Alaska

Southcentral Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula in 10 Days

The Kenai Peninsula is the Alaska that most people dream about. Distances here are great, but it’s worth traversing them to see highlights like Exit Glacier and the towns of Seward and Homer. This Southcentral Alaska itinerary generally alternates driving days with more active and adventurous days. You can add additional days in any location if you want to pack in more excursions—or if you prefer a more leisurely pace.

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Sights in Wrangell, Alaska

Wrangell—located on an island of the same name—is a sleepy little town of about 2,500 people. Visitors appreciate the chance to get a taste of authentic small-town Alaska life, and Wrangell’s nearby attractions—including the LeConte Glacier and Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory—are some of the best in the state.

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Planning an Alaskan Vacation: Where and When to Go

What are the first things that come to mind when you think of Alaska? Steep-walled fjords, charismatic bears, soaring eagles, breaching whales, or glaciers creeping down the side of a mountain and into the sea? Then you’re already in tune with some of our state’s grandest sights. But there’s so much to Alaska that it can’t possibly be summed up in just one image—and every part of the state is a little bit different.

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Recreation in Kachemak Bay State Park

One of the largest coastal parks in Alaska and in the nation, Kachemak Bay State Park spreads for 200 miles along the southwestern edge of the Kenai Peninsula. Within the park’s 400,000 acres are glaciers, high mountains, lakes, islands, beaches, and a scenic rocky shoreline. Highlighted by constantly changing weather patterns, the park’s outstanding scenery is a backdrop for high-quality recreation.

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Traveling by Bush Plane in Alaska

Traveling by small plane is a thrilling glimpse into another way of life or an exotic way of reaching the next adventure. Of course, the act of getting into a small plane can be either scary or exciting, because it’s so unlike any jet you’ve ever flown in. With that in mind, here are a few things you should know about traveling in small aircraft.

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Alaska Breweries and Books: A Perfect Pairing

Everyone knows that a cup of coffee and a good book are an iconic duo—but an ice-cold pint gives the ol’ cup of joe a run for its money. And if there’s one single thing that unites Alaska, it’s beer. It houses 5.3 breweries per 100,000 adults, making Alaska the eighth densest state for breweries in the nation. With a brewery practically around every corner, you’ll always have a spot to cool off and cozy up with whatever you’re reading at the moment. And it just so happens that many of Alaska’s best breweries are just a stone’s throw from wonderful independent bookstores that showcase Alaska’s rich literary culture.

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Featured Alaska Travel Guide

Moon Guides Author Spotlight

moon author Lisa Maloney

Lisa Maloney

Lisa is the author of Moon Alaska.

Lisa Maloney has lived in Anchorage, Alaska since the late 1980s, and travels extensively throughout the state for work and play. Even though she lives in “the big city,” Lisa thrives on the self-sufficient mentality that drives the rest of the state forward.

She makes her living as a freelance writer, focused primarily on travel, the outdoors, and profiling the unique personalities that call Alaska home. She is also the author of 50 Hikes Around Anchorage and a second guidebook tentatively titled Day Hiking Southcentral Alaska.

See more of Lisa’s writing at maloneywrites.com, or catch up with her latest adventures at hikingalaska.net and cometoalaska.net.