Escape the city lights, get to a place where you can be one with nature and not hear a single sound around you. When it comes to having the most Alaska day ever, most locals have one thing in common; they like to leave the rush behind them and enjoy their serene state – sans the crowds. Add in a local brew and some wild caught seafood and you have
heaven on earth, Alaska style.
1. Let Alaska be your alarm.
Chatham Strait, or Shee Ya Xhaak in the Tlingit language, is a narrow passage of the Alexander Archipelago in the southeastern region of Alaska.
2. Rise and grind with local Joe.
Kaladi Brothers Coffee Company was "born and raised" in Alaska. What began as an espresso cart on Anchorage’s 4th Avenue in the spring of 1986 is now one of Alaska's premier coffee roasters.
3. Doughnut say no to the best apple fritters on the planet!
The Moose is Loose in Soldotna, Alaska is a must visit if you are on the Kenai Peninsula.
4. Hit the open road.
Road located in the Brooks Range running along Alaska's Trans-Alaskan Pipeline.
5. Escape the crowds.
Kenai River in the fall.
6. Golf with the locals.
Photo shared from Kenai Golf Course.
7. Walk the docks.
Snow-capped mountain views from the Homer Spit.
8. Stop for some roadside jerky.
Reindeer, bison, moose and more. Local jerky is second to none.
9. Bring the family to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation, education, and quality animal care. They're also dedicated to preserving Alaska's wildlife.
10. Sip some spirits.
Alaska Distillery located in Wasilla offers a wide variety of local blends that are sure to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. Learn more here: www.alaskadistillery.com.
11. Be awed by the Fortress of the Bear.
Located in Sitka, Fortress Of The Bear is a safe haven for orphaned bears. They provide protection and care to rescued animals in an enriching, educational environment.
12. Wet a line.
Locations near the Cooper River offer incredible fishing surrounded by remote wilderness.
13. Get your boots dirty.
Because in Alaska, getting dirty is the best way to bond with the family.
14. Chill at the ice bar.
The Aurora Ice Museum located 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks features an ice bar and countless ice sculptures.
15. Embrace your inner train wreck.
Train Wreck in Seward features four Alaska Railroad train cars that make up a BBQ restaurant known as the Smoke Shack, bike rental shop, glacier tour shop and a two-room hotel.
16. Quit your day job.
Panning for gold is way more fun and Alaskan anyways.
17. Go four-wheeling on the beach.
Or on a trail, in the snow, in the mud... just go. Your inner-child will thank you later.
18. Soak in a natural hot spring.
The closet thing to heaven on earth. Chena Hot Springs Resort offers a small restaurant, on-site hot springs, a heated indoor pool and hot tubs, an ice museum and a massage center.
19. Float and fly.
Otherwise known as "bush planes," these aircrafts are a staple to the Alaskan lifestyle, servicing hundreds of remote communities.
20. Walk on a glacier.
Caution: Don't try this alone as it can be very dangerous and unforgiving. Use one of the many reputable guide services found throughout Alaska.
21. Cheer on the local athletes.
AWW! The best kind of sport is the one that includes four-legged athletes.
22. Let your mouth go wild.
Yummy flesh! There is simply nothing better on this earth than wild Alaska seafood.
23. Brew with the crew.
Tasting room and gift shop at Alaska Brewing Co. in Juneau.
24. Soak in a sunset.
Craig is an incredible town located in the Prince of Whales Borough.
25. Stay up past bedtime.
Enjoying a late night Aurora Borealis show is always worth feeling a little groggy the next day.
From cold beer to warm hot springs, Alaskans are king when it comes to seizing the day. No road is too long, no mountain is too high and no river is too deep. What are your favorite ways to have the best Alaska day ever?