I’m not sure how many of you already knew this, but my husband and I are both from Alaska. We haven’t lived there since we were young adults, but we still consider it “home”. Last summer (August 2015) we took a trip back up there and got to play tourist. It’s fun to go back to a place that you once lived and experience it as a tourist.
We spent the first part of our trip in Talkeetna, which offers up some of the best views of Mount Denali. Since our kids are growing up in the plains of Oklahoma, they thought that the mountains were pretty spectacular!
We were able to see some amazing wildlife while we were up there too! There is an amazing wildlife sanctuary south of Anchorage that is home to several species. Many are there because they were found injured. We also visited the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage and the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward.
A family friend took us out on his river speedboat one day and the kids had a blast! The view wasn’t too bad either.
On the day that we drove down to Seward to check out the Alaska Sealife Center, we decided to hike up to Exit Glacier. It has melted back quite a bit, so the hiking part is a little longer. But it was so cool being able to get that close to a glacier. I definitely want to take a glacier cruise out of Seward during our next visit and see some bigger glaciers!