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12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Alaska, USA

Alaska lands on so many travelers’ bucket lists because even though it’s part of the United States, it feels like a world apart. Indeed, the 49th state still has a lot of seemingly untouched frontier to explore. There are many sights here that you just can’t find anywhere else, whether you visit Alaska as part of a cruise, or rent an RV to take on the ultimate road trip. These are the 12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Alaska.

12. Anchorage

Anchorage, Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Alaska
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Anchorage awaits when the time is right: The largest town in Alaska makes it easy to experience the best of Alaska, from national parks to city trails and breathtaking natural beauty. Anchorage is one of the northernmost cities on Earth, with great city amenities: good restaurants, museums, theatres, and a great music scene. The salmon-rich waters of Cook Inlet and the 5,000-foot-plus peaks of Chugach State Park create the backdrop. Anchorage features dozens of parks and 122 miles of paved bike paths. Warmed by a maritime climate, you can spend the day fishing Ship Creek downtown, hiking the nearby mountains, photographing glaciers, and dining at a four-star restaurant.

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11. Juneau

Juneau Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Alaska
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Stop walking when you first arrive in the middle of downtown Juneau. Only eight blocks ahead, let your eyes rise upward from the lush green rainforest.The landscape of Juneau stretches the human brain—words struggle to express the significance of its soaring peaks, cascading lakes, wildflowers’ vivid bursts, and vast icefields of other worlds. Best to come and see it all for yourself.No matter how you get here or how much time you have, you can touch this majestic landscape — and eat it too.

10. Denali National Park

Denali National Park Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Alaska
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Denali National Park and Preserve’s soaring granite spires and snowy summits straddle 160 miles of the Alaska Range and show so much elevation that they are sometimes lost in the clouds. Denali is the traditional name of the 20,320-foot mountain, but it was called Mount McKinley by modern explorers. A strong point of local contention is the name. The six million acres of large river valleys, tundra, high alpine ranges, and glacier-draped mountains are, however, names aside, purely spectacular.Denali is the home of grizzly bears, wolves, reindeer, elk, and other wildlife, located halfway between Anchorage and Fairbanks. Over 167 bird species have been reported in the park. It is considered among the one of the Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Alaska

9. Dr. Seuss House aka The Goose Creek Tower

Dr. Seuss House aka The Goose Creek Tower Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Alaska
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Outside of Talkeetna, Alaska, Concealed IN THE SPARSE WOODS is a bizarrely unusual home known as the Dr. Seuss House by locals, but that’s not what its founder calls it. Although this whimsical house has no direct link with the famed author, it is easy to see how its nickname was given to the structure.Situated in the small town of Talkeetna, Alaska, the fantastical house is what most of us would describe as something we’ve see in a Dr. Seuss book.

8. Kennicott Ghost Town

Kennicott Ghost Town
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In 1900, on a mountainside about 100 miles inland from Valdez, a pair of prospectors hiking near Alaska’s Kennicott glacier found an outcrop of copper ore.Kennecott’s massive structures sat deserted for decades, until the Alaskan tourism market developed, and the site was declared a National Historic Landmark, much of it later acquired by the National Park Service. For decades, before the Alaskan tourism industry grew, Kennecott’s vast buildings sat vacant and the site was designated a National Historic Landmark, most of it later purchased by the National Park Service.

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7. Alaska Highway

Alaska Highway
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By driving the Alaska-Canada Highway, only about five per cent of tourists to Alaska get here, but those who do are treated to a one-of-a-kind, week-long journey through some of the most stunning scenery on the planet.Take one of the most epic road trips in North America, beginning at Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.Stop in at the Alaska Highway House—a museum that documents the construction of the highway—and spend some time at Mile Zero Park where you can explore the Walter Wright Pioneer Village, which depicts the 1940s era in which the highway was built. Despite its name, Mile Zero Park is actually 1.5 miles down the highway from the true Mile 0, so you’ll only have 280.5 miles left to go on your way to Fort Nelson, where you’ll spend the night. Alaska highway is probably among one of the Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Alaska

6. University of Alaska Museum

University of Alaska Museum
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A travel to Fairbanks is not complete without visiting the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska. In the museum’s award-winning exhibit galleries, discover fascinating tales about the people, locations, and wildlife of Alaska – your best introduction to this vast and diverse state.The museum opened a new wing in 2005, which has become the state’s architectural landmark and a must-see for tourists to Alaska.

Be sure to plan time to explore the Museum Store. With a wide variety of Alaska Native art, books, jewelry and Made in Alaska products, you’ll find the perfect Alaska souvenir. Suitable for all ages. Handicap-accessible facility.

5. Inside Passage

Inside Passage alaska
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Alaska’s Inside Passage, carved by the staggering power of vast glaciers millions of years ago, has wildlife-filled fjords and lush island scenery, a sanctuary for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoises and whales.Its hills are carpeted with magnificent trees. The Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Indians, whose heritage is expressed in towering totem poles, are home to Within Passage Alaska. A tradition of onion-domed churches gleaming with icons was left by Russian settlers.

4. Ketchikan

Ketchikan
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Because of its position at the southern tip of the Inside Passage, Ketchikan is known as Alaska’s “first capital”-it is the first city you enter as you cruise north, and its first exposure to the beauty and majesty of Alaska for many tourists.If you have a fair chance of spending enough time in Ketchikan, it will rain at least once. The average annual precipitation is 162 inches, but the top 200 inches have been identified.

3. Dalton Highway

Dalton Highway
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Forget the Ice Road Truckers’ fast pace, you will want to take your time driving the Dalton Highway. Still among one of the Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Alaska. As you head almost 500 miles north from Fairbanks to Deadhorse and Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s North Slope, The Dalton takes you through boreal forest, high alpine and rolling tundra.You’ll get bragging rights driving this remote road – the Dalton has the highest pass in Alaska, crosses the Arctic Circle and is the only highway to cross the Yukon River.

2. Alaska Native Heritage Center

Alaska Native Heritage Center
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Visit this 26-acre centre and see how humans survived and thrived before central heating if you can’t travel to the Bush region to experience Native Alaska culture firsthand.This is much more than just a museum: it represents a knowledge bank of language, art and culture that will survive no matter how many sitcoms are crackling through the Alaskan stratosphere. It’s a labor of love, and of incalculable value.

1. Iditarod National Historic Trail

Iditarod National Historic Trail
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Alaska’s only National Historical Trail is the Iditarod National Historic Trail. During Alaska’s Gold Rush, this network of 2,300-mile winter trails developed to connect Alaskan Native villages, formed the dog-team mail and supply road, and now serves as a vital link for recreation and travel.Without snow cover, most of the trail is not passable, at least without webbed feet and serious mosquito repellent. There are, however, some parts that are accessible for year-round hiking on the Kenai Peninsula and along the coast in Nome.

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