THE BEST ALASKA SHORE EXCURSIONS

Once you’ve seen all there is to see from aboard ship, you’ll want to get out and explore all that Alaska has to offer. And with so many activities to choose from, there’s something for everyone. The following is a listing of some of the best Alaska shore excursions by location.

Ketchikan — Magnificent Misty Fjords by Floatplane

On this tour you’ll get to climb aboard a real Alaskan seaplane and take to the skies like a bush pilot — only you won’t be making deliveries of vital supplies. Instead, you’ll embark from Ketchikan’s waterfront on a flight of exploration. Along the way you’ll take in Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest, enroute to Misty Fjords National Monument, where 1,000-foot waterfalls, shimmering lakes, majestic wildlife and dramatic fjords await. A brief landing is made in Misty Fjords, letting you take in the silent grandeur of this isolated wilderness firsthand.

Juneau — Dogsledding Adventure By Helicopter

Here’s one that will have friends and family back home on the edges of their seats when you regale them with a tale straight out of an adventure novel. It starts off with a helicopter ride over the vast Juneau Icefield. Here, you’ll get a look at the Taku Glacier, one of a handful of still advancing glaciers. From there you’re on to an exclusive dogsledding camp on the Norris Glacier where you’ll learn how to mush a team of huskies from Iditarod Race veterans. Soon you’ll be driving a team of your own across the glacier, taking in some of the freshest air you’ll ever breathe.

Skagway — Glacier Point Wilderness Safari

Winner of multiple Tour of the Year Awards and Tour Guide of the Year Awards, this excursion takes you on a wilderness expedition through cathedral-like mountains, lush rain forests, and North America’s deepest fjord to Davidson Glacier, where towers of ice fall into a crystal blue lake. Throughout this combination high-speed boat ride, drive, and short hike, guides share with you their knowledge of this truly special area. A highlight of this Skagway trip is a picnic lunch at a secluded beach surrounded by wild strawberries and irises.

Sitka — Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest

On this cruise, you’ll get a chance to view sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, whales, black-tail deer, bald eagles, and brown bears with the assistance of an onboard naturalist. This tour guarantees you’ll spot wildlife! The water-jet-powered tour ship has been specifically designed for the narrow island passages along Southeast Alaska’s coast. And with large windows, enclosed seating, and an observation deck, you’ll have an unencumbered view of all the wildlife action in Sitka.

Icy Strait Point — ZipRider Adventure

At 5,330 feet, this is the world’s tallest zip-line — that’s taller than the Empire State Building! On your way up the mountain, the motorcoach driver will provide a guided tour of the route, which includes the Tlingit community of Hoonah. But the real adventure begins 1,300 feet up when you’re fastened into a harness for the zip-line launch. Because of the special design of the harness, your hands will be free, allowing you to record the flight. You’re in for an adrenaline rush of a lifetime as you fly above the treetops at speeds of up to 60 mph. Be sure to take in the views of Port Frederick and Icy Strait on your way down. And don’t worry, a safe, brake-activated landing awaits at Icy Strait Point.