Anyone who lives in or who has ever visited Alaska knows that once you’ve seen the lustrous peaks of the last frontier, nothing else in the world can compare. Not only is Alaska the largest state in the nation, but it is also home to 14 stunningly beautiful mountain ranges. Alaska is home to the highest peak in North America – Denali, which sits at a staggering 20,310 feet.
At the base of these incredible mountains sit many picturesque towns that have a way of instantly making you feel right at home. These 15 are a great jumping point, but there truly are so many others that are also worthy of writing home about as well.
Located near the mouth of the Copper River at the head of Orca Inlet on the east side of Prince William Sound, the small town of Cordova is a great place for soaking in epic mountain views of the Chugach National Forest, no matter what time of year it is.
With a population under 1,000 year-round residents, the charming town of Talkeetna is a great place to relax and enjoy EPIC views of Denali in the Alaska Range. During the spring and summer months, this sweet little mountain town is a jumping point for mountaineers looking to bag the highest peak in North America.
The 3,576-foot tall Mount Juneau towers of Alaska's state capital city in epic proportion. With the mountains on one side and the Gastineau Channel on the other, you won't be able to stop snapping photos from sun up to sun down.
4. Cooper Landing
This charming little town located on The Kenai, Alaska's Playground is home to so many amazing attractions including the world-famous Kenai River, Kenai Lake and the Russian River. As you wind through a narrow road, you'll be blown away by the views of the Kenai Mountains on both sides of you.
Alaska's farm country looks effortlessly beautiful with the ample peaks in the Talkeetna Mountains as a backdrop. Connecting with the Chugach Mountain Range, you'll be spoiled with phenomenal views no matter what direction you go. Head up to Hatcher Pass, cruise through Willow or just sit back and enjoy the views from a local cafe in town.
Known as the best ski town in the world, the charming and quirky town of Girdwood is home to the popular Alyeska Resort. The stunning Chugach Mountains are also home to the greatest concentration of glacial ice in all of Alaska.
The breathtakingly beautiful town of Sitka on Baranof Island boasts the most jaw-dropping view of Mt. Edgecumbe, which is a dormant volcano located at the southern end of Kruzof Island. We love this special place because it has the perfect mix of an island escape and a mountain town all in one.
The Aleutain Range in Alaska forms a chain of islands over a thousand miles long, and we simply cannot get enough of the views that can be experienced from the small town of Adak. This historic town with a population under 500 residents is a great place to go hunting and enjoy beautiful mountain views in the distance.
Home to the snowiest place in Alaska, many people visit Valdez to enjoy the epic beauty at Thompson Pass. Others come for the charming small town atmosphere, great fishing, incredible hiking or to visit the massive Keystone Canyon.
Located on The Kenai, Alaska's Playground, the charming little coastal town of Seward is a great place to enjoy world-renowned tourism opportunities in and around the Kenai Fjords National Park. The towering views of the Kenai Mountains are impossible to miss as they line city side. Seward is also home to the most popular 4th of July attraction in the entire state, a marathon race up the side of Mt. Marathon.
As the jumping point for Glacier Bay National Park, the mountain views from this small town with a population under 500 residents charms the socks off of visitors from all around the world each year.
Located on the Inside Passage in a narrow glaciated valley at the head of the Taiya Inlet, the small town of Skagway is filled with immense history dating back to the Klondike Gold Rush Era.
Surrounded by a fascinating display of hanging glaciers and the breathtaking beauty of Prince William Sound, the town of Whittier is completely surrounded by mountains on one side and water on the other. It is hard to match this kind of picture-perfect displays of nature.
This charming 'cosmic hamlet by the sea' is so much more than just the halibut fishing capital of the world. The mountain and glacier views overlooking Kachemak Bay can be seen from the minute that you pull into town. There is truly so much to love about this picturesque town that wins the hearts of visitors each year.
Although this small town or "camp" isn't exactly a booming metropolitan area, it is a very popular tourist attraction because of the fascinating Northern Lights displays that regularly dance over-top the mountains during the dark winter months. This is the kind of quintessential mountain town that you'll only find in the arctic Alaska region.