Most Dramatic Sights in Alaska

  • Mount McKinley in Denali National Park

    Mount McKinley

    Denali National Park is full of dramatic sights, but none more so than the park's Mount McKinley, the highest mountain peak in the country rising 20,320 feet above sea level. The best news? You don't have to scale the imposing summit to enjoy it's dramatic beauty. See it from many roads through Denali or at Wonder Lake.

    Photo courtesy of NPS Photo Tim Rains

  • Tourists taking in the sights at Glacier Bay National Park

    Glacier Bay National Park

    Glacier Bay National Park is famous for its diverse landscapes, but the icy fjords and massive glaciers are the main draw here. Visitors to the bay describe the sound of a glacier calving as similar to a a cannon shot or the rumbling of thunder. Find our for yourself with a trip through Alaska's Inside Passage to Glacier Bay.

    Photo courtesy of Brian Adams - Travel Alaska

  • Northern Lights over Bear Lake, Alaska

    Aurora Borealis

    One benefit of visiting Alaska outside of the peak summer months is that you'll have a better chance of seeing one of the state's most stunning natural phenomenon, the Northern Lights. While the best time to view Aurora Borealis is in the middle of winter, it's possible to see this mysterious event as early as September.

    Photo courtesy of Joshua Strang/USAF

  • Yanert Ice Field and Glacier

    Yanert Ice Field

    Visiting Alaska's Yanert Ice Field requires taking a helicopter and landing directly on a glacier ... pretty awesome if you ask us. Visitors to this massive glacier, located just outside Denali National Park, have the opportunity to don special boots and walk on the icy surface of the glacier in the middle of rugged mountain peaks carved by glaciers just like it over millions of years.

    Photo courtesy of lns1122

  • Icebergs at Kincaid Park. Anchorage, Alaska

    Kincaid Park

    You don't even have to leave Anchorage, Alaska's most populous city, to experience dramatic views. The city's own Kincaid Park includes more than 1,500 acres of forested hills, beaches and abundant natural beauty. To see Kincaid Park at its most beautiful, come for a sunset.

    Photo courtesy of Paxson Woelber

  • Iceburgs of Portage Lake

    Portage Lake

    Located within Chugach National Forest, Portage Lake is a popular destination for cross-country skiing when the lake ices over in the winter, but in the summer and fall, it's possible to take boat tours of the glacial waters. If you're lucky, you might even get to see the Portage Glacier calving an ice berg.

    Photo courtesy of Frank Kovalchek

  • Balancing atop Eagle Peak Summit in the Chugach Mountains

    Eagle Peak Summit

    You'll have to climb 2,369 feet to reach the summit of Eagle Peak, and you'll be rewarded for your efforts with one of the best views anywhere in the state. The 3-mile hike (one way) to the top is pretty darn spectacular in its own right, and since the peak is much less-visited than nearby Mount Diablo, you'll often have the trail to yourself.

    Photo courtesy of Paxson Woelber

  • Wolf in Denali National Park


    While significantly more unpredictable than Alaska's more permanent attractions, the critters who call the state home represent some of the most thrilling sights on any visit to the state. Whether you're watching brown bears on Admiralty Island, watching for humpback whales near Juneau or hanging out with the otters and sea lions of Kenai Fjords National Park, wildlife viewing makes for an unforgettable experience.

    Photo courtesy of NPS Photo/ Tim Rains

  • Matanuska Glacier in the distance

    Matanuska Glacier

    One of Alaska's most scenic drives winds through the Matanuska River Valley, home of the 26-mile-long and 4-mile-wide Matanuska Glacier. If you want to see the sheer force of nature at work, this is a great place to do so, especially since Matanuska is the largest glacier in Alaska reachable by vehicle.

    Photo courtesy of Cecil Sanders 2010

  • Kayakers in Kenai Fjords National Park

    Kenai Fjords National Park

    Kenai Fjords National Park, the smallest national park in the state, is also home to some of the state's most dramatic coastal scenery. More than 40 glaciers flow from the park's Harding Icefield, a geological phenomenon that's created long fjords, sheltered coves and beautiful bays.

    Photo courtesy of Brian Adams - Travel Alaska

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