Did you watch Wild Alaska Live – has it inspired you to seek adventure in this breathtaking part of the world? We have some fantastic ideas on how you can explore Alaska – from something a bit wild through to a once in a life time experience for the whole family. Whatever suits you, we can help! Read on to see what this huge state has to offer…
Alaska spans an incredible 586,000 square miles!
Alaska is the largest US state. It has an array of diverse terrains which split the state into five distinct regions. Alaska showcases a range of ecosystems just waiting to be discovered.
Follow a pod of giant humpback whales as they breach into the air. Watch the spellbinding grizzly bears as they lead their cubs to food and safety. Spot puffins, bald eagles, moose, harbour seals and polar bears as they go about their daily rituals.
A great way to see Alaska is to take a cruise. Small ship cruising enables guests to get up close and personal with the animals and landscape. They also offer the option of taking a raft to less accessible destinations – all accompanied by professional and knowledgeable guides.
Day cruises venture out to Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Prince William Sound, offering a wonderful glimpse of coastal Alaska. You’ll see dramatic mountain scenery, tidewater glaciers and the water’s abundance of wildlife. For the more adventurous, kayaking and rafting along the thousands of rivers and coastal waters enables exploration of destinations difficult or impossible to access by land.
Ascend into the skies for a bird’s eye view. Helicopters, light aircraft and float planes whisk you into the air across land and sea. Circle magnificent Denali (formerly Mount McKinley), fly deep into back country wilderness or land on a glacier and tread where few others have been before.
Back on land, a self drive or escorted itinerary are the only ways to truly experience the best of Alaska. Traditionally commencing from Anchorage, this small city is a wonderful introduction to life the Alaskan way. Sitting at the base of the Chugach Mountains, Anchorage is alive with arts, culture and speciality shopping. Leaving the city behind, the scenery is transposed to reveal small villages, rugged landscapes and gigantic national parks.
One of the most famous attractions, Denali National Park, is home to North America’s tallest mountain. Standing 20,320 feet in the air, Denali’s magnificence attracts visitors from across the world. Visitors flock to the 6 million acre park, to hike, bike, raft, ski and explore the world’s largest protected ecosystem. Home to 750 species of flowering plants, 39 types of mammal and 165 bird species.
There’s so much to experience in Alaska. Why not take a sternwheeler cruise from Fairbanks or try dog sledding? How about testing your luck panning for gold? Or just bathe in the naturally heated waters at Cheena Hot Springs…
You can take a trip to the breathtaking Wrangell St. Elias National Park, North America’s largest national park, six times the size of Yellowstone! Explore the historic mining town of Kennicott or head to the seaside and sail out of the village of Valdez on a sightseeing cruise to Prince William Sound or Columbia Glacier.
No visit to this enchanting destination is complete without exploring Seward, Kenai, Homer, Girdwood and Kodiak Island. The Kenai Peninsula boasts spectacular scenery and idyllic seaside villages, but is primarily known as a natural habitat for Alaska’s abundant population of marine wildlife and birds.
From a relaxing retreat to intrepid wilderness exploration, from small ship cruising to a soft adventure, whatever way you choose to appreciate this stunning destination, you can be assured that one visit is never enough.