Despite being a developed country, there are still many rural parts in the United States. In Alaska, many villages are still inaccessible by roads. When going to Alaska, you shouldn’t miss the treasures that are still hidden. Fortunately, there are many small airports across Alaska and you may also reach various villages using floatplanes. You may also go to certain places using boats, if they are not too far. Because the lack of infrastructure to reach these places, the transportation costs can be quite high. Even so, this shouldn’t deter you from visiting these hidden spots in Alaska.
Barrow: Barrow is only accessible with small plane and it’s really a fascinating spot in Alaska, especially if you are interested in anthropology. In Barrow, you can find the Inupiat Heritage Center. It’s also a great location for watching whales and various Arctic animals. Due to its location, Barrow is also known for its romantic sunset during the spring and fall, if the weather is favourable. However, keep in mind that there’s no sunset in Barrow during summer, because the sun doesn’t set at all throughout the day.
- Prince of Wales Island: It’s located in the southeast part of Alaska and considered as one of the largest islands in the United States, after Oahu and Kodiak. The Prince of Wales Island or POW have a few hundred miles of drivable roads, dozens of rivers, hundreds of small lakes and camping is available in many spots. You can go to POW island using floatplane or ferry from Ketchikan. Craig is the biggest town in POW. Tlingit and Haida are the native tribes of POW islands. You can observe their culture by examining their ceremonies and totem parks.
- Sitka: Sitka is accessible by plane or boat. It’s a less frigid town compared to others in Alaska. During summer, it enjoys mild weather. You can go to Castle Hill, where the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States was signed in 1867. It’s among a few traces of Russian occupation of Alaska. Sitka is also a great place for fishing. Based on reports, Sitka promises the lowest rod hours when fishing for king salmon. With proper planning, you should be able to enjoy Sitka as the a great highlight of your trip to Alaska.
There are many other towns and villages that you can visit in Alaska. Most people would just go to Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Denali National Parks. There are many hidden gems that are waiting to be unearthed. When planning to visit Alaska, you may plot a unique itinerary. Some lesser-known villages could give you rewarding attractions. Many of them can be added easily to your itinerary, depending on your route and preferences. Depending on your budget, a trip to Alaska can be affordable to extravagant. Choosing activities that are not known to many tourists may save money, but you should be aware that transportation in Alaska may become a major part of your expenses.