Alaska Things to Do Tips by sue&gene
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There are several places where you can easily see the pipeline. We stopped just north of Valdez for our viewing. These spots are well marked and easy to reach. I was surprised by the size of the pipe!
Address: Several areas along the Richarson Highway
Us in front of Rica's Roadhouse
Rika's Roadhouse is the most prominent log structure in Big Delta State Historical Park. It was built in the early 1900's. It is located where the Valdez-to-Fairbanks Trail crossed the Tanana River by ferry and became the center for all gold trading, freight traffic, and hunting. There are several well-preserved buildings on an easy walking tour. There is a museum, beautiful flower gardens, a restaurant and a nice gift shop.
Address: Milepost 275 Richardson Highway
Directions: It is located just off Highway 4 (Richardson) from Valdez to Fairbanks. It is just north of Delta Junction.
Me at Meares Glacier
Meares Glacier was one of the places our boat stopped on our day cruise in Prince William Sound. It is an advancing glacier and we were able to see some calving in the 40 minutes (about) we were at the glacier. Because of the small size of our boat we were able to get very close. There were many seals on the ice floating near this area.
Directions: Prince William Sound
The Columbia Glacier is one of the sights to be seen from the day cruise we took in Prince William Sound (from Valdez). Because it is a retreating glacier we were not able to get close enough to actually see it ... but we saw lots of ice!! Some of the ice got to be pretty good sized bergs .... some were a pretty blue color and some were "dirty" ice. Since our cruise also included a stop at Meares Glacier (an advancing glacier), we were not disappointed that we were not able to actually see this glacier ... we were fascinated by the ice formations.
Address: Prince William Sound
Directions: Can be seen from a cruise in Prince William Sound.
Our kids on board our boat
Because we chose to see Alaska by flying to Anchorage and renting a car, we took a day cruise to experience some of Alaska from the water. There are several options and after checking them out we chose the Stan Stephens cruise from Valdez (in Prince William Sound). We took the 9.5 hour cruise that took us to both Columbia and Mears Glaciers. We were pleased with the service ... had an excellent tour guide and the food service and accomodations were adequate. Because we were on a small boat (40 people) we were able to get in close to the "sights".
Address: P.O. Box 1297, Valdez, AK 99686
Directions: The office and boarding area are located off N Harbor Drive. We were able to walk from our hotel to the boarding area.
Our kids at Worthinggon Glacier
Many of Alaska's glaciers can be viewed from the water. Several others are within an easy walk of the Alaskan highways. Two that we visited were Exit Glacier near Seward and Worthington Glacier near Valdez. Both have nice hikes that take you up close to the ice. You can also see and hear the stream of water formed by the melting glacier. This water is a whitish color because of the rock flour that it contains.
Directions: Exit Glacier is off Highway 9 just north of Seward. Worthington Glacier is just off Highway 4 just east of Valdez.
Denali National Park
Denali, the "High One", is the name Athabascan native people gave the massive peak that crowns the 600-mile-long Alaska Range. This National Park remains largly wild and unspoiled. We scheduled ahead of time to take the bus tour as far as the Eielson Visitor Center where Mt McKinley can be viewed. Alas ... the day we were there the mountain was not to be seen. It was completely covered in clouds ... as is true much of the time. We did see much lovely scenery and wildlife. We were able to see moose and caribou up close and grizzley bears and Dall sheep at a distance.
Address: P.O.Box 9, Denali Park, AK 99755
Directions: The main park entrance is 237 miles north of Anchorage and 120 miles south of Fairbanks via Alaska 3.
Chugach S. P. Turnagain Arm
If you drive Highway 1 southeast from Anchorage, you will be driving beside Turnagain Arm. This was one of the prettiest drives we took. The Arm is a narrow extenstion from Cook Inlet. It was given its name by Captain Cook when had to turn his boat to exit it because he did not find a river. As we drove we stopped to watch for the Bore Tide and also hiked in Chugach State Park.
Directions: Highway 1 southeast from Anchorage.
Courtesy of NPS website
This the largest National Park in the U.S. It can mostly be seen by hiking or boating but there is a very new visitors center near Copper Center. It offers a park orientation video, ranger programs, information desk, backcountry trip planning and very nice restroom facilities. The views from this area are great. The park contains 9 of the 16 highest peaks in the U. S.
Address: P.O.Box 439, Copper Center, Ak 9573
Directions: Mile 106.8 Richardson Hwy. (Highway 4)
Native home at the Heritage Center
We started our visit to Alaska with a trip to the Native Heritage Center. This allowed us to understand more about the native people and areas of the state. There was a demonstration of native music as well as houses constructed on the site to represent typical housing of the different regions. The people sharing the information were well informed and very interested in helping the visitor understand the importance of their heritage.
Address: 8800 Heritage Center Drive: Anchorage, AK 99506
Directions: The Center is located in northeast Anchorage, next to Bartlett High School. Just a short drive from downtown, the Center is surrounded by the majestic Chugach Mountains.
Phone: (907) 330-8000
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