Alaska is known for many things: Endless natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and the stunning midnight sun. Our current offer at Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn & Adventure Spa sums it up well: Towering jagged peaks, deep glacial lakes, lush forests.
Thing is, it’s pretty remote for those of us in the lower 48. Fortunately, Alaska’s scenic glory makes for a wonderful movie backdrop. Here are four movies set in Alaska, just in case you want a quick visit:
Big Miracle: The film was a bit of a flop, but nevertheless, it tells the true story of a 1989 mission to rescue gray whales trapped under the ice in Point Barrow, Alaska. The movie was filmed in several Alaska locations, including Seward, Anchorage, and Barrow.
Into the Wild: Another true story, this film traces the journey of Chris McCandless, who gave away his entire savings and spent two years winding his way toward Alaska where he hopes to live a simple life in the wilderness. Much of the movie was filmed in Alaska’s Denali National Park.
White Fang: This Disney adaptation of the classic Jack London story tells the tale of a Yukon gold hunter who rescues and befriends a wolfdog. The movie was filmed in Haines and Skagway, Alaska.
Runaway Train: This classic 1985 thriller earned Academy Award nominations for lead actor Jon Voight and Eric Roberts, and follows (you guessed it) a runaway train carrying two convicts. Filming locations included Whittier Branch, Alaska.