My first exposure to Alaska was an epic season as a commercial halibut fisherman based out of Homer. That experience introduced me to the wild nature that is Alaska. Not just another American state but a frontier for adventure. I have returned to Alaska regularly since then - exploring the bush with friends, sailing the fjords of southeast Alaska on an Uncruise with my family, mountain biking Hatcher Pass, cross-country skiing Kincaid Park in Anchorage. There is a lifetime of adventure in the 49th state.
Alaska - America's great frontier, a land romanticized by the likes of John Muir and Jack London - is ripe for adventure.
Traveling around Alaska, whether on a cruise, a train journey, by bicycle or car, will reward you with adventurous experiences of a lifetime. A trip to Alaska can help shape the future of a young child. The landscapes of Alaska include glaciers, fjords, mountain ranges, rain forests, tundra, national parks. On Alaska wildlife tours you may encounter whales, bears, birds, orcas, otters.
Cruises in Alaska provide the best way to see the southeast panhandle of the state. A cruise will offer the chance to reach parts of Alaska otherwise only reached by air. Cruises through the Inside Passage, a place with few roads and where small airplanes are the primary mode of transportation, take you to Glacier Bay National Park, Chichagof Island, Tongass National Forest, Baranof Island. Adventure cruises allow you to explore remote areas on the water, on shore and from on board the ship. Themed cruises focus on families, birding and ornithology, natural history, photography. Cruise excursions include whale watching, photography workshops, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking. Cruise itineraries sail from the port cities of Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan. Stroll the historic streets of Haines, the unofficial adventure capital of Alaska, on food or by bike.
What to look for when choosing the best Alaska cruises? The best Alaska cruises are aboard smaller, more intimate vessels, no more than 90 passengers. Amenities include large observation decks with plenty of space for everyone, inviting lounge and salon spaces, the most knowledgable and engaging guides, comfortable cabins, a fitness center. One of the highlights of a cruise is an extensive menu of delicious, healthy and sustainable food.
Whether you prefer cruises, camping, fishing trips or cycling, a trip to Alaska should be on the bucket list of any true adventure traveler.