The Best Places To Catch A Sunset In Alaska

If you’re missing the northern lights on your next Alaska vacation, an Alaskan sunset is the next best thing. Make sure to check the sunset times before you head to your destination, they can be a bit later in the summers. With all its glaciers, forests, national parks, and great places to stay you’re sure to find the perfect spot to enjoy an Alaska sunset.

Beluga Point, Anchorage

If you’re traveling along the Seward Highway in Alaska, this is a popular tourist spot for great views of the Turnagain Arm off of the Gulf of Alaska. You may also see an Alaska Bore Tide while you’re there, a huge rush of water that can sometimes get up to six feet. Beluga Point is named after the Beluga Whales you’ll see playing in the surf. A great backdrop for a sunset.

Fire Island, Anchorage

Three miles off the city of Anchorage, the Fire Island sunset literally looks like a fire with its spectacular pink and orange colors. The tiny island is only 5.5 miles long with steep bluffs perfect for sunset watching. Even if you can’t get over to the island, the view from Anchorage with the Island’s wind farm as a backdrop is just as perfect.

Bodenburg Butte, Palmer

Bodenburg Butte is the tip of a mountain in the middle of the Matanuska Glacier drainage. The hike up the Bodenburg Butte Trail is an easy two miles and is perfect for families. The one and a half mile West Butte Trail is the best for sunsets and offers a panoramic view of the Talkeetna Mountains and the Matanuska and Knik River Valleys. Bodenburg Butte is a great sunset to catch for those staying at local Palmer accommodations like Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages.

Point Woronzof, Anchorage

Point Woronzof Park is a great place for wildlife viewing and skiing in the Winter. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is an easy hike around the park that offers mountain views and whale spotting in the Inlet. The sunset’s bright orange colors are a local favorite.

Eagle Beach, Juneau

Eagle Beach is located along the Glacier Highway 27 miles north of Juneau’s city area and is an Alaska state park within the Tongass National Forest. Eagle Beach is a great place to set up a nighttime picnic and watch the sunset dip over the Lynn Canal and Chilkat Mountains. If you’re there all day, the seven hour Amalga Trail winds throughout the old mines in the forest and ends at Eagle Glacier.

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