Things To Do In Alaska

Things to do in Alaska

Best Things To Do In Alaska

If you are interested in traveling to Alaska, one of the best things to do is to go on an Alaskan Cruise. This way you can experience the incredible adventure that Alaska brings. From whale watching, bears, fishing, glacier calving and more. Read more about our luxury Alaska cruises here.


Alaska Towns Within Inside Passage

Alaska Towns Within Inside Passage


Anchorage
Alaska's largest city. Exciting nightlife and many activities for the whole family
Girdwood
Charming community south of Anchorage on the Seward Highway. Home of Alyeska Ski Resort

Whittier
An old military base, besides the sound and a tunnel, Whittier is isolated. A popular destination of cruises

Cordova
Located on the southern edge of the Prince William Sound, Cordova hosts one of the largest birding festivals

Seward
Major commercial fishing town. Lots of opportunities for fishing and boating tours
Valdez
Home to such attractions as Keystone Canyon and Bridal Veil Falls, Valdez is the southern end of the pipeline

Prince of Whales Island
Prince of Wales island is the third largest Island in the United States.

Sitka Alaska
With great food, incredible history, and outstanding people, Sitka is a great addition to your Alaskan cruise.

Yakutat Alaska
Yakutat's economy is very dependent of fishing, fish processing and government.

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Best Time To Travel To Alaska

The best time to travel to Alaska depends on what you are wanting to do. The best time to cruise to Alaska is between May and August.

The lowest rainfall in Alaska is during the months of May and June. If you are wanting to visit Alaska to see whales, it's best to go on a cruise during June and July after the whales have made their migration.

However if you want to see bears in Alaska, the best time to travel to Alaska is during the month of May.

Alaska History & Additional Information

Alaska, the Last Frontier, the Great Land; by any name, there is plenty of things to do and discover.

In 1728 Vitus Bering, at the bidding of Tzar Peter, sailed through the Bering Strait. For the next 20 years the Russians explored the coasts and waterways. Naturalists, such as George Wilhelm Stellar, discovered many new species of animals. Merchants made use of the vast resources, in particular the North Pacific Fur Seal. Other explorers followed including Spain's Juan Perez and Alejandro Malaspina and England's George Vancouver and James Cook.

Gold was first discovered in 1861, near the Stikine River, only six years before Alaska was purchased by the United States on March 30, 1867. "Seward's Folley" transferred control of Alaska from the Russians to the U.S. for just 2 cents an acre. While it was an issue of great contention at the time, today it is seen as one of the greatest bargains in the history of our country. Soon after, gold was discovered in Sitka and Juneau and the first gold-seekers began crossing Chilkoot Pass on route to the Yukon River. It wasn't until 1959 that Alaska became the 49th state in the Union.

Of course, prior to European exploration, Alaska had been home to Alaskan Natives for 10,000 years. Today, Alaska Natives make up approximately 16% of the states population of 635,000. They are commonly divided into five general groups: The northwest coastal Indians ( the Tlingit, Haida and Tshimshian), the Inipiaqs (or Inuit), the Yupiks, the Aleuts and the Athabascans. Even as modern technologies play a greater and greater roll in the lifestyles of Alaska's natives, there is a strong drive to preserve much of their traditional lifestyles. Subsistence hunting and gathering contributes to a healthy and traditional diet. Elders pass on the language, history, legends and art forms to the next generation.

Alaska is one-fifth the size of the 48 contiguous states (or two and a half times the size of Texas): 586,412 square miles. It contains more protected land than any other state, in fact, only one-fifth of the state is accessible by roadway.

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