The sun is out, the snow is melting, and the local wildlife is starting to come out of hibernation for the beautiful Alaskan summer months ahead. Springtime in Alaska is an infectiously joyous time of the year, and it draws tourists from around the world for environmental exploration opportunities and thawing biodiversity observation.
If you’re gearing up for an Alaskan adventure this spring, here are three activities we highly recommend once you arrive:
1. North Pole
No, it’s not “the real” Santa’s Workshop. The North Pole is a tiny town outside of Fairbanks that is entirely Santa Claus-themed. There are red-and-white stripes painted on every building, as well as a 900-pound Santa that towers outside of the Santa Claus House. The gift shop is filled with year-round Christmas treasures, making it a great stop to get in some early Christmas 2017 shopping.
2. Denali National Park
Home to the highest peak in North America, the Denali National Park is one of the most revered locations in all of Alaska. As a massive National Park with tons of adventurous hiking, mountain climbing, and rock climbing activities, it also contains the Denali State Park, a more user-friendly region with scenic drives and camping areas.
3. Matanuska Glacier
Spring is the best time to take in Alaskan glaciers. Temperatures are beginning to rise, but the glaciers are still perfectly preserved and ready for photos. The Matanuska Glacier is a 27-mile long and 4-mile wide chunk of ice that greets visitors traveling on the Glenn Highway.
Take advantage of the crisp, warmer Alaskan spring weather by adventuring to one of these “hot spot” destinations this spring season. As always, to ensure your ride is smooth and able to accommodate all of your equipment, consider one of our Alaska 4X4 Rentals.