School might be starting, but summer is most definitely not over yet. There is still time to check off all the things on your summer bucket list in Alaska. Here are some of activities T&Cers are excited to experience before fall rolls around:
- Orca Island Cabins – Located in Resurrection Bay, a short water taxi ride from Seward, Orca Island Cabins offers eco-friendly yurts surrounded by Alaska’s pristine wilderness. Guests can spend their days kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or fishing with gear provided at the property, take a hike to explore the surrounding Humpy Cove, or simply bask on the deck.
- Alaska Railroad day trips – No matter where along the Railbelt you live, there are lots of options for adventurous day trips to enjoy some of the state’s most interesting places. From Anchorage, hop on the Glacier Discovery Train to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop, which is only accessible by train. You can spend the day ice climbing on Spencer Glacier or rafting on the surrounding glacial lake before heading back to town. Folks in Fairbanks can get on the Denali Star Train to Denali National Park to visit its working sled dog team, go ziplining, or see the largest peak in North America on a flightseeing or motorcoach tour.
- Pick berries and get cooking – Alaska is exploding with berries of all kinds this time of year that are ripe for the picking. Whether you head to Alyeska Resort for its 11th annual Blueberry Festival this weekend or just hike out on one of the many trails in the Chugach Mountains, you are bound to find blueberries, salmonberries, raspberries, watermelon berries, currants and crowberries. Once you get your bucket’s-worth, you’re going to need some delectable recipes to enjoy them now and later. Visit the Food and Drink section of the Anchorage Daily News for ideas from Alaska chefs and food enthusiasts.
Enough reading! Get out there and make the most of these last few weeks of summer.