Alaska is a Bucket List item for many people. The state is twice as large of Texas and has more coastlines than the rest of the US combined. What does all that mean? There is a lot to see and do in this great big state! Experience Alaska as if you won’t ever be back, then you can say that you really saw as much of this state as possible.
Cruise the Inside Passage
Whether you take a large cruise ship on a 7- or 10-day cruise, make sure to check out all the islands along the Inside Passage. If you are in an RV, car, or just walking on, you can take one of the Ferry Transit Ships that go throughout the islands. Stop in the capital city of Juneau, hang out in Ketchikan, and see the Bald Eagles in Haines. While out at sea, watch the Dall Porpoises play alongside the boat and Orca whales breaching in the distance. Cruising the Inside Passage is a Must Do when experiencing Alaska.
Alaskan Railroad Trip from Fairbanks to Seward
Fly into Fairbanks and book passage on the Alaskan Railroad from Fairbanks to Anchorage and then onto Seward. Most will then jump on a cruise ship waiting for them in Seward. Out of Fairbanks, you stop in Denali National Park. Spend a day and take the 8-hour tour back to The Big One, or Denali Mountain, the largest mountain in North America. You will see Grizzly Bears, Dall Sheep, Moose, and Golden Eagles.
Once back on the train to Anchorage, enjoy going from the Tundra to a Temperate Rain Forest. In Anchorage, spend a day seeing the cute downtown area and taking in Turnagain Arm. Once on the train to Seward, sit back and watch all the glaciers go by. Stay in Seward an extra day or two and go Halibut fishing or ice hiking.
If you don’t want to do the railroad and take a longer time in each area, rent an RV and road trip throughout Alaska. There are many places to stay for free and so much to see! From Fairbanks stop in Healy and check out the bus in the true-story movie, Into the Wild. Then continue on and spend the day in Talkeetna and see a true Alaskan mountain town. From Anchorage to Seward, stop in Girdwood and Hope and head to Homer if you have enough time.
However you decide to experience all that Alaska has to offer; it truly is the trip of a lifetime. Start planning and packing because you’re off to an exciting adventure!