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Traveling To Alaska? Here Are 10 Must-Do Activities
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
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Mountain Valley – taken during an adventure in Skagway Alaska!https://t.co/AUdRXe4zXT 🤍#photography #nftphotography #nftcommunity pic.twitter.com/5bt3UPjcdr
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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
Good morning everyone! Denali national park, Alaska pic.twitter.com/PMv8X7U5BQ
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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.
Hit the Anchorage Museum
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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.
Take an Audio Guided Tour of Ketchikan
Ketchikan is getting dumped on a lil bit today! 🌨️❄️☃️ pic.twitter.com/5zCgvgOrKc
— Greg Buxton (@gtbuxtonjr) December 22, 2021
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.
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.
Consider 13-strong sled dogs mushing in Alaska with iridescent socks. pic.twitter.com/LiOVE7kjnN
— Brian Roemmele (@BrianRoemmele) November 22, 2020
Glide Over The Tokositna Glacier
The views over Tokositna Glacier (Shot 1) and Mt. Barrille (Shot 2). From one the many flights I have taken of the Alaska Range with @talkeetnaair over the years.#Alaska #ViewAK #PegAir #TravelAlaska pic.twitter.com/qz19lVNCzy
— Toby Harriman (@tobyharriman) January 17, 2021
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.
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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.
Take A Walk Around The Lovely Town Of Sitka
Sunset, a Bald #Eagle and Raptor-in-Residence here at the Alaska Raptor Center, showing off her vocalization skills! For such a powerful bird, the #BaldEagle has a surprisingly shrill sounding call, usually a series of high-pitched whistling or piping notes.#FunFactFriday #birds pic.twitter.com/D3AzNW88dY
— Alaska Raptor Center (@RaptorOrg) December 17, 2021
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
Dreamy Forest – Goldstream Valley in Fairbanks, Alaska pic.twitter.com/1fPU7pETNF
— Lee Petersen (@lwpetersenphoto) December 20, 2021
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!