Alaska is a land of excitement and untamed beauty. It’s the perfect place to visit if you like nature and have an adventurous soul. Whether you decide to go during summer or winter, tons of activities await. From climbing mountains to watching the northern lights, Alaska has a lot to offer. Here is a bit of inspiration for your trip to the last frontier on this Alaska travel guide to inspire you to visit.
7 adventures of a lifetime in Alaska
Wildlife watching cruise
A trip to Alaska wouldn’t be complete without a cruise. Along Alaska’s shore, you’ll have the chance to see humpback whales, killer whales, dolphins, seals, and lots of birds. If you have time, you can go cruising for several days to reach Alaska wildest places and see incredible landscapes. You can also just go on a day trip from Juneau, Homer or Seward. Check out this fantastic 3 hour guaranteed whale watching tour offered between Point Adolphus and the Icy Straight for more details and inspiration to a whale watching cruise.
Mid-May to mid-September is the best time to go cruising in Alaska.
Arctic circle and northern light tours
A trip to the arctic circle is a once in a lifetime experience. Picture nothing but a road passing through unspoiled wilderness, nothing but nature as far as your eyes can see, as far as your mind can imagine.
On your way there, you’ll pass by the Trans-Alaska pipeline and the Yukon River Bridge (one of Alaska’s largest bridge) as well as incredible scenery through the famous Dalton Highway. When night comes, if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to witness the magnificent aurora arboreal.
– Tours leave from Fairbanks
– The arctic circle can be visited year round, but the best times to see the Northern lights are usually around the equinoxes, during or near a new moon.
– You could drive to the Arctic Circle on your own with the right car (most car rental companies don’t allow it), but it’s a long journey. Alternatively, you can spend a night near the Arctic Circle Sign, in Coldfoot.
Encounter grizzly bears and wolves in Denali National Park
Denali National Park is one of Alaska’s most scenic park. Located between Fairbanks and Anchorage, Denali offers spectacular landscapes and lots of opportunities to see wildlife.
There are three ways to visit the park:
– Independently on bike or foot
– Narrated tour buses: up to a certain point only buses are allowed to keep driving, they’re different tours you can choose from depending on how long you have and what you want to see. It’s also a good option if you don’t want to trek.
– Transit buses: this hop on/hop off bus allows you to stop where you want as long as you want. There are four routes available. It’s a good option if you’re going to trek farther inside the park.
– Best time to go: late May to early September
– Size of the park: 4,740,091 acres
– Entrance fee: USD 15, free for children under 15
– There are several campgrounds within the park and a few accommodation options outside.
– It’s recommended to spend at least two days there.
Check out the Park official website for more information.
Hike the Root Glacier in Wrangell St. Elias National Park
Wrangell St. Elias National Park is one of the most significant protected areas in Alaska, it’s also where you’ll find some of North America’s highest peaks. Between sea and mountain, the park features incredible landscapes and breathtaking scenery. It’s the perfect place for nature lovers and adventure seekers.
One of the most adventurous things to do there is hiking the Root Glacier. Several options are offered depending on your experience and fitness level. Along the glacier, you’ll discover several glacial ponds or deep blue holes, creeks, canyons and great views over Mt. Blackburn and the Kennicott Glacier.
If you have the right gear, you can trek the Root Glacier trail on your own without a guide. Best time to go is between June and September.
You can also go packrafting in Kennicott Glacier Lake. Some tours are available to beginners, but you’ll need to have a good fitness level as it can get pretty intense.
White water rafting in the Kenai River
Rafting is a must-do in Alaska, accessible to anyone, it’s one of the most affordable activities you can do there. There are tons of options from 10-day rafting trips to more relaxed day trips. One of the best places to go white water rafting is along the Kenai River.
You’ll get tons of opportunities to see wildlife, part of the river is closed off to motorized boats so this area is usually peaceful and quiet. Surrounded by forest and mountains, it’s the perfect place to enjoy nature and to discover what Alaska is all about.
Best time to go: end of May to mid-September
Take a flightseeing tour
Everywhere you are in Alaska, you’ll get a chance to take a flightseeing tour to explore Alaska’s wilderness without to have to step one foot outside. From the coziness of a plane or helicopter, you’ll be able to see untamed nature, jagged landscapes and extraordinary wildlife.
Taking a flightseeing tour is a marvelous way of exploring Alaska rugged nature, especially if you’re visiting during winter when most activities are suspended. Depending on where you are and what you want to see, you can choose whatever tour suits you best. From glaciers landing to watching walruses and bears, you’ll experience a once in a lifetime adventure.
Go on a polar bear expedition in Fairbank
Looking for a thrilling experience? Look no further, several tour companies offer polar bear expedition from Fairbanks. It’s expensive (around USD 2,000 per person), but you won’t get such excitement anywhere else.
Start your day with a plane ride over the wild and lonesome arctic, where you’ll get a chance to admire the landscape but also to see polar bears and witness coastal village life. After lunch, you’ll spend the day cruising along the coast to see more polar bears.
There’s only a short window of time where you can do this tour, from August 16 to September 25, when the polar bears arrive in this area to take advantage of the leftovers from whales and before the pack ice is ready for them to leave.
What about you? Have you been to Alaska? What’s the best adventure you’ve ever been
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James smithon June 21, 2019 at 9:58 pm
Great stunning Destination very nice & adventure destination to visit i really like to visit at this place
Noelon June 22, 2019 at 6:09 am
Yes, there are a lot of cool places to visit and have an adventure experience in Alaska
Saraon June 19, 2019 at 4:40 am
A visit to Alaska is a dream adventure for me. It looks so stunning through your photos.
The Northern lights have been on my bucket list for a long time. Hopefully I will get to see them eventually, without seeing a grizzly bear at the some time 😛
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Noelon June 19, 2019 at 6:20 am
Yes there are lots of amazing Alaska adventure travel experiences and these are fantastic right?
nicolelabargecmon June 18, 2019 at 8:24 pm
Alaska is a dream for me. One of five states left. I can’t wait to go and go whale watching
Noelon June 19, 2019 at 6:21 am
One on my list with all these amazing Alaska adventure travel experiences also
Tamion June 18, 2019 at 8:24 pm
You’re right — Alaska does have an awful lot to offer, especially in scenery and wildlife. I haven’t been in so many years, but I do remember seeing gorgeous glaciers, ski resorts, wildflowers, tons and tons of trees, and so much more. Your photos are stunning. The one thing I have yet to experience is the Northern Lights. I have to get back someday, at least for that!
Noelon June 19, 2019 at 6:22 am
There’s a lot to see and do in Alaska and these adventure experiences is a good part of the ultimate package of visiting.
bye:myselfon June 18, 2019 at 8:38 am
This is just incredibly beautiful and exciting! If I ever visit the US again, I’ll go to Alaska. I’ve heard that it’s really expensive, but after having seen the pictures of the whales and the Denali Park just blows me away – albeit, it’s also the pictures, I’m sure 😉 Fantastic!(Video) Visiting Wrangell-St. Elias (the LARGEST national park!) | Kennecott, Root Glacier, & Bonanza Mine
Noelon June 19, 2019 at 6:23 am
Alaska is definitely a wonderful place to visit for photography and adventure
Linda (LD Holland)on June 17, 2019 at 1:06 pm
Brings back such great memories. Thanks! We saw some whales in Alaska. But nothing like we saw on our recent visit to Vancouver Island. We are so sorry we did not see the Northern Lights though. A cruise was a great taste test. But we really want to go into the interior and Denali on our next visit. You have convinced me to splurge on a flightseeing tour!
Noelon June 19, 2019 at 6:24 am
I’ve heard cruises were a good thing to do but also traveling around and visiting all these sites and adventure experiences in Alaska is the way to go.
Elaine Masterson June 17, 2019 at 10:51 am
I adore Alaska but regret not seeing more of it during the 6 years I lived in SE. Would love to return to see the Northern Lights and especially do a white water trip with all the wildlife and quiet. There are alot more ice caves than when I was there in the 1980s, sadly.
Noelon June 19, 2019 at 6:25 am
Adventure travel in Alaska is definitely a fantastic way to experience the amazing landscape and these outdoor activities makes you connect with the land and nature
SherianneKayon June 17, 2019 at 3:56 am(Video) A Trip to Alaska - Adventure Capital of the United States
Such great captures of the whale and aurora arboreal. I hadn’t heard of Root Glacier in Wrangell St. Elias National Park but it is going on my must see list. I didn’t know there are polar bear expeditions, that’s a lot of money but what a great experience
Noelon June 19, 2019 at 6:26 am
Lots of great choices of places to explore and adventure experiences in Alaska, hope you get to visit soon
Hannahon June 16, 2019 at 11:04 am
Wow, Alaska looks so dreamy – wide open landscapes, the northern lights, and polar bears! I would love to drive / be driven on the Dalton Highway, ever since I watched Ice Road Truckers 😉
Noelon June 19, 2019 at 6:27 am
You should go visit Alaska and do some of these wonderful adventure tours and experiences, hopefully soon!
Rajlakshmion June 10, 2019 at 10:01 pm
OMG these pictures are stunning 🙂
Noelon June 13, 2019 at 7:35 pm
Alaska is amazing and these adventures are fantastic don’t you agree?(Video) Seattle to Alaska / Honda Africa Twin / @MotoGeo Adventures
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