3aqQzeWmvb2kE1ACan be accessed via either end of the trail or from the Williwaw…

Bike Kincaid Trails, Anchorage

What: One of the best single track trail systems in the state. Varying levels of difficulty from beginners to expert, with trails varying from meandering flowy trails to sections with large jumps. When to go: Popular year round with mountain bikes in the summer time and fatbikes in the winter time. How to get there:…

Hike Curry Ridge, Talkeetna

What: Medium length hike north of Talkeetna offering expansive view of the Denali National Park. Total 6.5 miles with 1000 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Should take roughly 3 hours to complete full hike. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/ogmfJZYLrkcsDd5E6Alltrails link:…

Tour the Alaska Sealife Center, Seward

What: An amazing center of various sea animals and critters located in Seward. When to go: Can be accessed year round. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/8V4pSpdCiVKTPtFu8 Tips: This is a great activity for families. At certain times, they may have special exhibits as well to play with certain animals on a first come first serve…

Hike Coastal Trail & Beach, Anchorage

What: An 11 mile paved trail connecting downtown Anchorage to the south side of Anchorage with beautiful views of the inlet along the way. Very popular area to hike or bike for locals regardless of ability level. When to go: Can be accessed year round. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/47sPTdRNCqDzFGKn7There are so many places to…

Hike or Bike Bi-Centennial/BLM Trails, Anchorage

What: An incredible trail system in Anchorage providing plenty of access to hikers and bikers. When to go: Can be accessed year round; however, the best time to really access this area is in the winter since some of the summer swampy areas get covered in snow making for great fatbike riding. How to get…

Kayak Campbell/Sand Lake, Anchorage

What: Two great lakes in the south side of Anchorage with beautiful views while kayaking around. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Can be a good spot for ice fishing in the winter time. How to get there: Both lakes allow for public access; however, the access points…

Explore Hatcher Pass & Independence Mine, Palmer

What: Hatcher pass is one of the most beautiful areas in the Mat-Su region with a variety of summer and winter activities. It’s worth driving up to the pass for some great views and exploring the historic independence mine. When to go: Can be accessed year round; however, in the winter you can only go…

Hike Virgin Creek Falls, Girdwood

What: Super short & easy Girdwood hike that takes you to a beautiful small waterfall cove. The hike is very easy and can be done by any physical ability. When: Can be accessed summer or winter, but ideally worth visiting in the summer time when all the greenery is out between May and October. Takes…

Hike Thunderbird Falls, Eagle River

What: One of the easiest hikes around Eagle River to access a beautiful waterfall. Just 2 miles with 200 ft of elevation gain rated as Easy. When to go: Can be accessed year round – the falls are beautiful both in the summer and winter time. Total hike should take 30 minutes. How to get…

Tour the Riverboat Discovery, Fairbanks

What: A historic boat taking you up the chena river to enjoy some of the sights and experiences of Fairbanks. Can be accessed via any physical ability level. When to go: Tour usually runs in the summer months between May and October. Total tour takes roughly 3 hours. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/sW3dACFD8wEZGq3E7 Tips: The…

Hike Reflection Lake, Palmer

What: Short and easy hike around a beautiful lake between Eagle River and Palmer. Good one to get out on a slow day and stretch the legs. When: Accessible year round, shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to walk around the whole lake. 40 minute drive from Anchorage. Cost: Free How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/GkxqehXLZ11GbMwn8

Hike Eagle River Nature Center, Eagle River

What: A nature center “hub” at the end of a valley that provides access to multiple trails. Trails range for 30 minute short loops to multi day hikes into the mountains. The drive itself to ERNC is a treat, and the center provides display exhibits, guided walks, and handy insights. When: Ideally accessed in the…

Ski at Hillside, Anchorage

What: Great classic and skate cross country ski trail system to enjoy the winter; includes a few lighted loops for skiing throughout evening. When: Anytime during the winter season, snow is usually built up by December and usually lasts through March. Cost: Free How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/rUMjYPZtX8DpTsvu5 Tips: Besh loop is a great way…

Ski at Government Peak, Palmer

What: A great trail system located near Palmer with both hike/ski and bike trails. When to go: Great for accessing year round; the ski trails in the winter are often groomed and can offer some great views of the surrounding valleys. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/Yf19A77P3CEPZ9Vv8 Tips: There are multiple loops to explore – you…

Bike Blue Booty, Anchorage

What: A really fun single track trail perfect for enjoying on your fatbike in the winter. When to go: Ideally accessed in the winter snow months between January and April. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/Fdidz8XiEsbkcMZs9Trailforks link: https://www.trailforks.com/trails/blue-booty/ Tips: After you complete Blue Bootyo, there are plenty of other single track trails in the area worth…

Go Tubing at Arctic Valley, Anchorage

What: Enjoy the downhill tubing course set up at Arctic Valley ski area. A tow rope takes you up a hill from where you can enjoy one of three lanes to tube down. Fun trip as a family or a group of friends – easily accessed via all skill levels. When: Ideal to go during…

Hike or Bike Girdwood Trails, Girdwood

What: An amazing network of trails worth checking out in the summer and winter time. Most trails are rated as easy difficulty. When to go: Accessed year round, but especially beautiful when riding in the winter with plenty of snow and lakes to bike on top of. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/CRABPNbvr9GcGxEs7Trailforks link: https://www.trailforks.com/region/girdwood/ Tips:…

Hike or Bike Gull Rock, Hope

What: A beautiful trail leading out of Hope traversing along the Turnagain arm to the gull rock point. 11 miles with 2500 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Should take roughly 6 hours to complete. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/mCx9muHcAybbhBkx9Alltrails link:…

Disc Golf at Kincaid Park, Anchorage

What: A tremendous 18 hole disc golf course in Anchorage with both pro and intermediate holes. When: Theoretically can be played year round, but best enjoyed without snow between early May to late October. Takes roughly 1 to 2 hours to play the whole course. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/ibbZkix9cdyyQsss5 Tips: Moose really like to…

Tour the Aurora Ice Museum, Fairbanks

What: An indoor ice museum located near Fairbanks where everything is hand carved from ice. A one-ish hour tour allows you to explore the museum and take plenty of pictures. When to go: Can be accessed year round. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/z3mFVsstTXDPx9TK8 Tips: This is one of many activities worth checking out in the…

Tour the Alaska Railroad, Anchorage

What: One of the most scenic ways to explore the state spanning trips all the way from Seward up to Fairbanks. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October; however, there are some great winter trips worth checking out as well. How to get there: Multiple whistle stops depending on…

See the Slush Cup at Alyeska Resort, Girdwood

What: An amazing end of season event showcasing skiers and snowboarders launching off ramps to clear multiple pools of water. When to go: Festival is usually held around mid April every year. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/dUEvS1c23aJMjapDA Tips: See the Alyeska website ahead of the competition on how to participate. The slush cup is usually…

See the Trans Alaska Pipeline, Fairbanks

What: One of the best engineering marvels which carries oil 800 miles from the North Slope of Alaska to Valdez. When to see: Can be seen anytime of year. How to get there: There are many spots to see the pipeline, but the best is in Fairbanks where you can park and get righ up…

Ski Kincaid, Anchorage

What: An incredible system of cross country ski trails in Anchorage for classic and skate skiers alike. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak winter snow months between Jan and April. How to get there: There are many places to access the trail from various parking lots in Kincaid park. One of the best…

Hike or Bike Campbell Creek / Chester Creek Trails, Anchorage

What: An amazing paved trail system in Anchorage worth checking out on any type of bike. When to go: Worth riding in both winter (fatbike) and summer (roadbike). How to get there: There are many places to access the trail depending on where you live and where you’d like to get to. Tips: Both trails…

Hike Rocky Ridge, Seldovia

What: A ridge hike in Seldovia that climbs up the side of a hill and offers great views of Seldovia and the bay surrounding it. Hike is roughly 3 miles with 1000 ft of elevation gain rated as moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between June and September. Total hike should…

Hike Otterbahn, Seldovia

What: A short beautiful hike through a forest leading up to a secluded beach in Seldovia. 2.1 miles with 360 ft of elevation gain rated as Easy. When to go: Ideally accessed in the peak summer months between June and September. Total hike should take roughly 1 hour. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/zxdYzGtUkMw5b37SAThe trailhead starts…

Hike Little O’Malley & Black Lake, Anchorage

What: A short hike up to Little O’Malley with an optional add on to check out Black Lake from above. 4 miles with 1500 ft of elevation gain rated as Moderate. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/QkJYd1MN8SggjS697Alltrails link: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/alaska/little-o-malley-peak-trail Tips: The section climbing…

Bike Mirror Lakes Trails, Eagle River

What: A meandering set of single track trails with scenic views of the various mirror lakes. Can be accessed by beginners and experts alike. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/iEeaYFZAL4JWpgE18Trailforks link: https://www.trailforks.com/region/mirror-lake-18283/ Tips: There aren’t some well marked trail maps at the trailhead;…

Visit Hope

What: A cute little town sitting on Turnagain arm across the bay from Girdwood/Anchorage. Plenty of activities including camping, hiking, biking, and eating. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/smJgstyTUt7GFP4d8 Tips: The town itself is extremely tiny; there are a few cabins for rent,…