We Dare You To Take This Road Trip To Alaska’s Most Abandoned Places
Alaska’s vibrant past combined with the advances in society have inevitably lead to many structures and entire towns becoming part of our abandoned places in Alaska road trip. Add the fluctuating economy filled with the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows, and you essentially have an entire state that has gone through the financial ringer. We can’t forget about Alaska’s gruesome and wildly unpredictable weather patterns. Natural disasters alone have attributed directly to entire communities being abandoned in the Last Frontier, many of which were never able to rebound or rebuild.
Although this road trip only graces the surface on the many abandoned places in Alaska, it’s a great start to ease you into the alarming and positively mind-blowing remnants from the past. This lengthy trip takes about 24 hours and covers roughly 1200 miles of terrain, making it best to break up into a few days period. Better yet, take your time and enjoy all the other incredible sights along the way. To view the map with accompanying driving directions to all of these abandoned places in Alaska, click HERE.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/
Have you visited any of these abandoned places in Alaska? Which one? Will you try the road trip to see them all? Let us know in the comments below!
Alaska has quite an exciting and storied past. In the 1800’s during the Gold Rush, a large number of miners arrived in Alaska to try to strike it rich. They moved into areas that previously didn’t have any occupants and quickly set up towns. These towns were more temporary in nature, because when a strike “played out,” meaning all the gold had been mined, they were quick to pack up and move to the next area where gold was found. This left many small towns abandoned, and you can visit quite a few of them throughout the state. Also large natural disasters that have occurred, most notably the Good Friday Earthquake, which damaged large buildings beyond repair. These buildings now sit unoccupied because it is too dangerous to go into without fixing, and too expensive to fix.
Are any of these abandoned places in Alaska haunted?
Yes, some of them are reputed to be haunted, including the Jesse Lee’s Children Home in Seward. There are also many hotels, bars, and restaurants in Alaska still currently in use that are also said to be haunted. Make sure to check out the Red Onion Saloon in Skagway for a great haunted story!
Living and loving life in Alaska, Courtney enjoys living a happy life based on simple principles; work hard, be kind, stay humble. She is an avid dog lover with hobbies that include running, fly fishing, hiking & snowboarding.
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