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The 10 most beautiful towns in Alaska

Alaska is one of the newest states in the United States. It was purchased from Russia for two cents per acre in 1867. It is the largest state in the United States, with enormous expanses of nature, glaciers, wild visage, and the highest mountain in the United States.

Touring Alaska is a true wonder if you are a nature lover. But, in addition, you can visit small cities and towns with a lot of charm. In this post I tell you about the 10 most beautiful towns to see in Alaska.

The 10 most beautiful towns in Alaska


1. Sitka, one of the most charming towns to see in Alaska

The small city of Sitka was originally established by the Russians as Novo-Arkhangelsk in 1799. Historical remains of the Russian passage through it can still be seen in the city. You can visit the Russian Bishop's House, built in the 1840s – one of the oldest wooden buildings in Russian America. The 19th century St. Michael's Cathedral is another of the historical places that you cannot miss in Sitka.

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The 10 most beautiful towns in Alaska

2. Skagway

This small town in Alaska was a small settlement until the gold rush, when the town grew into the small city it is today. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center is the perfect place to learn more about the city's history. In the city there are many picturesque wooden buildings, Wild West style, which give a lot of charm to the city. You can also get on the train that takes a route through the White Pass and the Yukon route.

The 10 most beautiful towns in Alaska

3. Homer

“Homer” is the nickname for “the end of the road.” And it comes from the fact that the Sterling Highway is the only way in or out of this small town. It is a very artistic city with art galleries, craft and second-hand stores. I recommend taking a walk enjoying its essence along Pioneer Avenue.

Other interesting places to visit in Homer are the Pratt Museum, the Alaska and Ocean Islands Visitor Center, and the Homer Spit for wildlife viewing.

4. Girdwood, one of the most beautiful towns in Alaska

Girdwood was once called Glacier City, and its name comes from the fact that it is surrounded by 7 impressive glaciers. The most essential activity to do in Girdwood is to take the cable car to the top of Mount Alyeska itself, at 1,200 meters above sea level. In the town there is an Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center that takes in injured, sick and orphaned animals.

5. Talkeetna

The small town of Talkeetna is the starting point if you are thinking of climbing Denali. Formerly this peak was known as Mt. McKinley, at 6,190 meters above sea level. In addition to hiking, Talkeetna Riverfront Park is the perfect place for all types of outdoor activities; kayaking, fishing…

6. Juneau, the capital of Alaska

Juneau has been the capital of Alaska since 1906. By land area, Juneau is the second largest city in the United States. And the most surprising thing of all is that it has no road access. To get here you will need a small plane or plane.

The most notable place to see in the capital of Alaska is the Tongass National Forest, the East Glacier Loop, the Mendenhall Glacier... And in the city, you cannot miss the Russian Orthodox

Church of Saint Nicholas, built in 1894 by Serbs.

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7. Seward, one of the most beautiful towns in Alaska

Stunning Seward is located in Resurrection Bay and is one of the most beautiful and picturesque towns in Alaska. It was founded in 1793 when the Russian merchant Alexander Baranov established a fur trading post. The small town is flanked by the rugged Kenai Mountains and is very close to the Exit Glacier. You will be able to live the experience of walking on top of a real glacier. Obihiro Park is one of the most incredible natural settings and has views of the bay.

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8. Ketchikan

Ketchikan is popularly known for its Tlingit totems. It is the city with the most totems in the world. You can see them at Potlatch Park, Totem Bight State Park, and Saxman Totem Park.

Additionally, at the Totem Heritage Center there is a large collection of 19th century totem poles, rescued from abandoned villages in the area.

9. Petersburg

At the end of the 19th century, a Norwegian named Peter Buschmann settled here, subsequently attracting other Norwegian settlers, among other immigrants of Scandinavian origin.

The town is very picturesque and even today you can see Norwegian flags scattered around the town. Visit the Clausen Memorial Museum, stroll through Eagles Roost Park and enjoy the area's natural surroundings. You will be able to see many bald eagles in the area.

10. Wrangell, one of the most beautiful and charming towns in Alaska

Wrangell Island was for thousands of years the home of the native Tlingit people. But this changed with the arrival of the Europeans. The town of Wrangell itself is actually the oldest non-native settlement in Alaska, having been founded by the Russians in the year 1811, who began trading furs with the native Tlingit community. Nowadays, visiting the city is very interesting. You can learn more about Wrangell's Native heritage at the Petroglyph Beach State Historic Site.

One of the most popular activities is whale watching. You can go by boat or even kayak.

The 10 most beautiful towns in Alaska


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