Explore the last frontier with this epic bucket list.
Home to glaciers, fjords and sweeping mountains, Alaska has no shortage of amazing scenery to offer tourists and residents alike. But if you want to explore something a little different in The Last Frontier, here are some of the top Alaska tourism destinations you should add to your travel bucket list.
1. Take a Palmer Farm-to-Picnic Tour
The Palmer Farm-to-Picnic Tour is just as adventurous and idyllic as it sounds. Lasting four hours and limited to groups of 3 to 12 people, this experience offers everything a foodie could want. Those who sign up will get to tour three unique Alaskan farms in Palmer as they learn how to cook a genuine Alaskan meal. You’ll also get the lowdown on urban gardening, visit a local farm stand and see what’s on the menu on an average day in Alaska. Trust us when we say this is one expedition you don’t want to miss.
2. Book a World-Class Finishing Trip
Fishing in Alaska is a legendary experience; many tourists are itching to get out on the water for at least a day while on vacation. Alaska Fish On provides the guidance and the tools you need to catch anything from salmon to halibut. For the advanced anglers out there, they offer a trophy trout fishing trip at a portion of the price you might pay elsewhere. You can also choose from day trips or fishing packages, some of which include up to five days of fishing, fish processing, lodging and more. Alaska fishing doesn’t get much better than that.
3. Visit Musk Ox Farm
If you’ve never encountered a musk ox, you’re in for a real treat at this Alaskan agritourism destination. Musk Ox Farm in Palmer is a nonprofit committed to domesticating these Ice Age mammals. Yes, you read that correctly. These massive animals used to wander around with mammoths and saber-tooth tigers. This particular farm runs guided tours where you can get close to these magnificent creatures, but they also host community events and have a gift shop full of fiber, yarn and garments made from musk ox wool, also known as qiviut.
4. Get a Taste of Alaska
Alaska may be remote, but that doesn’t mean they skimp on excellent cuisine. Juneau Food Tours provides two food adventures for those who want to sink their teeth into everything the state capital offers. Their first tour, Tour with Taste, is all about the seafood. Guests can enjoy everything from fish and chips to halibut dumplings on this delicious expedition throughout Juneau. The second tour, Bites & Booze, combines small bites and some of the best libations in the city. In addition, you can sample Alaskan beer and craft cocktails while learning about state history.
5. Schedule a Reindeer Encounter
Who wouldn’t want to sign up for an interactive reindeer walk while in Alaska? Running Reindeer Ranch is a family-owned and operated business in Fairbanks that began as a 4-H project. This one-hour interactive experience includes walking through the forest with the family’s reindeer, munching on homemade cookies, and learning about this unique animal that thrives in the Alaskan environment. If you want to commemorate your adventure with a little something special, you can even purchase apparel, soap or even sponsor a reindeer at the shop once your tour is complete.
This list first appeared on our sister site, FarmFlavor.com.