They say everything in Alaska is “bigger and better” than the lower 48 and the scenic overlooks do a spectacular job of holding up to that claim to fame. The booming mountains, glistening glaciers and endless eye-candy will have you dropping your jaw in absolute astonishment. And without further ado, check out these 16 scenic overlooks in Alaska that will leave you gasping for air!
1. Fort Abercrombie State Park – Kodiak
Oh, how the beauty will behold you! Enjoy a long walk on the beach or an epic island view. If you are here, you will fall in love with Alaska on a whole new level - we guarantee it!
2. Hatcher Pass – Palmer
The Talkeetna Mountains never looked so good. This special spot makes you feel like you are walking straight out of a dream!
3. Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway – Juneau
Get high above it all and experience Southeast Alaska like never before. If you are visiting our state capital, this is a must-experience.
4. Alyeska Resort – Girdwood
No matter what time of year it is, the top of Alyeska Resort is what dreams are made of. If you are lucky enough to be up there early enough for a sunrise (or late enough for a sunset) over looking the Turnagain Arm, you will be blown away by the beauty at hand!
5. Tern Lake – Sterling Hwy
On the Sterling Hwy on The Kenai, Alaska's Playground is this special little spot. It's located at the turnout before you turn either right to head to Seward or left to head up to Anchorage. And if you're lucky enough to catch a reflection on a clear day - the beauty will blow you away!
6. Nash Road – Seward
Enjoy one of the most beautiful views across the bay and escape from the massive crowds. Go beach-combing or enjoy a picnic with your closest friends or family.
7. Denali Overlook – Talkeetna Spur Road
The quaint and quirky town of Talkeetna offers more than just great food, fun people and groovy shops. Pair all that good stuff with a view of Denali and the Susitna River and your eyes will be in HEAVEN!
8. Road to Whittier – Prince William Sound
Glaciers, glaciers and more glaciers galore! The road to Whittier leading up to the long tunnel is filled with glistening blue glacier views that will absolutely make your jaw drop!
9. Ester Dome – Fairbanks
From Ester, check out Alaska's second largest city of Fairbanks. Stay a while and pick berries or soak in a Northern Lights show (in the fall and winter months).
10. Stony Hill Overlook – Denali National Park
62 miles into the impressive Denali National Park & Preserve offers one of the most pristine and massive photo-shoot opportunities in Alaska. On a clear day, this sight is truly once in a lifetime.
11. Flattop Mountain – Anchorage
Anyone that comes to Alaska's largest city of Anchorage better take the time to drive up here. With views of the Kenai Peninsula all the way to the Alaska Range (on a clear day), it simply does not get any better!
12. Copper River and the Wrangell Mountains
It's hard not to get lost in this epic view. Pull over and let your camera go wild. Your future self will thank you for it!
13. Homer Spit – Kachemack Bay
The first turnout on the right side of the Sterling Hwy as you come up and over the hill into Homer offers a breathtaking view. Check out the glacier in the distance, watch as boats come in and out of the harbor and let your eyes feast on an endless amount of beauty.
14. Beluga Point – Turnagain Arm
Walk down and peep for some beluga whales, kick back and enjoy the spectacular mountains or just watch as the historic Alaska Railroad passes by. Beluga Point is just a quick drive south from Alaska's largest city of Anchorage, and MAN is it a beautiful place to soak in a great sunset!
15. Mount Edgecombe – Sitka
Pretty much anywhere you go in Sitka, you have a stellar view of this stunning mountain. But overlooking the boat harbor... now that is something special!
16. Sixmile Creek – Turnagain Pass
Right before you hit Hope Junction, be sure to pull over and dip your toes in the chill water at Sixmile Creek. And if you have your dogs riding with you, this is a great place to let them take a fresh drink of water and spash around in the shallow water (while enjoying a beautiful mountainous backdrop).