11 Instagram Accounts That Showcase Alaska's Native Beauty, Culture, and Cuisine

11 Instagram Accounts That Showcase Alaska's Native Beauty, Culture, and Cuisine

Monday, 14 September, 2020

Snow-capped mountains, crashing waves, fields of wildflowers that seem to stretch on forever, and all the animals. (Really, all the best animals.) Alaska’s stunning beauty is both energizing and soothing, a natural balm for our souls.

And then there’s the food: berries and salmon and cakes and crab legs and… you get the idea.

Let the photos in these Instagram accounts enchant you and transport you north, to the 49th state. It’s a lovely way to get a sense of what makes Alaska so special, whether your travel is of the armchair or real-life variety.


State of Alaska Tourism - @travelalaska

For stunning shots of nature, people, and animals from all over the state…


Cabin Life - @cabinlife_alaska

For a peek at day-to-day life off the grid in Alaska…


Anchorage Museum - @anchoragemuseum

For Alaskan history and culture told through objects from the museum’s collection…


Chase Burnett - @chaseburnett_

For soothing and dynamic nature photos and videos…


Photographer Marc Lester - @marclesterphoto

For images from life in Alaska with a strong narrative and POV…


Alaska from Scratch - @alaskafromscratch

For swoon-worthy photos of seasonal food in Alaska…


Food Journalist Julie O’Malley - @jomalley17

For delicious food and the good life from Julie O’Malley, author of our recommended book The Whale and the Cupcake


The Salmon Project - @aksalmonproject

For vibrant shots of salmon fishing: the mighty fish, the fresh water, the delicious meals…


Kenai Fjords National Park - @kenaifjordsnps

For breathtaking images of wildlife and scenery from the Kenai Fjords National Park…


Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center - @akwildlife

For painfully cute pictures of animals — bears and wolves and muskox and coyotes and foxes — at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center…


Alaska SeaLife Center - @alaskasealifecenter

For photos of silly, adorable marine mammals — seals and sea lions and otters, oh, my!— at the rehab center…

Bonus TikTok

Patuk Gleen is an ‘Alaskan lady living a balance between Inupiaq Eskimo life and modern American ways.’ This is just one example of the cool stuff she shares about her life in Alaska.



And we are on Instagram at @strongsenseof, sharing travel photos, mini book reviews, and other things that delight us every day. Follow us there!

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