There is something so undeniably powerful and utterly mesmerizing about the waterfalls found in the great 49th state. Heck, they are even stunning to observe during the winter months when the massive falls become frozen in time. Many of these waterfalls are viewable from the cozy comforts of your vehicle, while others require a short hike or a scenic day cruise to fully appreciate the majesty that they hold. The total weekend warrior excursion covers 246 miles and takes just under 6 hours to complete (one way). Be sure to check out the link to the Google Map by clicking
Have fun out there adventure hounds and remember to break the trip up into a couple of days so that you can take your time and enjoy the journey along the way just as much as the final destination.
1. Hatcher Pass Falls – Willow
Right now everything is a frozen wonderland, but come summertime - you don't want to miss out on the beauty that can be found at Hatcher Pass. Hike up to the falls or spend the day picking berries with the kiddos. We are sure that no matter what you choose, you'll be spoiled with natural beauty from start to finish.
2. Thunderbird Falls – Chugiak
Just a hop, skip and jump from Alaska's largest city of Anchorage and you'll be at the trail-head for this beautiful hidden gem. Enjoy a short 1 mile stroll in the woods with the kids and dogs, then feast your eyes on the plunging 200 foot waterfall. This serene escape is the perfect way to decompress from the hustle and bustle of the city.
3. South Fork Falls – Eagle River
This stunning 60 foot tall waterfall can be easily accessed by just a half mile short stroll. To get here, take the Eagle River Loop exit, turn right onto Hiland Road, drive 3.4 miles and then turn left onto River View Drive, which turns into Waterfall Drive. From there, continue down the road until you reach River Park Drive, then turn left onto Ken Logan Circle and drive to the end of the road. Parking is limited but if you can squeeze in, we know you won't regret any of the hassle.
4. McHugh Creek Falls – Turnagain Arm
As you hop on the Seward Highway and head south towards Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, this is one of the first magical little pull outs to the left. It's a sweet little 20 foot waterfall with an elevation gain of roughly 150 feet. You don't really have to walk far at all to enjoy the waterfall along with a charming picnic area and stunning views overlooking Cook Inlet on the Turnagain Arm.
5. Winner Creek Falls – Girdwood
6. Virgin Creek Falls – Girdwood
Head up Timberline Road where a half mile narrow foot path will then lead you to these awe-inspiring falls. Hiking through the dense forest offers beautiful flora and fauna views during the summertime, and the peek-a-boo views overlooking the 'arm' will blow your mind.
7. Rookery Falls – Whittier
These beautiful falls plunging off the sides of massive rock faces are names after the kittiwake and other small gull bird rookeries in the area. Whittier will fill your eyes with tons of hanging glaciers and spectacular falls in the distance.
8. Blackstone Glacier Falls – Whittier
Blackstone Glacier in Prince William Sound can be accessed by a renowned 26 Glacier Cruise during the magical summer months. You will not believe your eyes when you see the breathtaking contrast of glaciers and waterfalls colliding brilliantly.
9. Marathon Creek Falls – Seward
The Kenai Peninsula has many remarkable attractions, but Mt. Marathon in Seward is among the best of the best. Skip the crazy crawl straight up hill and hike up to the Sheffler Creek Trail for a couple miles and prepare to be rewarded with fascinating waterfall and mountain views.
10. Lowell Point Waterfall – Seward
End your epic waterfall weekend road trip by driving all the way out to Lowell Point in Seward. Right when you start the journey you'll notice this thundering waterfall off to the right. Stop and take in a spectacular photo-op before hitting the road back home.