1. Utqiagvik is not beautiful in the traditional sense. That said, it’s definitely worth a visit for a night or two. Normally a guided tour on a bus is my personal hell when traveling, but one of the hotels offers one that’s surprisingly enjoyable. Dip your feet in the Arctic Ocean (it hurts), see some arctic foxes (maybe polar bears if you’re lucky), and spend some time chatting with the locals (they’re lovely). Go with an open mind. Alaska Airlines flies direct from Anchorage once a day every day.

  2. I'm more interested in it for the people, the Northern Most point in the US, and just because it's a small little town (I have a soft spot for small little towns). It's interesting to see how different things can be way up there, especially since the furthest I've ever been North was Fairbanks.

  3. The drive to Valdez is amazing if you haven't done that. In Southeast Alaska, Juneau, Sitka & Petersburg are scenic and easily accessible on Alaska Airlines.

  4. The Kobuk Sand Dunes are in Kobuk Valley National Park and definitely worth seeing. You can get day trip flights out of Kotzebue to land on the dunes and also fly over other parts of the park as well as land in Gates of the Arctic National Park. Pricey, but worth it. You can also get dropped off and canoe/kayak down the rivers back to Kotzebue. That whole area is beautiful, but rugged and remote.

  5. I've seen how the area is through Google Earth, so I'm aware of how remote it really is. Nonetheless, I am completely enamored with this place (the Google Earth 3D views there are super cool!). When I first learnt that our state has sand dunes, I started jumping around all excited and immediately wanted to visit them.

  6. The cheapest way to access, requiring a whole lot of time would be to packraft or canoe own the Kobuk and then overland route 2.5 miles to start of the sand dunes, then pack raft or canoe. Start in Ambler and float to Kiana, Norvik or Selawik

  7. Wood Tikchik is actually a state park just fyi. And while 10,000 smokes is cool (not really the coolest volcano/lava flow I’ve been to though, not even top 5 for me), I think Brooks Falls takes the cake. Even if you’re used to seeing bears, watching them fish is just so calming and peaceful and the scenery there feels untouched. And it’s unique since there are so many bears just chilling next to each other with the occasional scuffle.

  8. Either way, Wood-Tikchik has all of those gorgeous lakes that I would pay top dollar just to kayak on for a week or so. As for 10,000 Smokes, I've seen a lot of pictures of the place and I'm more interested in the river that flows through there than the actual lava flow (although I will view both while I have the chance).

  9. When you want to get OFF the road system check out Dutch Harbor, and St. Paul, St. George Islands, Kodiak including Old Harbor, you have to fly from Kodiak city to Old Harbor. Take a ferry to Washington state, and see all the communities along the way, or at least look at the ferry site and look at those communities served to choose a list. If I could live my last 35 years over again, I would taking the good with the bad, the only thing I would change is I would spend more time with All Alaskan Seafoods, seeing places and people all up and down the coast.

  10. Dutch Harbor looks like it could be a real fun time. I was having a hard time finding a place where I could stay, but managed to find a

  11. I was born and raised in Anchorage and I didn’t realize the beauty of our state. I absolutely agree with McCarthy. It’s well worth the drive—the people are friendly and the area is unbelievable. Just take it slow on the road.

  12. I've heard the road to McCarthy is pretty rough, but that the destination is entirely worthwhile. When I visit, I'm definitely going to take a crack at hiking the glacier.

  13. The areas outside of Haines and Skagway are in my opinion the most beautiful place I've seen on the road. I believe it's called the "Golden circle route." It's doable via car but you'd need to take a ferry from Haines to Skagway or vice versa. It also crosses through Canada, in fact the nicest parts are on the Canadian side.

  14. It looks real interesting! Pretty distant, but it'll definitely be on the bucket list. Do the neighbors over the border ever visit, or is there ever events that both towns participate in?

  15. I'm always willing to travel off of the beaten path to find something just as spectacular as the last. My only issue for that right now is lack of funds, so my adventures will only bring me as far as the connected roads take me (for now).

  16. Don't forget to walk in and around the hills for WWII artifacts. In the mid 90's I saw a small shelter on top of Ballyhoo for Army observers to be covered from sight by planes.

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