A Guide to Adventure in the Last Frontier: Alaska
AAlaska, the largest state, and one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring in America, is a prime destination for those not typically seeking an everyday vacation, but rather one that offers many varieties of adventure. From the multi-day road trip across mountain passes to exploratory excursions of gravel-strewn beaches by kayak, the 49th state does not come up short in offerings for those looking to explore the wilds. Alaska surely has something for everyone who loves the outdoors. Looking to cross this state off your bucket list?
Here's a guide we've prepped for you to satiate your wanderlust for the Last Frontier.
What to pack for an Adventure in the 49th State
If you're looking for an adventure, there's no better place to go than Alaska. With its towering mountains and vast expanses of wilderness, Alaska is a haven for those who love to explore. There are a few things you need to know. First of all, the weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for anything. ANYTHING. You'll need to pack plenty of options, as temperatures can vary widely from one area to the next, even during the summer months. While temperatures can reach the 70s and 80s in Anchorage and other southern cities, it's not uncommon for the temperature to drop below freezing in the interior of the state. Make sure to pack plenty of layers and be prepared for all types of weather. A good base layer is essential, as is a warm jacket and a waterproof raincoat. Bring along a pair of sturdy shoes or boots for the many hiking opportunities.
Obviously pack Croakies, duh.
Finally, be sure to research the areas you plan to visit carefully. Some parts of Alaska are much more remote than others, and you'll need to make sure you have all the necessary supplies before heading into the wilderness. With a little bit of preparation, however, a trip like this one is sure to be unforgettable. Now for the fun part...
What to see & do in Alaska
Alaska is a vast and rugged state with plenty of opportunities for adventure. Whether you're looking for a challenging backcountry hike or a leisurely float down a scenic river, Alaska has, as previously mentioned, something to offer everyone who loves getting into the Great Outdoors. As such, here are some suggestions to check off while traveling in the state:
Hiking in the Eagle River Valley near Anchorage.
If you're looking for a challenging hike, the Eagle River Valley is a great place to start. The valley is home to the Chugach National Forest, which features miles of trails that wind through some of Alaska's most beautiful scenery — and some of the state's tallest peaks. The trails here offer up plenty of opportunities for adventure. Be prepared for steep climbs and rugged terrain, but it's worth it as you're rewarded with stunning views of glaciers and mountain ranges.