Alaska

Several weeks ago I fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting Alaska. I walked through a forest and enjoyed the new growth of ferns, hiked to Exit Glacier, attended one of the most beautiful weddings, ate freshly caught salmon, and enjoyed many hours in a car driving up and down Highway 1. I loved the majestic mountains, glaciers, wildlife, fields of wild dandelions, water skiing, fishing, clean fresh air, and 19 hours of sunlight so much so that I plan on going back every summer. As I overheard someone summing it up perfectly: “if this isn’t heaven we are half way there.”

(all images by HonestlyWTF)

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  1. Amazing! Although I’m not into snow and cold weather I really wanna go there, when I see this pictures! 🙂

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  2. Monica wrote:

    What a lovely place, love the pictures! I’m glad you guys had such a great time! It looked like lots of fun!

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  3. Nomadic D wrote:

    My god it looks beautiful! I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska too (in the summer, of course) but people look at me kind of sideways when I say so. Thanks for conforming what I’ve always suspected.

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  4. Lianne wrote:

    Woah! Looks beautiful! Would really love to visit Alaska – very jealous 🙂
    Lianne

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  5. I have to say that Alaska has never been in on my to-do travel list, but this post does make it look very intriguing.

    xoxo
    ~Natasha Fatah~
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  6. This looks absolutely wonderful! What beautiful scenery! It’s one of those places I’ve always dreamed of visiting too & now these photos are making me want to go even more! I love that heart made from bottles & what an amazing place to have a wedding! ♡

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  7. Andrea wrote:

    These pictures are so beautiful!! I’ve always wanted to visit Alaska. It’s definitely high up on my to visit list!!
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

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  8. Nicole wrote:

    Wow, beautiful photos! Alaska is amazing!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,
    Nicole

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  9. great pictures!
    especially the port one!

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  10. Beautiful, simply breath-taking!

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  11. Votre Amie wrote:

    Beautiful!!! I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska! Someday!
    x
    http://www.iloveublank.blogspot.com

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  12. Stephanie wrote:

    I grew up in Alaska, and although I don’t live there now ( and don’t plan to move back) I can honestly say there is no place quite like it! Your photos were a wonderful reminder of home.

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  13. Elizabeth wrote:

    I visited Alaska a couple summers ago- we started in Fairbanks and made our way down to Anchorage for a weeklong cruise. Honestly, the best trip of my life. Also, I couldn’t help but notice, I think we went to the same Indian village- the pictures of the small cabin on the ground and on stilts? I remember there were huskies that ran the Ididarod there. Small world if so!

    Cheers, Elizabeth @ The Corner Apartment

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  14. I’ve been waiting for these photos!!! STUNNING!

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  15. Elizabeth wrote:

    I went there for a 1 week land tour and 1 week cruise 8 years ago. It was amazing! Of course, I was 15 at the time so I would love to go back and visit places I didn’t go to. The glacier was amazing, and I loved the river rafting. Summer is definitely the best time to go- although I couldn’t sleep because it’s day time almost all day. Other problem- couldn’t find Coke- only Pepsi! lol

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  16. Carol wrote:

    VERY NICE!!!
    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles, windows of Beverly Hills and the Hollywood farmers market… take a look:

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  17. nice pictures!!! Alaska is amazing place I went to Alaska 3 month ago, I enjoyed this trip a lot!!!

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  18. CamMi Pham wrote:

    That is beautiful. I have always wanted to visit Alaska in the spring to see the sun rises from the west
    x
    cammi
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  19. Deana wrote:

    GORGEOUS photos!

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  20. loannie wrote:

    these are amazing! I’ve been wanting to go too, I’m glad you had a memorable time!

    loannie from creative sweets > http://www.creativeswts.com

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  21. Kelly wrote:

    Hi, I am glad that you had a wonderful “visit” to Alaska. I live in Anchorage. I will start by saying that this is not a place that i planned on living in and really I don’t view it as a place “to call home”. The reason why I say this, is because with your love of fashion you would go bananas here, because fashion or having the sense of fashion is completely obsolete here. We were deemed as “the worst dressed and worst hair of America” recently, and it is ever so true.

    I really enjoy your blog and your sense of fashion. Don’t change that. I am glad that you enjoyed Alaska, there is a lot of beautiful land and scenery. But you have to be a die-hard outdoor person, who loves 9 long months of cold and darkness to live here. Trust me, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have to…I would leave tomorrow.

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  22. Kecia wrote:

    Amazing trip! That’s someplace I’m dying to visit as well!

    xx
    Kecia

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  23. heather wrote:

    Lovely photos! I spend every July in southeast Alaska (my boyfriend is from there and has kept a cabin in a small village) and I can say that there is really no place else in the world like it. So gorgeous, and the perfect place to go to get away from the chaos of every day life.

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  24. Going to Alaska is one of my dreams too, so I’m very grateful that you showed us the photos. They haven’t disappointed me: it looks just how I imagined it, only a little more stunning. Who knows if I’m going to have this chance myself, so I’m happy with what I got from you

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  25. Holley wrote:

    I live in Anchorage, and I have to completely disagree with Kelly’s above comment. I love fashion, art, music, and everything generally associated with “culture” and deemed to be present outside our state, but I have to say– Anchorage especially has hidden pockets of all of those things, you just have to look a little harder! I’ve lived here since I was really little, and although it’s not a place I plan on living forever, Anchorage has a lot to do and see that has nothing to do with mountains, sled dogs, or the “great outdoors.” Great boutiques, AMAZING food, and hey, I consider myself pretty well dressed. I wish people would see that side of it!

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  26. everything looks amazing. I have always wanted to go myself.

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  27. Ula wrote:

    Absolutely beautiful! I love the last picture! ^^ I wish to visit Alaska as well one day.

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  28. Marie wrote:

    I love ALASKA! I lived there for 5 1/2 years in Fairbanks. Yes. It gets SUPER cold -50 below and it is dark for 9 months…but it is beautiful and amazing and the summers, though short are amazinggggg! Alaska is different than any place I have been too and I miss it! It def takes a certain person to live there, but if you love the outdoors-GO! and if you just want to do summer-GO! 🙂

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  29. Lauren wrote:

    Next time you go you need to visit Matanuska glacier. You can actually walk on it! I want to go there when my friend comes up from the lower forty eight and I am super excited.

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  30. Trish wrote:

    Oh my goodness this place is like a dream come true! So captivating……. making me rethink my wedding location. 🙂
    Thanks for the lovely pics.
    Trish

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  31. Christine wrote:

    Holy Moses, those are gorgeous photos! I would love to make it to Alaska soon…this only motivates me more! And a wedding up there?? Swoon. Really. Swoon.

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  32. Lauren wrote:

    @Holley, I totally agree with you Alaska has it all. I did see some nice little boutiques in downtown Anchorage, I think one was called Octopus Gallery, all local handmade designs. I also saw culture and art everywhere I looked. I recently posted a local Alaskan artists on the blog, V Rae- http://honestlywtf.com/art/v-rae/ And as I said in the post I attended one of the most beautiful wedding ever, and that bride had serious style and she was an Alaskan native. Next summer when I go back to Alaska I would love for you to show me around!!

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  33. Bayley wrote:

    Alaska looks stunning! I’ve wanted to go for ages and this post makes me want to go all the more. Your photos are honestly (..wtf) beautiful and I hope you are able to go back every summer! Feel free to check out my blog (link below)!

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  34. These are so stunning. I would love to travel to Alaska at some point, or northern Canada, such a different part of the world.
    x

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  35. Marj wrote:

    Oh my gosh!!!!! So amazing. Such a wonderful beauty, just makes my heart pound. I will visit this place one day.

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  36. Cassandra wrote:

    Amazing pictures! 😀

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  37. PATRICIA wrote:

    I REALLY FINS YOUR BLOG INTERESTING SO THERE’S AN AWARD FOR YOU

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  38. Chloe wrote:

    Your pictures are amazing! I bet you bought some killer souvenirs that you can put in your virtual closet! Make an account here to find outfit combinations you didn’t know you had! Choosing what to wear has never been so easy! http://tinyurl.com/fashionade-cw

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  39. Alyssa wrote:

    Honestly… wtf? How did I not come to realize the extent of Alaska’s beauty before this blog post. Although I’m sure this is probably just the tip of the iceberg (haha, get it?) Travel channels just don’t do it for me, anymore, I guess. You’ve inspired me to visit this place, amongst many other places. My travel bill is going to be obscene… perhaps I’ll pull an Into The Wild to save some dough. Thanks for posting this!

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  40. joni s wrote:

    its good to hear you had fun: we’ve been complaining of the rain all thru june! looks like you did plenty–water skiing even!

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  41. Candace wrote:

    So beautiful! I’ve wanted to visit this state for years. Thanks for sharing your amazing photos!

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  42. Melinda wrote:

    Alaska!!! I worked six summers there, and it really is such an amazing, unique and special state. And there’s so much to see and do — I still have Anchorage, Denali, Kodiak Island and seeing the polar bears in Kotzebue on my bucket list. Your post is bringing it all back… http://www.turkishlydelightful.blogspot.com/

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  43. I just fell in love with that cabin and camper!! If only I didn’t despise the cold weather 🙁
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  44. Lorna wrote:
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  45. Michelle wrote:

    This post put a huge smile on my face! Lots of beautiful shots.

    I’m BEYOND excited to visit Alaska for the first time at the end of August… any suggestions on things that I absolutely MUST do while I’m there?

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  46. Betsy wrote:

    so beautiful!

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  47. Here wrote:

    My best friend is from Alaska!!! Ive been wanting to go for years!

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  48. Risa wrote:

    Wow. These photos are absolutely breathtaking. What an amazing experience!

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  49. Adalina wrote:

    cool post!!

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  50. Tashi wrote:

    wow….fabulous pictures…..nice shots…..

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  51. kristi wrote:

    these pictures are AMAZING! My dad takes the cruise from Seattle to Alaska almost every year, he LOVES it. I really need to make the journey myself someday and you have totally inspired me to make that happen sooner rather than later!!!

    xo,
    Kristi

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  52. erin wrote:

    I went to Exit Glacier about 15 years ago on a trip to visit family in Seward. Alaska is definitely one of my favorite places; I loved the fact that the last time I was there, the sun wasn’t even setting at 11:30pm. That and lots of unspoiled wilderness and hikes without running into tons of Griswalds like here at home (Seattle).

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  53. Ash wrote:

    I was just there this summer on a roundtrip cruise through Alaska from Seattle. Honestly, one of the best experiences period. I was in Ketchikan, Skagway, and Juneau – wanna go back!

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  54. MARIA wrote:

    Beautiful pictures! You made me want to go to Alaska! 🙂

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  55. Carol wrote:

    I hope I will to Alaska one day, the beautifl place:)

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  56. Jaime wrote:

    Alaska is a great place to visit from June 15th – August 30th. After that the colder, darker days quickly set in. But if you like the cold, come to visit Anchorage in February/March to see some unique Alaska winter sports! If you ever intend to stay, be prepared for 6 months of winter/snow each and every year. Beginning in April it slowly fades and warms to 55-70 degrees (high temps in Anchorage that last a month or 2), then August and darkness again… and so it goes every year. June 21 longest day, December 21 shortest day… The slow roller coaster of daylight to darkness and warm to cold, again and again, etc.

    I’ve been here 50+ years now and so look forward to some heat from our summers, as brief as they are!

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