10 Most Beautiful Small Towns in Alaska

Alaska is the least populated state in the United States, but that should not discount its beauty at all. The entire state is filled with natural wonders like active volcanoes, the world’s largest tide, glaciers, and more than three million lakes. Traveling to Alaska is not easy, but the experiences that people have once they arrive are worth the trouble and more. Here are the 10 most beautiful small towns in Alaska:

1: Talkeetna

Talkeetna
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Talkeetna is the best place to see three glacier rivers meet in one place and anyone who visits the town should take at least one river tour and one flight tour in order to see this amazing site from all perspectives. The Alaskan Range and Denali Mountain can be seen in the distance on a clear day and many people will want to explore one of the many nature trails that extend from the town.

2: Skagway

Skagway
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Everyone wants to find gold and while that may not be possible, everyone will have a chance to experience the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897 and 1898 for themselves when they visit the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park in Skagway. Adventurists will want to tackle the thirty-three miles that comprise the Chilkoot Trail, but only seventeen of them are in the United States. The rest of the trail lies in Canada.

Website: www.skagway.com

3: Sitka

Sitka

Treasures can be found everywhere in the town of Sitka and people will want to soak in the history of the town. There are many museums in the town that tell the stories and show the artifacts from the past. One of the more interesting stories is how Sitka was a ghost town for many years.

Website: www.sitka.org

4: Homer

Homer
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Homer has long been known as the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World, but is also nicknamed the end of the road, because there is only one road that leads into the town. The Pratt Museum shares the history of the town and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve have a visitor’s center complete with interactive displays. One of the more famous landmarks in Homer is the Salty Dawg Saloon.

5: Gustavus

Gustavus

Gustavus is completely surrounded by mountains and it is the entrance to the Glacier Bay National Park. The town’s location allows visitors to see scenery and wilderness that they would never be able to see anywhere else in the world. The Icy Straits are magnificent and the wildlife that can be seen in this area is remarkable.

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