Excitement and adventure are a big part of an Alaska cruise as you journey to one of the most beautiful regions in the world. With so much to do and see in the 49th state, it may be difficult to decide what to do first. America’s last frontier offers seemingly endless opportunities for you to enjoy a myriad of fascinating experiences. Below is a Top 10 Alaska activities list and will help you find what best suits your interests and will keep everyone in the family happy.
Explore Alaska — America’s “Last Frontier” — home to the country’s highest peak, its largest national park and longest coastline, just to name a few of its amazing attributes. Whether you lead an active lifestyle or are looking for something more relaxed you will discover it here..
Convenient shore excursions are sure to enhance your Alaska vacation experience.
- Whale Watching
Animal-lovers will be over the moon whale watching, a highlight on any Alaska cruise. Fortunate guests will not only see these magnificent mammals, but as a special bonus, sea lions, sea otters and seals may also appear. Bear or deer sightings may occur along the beautiful shoreline. To the delight of onlookers bald eagles might also show themselves.
Imagine sightseeing from the air and getting a rare bird’s eye view of some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Welcome to “flightseeing!” Simply board a helicopter or small plane and get ready for the thrill of a lifetime as you soar over majestic mountains, sparkling waterfalls, lakes, ice blue glaciers and through ages-old gorges. Some even land on an iceberg allowing participants to hike on the glacial mass.
- Bear Viewing
Home to one of America’s largest brown bear populations, an Alaska cruise offers the unforgettable opportunity to see these magnificent animals. Denali National Park is one of the best places in the state to see brown bears in their natural habitat. Perhaps you’ll have occasion to glimpse a mother bear and her adorable cubs.
- Panning for Gold
Relive the Gold Rush as you indulge your inner prospector and pan for gold. Perfect for families, step back in time and experience gold-rush fever as you put your skills to work. Learn the art of gold panning and gain insight into the region’s unique history. You may just find the glittering precious metal for yourself like many others did so many years ago.
- Authentic Salmon Bake
Often coupled with gold-panning, an authentic salmon bake is another wonderful way to delve into the Alaskan spirit while you also enjoy a scrumptious meal. Feast at an all-you-can-eat Wild Alaskan-caught salmon bake. Other delicious choices may include crisp cod, corn on the cob and blueberry cobbler. Bring the whole family along for this fun and special outdoor adventure.
- Kayaking & River Rafting
Thrill-seekers may find kayaking and river rafting in Alaska to be a pinnacle of their cruise vacation. Throughout this adrenaline-filled adventure you may pass bears, caribou and other animals grazing. Flowing north, the Nenana River in beautiful Denali National Park is one of the state’s most popular for whitewater-rafting.
- Visit Husky Homestead
Also known as “mushing,” dog sledding will give you a glimpse into the past when Eskimos used this as their means of transportation during the winter months. Get a behind the scenes look at how the dogs are raised and live when you visit Husky Homestead, home of Iditarod Champion, Jeff King. You will be greeted by cuddly puppies and share an intimate view of the beautiful Alaskan Husky and enthusiastic sled dogs.
- Hiking, Climbing & Biking
Outdoor enthusiasts will find extraordinary hiking, climbing and biking on a variety of trails for all skill sets. Guided hiking tours are offered from the towering peaks of Alaska’s central region to the famous glaciers along the Gulf of Alaska. Nature trails are offered for all abilities and breathtaking scenery will accompany you throughout your excursion.
- The Totems of Ketchikan
While in Ketchikan, take a fascinating tour of the Saxman Native Village and see the Totems of Ketchikan. You’ll see magnificently carved, colorful totem poles and about their meaning and purpose. Your local Tlingit guide will make history come alive when you are shown one of the largest collections of totems in the world.
- White Pass Train with Bike Ride
Bring the family along on this fun adventure. Ride the historic White Pass Train up the legendary White Pass summit. From the top take an exhilarating bicycle ride back down as the road drops about 3,000 feet over just 10 miles.
Discover the allure of Alaska on an amazing cruise and take part in the incredible activities offered on an impressive collection of shore excursions.