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Alaska Staycation: 5 Fun Things to Do While Staying Close to Home

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Tourists from an Alaska cruise ship view a blue iceberg up close. (Doug Knuth/wikimedia/commons)

By    |   Monday, 23 Feb 2015 11:31 PM

The Alaska experience is all about finding ways to enjoy the wild beauty of the last frontier. The sites and experiences here are unlike anything else in the United States. While cruise options to visit Alaska can be good for a family vacation or staycation, they can also be expensive. Alaska is remote. The costs of everything can be high — and some experiences can only be had with a guide, but it's definitely worth it.

Here are five great places to visit in Alaska if your brood is more interested in saving some money and planning your own family vacation travel:

1. Don't miss the Icebergs: That thunder you hear crashing in the background? It is actually the icebergs breaking. These amazing ice formations ebb and flow through natural yearly cycles. Tour companies can help you see them by kayak or air, but a great family staycation idea is to take your own trip to the Matanuska Glacier, north from Anchorage, the Glacier is an easy day trip.

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2. View the Wildlife: Polar bears, wolves, grizzlies and moose and many other endangered species of animals enjoy Alaska in their natural habitat. There are dozens of companies that host tours. Another great family vacation or staycation option would be to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, an hour south of Anchorage. The center takes in many species of orphaned and injured animals for care. The ones that cannot be
released into the wild are on display for public viewing.

3. Try a day cruise: If you want to take a break from the driving, try a day cruise. These cruises are a great family staycation idea because they get you out on the water and  a chance to view the amazing coastal scenery you can't catch from land. You can enjoy cruises that last between 4 and 9 hours.

4. Drive the Seward Highway: National Geographic calls Seward Highway one of the world's greatest driving tours. Plan ahead, there are few towns and few gas stations on the route, but if you are looking for an adventure you can control that will expose your family to the natural beauties of waterfalls, whales, icebergs and breathtaking mountains, this 127 mile stretch of road is a perfect choice.

5. Visit the Far North: Try a place called Coldfoot Camp as a base for exploring the natural wilds of the far northern reaches of Alaska. This company is a great choice for a family vacation or staycation because they can customize the excursions to your liking. They can also provide a place to stay. The camp is located 260 miles north of Fairbanks.

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