Alaska’s rugged glaciers, huge mountains and scenic landscapes offer so many opportunities for adventure, you might feel overwhelmed by the amount of things to see and do. While you can’t go wrong with pretty much any Alaskan adventure excursion, we’ve rounded up a few favorites that highlight the best of the state’s natural beauty, unique wildlife and culture.
We’ve got some great adventures for you to experience Alaska, and no matter which you choose – prepare for your jaw to drop!
1. Bear Country
While visiting Sitka, visit Fortress of the Bear, a one-of-a-kind sanctuary for orphaned Alaska Brown Bears.
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center offers visitors the perfect opportunity to get up close to Alaska’s native brown bears without becoming lunch. In Ketchikan, follow a naturalist through the dense Herring Cove rainforest sanctuary, the natural habitat of Alaska’s black bears, and try to spy on a bear’s fishing expedition in the salmon-rich streams.
2. Misty Fjords Seaplane Wilderness Exploration
Fly by seaplane from Ketchikan over the dramatic beauty of Misty Fjords National Monument, a 2.2-million-acre wilderness of twisting fjords, crystalline lakes, cascading waterfalls and granite cliffs. A highlight is an isolated lake or fjord landing.
3. Zip To It
An exhilarating course features 11 zip lines and four suspension bridges. You’ll fly through the treetops of the Alaskan rainforest — try “The Pipeline,” a zipline longer than two football fields combined.
4. Kayak to Islands
Paddle a kayak through the waters around the Tatoosh Islands, looking for bald eagles, sea lions, otters, sea stars, and sea cucumbers.
Covering 17 million acres. The islands are situated inside the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States – an area that’s bigger than the entire state of West Virginia!
5. Ride The Rails
In Skagway, you can travel back in time to the Gold Rush, when the White Pass Scenic Railway, a 107-mile-long railroad, was built to help reach the Yukon gold fields. You’ll travel 20 miles to the summit of the White Pass, checking out mountains, gorges, and waterfalls along the way. You’ll get there in a vintage rail car, some of which date back to 1881 and pulled by an authentic steam engine.
6. Meet The Mushers
Another option in Skagway is you can travel by railcar along the famous White Pass & Yukon Railroad and then meet a musher and dogsled team who are training for the 2017 Iditarod competition.
You can watch Live racing demos with the sledding dogs.
7. Helicopter Glacier Trek
Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Alaska's glaciers, soar above stunning landscapes, and land in a remote setting. In Juneau, this helicopter flies you to and over the Mendenhall Glacier. You will be surrounded by a magical world, inaccessible by other forms of transportation.
8. Sport fishing Adventure
Famously plentiful in salmon, the pristine waters of Alaska are your playground for a sport fishing expedition.
Hunt for Halibut - Many anglers dream of fishing for the largest flatfish in the world, the Pacific Halibut. You will be surrounded by a magical world, inaccessible by other forms of transportation.