Cool things to do in Alaska?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by richnota, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. richnota


    Jan 11, 2005
    Santa Cruz
    I'm going to be in the Anchorage/Homer/Valdez/Denali region (which is bigger than some countries....Alaska is a very big place)

    Any suggestions of things to do and "must see"?
  2. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Get a rifle and hunt their state bird - the mosquito.
  3. Most dense population of bald eagles in north america there. I also suggest rifle. Haha.
  4. IconBasser

    IconBasser Scuba Viking

    Feb 28, 2007
    Fontana, California
    tip a moose for me.
  5. Robert B

    Robert B Somewhere under the rainbow Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Rittman, OH, USA
    If you can, take the train from Anchorage to Fairbanks for great scenery. Also, Valdez has a wonderful boat tour of the Prince William Sound. You'll get to see glaciers, whales, sea lions etc. but you might want to call ahead and make reservations now. We went on the Stan Stephens tour out of Valdez. We spend 10 days up in Alaska last summer. It's wonderful!
  6. steve21

    steve21 Inactive

    there's lots of COLD things to do in Alaska.
  7. richnota


    Jan 11, 2005
    Santa Cruz
    Someone had to say it.

    I just watched the vampires in Alaska movie, "30 days of night"....but in reality summer in Alaska is warm (and days are very long).

    Interesting food? bars? places to flee charging bears?
  8. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    All I heard there is to do there is drink
  9. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    go back home?
  10. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
  11. Anchorage has a plethera of interesting museums. Also some great seafood places (you pick'um). We took the rail out of Anchorage and spent two days seeing Denali. Great scenery and animals. You can get one of the expensive charter services there to show you all the scenes and sights, or simply ride the park's free shuttle busses, which shows you about as much.
    After our return we took the scenic highway from Anchorage to Seward. It is a beautiful drive. We spent about 3 days there. Seward has several quaint mom and pop shops, and some good places to eat as well. You can charter boats to show you whales, seals, and glaciers. Do take the free sea sickness pills if they offer them to you. Seriously.
    A warning about Alaska. A brown bear CAN be just about anywhere at any time, even on the outskirts of Anchorage. They are not known to have a good demeaner. They can outrun a horse for a short distance. Never take chances with them. Puchasing a large canister of pepper spray to repel them is a good idea. Moose can be very dangerous as well, and if you rile them up they will stomp you into a greasy spot. On the plus side: no poisonous snakes in AK. Mousquitoes are really bad in some areas in the summer, and July and August can be quite hot. If you do not sleep well with alot of light around, get some of those things to cover your eyes with during sleeping hours.
    Enjoy your trip. Plenty of great secenery for free.
  12. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Go into the wild, unprepared, with crappy clothes, eat a poison berry and die in an old school bus.

    Oh wait...
  13. richnota


    Jan 11, 2005
    Santa Cruz
    Funny. But Sean Penn gave me the same advice.
  14. Fontaine


    Apr 27, 2006
    go on one of those deadliest catch boats, bet that's fun.
  15. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Backpacking is fantastic in Alaska.
  16. Eublet


    Jul 28, 2006
    Everyone I've known who's been there says it's an incredible experience, even people who aren't prone to cold or nature. I would love to go one day. Hopefully very soon I'll get the chance!
  17. E-hannon


    May 20, 2007
    Fairbanks, AK
    Don't get too excited I live here and the most exciting thing that's ever happened to me is a black bear wandered into our backyard while i was playing outside (I was like 2).
  18. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    You could wear muck lucks and throw stuff at your neighboring canadians.
  19. Chase polar bears.
  20. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    fixed it for you.;)