[A] Which U.S. state has the most area covered by water?
April 4, 2019
Zack Creach

4 Amazing Alaskan Beaches You Can Have to Yourself

When we think of beaches in the U.S., our minds are often drawn towards sun-drenched spots in California, Hawaii and Florida. Thoughts of Alaska tend to conjure up images of a hostile wilderness made up of fjords, forests, mountains, and volcanoes. That said, Alaska’s coastline is longer than the combined total of the nation’s other 49 states. It covers 6,640 miles and extends to a mind-boggling 33,904 miles when including all of the islands. This is great news for beach lovers because there’s hundreds to explore. Best of all, many are often deserted.

4. Battery Point, Haines

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A short walk amid a flourishing pine forest brings you to the pebble beach of Battery Point, on the eastern shore of the Chilkat Peninsula. This is a great spot to watch seals and sea lions all year round. Drop by from May to June and you’ll have a high probability of seeing pods of humpback whales. Across the Chilkoot Inlet, mountains rise up on Alaska’s border with British Columbia. Besides soaking up the view, you might want to take a polar bear dip in the icy waters. An extension of the trail continues over Mount Riley to the Chilkat Inlet side of the peninsula.

3. Bishop’s Beach, Homer

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On the waterfront of the city of Homer is a huge sweep of sand dotted with rocks and debris blown ashore from the Cook Inlet. When the tide is low, locals of all ages come out to search for aquatic plants and sea creatures in the tidal pools. Chances are that you’ll be joined by shorebirds and eagles. Views reach over the inlet to the snow-capped mountains and tundra of Lake Clark National Park. Bring food and set up a picnic at the benches located in the parkland behind the beach. There’s walking trails in the area, too. Follow Diamond Creek Trail through a forest and wild meadows. Beluga Slough Trail leads around a salt marsh and freshwater lake and has exceptional views of Kachemak Bay.