The Unconventional Guide to Alaska: 10 Weird Alaska Attractions to See Before Your Die

by ATJ Posted in Only in Alaska |

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Alaska has always had a personality all its own. So when we say we’re sharing our favorite quirky and wonderful tourist attractions with you, we mean business. Anyone looking for things to do in Alaska should check out this list.

Hammer Museum, Haines, AK

“If I had a hammer…” Some people would finish this song lyric with “I’d hammer in the morning.” Dave Pahl went one better and created a museum for his hammer (and its 8,700 hammer friends). It seems his wife would only let him keep 100 hammers at home. Some people…

Stuffed Togo the Wonder Dog, Wasilla, AK

You’ve heard of Balto who saved the town of Nome from diphtheria by guiding a sled filled with life-saving serum? Word is that Togo deserves credit for the hardest part of that sled run. Plus, you have to go all the way to Cleveland to see Balto. Visit Togo in Wasilla at the Iditarod Trail Headquarters instead—he’s the real deal.

Whale Statue, Anchorage, AK

Aw, how lovely. There is a very graceful bronze statue of a whale near the courthouse in Anchorage. Its tail is bursting through the glass ceiling as though through the water. And there’s a boat… but wait… is the whale tipping the boat over? “The Last Blue Whale” sculpted by Joseph Priniciotti is best appreciated by anti-whaling activists and those with a darker sense of humor.

Wizard of Oz Statues, Juneau, AK

If you made sheet metal, how would you advertise your wares to your customers? Reliable Sheet Metal answered this question by building an entire Wizard of Oz menagerie on their roof. See Dorothy, Toto, the twister and more.

Santa Claus House, North Pole, AK

Everyone knows Santa lives at the North Pole, but did you know the North Pole is in Alaska? The Santa Claus House is a year-round favorite with visitors of all ages.

Burial Spirit Houses, Anchorage, AK

Visit Eklutna Village Historical Park for the most unique cemetery you have ever seen. Athabascan traditions combined with Russian influences resulted in these brightly-colored wooden spirit boxes near St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.

Last Train to Nowhere, Nome, AK

The rusting steam locomotives near the ghost town of Solomon have had a long and storied life. They started out in New York City as part of the elevated train and were transported to Alaska in 1903 where they served gold miners until a 1913 storm demolished the tracks from below. These days the cars are mired in the vast tundra.

Earthquake Park, Anchorage, AK

A wealthy neighborhood once stood on the bluffs over Cook Inlet. But on Good Friday of 1964, a 9.2 magnitude earthquake hit and the earth split wide open. Stately homes tumbled into the cracks. The destruction from this quake is no joke, and it is wild to see how fiercely Mother Nature can reclaim her territory.

Outhouse Races, Anchorage, AK

You know you’re an Alaskan (at least honorary) when… you travel to Anchorage in the winter for Fur Rendezvous. The highlight of this unique festival is watching locals race outhouses (is what it sounds like) down the streets of Anchorage.

Benny Benson Memorial, Seward, AK

A memorial is not usually such a weird thing, but the strange story behind this one made us include it on the list of weird Alaska attractions. Wee Benny Benson was a mere 13 years old and living in an orphanage when his design for the Alaska state flag was chosen over 700 others. The weird bit is that the year was 1927 and Alaska didn’t become a state for 32 more years. Talk about delayed gratification.

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