One of the best parts of traveling through Alaska is seeing all the wild animals everywhere. If you are an animal lover, then Alaska is the place to be. From Bald Eagles to Orca Whales, this state has them. Here are the best places to spot wild animals in Alaska.
On Highway 1, just south of Anchorage is Beluga Point. The Beluga whale is all white and loves the cold Arctic waters. During its migration, it spends much of its time in the waters of Cook Inlet on the Turnagain Arm. Belugas are often spotted when the salmon are running in Cook Inlet, typically between mid-July and August. There are 300-375 Beluga whales during this time! These whales are relatively small compared to other whales at under 16 feet.
Baycrest Hill Viewpoint
Head down to Homer and stop at the Baycrest Hill Viewpoint off of the Sterling Highway. In this one spot you might just see Bald Eagles, Blue and Grey Whales, plus sea otters playing in the water. On a clear day look to see if you can find any active volcanoes.
Driving down the Kenai Peninsula gives you the best chance to spot wild animals in Alaska. Not only can you see moose on the roadway, but don’t be surprised when you see Grizzly and Black Bears too. Look up and see the hundreds of Bald Eagles that call this national park home. Out at sea during the summer you will find Humpback Whales, Orcas, Belugas, and Blue and Grey Whales. Don’t forget about the Harbor seals on the icebergs, the Stellar Sea lions, or otters floating the day away. The Puffin can also be see just off the coast of the Kenai Peninsula with its cute orange feet.
Kristi Trimmer is a full-time travel and fitness blogger at KristiTrimmer.com. One day she packed up her car and started the #GirlOnTheRun adventure traveling for 202 Days over 38 States and 2 Counties, and she ran in 10 Half Marathons. Kristi is currently on a trek to Alaska running along the way as she blogs about fitness tech, eating soy free, and enjoying good craft beers and yummy wines.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!