With awe-inspiring scenic beauty, enormous ice-age glaciers and abundant wildlife, Alaska is like nowhere else on earth. You'll find a wide variety of activities in Alaska, everything from the mild to the wild. Whatever you do, traveling in Alaska is just plain fun!
Watch the Wildlife
If you want to see wildlife, Alaska is the place to visit. Bald eagles gather by the hundreds, moose cause traffic jams and millions of salmon spawn in its rivers. Take a guided tour through a national park or wildlife refuge to see moose and caribou or a boat tour to see otters, whales and porpoises. No matter where you go, you'll find an amazing variety of watchable wildlife.
Take a Breathtaking Drive
Driving in Alaska is an unforgettable experience. Spectacular views, pristine lakes and towering mountains are all part of the Alaska driving experience. Looking for adventure? Fly to Alaska and rent a car or RV. You'll find 3 routes that have been designated National "Scenic Byways;" the Glenn and Seward Highways, with road accessible glaciers, and the Alaska Marine Highway, a unique ferry route connecting 3,500 miles of coastal waterways.
Visit the Country's Largest National Park
Alaska is home to 17 national park areas, which is two-thirds of the land in the entire national park system. From mountain ranges and volcanoes to wild rivers and vast tundra, Alaska's parklands offer an array of recreation and sightseeing opportunities. Visit Wrangell-St. Elias, our country's largest national park, and see the best remaining example of a 20th century copper mining town.
Cruise to a Glacier
Come see the ancient, enormous rivers of ice that sculpted Alaska's mountains. You can get up close to glaciers on cruise tours and day cruises in many areas of Alaska including Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Prince William Sound. These trips offer a wonderful glimpse of coastal Alaska with its dramatic mountain scenery and tidewater glaciers.
Flying is a way of life in Alaska and a trip to Alaska would not be complete without a flightseeing excursion. Get a bird’s eye view of this great land as you circle majestic Mt. McKinley, take a floatplane to a wilderness lodge or land on a glacier in a helicopter.
Explore the Wilderness
In Alaska you can explore the wilderness by day and sleep in a warm bed at night. Guided trips and tours take you to a variety of remote - or not so remote — places where you can enjoy almost any outdoor interest. Stay at a backcountry lodge for fly-fishing and bear watching, or join an expedition to one of Alaska's remote parks forests or refuges.
Explore Alaska's rich history and unique cultures
Native and cultural diversity abounds in Alaska. Each region contains its own unique peoples and customs. From traditional music and dance to beautiful Native art, there are many opportunities for Alaska visitors to experience Alaska's culture and history.
Plan your trip to the largest state in America. Alaska: It’s beyond your dreams, yet within your reach.
Don’t leave without tasting…
Seafood caught from local waters—fresh salmon, halibut, king crab and more can be found at numerous venues around the state. Visit the historic Taku Glacier Lodge for a feast of fresh Alaska king salmon cooked over an outdoor grill using alder wood chips.
You might be surprised by…
Excellent shopping opportunities abound, especially in the communities of Ketchikan, Juneau and Fairbanks.
- The colossal Mount McKinley inside Denali National Park and Preserve
- The changing autumn leaves as they turn shades of gold, red, brown and orange
- The pristine waters of Cook Inlet
- The kaleidoscope of colours of the northern lights
- The postcard-worthy scenery throughout the Inside Passage region.
The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center highlights culture, art and science, with a permanent collection depicting 10,000 years of Alaska history. An 80,000-square-foot expansion features an array of new exhibits, including the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, with over 600 Alaska Native artefacts.
Want to stay up late?
Chena Hot Springs Resort, outside Fairbanks, is renowned for being one of the best places to view the northern lights from September to May. It even offers special wake-up calls when the aurora appears late at night or early in the morning.
Classic road trip
- The Alaska Highway provides the ultimate road trip from Alberta or British Columbia, Canada, through the Yukon to Alaska. The historic road was constructed during World War II.
- The Seward Highway south from Anchorage to the port communities of Seward or Homer offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state and ample opportunities to view wildlife.
Don’t overlook this…
There are no roads to or within Halibut Cove, a quaint village nestled on the east side of Kachemak Bay, but the community is an interesting side trip for anyone visiting Homer, across the bay.
Made in the state
- The Musk Ox Farm in Palmer is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the development and domestication of musk oxen in order to provide additional subsistence income for Alaska Natives. Visitors have the opportunity to photograph and interact with the Ice Age animals and visit educational exhibits. Qiviut, the soft under-wool of the musk ox, is harvested once a year at the Musk Ox Farm and delivered to an Alaska Native knitter’s co-operative, where it is used to make clothing and other items available for purchase around the state.
- You can also tour the ULU Factory in Anchorage to observe how the company’s knives are made and packaged. In summer months, a free tram service operates from downtown Anchorage.
In the summer season, long daylight hours provide plenty of time for recreational activities such as hiking, biking, rafting, flightseeing and fishing. Many communities throughout the state celebrate the summer solstice (or longest day of the year), which occurs on June 21, with festivals. Winter months bring events such as the Fur Rendezvous and the World Ice Art Championships, as well as opportunities for skiing, heli-skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, dog mushing and more.
For your first visit…
Glaciers! Get an up close and personal experience by walking, hiking or dog mushing on a glacier, or take in the glacier-calving action from the comforts of a large or small cruise ship. Also, don’t miss out on bear viewing. The magnificent creatures can be observed in their natural habitats through various air, land, sea or rail tours.