86 Cool and Unusual Things to Do in Alaska - Atlas Obscura
THE GASTRO OBSCURA BOOK An eye-opening journey through the history, culture, and places of the culinary world. Just released! The Gastro Obscura book is here! Order Now
The Atlas Obscura Guide To


86 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Alaska


Unusual Attractions in Alaska

Want to see fewer ads? Become a Member.

Cool Places to Eat & Drink in Alaska

11 Places Where Alaska Bursts Into Color

Picture Alaska. You might see in your mind's eye the granite and stark white snowcaps of Denali National Park, or the dark seas that surround 6,000-plus miles of coastline, or the muted olive of its tundra in the summer. But as anyone who's been there knows, the country's largest, most sparsely populated state can absolutely burst with color, from the luminous green of the Northern Lights, to the deep aqua of its glaciers, to the flourish of wildflowers fed by its long summer days. Here are some places to see the full spectrum of The Last Frontier. As the pandemic continues, we hope this virtual trip helps you explore America’s wonders. If you do choose to venture out, please follow all guidelines, maintain social distance, and wear a mask.

View Itinerary
At Glacier Gardens, the tree canopies are flowers in bloom.

Explore Alaska

Launch Map

Stories About Alaska

Bear 409, “Beadnose,” a sow that won Fat Bear Week in 2018. GIS specialist Joel Cusick is pioneering a new technique for calculating the bears’ weight that doesn’t require pulley systems and tranquilization.

Just How Fat Are Alaska's Most Famous Fat Bears?

As fans weigh in on which Katmai National Park and Preserve bear seems plumpest, biologists test a noninvasive method to determine the animals' true heft.
Built in 1905 from random porter cart parts, barstools, and a marine engine, The Sheldon was the first and only automobile manufactured in Alaska.

This 1905 Motorcar is the Only Automobile Manufactured in Alaska

The Sheldon is a one-of-a-kind testament to the ingenuity—and unrequited love—of its creator.
Want to see fewer ads? Become a Member.