Alaska’s breathtaking beauty is something to behold.
For many travelers, sightseeing Alaska is at the top of their bucket list.
For true animal lovers and eco tourists, the ice age inhabitants of The Land of the Midnight Sun are a must-see in their natural habitats. Alaska is home to an array of unique wildlife that has evolved to cope with the harsh climate.
The subarctic region offers a variety of activities for the more adventurous as well. Alaska is a land of discovery that pushes the limits of sight-seeing.
Tucked in the Municipality of Anchorage is Eagle River, Alaska. Eagle is nestled along the Eagle River for which is it named. If you are looking for a location from which to tour the incredible, natural resources that Alaska has to offer, Eagle River is the perfect home base for your adventure.
Eagle River: Little Brother To Anchorage
Just north of Anchorage, Eagle River is a small community that sits at the edge of the beautiful Chugach Mountains. People first settled into the area in the 1930’s. So, the town is less than 100 years old. Today, Eagle is home to many people who work in Anchorage — it’s just a 15-minute commute — but wish to live in a smaller, mountain setting.
Although Eagle River would be considered one of the largest cities in Alaska, if it wasn’t part of the Municipality of Anchorage, there are less than 30,000 people who live in the area, including Chugach. Over the last ten years, Eagle River has frown and added some convenient shopping such as a Wal-Mart and Walgreens.
Even Starbucks has joined in on the fun.
Eagle River Road is the gateway to Chugach State Park. The winding road takes rafters, sightseers, hikers and white water enthusiasts to the best spots in the state park for recreation, wildlife and relaxation.
Brrrrrrrrrrrrr, It’s Cold!
The coldest temperatures in Eagle River tend to fall between 6 and 20 degrees Fahrenheit. During the warmer months, temperatures will range from 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The annual snowfall in Eagle is 69 inches. Most of the snowfall occurs between October and January.
Snowstorm are not as common from January all the way through April.
During the winter months, several “Chinooks” — dry, warm winds — pass through the area causing a mini thaw, melting away most of the snow.
The Last Frontier
There is a reason that Alaska is referred to as The Last Frontier. When you travel to Alaska, you don’t have to search far to find adventure. Adventure and Alaska go hand in hand. You can fly over some of the most remote areas in a helicopter or bush plane. You can hike across ice age glaciers. In Alaska, you may explore literally millions of acres of the most pristine parklands you will ever find on Earth.
If you are a lover of wildlife, Alaska has much to offer.
Alaska has a seemingly endless number of rivers, lakes and protected shorelines for those who enjoy fishing, whitewater rafting and kayaking. You can snorkel in the shallow coastal waters or kayak through a field of icebergs with mighty glacier-carved fjords in the background.
Immersive backcountry experiences are why many extreme outdoor enthusiasts travel to Alaska. If extreme hiking, biking, and camping in some of America’s most unrelenting, untouched, and mind-blowing terrain appeals to you, then book your trip now. However, if you love the wild, but would rather spend a night in your hotel bed, no worries. Day excursions and guided tours through Alaska’s great outdoors are available all year long.
Excellent Things To See And Do When Visiting Eagle Alaska
For all the reasons that Alaska is known as The Last Frontier, visitors are attracted to the region year-round for fun and adventure. Truly, Alaska offers a unique opportunity to interact with nature. If you long for a personal connection with natural beauty, Alaska is a place that you will discover a whole new perspective on our planet.
The Unforgettable Aurora Borealis
Sometimes referred to as the “Northern Lights”, viewing the Aurora Borealis should be on everyone’s bucket list. The magnificent display of natural light in the night sky occurs when charged particles from the sun strike atoms in Earth's atmosphere. These charged particles cause electrons in the atoms to move to a higher-energy state. As the electrons drop back to a lower energy state, light photons are released.
It is a beautiful sight.
Flight-Seeing Mount Denali
If you want to make the most out of your visit to Eagle River, taking a flight-seeing tour of Mt. Denali should be sky-high on your list of never forgettable things to see and do in Alaska. It is a jaw-dropping, memorable experience for families, couples and groups of friends.
Mt. Denali is the focal point of Denali National Park. It rises above the land at a mighty 20, 323 feet tall. To explore its features from the vantage point of a bush plane is an experience like no other. From the air, you can spot moose and bear along the way. You might witness cascading ice falls or avalanches.
As you soar above land undisturbed by man and explore the incredible glaciers, you will gain a fresh respect for the forces of nature. You can see the effects of the last ice age on the land below.
Some flight-seeing tours offer a glacier landing. How many of your friends have a glacier selfie? Accessible by aircraft only, you will land on a real, pre-historic glacier deep inside Denali National Park for a view of Mt. Denali few have had the pleasure of experiencing.
When booking your flight tour make sure the plane has big windows!
Kayak The Coastline At Kenai Fjords National Park
There are many options for kayaking the coastline. From family friendly guided kayak tours that last a few hours to multi day trips with overnight camping included, this is a unique way to get up close and personal with the coastal marine life and natural beauty of coastal Alaska.
Kanai Fjiords National Park is the place to behold majestic mountains and incredible glacier-carved fjords. The area is a prime spot for viewing porpoises, mountain goats, sea lions, otters, bald eagles, puffins, and countless seabirds. The best whale watching experiences can be had in Kenai Fjords National Park.
Experience The Last Frontier On The Alaska Railroad
If you are on a romantic getaway, definitely look into spending a day riding the Alaska Railroad. The views are magnificent. Along with your winding journey by rail through The Last Frontier, you can enjoy the full-service onboard dining as well.
The Alaska Railroad services many destinations. Each with their own unique offerings of things to do on your stop.
- Denali National Park: The train connects to this six-million-acre wilderness from Fairbanks, Talkeetna and Anchorage. The preserve contains the tallest mountain in North America and is home to an abundance of wildlife. During the summer, the train stops here twice a day. If you are into geocaching adventures, you’ll find plenty of clues here.
- Talkeetna: This quaint little town, founded in 1919, is classified as a National Historic Site. It offers up a variety of options for the outdoors type: gorgeous flight-seeing, river rafting, mountain biking, hiking and camping for beginners and experts.
- Whittier: Whittier serves as the gateway to Prince William Sound. If you are into marine life and port activities then Prince William Sound is a destination place for you. The area features awesome glaciers and some of the best fishing in Alaska.
Wildlife Eco Tours That Few Places Can Offer
Ecotourism and wildlife viewing is becoming a very popular a cottage industry within the guided tour market. Everyone loves to watch animals naturally behave within their habitats. Eagle River, which is located in South Central Alaska, is a perfect place to take in as much wildlife viewing as you can book on your vacation.
Generally speaking, wildlife tours are very economical day trips for families. Everyone will enjoy the awesome beauty and search for wildlife. There are so many wildlife preserves to discover located in South Central Alaska.
The Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, Bird Point and Beluga Point are must stops along your journey. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a fantastic place for animal lovers to see native animals up close including fox, lynx, grizzly bear, caribou, and wood bison.
Remote Fishing Excursions In Pristine Backcountry
Even the most experienced anglers will find an Alaska fly-in fishing excursion a special memory. You simply cannot beat fishing in pristine rivers and lakes of the remote Alaska backcountry. You can expect to find plenty of opportunities to catch grayling, wild salmon, and rainbow trout.
These secluded fishing spots are only a twenty-minute flight from Anchorage by seaplane. You won’t believe the beauty of these locations, or what it’s like to partake in the world’s best trout and salmon fishing.
Alaska = Adventure
Alaska is a must-see destination for people who appreciate nature and adventure.
Eagle River sits perfectly in the South-Central Territory of The Final Frontier with easy access to fly-in fishing excursions, wildlife sight-seeing and echo tourism. You can expect the kind of hiking and camping that will challenge even the most experienced outdoor enthusiasts.
To top of your day of adventure, rest your weary bones as the Northern Lights dance above you.