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Posted on February 7th, 2023 in Alaska
There’s only one place in America where you can experience rugged wilderness, snowy towering peaks, untamed wildlife, and gorgeous northern lights: Alaska. There are many reasons to explore The Last Frontier and there’s no shortage of amazing adventures. When you visit Alaska, you’ll become immersed in local native culture, marvel at the tallest mountain in North America in Denali National Park, and appreciate countless natural wonders unlike any thing else in the world.
On top of all that, different ways of touring Alaska provides visitors the chance to soak in as much of the state’s beauty as possible. We carefully curate our tours to include a combination of sea, rail, and land adventures, giving our guests the unique opportunity to get the most out of their trip through the Alaskan wilderness. There’s no right or wrong way to explore, and every trip is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime!
Below, we’ve compiled three must-see attractions that are unique to rail, land, or water to build out your Alaskan bucket list.
Several of our tours feature a cruise, which is one of the best ways to gain a full panoramic appreciation of Alaska’s stunning scenery . There are few, if any, better ways to absorb the splendor of nature than a ride along some of the most photogenic and breathtaking coastlines in the world.
A narrated Columbia Glacier & Wildlife Cruise on Prince William Sound is an intriguing adventure packed with rich history, captivating wildlife, and breathtaking views . Embarking on this cruise puts you in a prime position to see humpback whales, orcas, Dall’s porpoises, sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, and many other sea birds that call the Sound their home. Take in the pristine and incredible glacier views, with the opportunity to witness 26 glaciers total, including the Columbia Glacier that’s making history as it retreats back into the Chugach Mountains. Find comfort in the “no sea sickness” guarantee during this safe, scenic cruise as we traverse through the crystal-clear waters surrounded by Mother Nature’s beauty.
Aboard the Riverboat Discovery III sternwheeler, be immersed in unbelievable scenery on all sides of the boat as we cruise down the Chena River in the heart of Alaska. This fascinating excursion brings an opportunity to witness a bush pilot landing beside the boat and dog mushing in action at the home of late four-time Iditarod champion, Susan Butcher. We also make a stop along the river at Chena Village Living Museum to learn about Alaska’s indigenous Athabascans at a recreated native fishing and trapping camp. This is a uniquely engaging experience that provides a glimpse into thousands of years of native culture and tradition.
On a high-speed catamaran, enjoy a 120-mile narrated cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park, one of Alaska’s most stunning and immaculate parks. As we sail through untamed wilderness, stay on the lookout for marine wildlife such as sea otters, seals, and whales, as well as land wanderers, like bears and moose. Marvel at the soaring mountain walls and glacier-carved fjords as you take in the impeccable natural beauty. Along the way, we stop at a towering tidewater glacier to admire nature’s awe-inspiring formation
If you want to get an especially unique perspective on the splendor of Alaska, embarking on a tour that features a scenic train ride may be for you. By rail, you experience rugged natural beauty and wilderness on land while enjoying the safety and comfort of your train car. Traveling by train provides the remarkable chance to see remote and pristine wilderness that would otherwise be unreachable to visitors.
The Alaska Railroad offers an enchanting journey into the heart of the iconic and breathtaking Denali National Park. Six million acres of pristine, untouched wilderness sit within the park, and we get the pleasure of witnessing this sensation in person. Denali, the highest peak in North America, is so tall that it often becomes shrouded by clouds. We may be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the top if the skies are clear! Keep on the lookout for grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep as we explore this immaculate part of the Last Frontier.
The Kenai Peninsula is one of the most awe-inspiring and majestic places in the state. From the train, witness unbelievable scenery, considered the finest in Alaska, while traveling towards the Ice Age wonderland of Kenai Fjords National Park. On a high-speed catamaran, pay special attention to the water for visitors such as sea otters, seals, and whales. When you admire the incredible landscaping at the park, you’re also looking into ancient history; the rugged cliffs, rocks, and peaks were carved by glaciers, plate tectonics, and many other fascinating geologic events that have occurred over thousands of years. The park’s history is etched into its rock foundation, making it an environmental scrapbook of sorts.
We ride the Alaska Railroad from incredible Denali to the town of Fairbanks in a private domed train car, making for a relaxing and exquisite expedition. This exclusive adventure includes a phenomenal dinner service, and the layout of the train car allows you to see a full panorama of Alaska’s unbelievable vistas. The ride concludes in Fairbanks, known as the “Golden Heart of Alaska,” where countless other thrills await.
If you’re looking for active immersion in the gorgeous state of Alaska, look no further. Many of our Alaska tours include nature walks, scenic drives, and other excursions that allow you to explore this northern paradise, and each tour has a varying level of activity to ensure you feel comfortable every step of your journey.
As you might have guessed, one of the most incredible parts about visiting Alaska is simply soaking in all there is to see when it comes to nature. One of our personal favorite activities is an astounding visit to the Yukon Territory, especially Kluane Lake. Come face-to-face with perfect wilderness and crystal-clear water at the largest lake in the Yukon. Visit the land where there are more moose than people and the views are inspiration for paintings and postcards.
To take a bit of a step back from full wilderness immersion, take a stop in the coastal city of Anchorage, home to around 40% of Alaska’s population. Tucked between the base of mountains and two arms of the sea, this city offers a picturesque skyline, enrichment at the Anchorage Museum, and plenty of activities showcasing the city’s history with nature. The city is well-known for its native heritage and connection to the environment with the stunning Chugach State Park being almost completely within the city’s municipality. Getting to know the unique city of Anchorage and its history is a fulfilling experience not to be missed.
One of the most enriching and powerful parts of Alaska is its extensive native past and culture. A visit to the Athabascan Native Camp, located on the confluence of the Chena and Tanana rivers, provides a deep dive into the lives and activities of Alaska’s Athabascans, both past and present. The camp is a recreated Athabascan village used primarily for fishing and hunting and gives visitors a glimpse into a traditional native lifestyle. Having this immersive opportunity to appreciate cultural history is something to be appreciated, enjoyed, and surely not missed!
If you’re ready to embark on these bucket list experiences in the gorgeous and wild state of Alaska, browse the tours below. We make every step of vacation worry-free and fun with a promise you’ll return home with fond memories to look back on for years to come. Simply reserve your spot with a low deposit of only $200 per person by calling our Tour Sales Consultant team at 1-888-867-2190. We look forward to taking you on an unforgettable journey in the Last Frontier!
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