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Heritage tourism in Alaska

Updated on February 3, 2015

Have you been to Alaska yourself, yet?

There is much to see related to historical, cultural and natural aspects of our lives when you visit Alaska. Did you have ancestors in the 1890s who went to find gold? Did they go to work in the North Slope oil fields, or build the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline? Join us for a heritage tourism tour of Alaska. I will include a few photos and thought shared from our Alaska visit a few years ago, in May 1998.

Of course, we each know there are spectacular natural views and environments, included those in the photo.

Photo Credit of Denali - Mount McKinley in Alaska: Wikimedia Commons

Heritage Tourism in Alaska at Examiner.com

I recently published a brief article at Examiner.com as I was preparing to create this lens. I hope you will visit it and come back and finish looking at what more we have here that did not get included over there! ;-)

Alaska on Amazon

Visit the South Central region of Alaska

Anchorage anchors the South Central region, which has the largest population of any of the regions. It also includes Cordova and Valdez as well at Prince William Sound.

We visited this region on our trip to Alaska a few years ago.

Prince William Sound near Valdez from tour boat
Prince William Sound near Valdez from tour boat

Our visit to Prince Willam Sound in South Central Alaska

We flew into Anchorage and drove over to Valdez the nearly 300 miles through rural Alaska. Some of the drive, in May, was through huge snow banks on each side of the road. From Valdez, we took a tour boat on Prince William Sound, including the glaciers and the site of the Exxaon Valdez incident.

I took the photo from the tour boat, on Prince William Sound, back toward Valdez.

The other five regions of Alaska - Which region best fits your heritage tourism needs?

This is a great resource for all of the regions, as a starting point. I will not attempt to add much, except to encourage your exploration.

For example, I was fascinated by the Tongass National Forest story in the Panhandle, the southeast region, and the truly unique recreational opportunities there. Few roads connect the parts of this region.

What do you find that piques your interests?

If you could visit only one region of Alaska - There are six regions, as shown above.

Tongass National Forest
Tongass National Forest

Photo is of the Tongass National Forest; image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Which of the six regions of Alaska would you like to visit first, and why?

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Photo Gallery of May 1998 Alaska visit - Drive from Anchorage to Valdez; Prince William Sound tour

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Looking back toward Anchorage on 300 mile auto trip to Valdez via CordovaBouy in the waters of Prince Willam Sound that marks the area of the Exxon Valdez incidentElk alongside the road to Valdez from AnchorageGlaciers in Prince William Sound from tour boat - my wife and I shivering in the cold...  ;-)The house of my brother-in-law in Valdez that we visited in our May 1998 trip.Another mountain peak along the way from Anchorage to ValdezA seal sunning himself, somewhere in Prince William SoundTrapper Jack - famous gift shop in Anchorage, AlasksaThe Rangell mountain range from the road from Anchorage to ValdezValdez from the Prince William Sound tour boat
Looking back toward Anchorage on 300 mile auto trip to Valdez via Cordova
Looking back toward Anchorage on 300 mile auto trip to Valdez via Cordova
Bouy in the waters of Prince Willam Sound that marks the area of the Exxon Valdez incident
Bouy in the waters of Prince Willam Sound that marks the area of the Exxon Valdez incident
Elk alongside the road to Valdez from Anchorage
Elk alongside the road to Valdez from Anchorage
Glaciers in Prince William Sound from tour boat - my wife and I shivering in the cold...  ;-)
Glaciers in Prince William Sound from tour boat - my wife and I shivering in the cold... ;-)
The house of my brother-in-law in Valdez that we visited in our May 1998 trip.
The house of my brother-in-law in Valdez that we visited in our May 1998 trip.
Another mountain peak along the way from Anchorage to Valdez
Another mountain peak along the way from Anchorage to Valdez
A seal sunning himself, somewhere in Prince William Sound
A seal sunning himself, somewhere in Prince William Sound
Trapper Jack - famous gift shop in Anchorage, Alasksa
Trapper Jack - famous gift shop in Anchorage, Alasksa
The Rangell mountain range from the road from Anchorage to Valdez
The Rangell mountain range from the road from Anchorage to Valdez
Valdez from the Prince William Sound tour boat
Valdez from the Prince William Sound tour boat

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    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Raymond Eagar: Thank you, so much. I enjoyed sharing it! ;-)

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      Raymond Eagar 

      5 years ago

      good lens

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @andrewdar: You will find it a most interesting and diverse land. I hope you enjoy it, when you get to it! ;-)

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      andrewdar 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for this lens! I have never been to Alaska. After I finish travelling through Europe I will go Alaska. Thank you for the openning a new destination to visit!:)

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @GO Cybernaut: Enjoy the trip! ;-)

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      Gayle B Olson 

      5 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

      I live in British Columbia and am looking forward to heading North one day!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @AlleyCatLane: Many of my GeneaBlogger friends just returned from one... would really like to take it one day... YES! ;-)

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      AlleyCatLane 

      6 years ago

      I have the Alaskan cruises are wonderful. I'd like to take on someday.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Terrie_Schultz: Hope you can get there, one day. It is a very special place, for sure! ;-)

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      Terrie_Schultz 

      6 years ago

      I've never been there, but I'd love to go someday. It looks so beautiful. My daughter spent 2 months there taking a course one summer and she absolutely loved it.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Brandi Bush: Thanks for stopping by. We enjoyed our visit. May go back, if our health permits, one day. Wife's brother still lives there, as a State Appeals Court judge... ;-)

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      Brandi 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      I have heard that Alaska is absolutely amazing...we have friends who were stationed there and said they would go back in a heartbeat if they could. I'd love to visit someday! Thanks for sharing your photos! :)

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      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @MBradley McCauley: Thank you! Very much! Such nice words to hear. Best wishes on a return trip! ;-)

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      antoniow 

      6 years ago

      Great lens, nice info! Thumbs up

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      MBradley McCauley 

      6 years ago

      One of my favorite places to visit. Been to Alaska 3 times and would go every summer if I could. This lens does her justice. She is a fabulous state. Well done.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @antoniow: Thank you for your visit and your comments! ;-)

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @bernie74 lm: It will certainly be worth the wait! Thanks for stopping by! ;-)

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      bernie74 lm 

      6 years ago

      Oh one day I will get there! Wonderful Lens thanks for sharing

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: Thank you for stopping by and liking my lens! ;-)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Looks like an interesting place.

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