Family friendly fun is easy to find in Alaska, with much of it revolving around the beautiful outdoors and interesting wildlife. Grab a pair of binoculars and take the kids wildlife spotting – there are polar bears, brown bears, moose, mountain goats, whales and many other fascinating creatures to spot. Learn how glaciers are formed with a tour of Glacier Bay National Park, delve into the Gold Rush days in Skagway, and be sure to try the unique local desserts that can’t be found anywhere else.
With such beautiful surroundings, the scene is always set for romance. Get the best views of all on a helicopter flight over Mt McKinley – North America’s highest mountain peak – or cruise through the gorgeous fjords of Kenair Fjords National Park. You could also ride the scenic Mt Roberts tram in Junea, trek across the icy terrain of a glacier or wander the city streets and comforts of Anchorage, the state’s largest city.
One of the best ways to explore on days in port cities is to join a tour, so you can maximise sights and minimise fuss, all the with help of a knowledgeable guide. It is also possible to get around on your own though, but if you hire a car, be sure to drive to the local conditions and hire chains for your tires if required. If you’re staying on after your cruise in Alaska, consider the Alaska Railway scenic train journey.
In the extreme north, weather conditions can be unpredictable and sometimes harsh. So it pays to be flexible in your approach to travel and understand that flights and tours don’t always go exactly according to plan. This is the beauty of exploring true wilderness!