10 Must See Places In Alaska | 2018
10 must see places in Alaska.
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1. Juneau, Alaska’s remote capital, is a popular cruise-ship stop, reachable only by boat or seaplane.
Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, It's known for its cultural sites. including the Alaska Native Heritage Center, The city is also a gateway to nearby wilderness areas and mountains.
Denali National Park is Alaska’s most popular land attraction. You can see:
• Denali (Mt. McKinley) and the continent’s highest peaks.
• A vast, unspoiled wilderness of braided glacial rivers, massive peaks, and tundra.
• Lots of wildlife: Moose, caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, and wolves.
Whittier is the most visited gateway to the mesmerizing wilderness of Prince William Sound.
A unique town with only 218 residents, most of them live in the same 14-story building called Begich Towers.
Seward is a port city in southern Alaska, set on an inlet on the Kenai Peninsula. It’s a gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, where glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield into coastal fjords. Surrounded by peaks, the fjords are a whale and porpoise habitat. The city’s Alaska SeaLife Center has seals and puffins, and fishing boats fill Seward Harbor. To the west, a trail leads to the summit of Mount Marathon.
Homer is a small city on Kachemak Bay, on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. A focal point is the Homer Spit, a long strip of land with shops, art galleries, seafood restaurants and beaches.
7.- Kayakers Cove
Kayakers Cove is a rustic wilderness lodge, located on beautiful Resurrection Bay, Alaska, 12 water miles from the town of Seward. It is a seasonal lodge, open from mid-May through the first week of September.
8.- Halibut cove
Halibut Cove is a census-designated place in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska.
Halibut Cove is now A popular tourist destination, the cove offers several lodges and cabins and the only way to get around the cove is by boat.
Girdwood is a resort town that is surrounded by seven glaciers feeding into a number of creeks,
skiing and snowboarding and of course summer activities are very popular here, which include hiking, fishing and rafting. The Girdwood Forest Fair, held every July, is the community's most significant visitor attraction apart from resort-related activities.
The city of Valdez (Val-deez) a natural fjord that reaches inland about 11 miles from Prince William Sound.
It is a beautiful land of waterfalls, glaciers, and wildlife.
Homer (Alaska) - In Another Minute (324)
- - Homer, Alaska, is a fishing village and tourist hot spot at the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula. While it has only about 5,000 permanent residents, it has quite a few nicknames: Halibut Fishing Capital of the World and the cosmic hamlet by the sea and the end of the road.
The only road leading into town is Sterling Highway, aka Alaska Highway 1, which connects Homer with Anchorage, 225 miles to the north. Homer has been compared to Key West because of its similar setting of being at the end of a single highway and surrounded by water - you just have to dress a lot warmer in Alaska.
Last week, I got to discover this eclectic town when I was filming Tessa Drais and her family for my ongoing documentary project All's Well and Fair. I will remain forever grateful that she moved to such an enchanting place and gave Scott and me reason to visit and explore.
Homer, Alaska, was first established in 1898 as a settlement for gold miners by Homer Pennock. The miners remained unsuccessful, and the town quickly turned to fishing. Today, Homer is probably best known for halibut fishing, which tourists can participate in by choosing one of many day and half-day charters. Another option is fishing for salmon out in Kachemak Bay or along the rather unique Nick Dudiak Lagoon (aka the fishing hole). This man-made rectangle, off the bay on Homer Spit, was stocked years ago, and now draws the adult salmon back every year. It seems almost literally like shooting fish in a barrel - especially on the days when snagging is allowed. The seals also know how easy it is to grab a salmon off your hook. So watch out!
A lot of the footage was shot on and off Homer Spit, a gravel bar that extends from the main part of town into Kachemak Bay. This is where you will find the marina, the lagoon, restaurants like the excellent Little Mermaid, the famous Salty Dawg Saloon, shops on stilts, a boat graveyard, tons of RVs and tents, and the opportunity to watch bald eagles, sea otters and whales at play. While on Homer Spit, you can book fishing and sight-seeing tours and water taxi trips over to Halibut Cove, from where you can hike up to a glacier. We chose a ride-along on one of Mako's Water Taxis and got very lucky when Lance allowed us to stay on the boat for a second ride and then took us over to Seagull Island, where we saw all the breath-taking wildlife featured in the video Kenai Peninsula (Alaska) - In Another Minute (Week 232) and the whale featured in this video. Thank you again, Lance!
The Tardis, however, landed along East End Road on the mainland.
Homer has many Bed & Breakfasts. But if you're planning to visit in the summer, make sure you book early because they fill up quickly. The opening shot, I filmed from our private balcony at the Majestic View Bed & Breakfast, which also offered fantastic breakfast and a captain with a boat you can hire for whale-watching and fishing tours. For our last night, we managed to get the last available room in town at the Whalesong Bed & Breakfast. A place just as charming, but in walking distance to downtown restaurants, bars and the movie theater, instead of up on the hills with a view.
I shot the video in 4k on a Panasonic GH4 - except for the footage of the humpback whale, which Scott shot in 1080p on my beloved little Sony. Because my current computer isn't capable of editing 4k footage, this whole video is finished in 1080p. I'm still amazed how much better the down-converted 4k footage looks. If you'd like to see this and future videos in full 4k (or UHD to be more precise), please help me raise funds for the web series via its Patreon page: THANK YOU!
By the way, most of the footage from Homer Spit was shot between 10pm and midnight. During the day, it's still quite a lot brighter.
The song in this video is the instrumental version of “Stars Collide” by Josh Woodward ( This song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 US License. Thank you, Josh, for providing us with so much great music!
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Seldovia Alaska is certainly one of the most beautiful places to visit in all of Alaska. Located 45 minutes by boat and southwest of Homer, Alaska, Seldovia and this area boasts to be the halibut fishing capital of the world.
Seldovia is a very quaint and totally quiet town. There are 384 acres to the town of Seldovia and there are a mere 262 residents. Yeah everyone knows everyone and they are quite friendly.
Have you ever seen the TV show Northern Exposure? Well it could totally have been written about Seldovia.
An interesting fact from Wikipedia says that Seldovias median age is 48.2. COOL!
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Alaska's Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge, the winner of more national and international awards, accolades, eco-distinctions and is the focus of more TV, magazine, NPR radio, and newspaper articles than any other. It is in the best location of any Alaskan lodge. 12 guests, 8 naturalist staff with boats, classic accommodations, gourmet meals.
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Board a cabin cruiser and embark on the ultimate fishing excursion to the rich waters of Icy Strait.
After receiving a safety orientation, it's an approximate 20-30 minute ride to the fishing grounds, where you will have approximately 2.5 hours of fishing. The waters of Icy Strait are nutrient rich, making conditions ideal for angling. The Icy Strait region is also known for its abundant marine life, so be sure to bring your camera and plenty of film for once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. Chances for catching fish are good, however not guaranteed.
Minimum age to participate is 6 years old; children under 13 years old are required to wear a life vest while onboard the vessel. Deck or rubber soled shoes must be worn on the boat. Bring warm layered, waterproof clothing. Alaska State Law requires a valid one-day fishing license, which may be purchased for $20 before the start of your tour. Custom packing is available for an additional fee. If you land a fish and choose not to release it immediately you are responsible for processing and shipping the fish home. Please read and understand the information provided by the tour operator before catching any fish. Shipping is not available outside the US. We regret that fish cannot be stored on board the ship.
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