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


Unusual Attractions in Alaska

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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.

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

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Based on data acquired by one of the European Union's Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites on May 15, 2021, this false-color image shows Alaska's Yukon River Delta during early spring thaw, including a blue halo of lingering sea ice.

Why Does the Yukon Delta Always Look So Trippy?

The Alaskan delta, one of the world's largest, is a ‘mosaic’ environment best visualized with a psychedelic palette.
The face of The Usurper, <em>B. hyperboreus</em>, a parasitic bumblebee that lives above the Arctic Circle.

What’s Up With Alaska’s Wild, Wondrous, ‘Warm-Blooded’ Bumblebees?

Extreme environments offer them an unexpected paradise, and now researchers want to get a head count.
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