Off-The-Beaten-Path In Alaska
Updated: Mar 7
Alaska is a bucket list destination for everyone. There is so much to see that many times the most spectacular destinations get missed because they are off the beaten path. This week we are traveling into the wild frontier of Alaska.
The first place to get off the beaten path is outside of Seward. The glaciers at Harding Ice Field are a 700-square-mile chunk of icy wonder. It is one of just four major ice caps in the U.S. Two hikes make up the Icefield, one for more experienced hikers and a second lower trail for the not as an experienced hiker that takes you to an up-close and personal look at Exit Glacier. This is one of the most breathtaking experiences in Alaska.
Then visit Nome, where the gold rush meets the rich Inupiat Eskimo culture. On the Bering Sea coast, Nome is only accessible by sea or air and was first discovered in 1898 and established in 1901. It is now the location of the finish line of the Iditarod. Spend time exploring an abundance of wildlife, wildflowers, and tundra, mountains, and coastal landscapes. Or find abandoned dredges, turn-of-the-century steam engines, old mining claims, and old railroad track and decaying trestles from the gold rush.
A trip to Alaska is not complete without exploring the Arctic Circle! The untamed wilderness of the arctic circle is wild and wonderful. There is only one road that leads you to the far north. Start the journey in Fairbanks and stay on the Dalton Highway for 115 miles to cross into the Arctic Circle. From there it is a 300+ mile journey along through the park of the Gates of the Arctic to the northernmost point. This trip can be entirely driven or with a drive-fly combo.
When planning a trip to Alaska, make sure to go off the beaten path to find everything this state has to offer. Schedule an online consultation to discuss how to get around, where to stay, and ensure you are having the trip of your life!