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Alaska bucket list: non-touristy things to do in Alaska


Alaska is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. For centuries it has been untouched by human intervention and consequently, its natural splendor is still undisturbed. If you do decide to visit this wonderland try out these more unconventional activities rather than sticking to the tourist hotspots.

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Where to eat

Located in Wasilla, Sakura Sushi has some of the best sushi in the country. It is quite a drive to get there but the food is worth it! If sushi is not your thing try out the Moose’s Tooth. It has great food and an even better atmosphere along with some classic dishes that will knock your socks off. At the heart of downtown Anchorage, Glacier Brewhouse has the warmest drinks in town as well as some great Alaskan seafood and meat dishes.

What to do

If Anchorage is your kind of place stop by the Anchorage Museum. The exhibits are interactive, fun, and a great place to be on cold winter days. Another unique thing to do is ice fishing. It is a relaxing way to spend a day outside and there is plenty of Salmon, Arctic Char, and Rainbow Trout to catch. Every Friday in gorgeous Palmer, there is a small farmers market that’s worth a visit. You can expect live music and some awesome food – it’s called Friday Fling. You can’t go to Alaska without doing some sledding. Hatcher Pass is a favorite location among the locals and it’s free. If you like the outdoors, and a little adventure, try camping. The Russian River Campground is a great location for fishing, outdoor walks, and a stunning view.

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Speaking of views, if you’d like to see the Alaskan wilderness in all its grandeur, take a walk on the 1500-foot wooden boardwalk. It’s right next to Anchorage and is an experience you’ll not forget. In Anchorage every year the whole community gathers to celebrate the midnight sun. At the Downtown Summer Solstice Festival, you can expect live music, family activities, and delicious food. For those of you unaware, Denali National Park is home to the tallest peak in North America, and seeing the mountain range is a must for all. In a place covered in snow and ice, why not see some of the largest ice in the world and walk on top of it.

The Matanuska Glacier is one of many choices but there are plenty to go to and visit after it. Alaskan wildlife is some of the most gorgeous natural scenery you’ll ever see and the conservation center in Anchorage aims to keep it that way. It’s definitely worth visiting the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and it’s fun for the whole family.

The Blueberry Festival is hosted at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, the festival showcases local food, drinks, and craft vendors. Also, not to forget- plenty of blueberries. There’s even a stage with live music and it is a great time overall. The biannual Arctic Thunder Air Show is an awesome time for family and friends. There are plane shows as well as planes on display so you can get up close and see the jets first-hand. The Diamond Centre Mall is a cozy shopping mall with everything you are looking for. There are shops like Forever 21 and Baby Gap and there’s also an indoor ice rink to visit when you’re tired of the ice outside.

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