Alaska holidays call travellers to journey off the beaten track and embrace the wilderness of the United State’s largest state. With 80 percent of its land not accessible by road, it's incredibly rich in unspoilt landscapes and wildlife; it’s a state of outdoor adventure just waiting to happen.
The state’s capital city of Juneau is the United State’s largest city by land area but a relatively small population of around 32,000, so there’s plenty of nature to explore here, as well as the city’s galleries, restaurants and nightlife destinations. Just outside of Juneau lies Mendenhall Glacier. Grab some crampons and go glacier trekking or simply stand back and admire the impressive sight. For a dose of Alaskan culture, head to Anchorage and learn about local indigenous groups at the Native Heritage Centre. Thrill seekers won’t be disappointed here either, with 300 miles of wilderness trails and 60 glaciers on the city’s doorstep. If you’re keen to get out of the city, take to the water and explore the wild Glacier Bay National Park by boat.
Visit Alaska’s small towns
If you’re looking for some small town charm, Alaska’s got it in abundance. Head to Talkeetna, a quaint town with views of Denali, and explore on your own or join a tour. Like the rest of Alaska, there are plenty of adventures to be had here, from zip lining to fishing, as well as charming local shops, breweries and restaurants.
Being the USA’s largest state, there’s a lot to see on an Alaskan holiday. An Alaskan Highlights Tour is a great way of experiencing the best that the state has to offer, from sea kayaking amongst floating glaciers in Valdez to catching glimpses of grizzly bears, dall sheep and wolves while wildlife spotting in Denali National Park. If you want to see even more of America, hop on board the Rocky Mountaineer and combine your trip to Alaska with a rail journey through the Canadian Rockies.
Great sample itineraries
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Seven Seas Mariner Alaska Cruise
Alaska Wildlife Tours
Track wildlife, hike through National Parks, kayak around inlets and coves, cruise beside gigantic glaciers and soar high above the land in a float plane witnessing the beautiful wilderness below. Alaska is an outdoor lovers paradise and has so much on offer for you so you can explore this incredible destination the way you want to. Alaska is ready and waiting for you.
Head to Fairbanks to see the Aurora Borealis, nature’s spectacular light display. The far north of Alaska has minimal light pollution and is ideal for spotting the Northern Lights, which flicker from green to blue and red in the night sky. Although it’s possible to spot the lights all year round, spend a few days in the north for the best chance of cloudless, moonless skies from late August to April.
Wildlife in Alaska is abundant and no matter which season you choose to visit, there are animals here for you to see. See the arrival of birds in spring, witness the beluga whales close to shore in summer, watch moose bulls rut in Autumn and track wolves through the snow in winter. And of course for the showstoppers, grizzly bears you will want to visit during late spring and summer.
Denali National Park
Denali National Park is home to North America’s tallest peak: Mount McKinley. The park covers six million acres of pristine forests, tundra and glaciers and is a haven for wildlife including moose, bears and wolves. Drive along the park’s one road to take in the scenery and stop off for some spectacular hikes. You can also get around by bus, bicycle or go kayaking.
Glacier Bay National Park
Spread over 3.3 million acres, Glacier Bay National Park is a protected Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO site best explored by boat. Sail over frigid waters dotted with icebergs, spotting eleven giant glaciers, including the Grand Pacific Glacier. The protected inlets are perfect for kayaking and the area is a feeding ground of Humpback Whales in the summer.
Best time to visit Alaska
Alaska can be incredibly cold in the winter months, with temperatures below freezing, but between June and September, you can expect average temperatures between 17ºC and 22ºC. Though the level of rainfall does increase as summer goes on, the summer months are the best time to visit, with warm temperatures, long daylight hours and blooming nature.
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"It’s well worth booking onto an escorted tour and spending some time being shown around this incredibly beautiful state by an expert guide. Their knowledge of the region is invaluable and will help you spot wildlife, such as bears and maybe even wolves."
"Though Alaska’s landscapes and wildlife are its main draw, you won’t regret spending a little time browsing the locally-owned shops. Not only will you come away with a unique souvenir but it’s also a great opportunity to support the local community."
Thanks to the plentiful daylight hours and rich glacial soil, Alaska boasts an array of delicious fruit and vegetables. There’s also an abundance of local seafood and wild meat.
A true Alaskan twist on a common treat, reindeer sausages are usually made with well seasoned wild Reindeer combined with other meats, such as pork and beef.
Alaskan King Crab
Known for being a sweet tasting seafood, just one Alaskan King Crab is big enough to feed several people. Tourists come from all around to fish for them, but there a plenty of Alaskan restaurants serving this delicacy, so you’ll be able to try it even if you’d rather not catch it yourself.
Alaska is a great state for finding delicious berries, so take a tub with you if you go hiking and stop for berry picking breaks. The ideal time to pick berries in Alaska is in August, before they all disappear come September. There are a few poisonous berries though, so make sure you know what you’re picking. Pick up a guidebook before you go or ask a park ranger for advice.
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