10 Exhilarating Alaskan Activities
January 2016 | By Susan Milne | 2 minute read
What better place for an active adventure than natural Alaska. Here you can stay active amidst stunning natural beauty every day of your vacation. We've compiled a list of some very exhilarating options that will take you away from the every day.
- Combine a Mendenhall glacier trek with spectacular helicopter flightseeing. Taking off in Juneau, you'll land with your guide on the glacial ice for this thrilling adventure.
- Hike through the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary to watch bears feeding on salmon or take a flight to Misty Fjords where you'll see bears grazing and digging for clams. These excursions depart from Ketchikan.
- If you aren't on a cruise that will take you to a tide water glacier, hop aboard a small adventure ship at Glacier Bay National Park to observe glaciers calving and watch for humpback whales.
- Take a one hour scenic journey aboard the White Pass Railway from Skagway then disembark for an eight mile round-trip hike to Laughton Glacier for an unforgettable wilderness experience.
- Paddle along sea cliffs, by waterfalls and glaciers on sea kayaking adventures on the waters of Prince William Sound. Watch for eagles, sea otters and seals in magnificent surroundings.
- In Denali National Park, go flightseeing over Mt. McKinley's incredible glaciers before landing on the high-alpine tundra for a very scenic hike across the spongy ground.
- You'll have a chance to see whales, sea lions, sea otters, porpoise, harbor seals, brown bears, black tailed deer, bald eagles and marine birds on a Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest cruise from Sitka, one the best of its kind in Alaska.
- Fishing in Alaska is amazing and Ketchikan is one of the best places in the world to take a fishing excursion for salmon, halibut and rockfish. Enjoy your catch at a gourmet lunch celebration following your fishing expedition!
- Learn mountaineering skills and practice introductory climbs on some of the world's most challenging mountains in Wrangell St. Elias National Park and many other spots across the state.
- Rafting down the Chilkat River near Haines is an exciting way to enjoy the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve amidst the inspiring scenery of the Chilkat Valley.