As the days are getting longer and temperatures climb, many Alaskans are starting to put away their snow gear and make plans for summer.

Jack Bonney is the director of content and engagement for Visit Anchorage and joined Daybreak for this week's Travel Tuesday to discuss local adventures that even seasoned Alaskans may not be aware of.

"That’s the great thing about Alaska. It's such a huge place that even if you've lived here your entire life, I can guarantee you, you haven't seen it all," said Bonney. "But I think what surprises people is how much is right in their backyard that maybe they've just never noticed is there.

Bonney made these suggestions for people looking to try something new this summer:

  • Check out the Whistle Stop – Even if you've enjoyed an Alaska Railroad trip from Anchorage to Seward, you may not realize you can get off in the middle of Chugach National Forest. The Whistle Stop provides an opportunity to hike, kayak at Spencer Glacier or raft the Placer River. 
  • Jet ski to a glacier – For a unique way of exploring Prince William Sound, consider jet skiing. Alaska Wild Guides and Glacier Jet Ski Adventures out of Whittier offer tours of the sound for amazing glacier views.
  • Zip line over the Matanuska River – Starting in May, try a zip line at 2,200 feet that travels 45-60 mph, the fastest zip line in Alaska. The ride begins above the Matanuska River with Mica Guides.

If you're looking for something a little closer to town, Bonney has suggestions for that too.

If you want help planning your next adventure, check out Visit Anchorage at 524 West Fourth Avenue or online at visitanchorage.net.

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