Maybe you’re planning a leisurely, hassle-free RUV vacation. Maybe you’ve made traveling the country in your Class A motorhome a way of life. In either case, you’re in a prime position to explore one of the most fascinating regions in the world. For natural wonders, the state of Alaska is as diverse as they come.
If the cold climate has deterred you from going in the past, it’s not as frigid as you think. In summer, daytime temperatures often climb into the 70s or 80s. At night, there’s no better place for stargazing, cooking over a campfire or snuggling in the warmth of your motorhome.
Simply hiking the mountain trails is a feast for the senses. Dense forests, crystal-clear lakes, soaring waterfalls and endless wildflowers are all part of the experience.
Keep an eye out for caribou on the frozen tundra. From the safety of your RV, observe a wolf or grizzly bear on the prowl. Walruses, musk oxen and sea otters are just a few of the many exotic animals that make the state unique.
Here are some of its highlights:
Glacier Bay National Park
This designated World Heritage Site offers shimmering fjords, snow-capped mountains and everything in between. The land and seascape are vibrant with color and life. Kayaking, whale-watching, rafting and mountaineering are just a few ways to enjoy the wildness of Glacier Bay. If you want something a little more restful, sail into hideaway coves and harbors to observe this dynamic living laboratory.
Denali National Park and Preserve
Lose yourself in a 6-million-acre wilderness with majestic Denali at its center. Formerly known as Mount McKinley, it is North America’s tallest peak. From its shimmering glaciers to its alpine forests, the grandeur of nature is on display. Hiking, cycling, canoeing and ziplining are popular pastimes. Take your time getting there in your Class A toy hauler or diesel RV. The views along the way are stunning.
Katmai National Park
Leave the gas RV or Class C motorhome behind in Homer on the Katmai Peninsula. Catch a bush plane to soar over steaming active volcanoes, glaciers, beaches and forests. There are special tours for a close-up look at the grizzlies and other wildlife.
Totem Bight State Historical Park
Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Alaska Natives.
The cedar totem poles they left behind, which were being overgrown or eroded by weather, have been repaired or duplicated by elderly Alaska Natives and their young proteges. The totems are exquisitely carved works of art that told fascinating stories in a time when there was no written language. There is also a realistic replica of a community house for 30 to 50 people, and the lumberjack carving competition is something to see as well.
Don’t leave the state without attending a traditional crab feast. Do some salmon fishing. Witness the bright, dancing northern lights. If you visit in early March, check in on the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
Alaska is ideal for stress-free, affordable travel in motorhomes and RVs, so fuel up and head north.