Top Choice Aquarium in Seward

Alaska Sealife Center

A fitting legacy of the Exxon Valdez oil-spill settlement, this $56-million marine research center is more than just one of Alaska’s finest attractions. As the only coldwater marine-science facility in the Western H…
Museum in Haines

American Bald Eagle Foundation

An impressive wildlife diorama is featured at the American Bald Eagle Foundation – it displays more than 180 specimens and almost two dozen eagles. Two live raptors are always on display, with handlers giving demons…
Museum in Haines

Hammer Museum

The Hammer Museum is a monument to Dave Pahl’s obsession with hammers. He has 1500 on display, a 20ft-high one outside and several hundred more in storage. In the world’s only hammer museum you learn world history t…
Museum in Haines

Sheldon Museum

The Sheldon Museum houses a collection of indigenous artifacts upstairs, including a particularly interesting display on rare Chilkat blankets. Downstairs is devoted to Haines’ pioneer and gold-rush days and even in…
Spring in Elliot Highway

Manley Hot Springs

Privately owned by famously hospitable Chuck and Gladys Dart, bathing happens within a huge, thermal-heated greenhouse that's a veritable Babylonian garden of grapes, Asian pears and hibiscus flowers. Deep in this j…
Bay in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve


The park's famous glaciers are 64km (40mi) up the bay from Bartlett Cove. If you're not on a cruise ship and don't fancy kayaking, the only way to see these icy juggernauts is onboard the Baranof Wind, operated by G…
Historic Site in North Tongass Highway

Potlatch Park

Home to a dozen totems, one of which is 42ft high, five beautiful tribal houses and an on-site carver who is usually working on a totem in the carving shed. Best of all, the only charge to experience both parks is $…
Wildlife Reserve in Denali & the Interior

Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge

Mine in Girdwood

Crow Creek Mine

Girdwood was named for James Girdwood, who staked the first claim on Crow Creek in 1896. Two years later the Crow Creek Mine was built and today you can still see some original buildings and sluices at this working …
Cable Car in Girdwood

Alyeska Resort Tram

The Alyeska Ski Resort Tram offers the easiest route to the alpine area during the summer. The resort offers a Tram & Lunch Combo (adult/child $35/25) that lets you wander the alpine terrain and then grab a bite…