Welcome to the Last Frontier

Alaska’s nickname, “The Last Frontier,” captures the essence of a place that still embodies the spirit of adventure and the untamed wilderness. It refers to the state’s vast expanses of untouched landscapes, where one can find a true sense of exploration and a connection to the natural world that few places can match.

With its rugged mountains, sprawling glaciers, and endless forests, Alaska’s raw and untamed beauty sets it apart. It is a place where you can witness towering peaks, such as Denali, the highest mountain in North America, or marvel at massive glaciers carving through fjords. The state’s national parks, including Wrangell-St. Elias, the largest national park in the United States, provide ample opportunities for thrilling outdoor adventures and unparalleled encounters with wildlife.

Visiting the beautiful state of Alaska is an invitation to immerse yourself in a world of extremes. Where else can you experience the thrill of dog sledding across frozen tundra, witness the dancing colors of the northern lights illuminating the night sky, or embark on a breathtaking whale-watching expedition?

Cities in Alaska

Alaska is not just about rugged wilderness; it also boasts vibrant cities and towns that offer unique cultural experiences.

  • Anchorage – Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city by population and serves as the states’ economic and cultural hub. Surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, it offers a blend of urban amenities and outdoor adventures, where you can enjoy exploring the Alaska Native Heritage Center, go on a hiking trip in Chugach State Park, or witness the stunningly beautiful northern lights during winter months.
  • Fairbanks – Located in the interior of Alaska, Fairbanks is known for its beautiful wilderness, rich history, and vibrant arts scene. It is also a popular destination for viewing the northern lights, especially during the winter.
  • Juneau – While Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city, Juneau serves as the state’s capital city. Juneau is unique in that it is only accessible by boat or plane. Nestled amidst mountains and glaciers, it offers breathtaking views and outdoor recreational opportunities. Feel free to explore the impressive Mendenhall Glacier, take a scenic tram ride to Mount Roberts, or learn about Alaska’s history at the Alaska State Museum.
  • Sitka – Situated on Baranof Island, Sitka showcases the state’s Russian heritage and stunning coastal landscapes. It was once the capital of Russian America and later served as the capital of Alaska during the Russian period. Sitka is the perfect place to explore historical sites like the Russian Bishop’s House and St. Michael’s Cathedral, as well as to enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
  • Ketchikan – Known as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” Ketchikan is a charming city located in the southeastern part of Alaska. It is famous for its totem poles, which can be admired at the Totem Heritage Center and Saxman Village. You can also enjoy exploring the Tongass National Forest, take scenic boat tours, or immerse yourselves in the city’s rich Native American culture.

We would also like to pay special attention to an Alaskan city that is truly unique: Utqiagvik (formerly known as Barrow) is the northernmost city in the entire United States – in fact, it lies so far off the beaten track, that it can only be reached at certain times of the year. Read our dedicated Utqiagvik Travel Guide to learn more about America’s northernmost town.

Alaska National Parks

America’s northernmost state is home to some of the most breathtaking and unique scenery in all of the United States. Alaska’s many National Parks are generally best described using superlatives. Denali, for example, has the highest peak, while Gates of the Arctic is America’s most remote.

Each park offers a unique experience and a very individual take on the states’ rugged landscape and wildlife. Some can be visited by car, while others are only accessible by boat or plane.

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