10 Most Beautiful Small Towns in Alaska

6: Girdwood


The Chugach Mountain Range surrounds the small town of Girdwood, yet the town itself is not too far from the international airport. There is plenty to do in this sleepy town including staying in a log cabin, hiking the numerous nature trails, spotting wildlife, and eating at some unique restaurants.

Address: Girdwood, Alaska

7: Seward

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Seward is a town where people can do just about anything that they desire. They can spend time on the trails, out on the water, up in the sky, or in front of a cozy fire reading a book. A popular destination for many is Kenai Fjords National Park where wildlife viewing is practically guaranteed. A few more places that people might want to visit include the Alaska SeaLife Center, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. At all of these places, people will learn more about the town they are visiting as well as the animals in the area.

Address: Seward, Alaska
Website: www.seward.com

8: Fairbanks

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The Golden Heart City is just the place to catch the Northern Lights or bask in the glow of the midnight sun. Nature is abundant in this city and the locals embrace it on a daily basis, because of the solitude and tranquility it offers. The town may be remote, but the activities will have everyone wondering when they entered the big city. The downtown is charming, the arts community is unique, and the culture is native to the state.

Address: Fairbanks, Alaska

9: Juneau


Wildlife is everywhere in Juneau and people can see humpback whales, orcas, seals, porcupines, eagles, bears, and more. There are even tours available where people can get up close and personal with many of these creatures. At the end of a long day, many people will venture into one of the pubs, which have been opened for more years than people can count, and sit amongst the locals listening to the stories of the day and eating delicious local meals.

Address: Juneau, Alaska

10: Cordova

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Cordova is located in Prince William Sound and this town is mysterious in so many ways. The glacier carved mountains lead to wetlands and forests filled with wildlife before reaching one of the multiple waterways. It is one of the best places to take photos in Alaska, especially inside the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The park has 13.2 million acres, so everyone is guaranteed that perfect shot.

Address: Cordova, Alaska

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