When people find out I’m from Alaska, the first questions is not, “Do you have waterfalls?” It’s more like, “Do you live in a igloo?” Believe it or not but Alaska does have waterfalls and they are some of the most beautiful sights to see in the Alaskan summer. I have try to gather some of my favorite falls that are a must need to visit.
Grab the family and head north to Thunderbird Falls. The scenic 30-minute drive for Anchorage will bring you to this waterfall located near Chugiak. (Chew-ge-ack) Once you park, you will find a short trail that will lead you to a perfect look out point where you’ll see water crashing down the nearly two-mile-long waterfall. There will be plenty of places along the trail to capture that one of a kind family photo.
South Fork Eagle River Falls
This waterfall is one of Alaska’s best-kept secrets – also about a 30-minute car ride from Anchorage. The trail to the South Fork Eagle River Falls is just under a mile long. The trail is known to get muddy during the summer months so pack your rain boots, but it is easily accessible for all skill levels.
Winner Creek Falls
This waterfall is one of my top 3 greatest places to go. Crashing down from 10 feet – this small but mighty waterfall in Girdwood is totally worth seeing, especially if you’re a thrill-seeker. To get to it, you’ll take a hike and hand tram, which uses a pulley system, to cross the raging river below. You’ll see what looks like a big fall flowing in two directions.
Virgin Creek Falls
Framed by moss-covered rocks and vibrant green trees, watch as the water fountains out the mountain into the stream below, you’ll feel like you’re on set of a Jim Henson live-action movie from the ‘80s. Located about 45 minutes from Anchorage, this view will be one to remember so make sure your phone or camera is fully charged.
Saving one of the best for last – the sights and sounds of Blackstone Falls located in Whittier will have you talking for years to come. This waterfall plunges out of Blackstone Glacier from 500 feet above. The best way to see this is by taking one of the day cruises offered in Whittier. If you get close enough, you can hear the ice from the glacier creaking. And it sounds truly mesmerizing!