Last June I was fortunate to go to Alaska as a part of a work trip. Yes, June and yes this post is going up in January the following year. Alaska is far away and very big. both of those thing syou might be thinking, well, duh Amy, but really- it's far and it's big, but you should go all the same.
The scenic views are everywhere. Even from the middle of downtown Anchorage the mountains in the distance are breathtaking. After our official visit was complete, it wa time to explore the surrounding area. This trip ran the gambit of small, quaint towns, mountains, glaciers, water, and general town fun.
The visit to Alyeska resort just south of Anchorage quickly ticked all the basic Alaska boxes. Snow, mountains, and an inlet of sea water. This ski resort is still beautiful in the summer, if a little eerie. Taking the tram up to the of the mountain and eating lunch at the cafe gave great views and good food.
We left for Talkeetna, a town famous for being tiny and cute. We stayed at the Talkeetna Roadhouse, a historic roadhouse with a few rooms but a big dining room and a hearty kitchen. This old school hostel is surrounded by restaurants, shops and a little sketchy looking general store. You can walk the length of the town in about 15 minutes. We arrived late in the day, which turned out to be fortunate because all the visitors had left and only those staying in the town were around. Often times cruise ships and tours will drop off loads of people to visit this tiny town, which instantly becomes overrun with tourist. A little walk off of the main street brought you to the Susitna river and on this clear evening, a view of the Alaska range and Denali.
Denali National Park was high on my list to visit when planning this Alaska trip. With a little more research I realized that Denali is not a park that you can casually visit for a day, but you have to dedicate days to, days that I did not have. A short hike and looped bus ride later, we headed back south.
LET'S TALK ABOUT LIGHT. There's A LOT of it during an Alaskan Summer. For reference the photo on the left, as time stamped, was taken at 8:25 pm; and the photo on the right was around 11 pm. The endless daylight is NO JOKE. When I travel I always have an sleep mask and melatonin to help me adjust to a hotel bed or new timezone. Such fun! Thank goodness for that, because it was never needed more than in Alaska.
Glaciers are cool, freezing some might say, things that you don't see every day. The glacier cruise out of Whittier was a great end of the trip.
Alaska was fun, wildly different from the mainland of America and yet seemingly familiar. I'd like to go back someday but if now, this trip will remain a favorite adventure of mine. During the trip recorded the adventures via Snapchat. Below are links to watch the Snap stories from Alaska! Enjoy!