5 beautiful unknown places in Alaska


Alaska’s most stunning hidden gems are only a driving distance away from Anchorage.

McHugh Creek — This picturesque forested stream is hidden in plain sight. Drive down the Seward Highway, and you might be tempted to whizz right past this trailhead. But a short walk leads to a serene scene.

McHugh Creek, Alaska

Harriman Fjord — College Fjord in Prince William Sound gets a lot of attention, but nearby Harriman Fjord, an unassuming offshoot, is home to some amazing tidewater glaciers of its own. They almost weren’t discovered.

Harriman Fjord, Alaska

Humpy Cove — This unassuming waterway is home to Orca Island Cabins, a secluded hideaway with upscale, eco-friendly yurt accommodations – so you can experience a remote wilderness setting in style and comfort. Snap shots of sea lions or whales from your yurt’s private deck.

Humpy Cove, Alaska

Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop — Just a 60-mile train ride from Anchorage, Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop is one of the most spectacular glaciers along the rail belt. Spend the day rafting, ice hiking or strolling around the lake in full view of Spencer Glacier.

Spencer Glacier, Alaska

Eklutna Historical Park — The community of Eklutna is the oldest inhabited location in the Anchorage Bowl. The melding of Russian Orthodox Christianity and native practices in the 1840s resulted in brightly colored spirit houses seen at the Eklutna cemetery – now a historical park. Nearby is Eklutna Lake, a popular recreation area for hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking and camping.

Eklutna Lake, Alaska