Alaska March 22, 2018
The 12 Places You Absolutely Must Visit In Alaska This Spring
I’m not going to lie to you. Spring in Alaska can be the muckiest, muddiest, ugliest season on earth. But, it also signals the return of the suns warmth, the mountains of snow starting to melt, and the rivers “breaking up” into ice chunks that flow away. The temperature variance in much of Alaska is extreme and whatever it takes to get to the beautiful summer is worth it. Break up the grey of “Break up” season with a little in-state spring trip to one of these excellent places. You won’t regret it.
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1. Head to the Charming River Town of Soldotna
The Kenai Peninsula is far enough south that it warms up sooner than the far northern parts of the state. Head to this little town to enjoy the peaceful river and oceanside walks in the crisp spring air. You'll love the locals and the local businesses they frequent.
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2. Get Away To The Hot Springs on Chicagof Island
Chichagof Island is home to many communities —including Sitka and Hoonah — and boasts more than one destination for hot springs relaxation. Tenakee Warm Springs and White Sulphur Springs are classic Alaskan spots for relaxation in mineralized waters that are purported to heal what ails you.
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3. Head to Nenana To See The Famous Tripod
The Nenana Ice Classic is a long-standing tradition where folks bet on when the river ice will "go out" and the mighty tripod will fall. This momentous occasion marks the beginning of Spring in the Interior, usually in April or May. Until then, you can visit this tiny town, full of character and characters, and see the set up for yourself. Don't forget to buy your ticket for your chance to win.
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4. Run Away To A Cabin In Girdwood
Late March and April can have some of the best ski days of the year, depending on the season. Head to Alyeska for a romantic weekend getaway in a rustic cabin, right near one of the world's best ski resorts. You can even ski in a tank top when the sun is just right.
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5. Chase the Aurora
March is one of the best times to see the aurora in the northern part of the state. You can avoid the inevitability of intense cold in the interior by waiting until the spring. Although temperatures may still plummet and the longer days mean you will need to stay up later, viewing the aurora is definitely worth it.
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6. Paddleboard Among the Glaciers in Kenai Fjords
Check out all the summer tourist attractions before the season begins. You will reap rewards in lower prices and more availability. Don't leave incredible experiences like getting up close and personal with a glacier to everyone else, try it for yourself! Alaska has endless beautiful places to explore and you can never get to them all.
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7. Go Glamping
8. Visit the Seaside
Homer is awesome any time of year, and a perfect spot for an in-state vacation to remember. No matter where you are in Alaska, Homer is a great change of pace. Walk the docks, eat the freshest seafood in the world, and hang out at the cool local spots. A getaway to Homer is always a good idea and you can have the most Alaska day ever there.
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9. Escape to Sitka
Sitka is a small, remote town in the southeast, and if you've never adventured there, you should definitely check it out. Head here for the miles and miles of gorgeous hiking, fresh seafood prepared at a variety of classy restaurants, and unparalleled charm. The docks are constantly picturesque and the pace of life perfectly balanced with the natural world.
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10. Hike to a Glacier
11. Try Out the Interior Life
Fairbanks is a cold and harsh place in the winter months, but in the spring you can try out the beautiful scenery, the quiet stillness and the remote Alaskan life without the severe cold. This cabin on a remote farm is a great escape for anyone who romanticizes the rural Alaskan lifestyle but isn't fond of 40 below zero.
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12. Visit the Arctic
Nome, Kotzebue, and Utqiagvik are all covered in snow and ice until May and June, but Spring is still a great time to visit. The ice sheets glitter brilliantly in the bright sun and the extended light makes everyone a little happier. If you ever wanted to see the northern part of Alaska, March, April, and May are lovely months to do so. The Arctic has an icy magic all its own that can only be experienced by visiting.
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Spring is a great time visit Alaska. You can beat the mad rush of the summer season and see the state in the fresh, cool spring air. It’s a little cooler and fewer places are open, but the lower prices and increased availability of everything make up for it.
How many of these places have you been to? Tell us about it in the comments below.