• 8/19/2017 12:30 PM
  • Liu Yang

Destination Fly4free: Alaska

Discover the natural beauty of Alaska!

The largest state in the US is filled with impressive wonders of nature, mountains, fjords and glaciers. It’s a perfect destination for people looking for adventure. Go and witness Alaska’s native heritage, watch the glowing Northern Lights and impressive wildlife!

How to get there:
Take a look at the flight deals to Alaska:

Where to stay:
In Anchorage we encourage you to stay at Aspen Suites Hotel Anchorage with very good reviews. A fully equipped kitchen is available in each suite at this hotel. A separate seating and dining area are featured in each guest suite. A flat-screen cable TV with a DVD player, free Wi-Fi, and a work desk are available. A launderette and a business centre are available for guest convenience. A fitness centre is also on site. The Alaska Zoo is 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel. Ted Stevens International Airport is 10 minutes’ drive from the property.

You can also book The Lakefront Anchorage, situated on the shores of Lake Spenard. This 3-star hotel offers free shuttle service to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and downtown Anchorage. It features on-site dining. Each guest room at The Lakefront Anchorage includes dark hardwood furniture and cable HDTV. A refrigerator, coffee maker, an in-room personal safe, and complimentary WiFi access are featured. The on-site gym boasts floor-to-ceiling mirrors. A business center and concierge services are available. Kincaid Park is a 10-minute drive from The Lakefront Anchorage.

What to do:
Enjoy Alaska’s natural beauty while trekking, paddling, and fishing in the great outdoors.

Zipline through the canopy. Take a whale-watching cruise and spot humpbacks and orcas during their annual journey to Alaska.

In the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park you’ll find a historic engineering landmark – the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. This vintage train leaves from Skagway, climbing up to White Pass at a 2,865-foot elevation. The railway also acts as an access point to several hiking trails, including the Chilkoot Trail and the trail to the Laughton Glacier.

During the cold, clear winter nights between September and April you can view the northern lights.

Drive the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the longest highway tunnel in North America, passing under Maynard Mountain. Car enthusiasts shouldn’t miss out the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. The Alaska Aviation Museum has awesome planes and interesting history.

Head to Totem Bight State Historical Park to see a collection of cedar totem poles and traditional clan houses. The park offers a complete recreation of a 19th century Native Alaskan village. Potlatch Totem Park is also a nice option.

Visit Aurora Ice Museum, located at the Chena Hot Springs Resort. In the largest year-round ice museum in the world you’ll find entire rooms carved in ice, a 2-story snowball fight structure, igloos and various ice sculptures. After that you can warm up again in the hot springs.

Check out the Burial Spirit Houses – the colourful graveyard outside of the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Eklutna Historical Park.

Take a ride on the Alaskan railroad through Telkeetna to get an amazing view of Dr. Seuss House (Goose Creek Tower), hidden in the deep woods in Willow. The fantastical cabin, which stands 185 feet high, has been under construction going on 20 years now. This whimsical tower looks like something straight out of fairy tale!

In the University of Alaska Museum of the North, located in Fairbanks, you will see the Alaskan art, ethnological items made and used by indigenous groups, and the famous Blue Babe, a 36,000 year-old mummified Alaska steppe bison preserved since the Ice Age. This rare specimen has been discovered by a gold miner in 1979. It’s the only known display in the world of a Pleistocene bison recovered from permafrost.

You can hike right up to the Kenai Fjords National Park’s Exit Glacier. See dense blue ice while listening to it crackle.

Hammer Museum is a place for everyone looking for extraordinary attractions. It has more than 1,400 hammers on display, dating back to the Romans.

In The Upside Forest of Mendenhall Gardens, the trees have had their tops buried in the ground, while their roots serve as natural flower pots for the hanging garden.

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