Alaska

A majestic wilderness of unparalleled beauty

The Last Frontier

Discover Alaska's untamed wilderness, majestic glaciers, and diverse wildlife.
Welcome to the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ - a land of untouched nature and wild adventures, boasting some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet. From towering mountains to vast glaciers, from pristine forests to rugged coastlines, Alaska offers a playground for adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Alaska has something for everyone - explore the iconic Denali National Park, home to North America's tallest peak, or cruise through the majestic Inside Passage, where towering fjords and marine life await. Immerse yourself in Alaska's rich Native heritage at cultural centers and museums, or embark on wildlife excursions to witness majestic bears, whales, and eagles in their natural habitats.

But Alaska is more than just its stunning landscapes and wildlife. It's a place where you can disconnect from the stresses of modern life and reconnect with the natural world - a place where you can experience the thrill of adventure and the peace of solitude in equal measure.

So, whether you're embarking on a journey of self-discovery or creating memories with loved ones, Alaska promises an unforgettable experience. Let us be your guide as you embark on this incredible journey to the Last Frontier. With our expert tips, insightful guides, and curated itineraries, we'll help you unlock the secrets of Alaska and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Things to see & do

Browse through our recommended selection of things to see and do in Alaska. Many of these are included in our suggested itineraries, however, if there is
anything you see that particularly takes your interest, please let us know and we will include it in your holiday package or put you in touch with the right people.

Whale Watching

Juneau, Seward & Sitka, Alaska

Whale watching in Alaska offers an extraordinary opportunity to witness the majestic marine giants in their natural habitat. From May to September, travellers can embark on guided boat tours from coastal towns like Juneau, Seward, and Sitka to observe humpback whales, orcas, grey whales, and other species. These excursions often provide close encounters with the whales breaching, tail-slapping, and feeding in the nutrient-rich waters of the Inside Passage, creating unforgettable moments amidst Alaska's stunning wilderness.

Snowmobiling

Alaska

With vast snow-covered terrain, including mountains, forests, and frozen lakes, Alaska provides endless opportunities for snowmobilers to explore breathtaking scenery and access remote wilderness areas. Whether it's speeding through snowy trails, traversing frozen rivers, or enjoying panoramic views of majestic mountains, snowmobiling in Alaska promises exhilarating experiences for outdoor enthusiasts seeking adrenaline-fueled adventures amidst the beauty of the Last Frontier. Check with Travel USA for more details.

Mendenhall Glacier

Juneau, Alaska

Visiting Mendenhall Glacier offers a fascinating encounter with natural beauty. Spanning more than 20 kilometres this majestic glacier showcases stunning blue ice formations and cascading waterfalls. Accessible via hiking trails or guided tours, visitors can witness the glacier's grandeur up close while learning about its geological significance and the surrounding ecosystem. Mendenhall Glacier provides a captivating experience that highlights the awe-inspiring power and delicate balance of nature in Alaska's pristine wilderness.

Alaska Railroad

Anchorage, Alaska

The Aurora Winter Train is a magical rail journey through the winter wonderland of Alaska. Operated by the Alaska Railroad, this seasonal service offers passengers a scenic ride from Anchorage to Fairbanks and back. Travellers are treated to breathtaking views of snow-covered landscapes, frozen rivers, and majestic mountains as they traverse through the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. The Aurora Winter Train provides a unique and unforgettable way to experience the beauty of Alaska during the winter months. Check with Travel USA for more details.

Helicopter Tours

Alaska

Helicopter tours in Alaska offer an unparalleled perspective of the state's vast and varied landscapes. From soaring over towering glaciers and majestic mountains to exploring remote wilderness areas inaccessible by other means, these tours provide adventurers with thrilling experiences and breathtaking views. Whether it's landing on a glacier, spotting wildlife from above, or marveling at cascading waterfalls, helicopter tours offer an unforgettable way to discover the beauty and grandeur of Alaska's untamed wilderness.

Denali National Park

Denali National Park, Alaska

One of Alaska's most visited attractions is a captivating wilderness sanctuary. Dominated by North America's tallest peak, Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley, the park boasts pristine landscapes, featuring taiga forests, tundra, and glaciers. Its diverse ecosystem supports a wide array of wildlife, including grizzly bears, moose, caribou and wolves. Visitors can explore the park through various outdoor activities, from hiking and camping to wildlife viewing.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation

Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre, nestled in the Chugach Mountains, is a sanctuary dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife. Spanning over 200 acres, it provides a safe haven for a variety of Alaskan animals, including bears, moose, wolves, and bison. Visitors can observe these majestic creatures up close while learning about their conservation and rehabilitation efforts. The centre serves as an educational resource, promoting awareness and appreciation for Alaska's diverse wildlife and ecosystems.

Northern Lights

Alaska

Alaska is famous for its Northern Lights, aka the Aurora Borealis - a celestial spectacle of dancing colors in the night sky. The best chance to see them is during 'Aurora Season', from late August to April, when lucky observers can witness this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon where charged particles from the sun collide with Earth's atmosphere, creating luminous displays of green, pink, purple, and yellow hues. The best viewing spots include Fairbanks and other remote areas with minimal light pollution.

Dog Sledding

Alaska

Dog sledding in Alaska offers an exhilarating adventure through the snowy wilderness. Guided by skilled mushers and their loyal teams of huskies, participants experience an authentic connection with nature and Alaska's rich history of dog-powered travel. Gliding across frozen landscapes and majestic snow-capped mountains, dog sledding provides an unforgettable experience of teamwork, tradition, and the thrill of mushing through some of the most beautiful and remote terrains on Earth.

Aurora Ice Museum

Fairbanks, Alaska

Chill out at the Aurora Ice Museum, located at the Chena Hot Springs Resort - a captivating attraction made entirely of ice and snow. The museum features stunning ice sculptures, an ice bar serving drinks in glasses made of ice, and an enchanting ice chapel where weddings are held. Visitors can marvel at the intricate designs while learning about the artistry and craftsmanship behind these ephemeral frozen creations.

Running Reindeer Ranch

Fairbanks, Alaska

Nestled in the scenic wilderness near Fairbanks, Running Reindeer Ranch offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors to interact with these majestic Arctic animals. Guided tours provide intimate encounters with the friendly reindeer, allowing guests to walk alongside them, feed them, and even enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque landscape - a magical adventure for the entire family. Check with Travel USA for more details.

Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

Fairbanks, Alaska

Journey back through time as you take a nostalgic journey through automotive history at the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. Featuring a world class collection of more than 80 meticulously restored antique automobiles, from Victorian times through to the Art Deco era, this unique museum helps showcase the evolution of automotive engineering and design.

Wildlife Spotting

Alaska

Alaska's vast and diverse landscapes provide unparalleled opportunities for wildlife spotting. From grizzly bears, fishing for salmon in rivers and majestic bald eagles soaring overhead, to moose grazing in meadows and playful sea otters floating in coastal waters, the state is a haven for animal enthusiasts. Visitors can explore national parks like Denali and Kenai Fjords, take scenic cruises along the Inside Passage, or embark on guided tours to witness Alaska's incredible array of wildlife in their natural habitats.

Kenai Fjords National Park

Seward, Alaska

Glacial wonderland spanning more than 600,000 acres, protecting breathtaking landscapes shaped by millennia of ice and water. The park's centerpiece is the vast Harding Icefield, source of 40 tidewater glaciers that carve through mountains to form stunning fjords. Visitors can enjoy boat tours exploring rugged coastlines, kayaking among icebergs, wildlife watching for orcas and humpback whales, and embarking on guided adventures to experience the park's pristine wilderness firsthand.

Native Heritage Centre

Anchorage, Alaska

Cultural institution dedicated to preserving and celebrating the diverse heritage of Alaska Native peoples. Through engaging exhibits, traditional performances, and interactive demonstrations, visitors can learn about the history, art, and traditions of the indigenous peoples of Alaska. The centre provides insights into the unique cultures of Athabaskan, Inupiaq, Yupik, and other Native groups, fostering appreciation and understanding of their enduring contributions to Alaska's cultural tapestry.

Cooper Landing Rafting

Cooper Landing, Alaska

Cooper Landing in Alaska is home to thrilling rafting adventures along the turquoise waters of the Kenai River. With experienced guides leading the way, visitors can navigate through exhilarating rapids, surrounded by breathtaking scenery of lush forests and towering mountains. Along the journey, adventurers may also have the chance to spot wildlife such as bald eagles, salmon, and occasionally bears - an unforgettable outdoor experience amidst the pristine beauty of Alaska's wilderness. Check with Travel USA for more details.

Cruising the Inside Passage

Alaska

A breathtaking scenic waterway, stretching over 1,600 kilometres, that weaves through a maze of islands, fjords, and glaciers, offering travellers views of pristine wilderness and abundant wildlife. Cruising the Inside Passage provides a unique opportunity to witness majestic humpback whales, orcas, bald eagles, and more. Visitors can also encounter charming coastal towns and native cultures, immersing themselves in the natural splendour and rich maritime history of the region. Check with Travel USA for their cruise options.

Glacier Bay National Park

Alaska

Nestled amidst lofty mountain peaks and ice-sculpted fjords, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve stands as a testament to Alaska's breathtaking beauty. Spanning 3.3 million acres, it's best viewed onboard one of the cruise ships navigating the Inside Passage, where visitors marvel at the numerous tidewater glaciers. Independent adventurers can access the park via Gustavus and Bartlett Cove, where hiking trails and wildlife sightings await.

Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle, Alaska

The Arctic Circle marks the northernmost point where the sun remains visible for an entire day during the summer solstice and is below the horizon for an entire day during the winter solstice. Crossing this iconic line grants visitors the chance to experience the unique phenomenon of the Midnight Sun and Polar Night. This remote and rugged region showcases remarkable landscapes, wildlife, and an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the raw beauty of the Arctic wilderness.

Prince William Sound

Alaska

Pristine maritime wilderness in south-central Alaska, that beckons adventurers with its rugged coastlines, crystal-clear waters, and abundant wildlife. Visitors can explore its majestic fjords, towering glaciers, and secluded coves on boat tours or sea kayaking expeditions. Witness the thunderous calving of tidewater glaciers, spot whales breaching in the open ocean, and marvel at the untouched beauty of this remote paradise.

Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Centre

Fairbanks, Alaska

Named in honour of a beloved Alaska Native leader, the centre serves as a gateway to the region's rich cultural heritage and natural wonders, highlighting the diverse cultures and history of Interior Alaska. Visitors can access valuable information about local attractions, outdoor activities, and community events, making it an essential stop for travellers exploring Fairbanks and its surroundings.

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