With the Alaska heat wave of 2019, many Alaskans are looking for a little reprieve when it comes to the high temperatures. So how can you get out and enjoy all the wonderful nature our state has to offer, but still stay cool?

Julie Saupe, President and CEO of Visit Anchorage, says one way is to get outside!

"One simple way is just to adjust your schedule so that you can do some outdoor activities either early morning or very late into the evening," Saupe said.

Whether early in the morning or late at night, even midday, glacier viewing in Southcentral offers scenic views with a cool breeze.

"For those who are hikers, the Winner Creek Trail, which starts just at the base of Alyeska, you know, it runs through a very lush rain forest," she said. "It's cool, it goes past streams, gorges, beautiful. And it doesn't have a lot of elevation gain so it's very manageable during the heat of the day, you're mostly shaded."

The Winner Creek Trail is considered a manageable hike during the high temps of the midday.

Near the same area is Portage Pass, where Saupe says the four-mile hike takes you right to Portage Lake. You can cross over the pass to see the glacier or you can choose to take a short hike by land from the Begich Boggs Visitor Center.

For all your adventure needs and questions, make sure to visit the Visit Anchorage's Visitor Information Center — the log cabin — in Downtown Anchorage.

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