There’s no denying it: Alaska is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, with endless opportunities for play year-round. Explore the great outdoors, participating in thrilling activities like glacier trekking or rafting or more relaxed ventures such as hiking, biking, fishing, camping, and simply immersing yourself in breathtaking wide-open spaces. Take a train ride, day cruise, or flightseeing tour for chances to spot wildlife, from bears to whales. Experience Alaska Native culture through cultural tours or festivals. And if you visit in winter, there’s skiing, snowboarding, dog sled tours, and more—and don’t miss watching the northern lights dance across the night sky. No matter how you choose to get around, from road trips, planes, trains, motorcoaches, or cruise ships, you’ll discover that the journey is all part of the adventure. Content courtesy of Travel Alaska.
Alaska spills over with breathtaking sights you won’t find anywhere else: the crystalline blue of glacier ice, brown bears snatching salmon from a stream, the northern lights dancing overhead, and 20,310 foot tall Denali, the highest peak in North America, to name just a few.
The question isn’t whether you’ll see something life-changing here — it’s a given — but which type of sights you’ll choose. It might help to narrow your choices down to a few categories: urban sightseeing options cover local food, history, and culture in Alaska cities like Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan. Day tours tend to focus on wildlife viewing, history and culture, and seeing as much of Alaska’s glorious landscape as possible, whether you’re traveling by boat, motorcoach, all-terrain vehicle, or horseback. Train tours and flightseeing on small planes or helicopters are popular ways to see Alaska’s vast terrain.
And you don’t just have to see the sights — you can also experience them in interactive sightseeing trips. Pan for gold as you learn about Alaska’s rich gold mining history. Learn the ins and outs of dog mushing as you climb aboard a dog sled or cart for a thrilling ride. Or, capture the shot of a lifetime on a photography tour. Content courtesy of Travel Alaska.
Things To Do
Alaska is the land of superlatives: largest national park, highest peak, longest coastline, biggest state, longest day and night. The list goes on, and with all of these unparalleled characteristics, you’d be hard pressed to cover even a fraction of this place in a typical one- or two-week vacation period. The 49th state offers so many things to do and see, you could vacation here for the rest of your life and never have the same experience twice.
From ATVs to ziplines and everything in between, Alaska has the adventure for you. Experience Alaska’s diverse wildlife, from bear viewing to birding. Explore the vast landscapes on guided and self-guided hiking, backcountry camping, glacier trekking, skiing, and biking trips. Experience Alaska’s coastline, rivers, and lakes in vessels of all shapes and sizes, from stand up paddleboards to jet boats to private cruises. Land a trophy salmon or halibut on a fishing charter and then sample Alaska’s local seafood, produce, and brews on a culinary tour. Learn about Alaska Native culture and marvel at the shimmering northern lights. And that’s the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things to do in Alaska. If you’re looking for a deal, check out our Travel Specials for discounts on activities, accommodations, transportation, and packages. Content courtesy of Travel Alaska.
Food & Culture
Experiencing Alaska Native cultures is high on the list for many Alaska visitors — and with more than 10,000 years of human history — Alaska offers endless options for learning about our traditional lands, languages, and ways of being. Hear stories passed down from Elders and feel the heartbeat of drums used in traditional dancing. Watch a blanket toss at a whaling celebration, learn about totem carving techniques passed down from generation to generation, and learn about regional and local Alaska Native functional and creative arts, ranging from carving and basket weaving to sewing and silversmithing.
Are you a fan of local food? Then you’ll love sitting down in one of Alaska’s seafood restaurants, which range from fine dining to lick-your-fingers casual. Restaurants across the state serve up a delicious array of locally-sourced seafood, game, and produce. Local favorites like grilled salmon, halibut chowder, cod tacos, reindeer sausage, and crab legs nourish you after a day of adventures. Alaska has a thriving dining scene and takes pride showcasing all that is Alaska Grown. In addition to restaurants, visitors can taste their way through the state by joining a brewery or distillery tour, food tour, farm tour, or pick up some fresh produce at one of the many farmers markets. Microbreweries are also extremely popular here, producing everything from beer to hard ciders, with an ever-growing roster of local ingredients. Content courtesy of Travel Alaska.