Soaking up the last days of summer: Creative summer experiences you won't forget!

Aug 5, 2019, 16:14 PM by Denali 

Alaska Beach

You’ll soon be dusting off heavier jackets and be caught up in the back-to-school routine. Take advantage of these last few obligation-free days to get outside, enjoy the sun, and spend some time with family.

Take a train ride

If you’re not up for a hike or other active adventure, a ride on the historic Alaska Railroad could be perfect. Experience an overview of the landscape while riding in a comfortable rail car with dining on board. Routes travel to various locations and many offer day trip options.

Ride down the world’s longest zipline

Six 5,330 foot zip lines dropping a total of 1,330 feet make the ZipRider at Icy Strait Point the largest in the world. Between the scenic drive and zipline, you’ll be able to see wildlife, views overlooking Hoonah and Icy Straight, and beautiful landscape stretching out in the distance.

Relax on a sandy beach

A stroll along the shore might not be how most people picture an Alaskan summer, but spending a day playing in the sand listening to crashing waves really is possible here. Along the 5,580 miles of coastline, you’ll find many secluded and little-known beaches to enjoy your summer days. Here are a few of the best:

  • Kenai Beach – Known for salmon fishing, beautiful sunsets, and Beluga whale spotting, the Kenai Beach is located at the mouth of the Kenai River.
  • Kincaid Beach – This beach about two miles out from Kincaid Park is a hidden treasure in Anchorage. The fine sand and smooth shores will delight all who choose to explore them.
  • Eagle Beach – Smooth white sands and frequent bald eagle spotting characterize this magnificent beach just miles from Juneau. Stop by for a picnic or to enjoy the amazing views.

Go on a horseback adventure

If you don’t want to travel by foot, but still want to go where you can’t get to by driving a car or riding a bike, traveling by horseback is the way to go. Trot along through trails and wild landscape and experience the great outdoors in a way you never have before. Or, travel by covered wagon or horse-drawn carriage!

Buckle up and hit the road

Our state is known for its scenery. Taking a drive is a great way to admire it all. Out the window, you’ll see flora and fauna, mountains towering in the distance, and spectacular landscapes. From Anchorage, you can take travel Hatcher Pass toward Denali and Fairbanks for fantastic views of the mountains. Or you could head south on the Seward Highway, follow the shorelines of Turnagain Arm, and see towering mountains out your window while watching four-mile-flats come into view. Really, driving anywhere will be a treat. Almost any road you take will bring you to some unique sights. 

Hop in a kayak

Waterfalls, marine wildlife, glaciers, and peace in the great outdoors are just a few reasons you might want to venture onto the water for a kayaking adventure. Even if you don’t own your own boat, you can rent one or take a more structured kayaking tour. Either way, there’s no shortage of places to explore.

  • Near Kenai - Aialik Bay in Kenai Fjords National Park, Portage Glacier in the Chugach National Forest,
  • Near Juneau - Mendenhall Glacier, Auke Bay, Tongass National Forest
  • Near Anchorage - Eklutna Lake in Chugach State Park, Mirror Lake
  • Near Fairbanks – Upper Chena River, Chatanika River

Stay up from sunrise to sunset

Make some memories during the longer days and plan a full day of activity. You don’t have to go far to enjoy the daylight. Visit the Anchorage Market for local artwork, handmade items, and food;  take a stroll or bike through the versatile Coastal Trail; or relax outside and work on your garden at home until sunset.