Wandering Around America one state at a time – Alaska

State 2:

Welcome to the next post in my series highlighting states we have visited throughout the years. I hope you will enjoy coming along for the ride! I will be featuring the states alphabetically and next up is


Alaska became the 49th state on January 3, 1959. The capital is Juneau and it is the only state capital that can only be reached by air, boat, or birth. The largest city is Anchorage.

We spent 50 glorious nights in Alaska in the summer of 2013.

I loved meeting so many wonderful Alaskans and hearing their stories. Wildlife, glaciers, boat trips, a flight seeing tour, eagles, halibut fishing, Denali National Park, taking the RV on the Alaska Ferry from Skagway to Haines, and a train ride on the Alaska Railroad are just a few of the amazing things we experienced while we were there. Our favorite place was Haines. The most exciting thing we did was take a flight-seeing tour from Talkeetna to see Mt. McKinley and land on Ruth Glacier. The farthest north we went was Coldfoot, north of the Arctic Circle.

Every day was memorable, every day was special, every day we saw something spectacular. Was it worth driving over 14,000 there and back? Absolutely!

To read previous posts about the states featured in this series just click on the state name: Alabama

17 thoughts on “Wandering Around America one state at a time – Alaska

  1. Amazing visit – thank you! Alaska is on my husband’s bucket list, but it has never been on mine. I’ve lived through too many winters, and the idea of going that far for more snow just doesn’t appeal to me. 🙂 But, those puffins, moose, and whales sure made me smile. I certainly see the face on the rock because it is pretty clear, and it reminds of the Old Man of the Mountain in NH. I love this tour you are taking us on. 🙂

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  2. Wow! You make even me want to go to Alaska and I hate snow even more than Judy does – if that is possible! Your photos are just amazing. Since I will never get Rich to go — thank you! I will live vicariously through your tours.

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  3. This was before I started following you here, and don’t be surprised if I come back some time, maybe next year, with questions about doing a land tour there. We would just fly and rent a car for about 10-12 days in the summer and will pass on doing a cruise because we can always do that later on. We want to focus on the land sights while we can do so on our own. I’m open to any and all suggestions or itineraries for such a timeframe! 🙂

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  4. What a fabulous trip! Alaska is definitely on our list—we’re hoping to make it in the next couple of years. 14,000 miles is a lot of miles—but it sure looks like it’s worth the effort. Great photos!

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  5. You made me a little homesick! In seeing this post, it hit me as to how much you covered during your visit. You did a great job in planning the trip, Beth. I never flew to the Ruth Glacier in all my years in Alaska!

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    1. Brenda, thank you! Going through my photos really reminded of how much we loved Alaska. I wish we could have stayed longer. We won’t be taking the RV back but I would really like to take an inside passage cruise or fly back and rent a car.

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  6. What a fantastic trip! Tom and I want to go to Alaska, maybe in 2018. Your map and campground guide will be a big help. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and your beautiful pictures!

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