49 Places to See in the 49th State

  • 38 | Barrow Dip your fingers in the Arctic Ocean, see the Midnight Sun, and learn about Inupiat culture in America’s most northern city. 

  • 39 | Kennicott and McCarthy Don’t miss the deserted Kennecott Mine and ghost town of Kennicott. They’re just beyond the town of McCarthy (population 42) at the end of a footbridge—and a 61-mile gravel road.
  • 40 | White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad A scenic, narrow gauge railroad between Skagway and Whitehorse, Yukon. Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, it climbs 3,000 feet in 20 miles, makes sharp turns around steep cliff faces and hangs precariously above deep mountain gorges. 
  • 41 | Kuskokwim River Road There are 15,328 miles of roads in Alaska—in summer. In winter, that number grows as state road crews clear and maintain ice roads on major waterways. The Kuskokwim River ice road is as long as 100 miles some winters, depending on ice conditions. It’s the only time of year you can drive in or out of Bethel and its surrounding villages. No car? Don’t worry, you can fl ag a taxi on the river.
  • 42 | Hyder It’s the easternmost town in Alaska, and the only way in is by road—from Canada.

ROADTRIPS

  • 43 | The Haul Road The road the History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers drive.
  • 44 | Denali Highway This is a 135-mile gravel road between Paxson on the Richardson Highway and Cantwell on the Parks Highway. Beautiful views, great camping and fishing. 

GETAWAYS

  • 45 | Alyeska Ski Resort Ski, spa and enjoy the scenery at Alaska’s luxury ski resort.
  • 46 | Baranof Warm Springs One person lives in the tiny town of Baranof Warm Springs, near Sitka, and there are no roads, just a boardwalk. But the town sees many visitors thanks to its nine hot springs with temperatures from lukewarm (hence the name of the town) to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 47 | Serpentine Hot Springs Eskimo shamans gathered here to tap the power of the natural hot springs. Today, it’s the most visited area of Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, and where visitors can enjoy a soak amid soaring granite tors.

WEIRD SPOTS

  • 48 |Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel The town of Whittier is 50 miles from Anchorage, but there is a mountain in the way. No worries, during World War II the Army Corps of Engineers kindly dug a 2.5-mile tunnel through the rock. At first it was only a railroad tunnel, but in July 2000, it was opened to vehicle traffic as well. The longest highway tunnel in North America is only one car width wide, so traffic switches direction every half hour. And it closes at night, so miss the last opening and you’ll be stuck in town until morning. 

  • 49 |Aniakchak Caldera This 10-mile-wide, 3,700-year-old volcanic caldera is a National Natural Landmark within Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve in the western Aleutian Chain. It last erupted in 1931.
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  1. We managed to see only 19 of these spots. Guess we’ll have to come back and try to get to some more 😎

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