Benny Benson was an orphan of 13 years old in the year 1926 when Seward submitted his idea to the flag of Alaska for a contest and won. The design of the flag is the Big Dipper and the North Star on a blue field, the most beautiful flag of the US. You can see monument is on the left hand side of the picture.
This monument, which was errected to honor the fishermen who died in Kodiak, is very simple, but very nice. It is located in front of the harbor offices of St. Paul of Kodiak. There are hundreds and hundreds of names because fishing is the most dangerous job in Kodiak Alaska and most of the people living have some family involved in fishing.
Taking a tiny seaplane from the Anchorage coast, we flew over the beautiful snow covered hills of Denali and water-landed in a small reserve unpopulated except for native wildlife. In the tucked away hills of the reserve, I felt a freedom never experienced before. The sight itself was beautiful; the warm colors of the water splashed against the bright and intoxicating view of the mountains surrounding us. The air was sweet and crisp, and the only sounds were of a comforting wind rustling the grass and whistling between the hills.
To stand there, feeling completely and totally at peace, was an experience unparalleled in my world travels and when I close my eyes I can still conjure the memory rich with detail. Sometimes I find myself aching for the full and contented feelings of beauty that day; wishing I could stand there once more, alone but not lonely, if only for a moment.
The Matanuska Glacier is in the Matanuska Valley, north of Anchorage, and it's the only glacier in the United States that's accessible by car. The glacier is 43 kilometers long and even from afar it's gorgeous. Up close it's great. From the parking lot to the glacier it's a little bit of a walk, but it's worth it. You have to be careful because the glacier ice is very hard and slippery.
This museum has one of the best collections of Aleutian art and relics. There is a king crab hun on the wall. Besides native artifacts, the museum also exhibits works by local artists. The museum shop has many good books about the history of the islands.
Seward is a tiny, charming village that has a very large port. This city was almost completely destroyed in 1964 by a tsunami following an earthquake. There are lovely restaurants and shops where you can find everything. There are many festivals throughout the year such as the Polar Bear Jump and Mount Marathon on July 4. It has a great atmosphere throughout the year and there is also the Alaska Sea Life Center.
This is one of the best parks in the city of Anchorage. It has lovely views of the Cook Inlet and has a children's play area. The museum of Oscar Anderson House is in the north corner of the park and the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail begins in this park. I recommend people to visit if they are in the area.
This sight is on the same road to Valdez, and is easily accesible, being the first glacier I saw in Alaska, and that was after a journey of over 1,000 km by car (oddly enough in the polar circle there is not much snow). Normally to enter state parks it costs six dollars, however this one was free. The recommended route to get there is about 5 minutes from the parking lot and does not reach the base of it (there is a way that reaches a little further, but I do not recommend going).
I came to see several glaciers in the Canadian Rockies, [poi = 530 491] Mount Edith Cavell [/ poi], [poi = 539241] Angel [/ poi], Athabasca, beautiful but far from the spectacular Perito Moreno in Argentina. The way to get to the glacier (or any other in the National Park Kenai Fjords), is to hire a day cruise in Seward. You can also watch the wildlife in the area, like ([ poi = 516741] orcas [/ poi]). The sensation of sailing among small icebergs, listening to chunks of ice fall from the glacier are things you never forget, and although this type of cruise is not cheap (over 100 euros), it's well worth it.
Every year on June 21 at midnight there is a baseball game at the Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks, Alaska without artificial lights. The city team are Goldpanners and they always play this game. It's amazing how sunlight at midnight lights the baseball stadium and it ends up being a very fun game. It is celebrated as a huge party and when it ends in the wee hours of the morning, because there is still so much sunlight to be enjoyed.
Lake Hood is the seaplane base and for the largest planes and with the most air traffic in the world and is next to the Anchorage International Airport. 90% of Alaska is only accessible by plane and Alaska has the highest rate in the world of planes per person. The lake itself is very nice, and there are several parks where you can walk around and enjoy the view. The lake is used as a car park for aircraft throughout the year and in the winter when the lake freezes, when they change the floaters of the planes for wheels and use it like a landing ground. The people that take care of the planes on the lake also have tents that they decorate which gives it an original style.
The ulu is a traditional knife used by Alaskan Eskimos. Its main use is for skinning hunted animals and cutting fillet salmon and other fish. This is a factory that makes the traditional ulu and demonstrates for people to learn how to use them. Although the ulu is traditional for the Eskimo it can be used for the modern kitchen and is ideal for cutting vegetables, fruit and meat. The Ulu Factory is also a store with lots of variety of local foods and souvenirs from Alaska and clearly has the largest variety of ulu in the entire state of Alaska. It makes for a rather interesting visit and I recommend it to those who are in the area.
Woronzoff Point is located at the west end of Anchorage, behind the airport. It's quite far from the city and the drive to the viewpoint is worth it because the views are beautiful and there it's always possible to see wildlife. The view from Point Woronzoff is Turnagain Arm, a small inlet that passes through Anchorage.
Saint Innocent is Anchorage's Russian Orthodox Cathedral. This beautiful church was built in 1994 for the Russian Orthodox population. The church domes are of a lovely blue and can be seen from afar. The building itself is made of wood, the interior is simple and modern. There is plenty to see.
The Oscar Anderson House is one of the truly historic buildings in Anchorage. This building was built in 1915 by a butcher named Oscar Anderson and was the first house of a permanent structure. It has been preserved as a museum and the inside looks the same as it would have in the year1915. For $ 3 you can have a guided tour of the place.
Alaskan passenger trains only run in the summer as, in the winter, the train is only used to transport goods. Making the trip by train to Fairbanks in the summer though is a must-do because it's a beautiful trip with amazing views. There are so many things that just can't be seen if you're driving to Fairbanks. The train is very comfortable and there´s a restaurant and souvenir shop.
Resolution Park is actually a huge deck that has many levels from which to enjoy the views of Cook Inlet, named for Captain Cook, one of the first to set foot on land in this part of Alaska. A statue of Captain Cook sits on the deck. In the summer, this is an amazing place to spend an afternoon enjoying the view and good weather.