Alaska is the biggest and most sparsely populated state in the entire US, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t filled with fun and unique things for tourists to do. In fact, Alaska lends itself easily to offbeat attractions, with its unusual terrain, individual culture, and extraordinary location, so let’s look at some of the most obscure things for visitors to Alaska to do.
This garden, hidden inside the Mendenhall Valley, is filled with beautiful upside-down trees that will delight any visitor. The trees, known as the ‘Flower Towers’, were planted upside down and their roots, now on fulldisplay, were used to form a proto-basket for bright trailing flowers, like begonias, fuchsias, and petunias.Check out amazing ice sculptures at the Aurora Ice Museum
In the world’s largest year-round ice environment, you can see incredible and breathtaking ice sculptures from the traditional igloo to a pair of jousting knights. Better yet, in order to really make your visit truly breathtaking, the museum is lit up in the colours of the Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis), which refract through the sculptures.Visit Santa Claus’ House
This 1950-era trading post was built by Con Miller, a merchant who used to dress up in an old red Santa suit to entertain the village children, but as he was so synonymous with Father Christmas, he named hisbuilding to match and decorated it to mimic the North Pole.
As word spread, many children began to send their letters to the Santa Claus House, so the Miller family has spent 60 years responding to some two million letters. Here visitors can enjoy year-round Christmas decorations, including a 42-foot-tall Fiberglas Santa Claus statue.Get scared at the Kennecott Ghost Town
Once a thriving copper mining town, Kennecott was abruptly deserted by its residents, who left most of their belongings behind, when the mine closed and the railroad stopped running in 1938. It was completely abandoned in the 1950s and now serves as a relic to Alaska’s historic mining era.Climb the highest peak in North America at Denali National Park and Preserve
Mount Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley, stands at 20,237 feet above sea level and is one of the most sought-after targets for any mountaineer. Those without substantial mountaineeringexperience can also enjoy this natural wonder on a tour of the Wonder Lake and Reflection Pond in the park and learn about the peak from the safety of the ground.Top Tips for Alaska
If you’re lucky enough to be headed to Alaska, here are our top tips for a great holiday:
·Pack layers: While Alaska is probably the coldest US state, most locations will have a decent heating system and you don’t want to boil when you come inside.
·Opt for a US ESTA if you can: US visas can be a tricky thing to get nowadays, but visitors from 38 countries can apply for this easier and faster form.
·Buy flights 18 weeks in advance: This is when you get the best deals for international trips.