Contrary to popular belief, the last frontier is one of the most popular year-round destinations in the entire world. The seemingly endless amount of outdoor activities that are available at your very disposal will keep you busy from sun up to sun down, no matter what time of the year it is. From dancing under the midnight sun to enjoying fascinating displays of the northern lights during the fall and winter months, you’ll never have a single excuse to be bored in Alaska.
Go ice fishing on one of Alaska's many lakes or rivers, or throw the drift boat in the water and reel in some big ol' rainbow trout!
Camping in the winter time? You better believe it! A warm cozy fire and a few s'mores taste so much better when you're burning off all those calories from trying to stay warm. This great activity is great for getting away from the daily 'rat race' and totally refreshing your soul.
This is one of the most relaxing and yet uplifting activities that you can do in Alaska. From eagles to snowy owls, ravens, gulls and so much more. There are over 25 bird species that endure the harsh winters of interior and western Alaska, and over 100 bird species that stay through the milder coastal winters of southcoastal and southeastern Alaska.
4. Dog Mushing
Don't have your own dog team? Don't worry! Check out your local chamber and inquire about year-round dog sledding tours that you can go all across the mighty last frontier.
We are so blessed to have such a bounty of natural resources in Alaska. Check with the local Fish & Game office (or visit their website) and make sure you are taking advantage of all the excellent hunting opportunities. Fill that freezer and feed your family the most healthy, organic meat possible.
Whether your enjoying a four wheeler ride in the summertime or a snow machine ride in the wintertime, Alaska's wild terrain is perfect for fueling up and getting deep into the backcountry.
Whether you are ice climbing in the winter or rock climbing in the summer, this is an awesome outdoor activity that adrenaline junkies can enjoy all year long.
8. Wildlife Viewing
Alaska has some of the most fascinating displays of wildlife in the world. Enjoy moose, bear, wolves, caribou and SO MUCH MORE! Best of all? No matter where you live in the last frontier, all you have to do is walk out your front door!
Street bikes and mountain bikes in the summertime and fat tire bikes in the wintertime. This is an awesome activity that lets you work up a good sweat while getting to a multitude of different destinations quickly. Got a need for speed? You'll love this fun activity!
10. Sunrise & Sunset Chasing
Be prepared for a later start and an earlier finish during the chilly, dark winter months - but this fun activity always makes for an epic photo shoot and a beautiful new day perspective.
Doesn't take much to go sightseeing in Alaska. Heck, even the states largest city of Anchorage is filled with phenomenal mountain views. If you're in Talkeetna, keep your eyes peeled for a crystal clear day when Denali is out and shining like the majestic champion it is!
Hike to a state cabin or just get out and bag some summits, hiking during the snowy months is the best way to transport yourself into a winter wonderland paradise.
Invest in a good pair of studded running shoes or ice cleats and you'll be good to go! Find a cleared trail in town or find an area off the beaten path. There are also lots of fun organized runs that you can enjoy all across the state all year long.
Either by yourself of with your four-legged companions, a casual stroll is the perfect way to get some happy endorphin's and soak in the simple beauty that Alaska always has to offer.
15. Beach Combing
With 6,640 miles of coastline in Alaska, you'll be able to beach comb just about anywhere you go. Take a peaceful snowy walk during the winter months or enjoy the fishing crowds during the summertime and you'll be amazed by what you will find! So many pretty rocks and treasures, so little time.
16. Glacier Gazing
When you think about Alaska, you think about glaciers huh? Us too! The big, icy blue, majestic land masses are just too amazing not to be obsessed! There are 616 named glaciers in the last frontier and estimated to be over 100,000 total. Get out and get to exploring!
This one goes hand-in-hand with camping, but backpacking adds an extra layer of extreme to the excursion. Camp somewhere remote with no one in sight and enjoy pristine, untouched beauty.
18. Gold Panning
If the water isn't frozen, have at it. This is an unexpected activity that can actually be very lucrative. Scope out some soft black sand and have at it!