Located in western Alaska is the small community of Bethel, where there are more cabs per capita than any other city in the United States. Nestled on the banks of the Kuskokwim River, living in Bethel, Alaska is certainly not for the faint of heart. This remote area is challenging to get to, incredibly expensive to live in and the weather is known to be wildly harsh and temperamental for many months out of the year. So before you think about relocating, be sure to consider all of the elements so that you aren’t surprised upon arrival. Because waiting for a cab in the snow isn’t as alluring as it sounds! Read on to learn about all of the things to do in Bethel, Alaska.

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Want to know more about what it’s like to live in Bethel? Check out the YouTube video below and get ready for your jaw to hit the ground in utter amazement and sheer disbelief. Do you think you could overcome all the obstacles that come with living in this western Alaska town?

If you thought that was surprising, check out the price of living in Alaska vs. the rest of the country. You also might really enjoy reading our list of frustrating things about living in Alaska.

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Discovering Alaska

What are the most interesting small towns in Alaska? 

For the most local charm possible, make a day trip (or spend the weekend,) in these precious small towns in Alaska:

  • Valdez offers views of waterfall-covered coastal mountains that soar into the clouds. All forms of snow sports are available as well as glacier kayaking and seal spotting.
  • Sitka lives in the shadow of a volcano and is home to a rainforest! The town has a quaint European feel that will make it tough to leave.
  • Talkeetna is a town with a lot to offer but all we are going to say is that the mayor is a cat, because, really, what else do you need to know?

Where can I go hiking in Alaska? 

Lace-up your boots because there are some truly unbeatable hikes in Alaska to take. Here are a few of the best:

  • Mount Roberts Tramway to Gastineau Peak in Juneau is under three miles but it is a steep one! Be prepared for some elevation. Luckily the views from the top make it the perfect rest stop.
  • Winner Creek Trail in Girdwood feels like wandering into a real-life fairy tale. The moss-covered waterfall you will encounter is oh-so enchanting.
  • W Butte Trail in Palmer is just over 2 miles but this hike is all about the mountain views, so make sure to allow some extra time to admire the sights.

What are the best road trips through Alaska to take? 

There is so much to be seen across the Last Frontier! Some of the best road trips through Alaska to take if you want to really experience the state are:

  • The haunted places in Alaska road trip, which should be done over a long weekend as it requires 11 hours of driving, but along the way you will see haunted houses, hotels, cemeteries, and more.
  • The natural wonders in Alaska road trip, which is about 7 hours of driving and takes you to nine spots including waterfalls, glaciers, and mountains.
  • The waterfalls in Alaska road trip, which is sure to blow your mind with seven waterfalls that are stunning whether flowing or frozen.