Heritage tourism in Alaska
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! ;-)
- Heritage Tourism in Alaska
Some information for my Springfield, MO, readers about this subject.
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.
- The South Central region of Alaska
A brief description of the key areas in the South Central region.
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?
- Brief descriptions of the six regions of Alaska
Wikipedia does a fine job here of giving an overview of each of the six regions of the large state of Alaska. I focused on the one I have visited, above. Here, you can choose your own, and follow some of the links provided.
If you could visit only one region of Alaska - There are six regions, as shown above.
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?
Denali in Alaska on Amazon
The National Heritage Area in Alaska
- Kenai Mountains-Turnaway Arm National Heritage Area
This is the official site of the National Heritage Area in Alaska. It is located in the southeast region of Alaska.