For years, a cruise was thought to be the best way to see and experience Alaska. From all the massive cruise lines to several new, smaller ships, there are literally hundreds of cruises that go up and down the Alaskan coast.
However, today we believe the best way for families to see and experience Alaska is in fact by land. This gives you so much more opportunity to really see the destination and have all sorts of fun adventures.
Perfect for an active family!
Sign up below for instant access to a sample itinerary of our unique Alaska Family Adventure. And here are just a few highlights of this family adventure.
Adventure By Air
We’ve built in a few opportunities to experience Alaska by air. Travel by “Bush Plane” and helicopter is quite common in Alaska in fact, as it’s oftentimes the most efficient way to travel between communities.
“Bush planes” are small airplanes serving hundreds of remote communities. These flights offer a truly authentic wilderness experience and give visitors a glimpse into life in rural Alaska.
Begin your trip with a Dog Sled experience, accessible only by helicopter. Enjoy a spectacular ride into the majestic Chugach Mountains and onto Punch Bowl Glacier, 3,200 feet above sea level.
Then on another day, fly across the Cook Inlet to either Katmai National Park or Lake Clark National Park to view brown bears, volcanoes and glaciers.
You’ll also have plenty of time to explore the Alaskan coastline.
While bears and other wildlife are certainly impressive, Alaska is beautiful at a micro level as well. We love spending the afternoon poking around tidepools and strolling along the sandy beaches.
And of course … Denali!
Denali National Park is home to North America’s highest peak. Denali ascends majestically to 20,310 feet and is one of the most awe-inspiring sights in Alaska.
The park is also home to 37 species of mammals and 130 different bird species, including the impressive golden eagle. Alaska’s “Big Five” can also be spotted here; moose, caribou, wolf, Dall sheep, and the brown, or grizzly, bear. Black Bears inhabit the forested areas of the park, while grizzly bears mainly live on the open tundra.
There is SO much to do here, including fly fishing, mountain biking and some truly epic hikes.
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