Traveling To Alaska? Here Are 10 Must-Do Activities
Photo Credit: Barry Tan

Photo Credit: Barry Tan

Traveling To Alaska? Here Are 10 Must-Do Activities

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Bernadette Giacomazzo
Bernadette Giacomazzo Dec 23, 2021

When one thinks of Alaska, one often thinks of igloos, snow, and short days with long nights. But the reality of Alaska is, it’s a tourism paradise.

Most people from the “lower 48” who pay a visit to the 49th state do so by cruise ship. In fact, according to one statistic, more than half of Alaska’s two million annual tourism visitors come by cruise ship. (As a sidebar, this writer thoroughly enjoyed her Celebrity Cruise to Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier, and she strongly recommends that those visiting Alaska do so via this method.)

“Alaska is an ever-popular destination, with more people than ever visiting the 49th state,” says the Alaska Tourism Board. “In fact, visitation records have been set year-after-year, with an estimated 2.26 million visitors traveling to Alaska between May and September 2019.”

Still not convinced? Here are the top 10 things to do in Alaska when you finally land.

Do a Self-Guided Tour of the Skagway Gold Rushes

 

This well-preserved and historical city of Skagway tour is an audio experience teaching you about the town’s Gold Rush days. You will also encounter historical buildings such as the iconic Red Onion Saloon and the incredible Historic Moore Homestead. Prices start at $13.99/person.

Fly Over The Denali

 

Fly to Denali, the tallest peak in North America, in your own private plane. Explore Little Switzerland and Kahiltna Glacier before flying over the Ruth Glacier and Great Gorge.

Prices start at $320/person.

Hit the Anchorage Museum

 

Learn about Northern art, culture, history, and science as you explore the fascinating exhibits at the Anchorage Museum. Admire Indigenous artifacts donated by the Smithsonian, engage with interactive displays, and visit the 3D Planetarium.

Prices start at $20/person.

Take an Audio Guided Tour of Ketchikan

 

This informative audio-guided tour of the old fishing town of Ketchikan will take you on a historic journey. Learn about its history and legends, see sights such as the famous Ketchikan Creek and Salmon ladder, and visit the beautiful Thomas Basin Harbor.

Prices start at $13.99/person.

Go Mushing in Chena

Experience the Alaskan tradition of mushing on this immersive tour to the Chena River in Fairbanks. Head to the husky kennel and dive right into the mushing lifestyle. Prices start at $150/person.

Glide Over The Tokositna Glacier

 

Fly up the Tokositna Glacier and explore the famous peaks, Moose’s Tooth and Broken Tooth. Descend into the Sheldon Amphitheater on Ruth Glacier and the Great Gorge.

Prices start at $250/person.

 

Tour Juneau

 

Download a vibrantly narrated mp3 audio guide and a map detailing the area of your tour, then explore the breathtaking city of Juneau. This self-guided tour will take you on an historic journey as you learn about the indigenous peoples of Alaska.

Prices start at $13.99/person.

Take A Walk Around The Lovely Town Of Sitka

 

Learn about the highlights of the city of Sitka with a self-guided audio tour. Hear about the city’s Russian past and see iconic sights at your own pace. Prices start at $13.99/person.

Go Ice Fishing In Fairbanks By Day

 

Spend an exciting winter’s day on a frozen lake. Learn the old native skills of ice fishing from experienced guides. Catch your lunch and eat it on this unique day experience!

Prices start at $238/person.

 

Go Ice-Fishing At Night Under The Northern Lights

 

 

Get out of Fairbanks and spend an evening on a frozen lake. Catch fish in a warm hut and have a chance to spot the lights of the aurora. Prices start at $240/person.

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