12 Picturesque Towns That Prove Alaska Is The Ultimate Winter Wonderland State
The summer months seem to be all the rage in the last frontier, but locals will agree that winter is
by far Alaska’s best kept secret. When the snow starts falling and begins to paint every small town and big city white, it’s impossible to deny the peaceful scene that follows shortly thereafter. The way that the bright powder lights up the mountain sides, frozen rivers and widespread valleys is enough to fill everyone’s eyes with magic. Just wait… you’re about to see for yourself!
1. Cooper Landing
Although the tiny town of Cooper Landing becomes quiet and relatively desolate during the winter months, that doesn’t take away from the phenomenal views. Where the Russian River confluence meets the Kenai River, winter wonderland becomes a magical sight to see.
The Matanuska River slowly running towards Pioneer Peak gives light to the most epic winter wonderland view in the Mat-Su Valley.
The focal point of the ‘Golden Heart City’ is the stunningly beautiful Chena River, which becomes a frozen slice of eye candy during the winter months. With temps dropping down well below the 0 degree mark, locals and visitors alike can enjoy these kind of spectacular winter wonderland views for days on end.
Just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown Talkeetna, the frozen Susitna River gives way to a stunning winter wonderland view of Denali in the distance.
Drive down Old Nash Road and enjoy spectacular views of Iron Mountain in the distance. There is no doubt that this experience will completely blow you away during the snowy, cold winter months.
The fishing community that flocks to Auke Bay gets a whole new perspective come wintertime. When the harbor is dressed up in snowy white colors, the beautiful views are simply undeniable.
So many mountains, so little time. The view of the inlet certainly doesn’t hurt either. Whether you are riding the slopes at Alyeska Resort of just crusin’ through this charming little town, it’s impossible not to feel like you are smack dab in the middle of winter wonderland.
Because having a cabin in the woods means living the ultimate Alaskan lifestyle – especially when the snow starts flying. This is the American dream that we want everything to do with!
Is there anything better than watching the bright, brilliant colors of the Aurora Borealis dance over you while you explore the effortless natural beauty of the White Mountains? We think not. This is paradise!
Even the hustling and bustling city is transformed into a peaceful scene after a heavy snowfall. The sparkling city lights look stunning with a nice white blanket complementing their glow.
Living in the country certainly has its perks! Soldotna is filled with tons of trails and long dirt roads that are perfect for getting out and enjoying a slice of winter wonderland paradise, sans the crowds.
When the snow falls thick and heavy, the light from a beautiful bluebird sky makes everything feel happy and alive. The views of Mt. Drum in the backdrop are also quite mesmerizing.
While you’re out enjoying the winter wonderland months, be sure to check out
this Northern Lights road trip that is downright magical. You’ll also love these 10 unforgettable things that everyone in Alaska must do this winter.
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