Alaska

Exploring Kachemak Bay

If you have three days in Homer, spend at least one of them on beautiful Kachemak Bay. A great way to do this is through a Natural History Tour with professional naturalists from the nonprofit Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. You’ll spend time at bird rookeries, tidepools, rainforest trails, and prehistoric sites, and will gain a lifetime appreciation for the marine world.

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Totem Poles of Ketchikan, Alaska

The most striking sight in Ketchikan is its totem poles. There are more than a dozen of these signposts of traditional Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian culture standing sentinel all over the city of Ketchikan, but you’ll find them particularly concentrated in three places.

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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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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.