Alaska Travel Diaries

Last week I got back from my amazing trip to Alaska, and wanted to share it with y’all. I can’t believe how beautiful Alaska is, and how proud the Alaskans are of their heritage and culture. It was a wonderful experience, and I hope I get to visit Alaska again.


We visited Anchorage and Fairbanks, each for two full days. I wish we could have stayed longer but for the amount of time we did stay, I feel like we explored a lot and managed to get the feel of the cities. Speaking to native Alaskans and those who moved there was enlightening: each resident of Alaska we spoke to had such a passion for their home that I found moving, but not surprising: Alaska is fiercely beautiful and full of rich, epic history. I found myself wanting to stay for weeks, not days.

We drove through the Chugach State Park and the Denali National Park. Driving from Anchorage to Fairbanks and back again, we witnessed some spectacular sights we won’t quickly forget:


Our motivation for visiting Alaska, besides incurable wanderlust, was our desire to see the aurora borealis. We stayed in Fairbanks for the express purpose and spent sleepless nights searching the skies. We didn’t see a full-blown aurora, much to our intense disappointment (it’s no picnic to drive 3+ hours in the dark early morning hours on a snowy road, then wait in a cold car, all to no avail!) but we did see a strange phenomenon that may have been a “red aurora,” described here. Take a look:


I thought it was an intense moonrise until my friend pointed out that the moon was behind us. It was breathtaking!

Other fun things we did included swimming in the hot springs at the Chena Resort and visiting its Ice Museum. Here’s a photo of my friend and me in the hot springs:


The temperature outside the springs was -15 but the water was above 100, so the windy air made icicles on my hair while the water made us feel like we were in a very sulfuric bath! Definitely an experience I want to repeat.


This Ice Museum actually doubles as an unofficial hotel: resort visitors who have a regular room can opt to stay in the museum for a night and sleep in one of the hand-carved ice beds. I would have loved to do that!

Next on my travel wish list is Iceland, but more likely is probably Canada. My friend and I are planning a road trip for next winter!

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  • Nice post. Definitely come to Canada!

  • Absolutely amazing! I’m very jealous, but in a good way. 🙂 And the red aurora is still very, very beautiful – that photo doesn’t look real!

    • It didn’t look real in person, either. It was so eerie, but in a beautiful way, sort of gothic. I can’t explain it! I’m recommending Alaska to everyone 🙂 It’s one of my favorite places now!

  • How cool! I recently went to Iceland and your pictures actually remind me a lot of it. I also didn’t have any luck seeing the aurora borealis there, but I went to a hot spring and it was so soothing! I’d love to see the Ice Museum in Alaska, it looks amazing.

    • I want to visit Iceland so badly! Where did you go? Also, I didn’t think seeing the aurora was going to be so difficult! Hopefully we both get to see it soon. Thanks for the reply and the follow!

      • I stayed in Reykjavik and took day tours to the most popular sites (Gullfoss waterfall, the Blue Lagoon, glacier hiking on Mýrdalsjökull, etc.). It’s a really interesting and beautiful place, although VERY expensive. But I definitely recommend it!

        • When I have the money, Iceland will be my first stop!

  • I loved this post. Great job describing your brief sojourn to Alaska. Many of the pictures were breathtaking. I am visiting from IFB. I am following you on Bloglovin. I hope you can follow back.

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  • Hi, Lisa:

    This is a really good post. I enjoyed reading your description about your Alaskan trip and the pictures captured some breathtaking views. Thanks for sharing this. I visited from IFB after seeing your post link. I am following you on Bloglovin. I hope you can follow back.

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