Anchorage, Alaska Travel Guide

Alaska is bordered by the icy waters of the Arctic oceans and North Pacific. Anchorage is an Alaska city that lies in the south and it is home to about 40% of Alaskans. This is the land of epic horizons, immense riches, and endless beauty. Alaska is the United States largest state, and it was in 1867 purchased from the Russians at about 2 cents an acre. This makes Alaska one of the greatest bargains in history.

At the height of the summer, Anchorage enjoys up to 22 hours of sunlight. Anchorage is a gateway to the wilderness, so it is an inviting and warm base where you can rest and re-energize between outdoor adventures. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy this as this city is nestled close to the immense Chugach state park. Friends of mine that own a Calgary furnace installation and repair company recently visited Alaska. Even though it was pretty cold while they were there, the state’s beauty showed through in everything they saw. Here are the top must see attractions in Anchorage, Alaska.

Flat Top Mountain
Take the half-hour drive to the Flat Top Mountain and remember to bring along your hiking boots. The turns in the trails of the mountain offer scenic views of the state.

Eklutna Lake
The Eklutna Lake is a glacially fed basin framed by backcountry trails and snow-capped peaks. Climb into a kayak, dip your paddle into the water, and venture to the shores far off.

Girdwood
This is a resort town south of this city. Avid snowboarders and skiers flock here in the winter for the best of the state’s power. When the snows melt and greenery starts to manifest, hikers will enjoy the hillsides of the valley too.

Crow Creek Mine
The Crow Creek Mine is a working relic of the gold rush in Alaska. It has been operational since 1896 and many locals believe there are still some nuggets waiting to be discovered here.

Alaska Native Heritage Centre
Share in the riches of the first people of Alaska at this place. Learn traditional games and dances while admiring the expert craftsmanship of their unique clothing, tools, buildings, and art. The Anchorage Museum carries a bit of everything and celebrates Alaska’s many voices.

Kenai Peninsula
In the Kenai Peninsula, there is a fishing outpost at Seward where you will be treated to the clang of rigging and icy ocean breezes. You can hang out at the desk to watch as the fishermen and women unload their catch.

Kenai Fjords National Park
Set sail to this park to meet some locals and admire the stunning surroundings. Marvel as the sea creatures breach the still waters and witness as the glaciers crumble and creek into the sea.

Godwin Glacier
Godwin Glacier is a colossal river of ice that was formed from many years of mountain snow compactness. It is believed that the glaciers here are snakelike and have been winding through the mountains from the beginning of time.

Europe’s top UNESCO Heritage Sites

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a special place with an exceptional cultural, historical or natural significance. The UNESCO agency has listed over 1.000 protected sites from all over the world and 400 of those can be located across Europe and no surprising fact as it’s considered to be the birthplace of the Western culture and civilization. From man made marvels to natural wonder, Europe has its fair share of UNESCO World Heritage Sites almost everywhere you go. If you’re planning a trip across Europe, in hopes of exploring its natural wonders and historic relics, here is a list of Europe’s top UNESCO World heritages sites for you to check out.

Acropolis – Athens, Greece
Starting off our list with the remains of an ancient citadel, founded upon the hillside in Athens is the ancient Acropolis where tourists can see a number of historical relics and further more enjoy the breathtaking view from above. The Acropolis is one of the world’s most iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites, being home to historic ruins such the world renowned Parthenon, the monumental gateway of Propylaea, Theatre of Dionysus, which is considered by many to be the first theater build in the world and the Acropolis Museum, where you can find many historical relics from ancient times.

Old City of Dubrovnik – Croatia
Croatia is one of the most visited countries in Europe and a major contributor for that is the old city of Dubrovnik, filled with some of the most amazing cultural and historic sites from the medieval period. The city has some of the most well preserved architecture of the renaissance, back dropped by the rugged limestone mountains and the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Dubrovnik is a home to a number of churches, basilicas and monasteries, but what make the city so glamorous are its fortification walls, which played a significant part in its city’s defense and also in the filming of Game of Thrones.

Venice – Italy
Probably the most unique location on the list is the floating city of Venice, Europe’s most romantic city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. The city of Venice is located on the Veneto region and it’s formed from a staggering 118 islands. The historic center or otherwise known as the main island, dates back to the 5th century AD being home to a number of Italy’s significant historical and cultural sites such as: St. Mark Square, The Doge Palace and The Rialto Bridge. The entire city is filled with canals and bridges and the only means of transport are boats and gondolas.

Stonehenge – Salisbury, England
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument which dates back 5000 years ago in the Neolithic and Bronze Age and earned a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list, in 1986. The monumental rocks rise as tall as 4 meters to form one of the most sophisticated and famous stone circles in the entire world, it’s a sight full of wonders, attracting many people from all around the world.