Attractions September 04, 2016
12 Small Towns In Alaska That Offer Nothing But Peace And Quiet
Since the majority of Alaska is completely undeveloped, it is likely no surprise to you that there are more peaceful and quiet small towns than there are large cities throughout the state. If we had the choice, this is exactly the way we’d want it to stay forever. Although we don’t mind sharing our beautiful outdoor playground with visitors from around the world, we are always happiest when we can escape to a place where there are no crowds and nothing but the sound of, well, nothing. Peace and quiet is our jam and luckily for us, these 12 small towns are exactly what the doctor ordered.
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Cross the Canadian Border into Alaska and catch up on your sleep before hitting the road again. Tok offers a ton of great hospitality options from rustic cabins to upscale lodging. Tok is the "official welcoming town" as it is the largest community in the U.S. once you cross the border from Canada.
Located on Admiralty Island, Angoon has a population of less than 500 people. With the highest population density of brown bears in North America, you'll have plenty of time to brush up on your wildlife viewing when you visit this small village.
This little town with a population of around 200 people used to be a railway flag stop at the junction with the Denali Highway. Today there isn't much left over except a huge abandoned igloo structure and some pretty excellent access to ATV trails off of the Denali Highway.
Just a short boat ride away from Homer, this little community on the Kenai Peninsula is incredibly charming. You'll never forget the amazing people that you meet here, the great hiking spots and the ability to completely unwind in a peaceful and relaxing environment.
Known as the international gateway to Glacier Bay National Park, Gustavus is a small community with less than 450 people. So what is there to do here? How about fishing, hiking and enjoying the pristine beauty of the national park surrounding you.
The town of Paxson has less than 50 people. This little place is located off the Richardson Highway at the junction of the Denali Highway. If you love wild, raw Alaska, this is the place for you. With rarely any cell phone service here, you'll have no choice but to get outside and enjoy the peace and quiet surrounding you.
Take the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel into this little town where it is said that the whole population of roughly 200 people all live under the same roof. So what else can you do here? Fish, jet-ski, hike, camp or take a glacier tour deep within Prince William Sound and let your eyes explode as they view an endless amount of beauty.
On the eastern side of Misty Fiords National Monument, this tiny town has a population of less than 100 people. In fact, it is actually so close to Canada and so isolated from the rest of Alaska that locals tend to identify much closer to Canada than they do to the United States.
Believe it or not, this area is actually home to some of the best waves to surf in the world. With a population of less than 700 people, there is nothing to do here but kick back and enjoy the peacefulness that Alaska has to offer.
What is there to do in Tanana? Live off the land, dontcha know! This tiny town with a population of roughly 300 people is nestled right on the beautiful Yukon River and which offers some of the best salmon fishing in the world. It is also home to one of the longest salmon runs in the world.
With a population of less than 400 people, this tiny little town is a former railroad-construction camp that is probably best known for the Nenana Ice Classic. So what is the Nenana Ice Classic? Well, each year a wooden tripod is placed over top the Nenana River once it freezes, and locals pay $2 to guess the date and time that they think the river will break open. Since there is no lottery in Alaska, this is as close at you'll get to gambling. And the locals LOVE it!
Located on the Aleutian Chain, this tiny town on Adak Island has a population of roughly 325 people. This place is most historically known for being the home to the former Adak Army Base and Adak Naval Operating Base. If you want peace and quiet, you'll get it here. Find yourself hiking for days and enjoying spectacular mountain, valley and ocean views. It is actually so isolated here that there aren't even any radio stations.
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