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 — Taku Lodge, Feast & Five Glacier Seaplane Discovery

Fly in a classic de Havilland seaplane over five breathtaking glaciers flowing from the Juneau Ice Field, deep blue crevasses, snow-capped mountains and the lush Tongass National Forest. The Taku River will be your 'runway' as you land at the elegantly rustic and historic Taku Lodge. Take a guided interpretative nature walk, stroll the trails or soak in the serenity of a place barely touched by time before your return flight to Juneau.

Skagway — Alpine Snow Shoe & White Pass Rail Experience

This trip combines a train ride aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad with a wilderness snowshoe trek in the stunning alpine terrain that characterizes the upper reaches of the Tormented Valley in northern British Columbia. Enjoy expansive, wide-open views of snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes and the rugged terrain the stampeders endured more than 110 years ago during the Klondike Gold Rush. Be on the lookout for wildlife as bear, moose, mountain goats, wolves and caribou all call this area home.

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.