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Shore Excursions in Alaska Offer Wide Range of Choices

Posted on: March 29, 2010

I hear Alaska referred to in many ways as a destination:  Alaska is a great place for families.  Alaska is great for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.   People travel to Alaska to see the “Last Frontier,” the unspoiled natural beauty that isn’t found in most places anymore.

These might all sound like cliches, but the fact of the matter is that while no destination can be all things to all people, Alaska truly does offer something for just about everyone.

Here are a few of my personal favorites, listed by the type(s) of travelers to whom they are mostly geared:

For Those Who Prefer Sightseeing and/or Less Physically Demanding Activities:

Ketchikan by Horse-Drawn Trolley  Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska

Motorcoach Tour of Ketchikan + Visit to Totem Bight State Park

Mendenhall Glacier Tour + Salmon Bake (Juneau)

Mount Roberts Tramway (Juneau)

Klondike Summit & Suspension Bridge (Skagway)

Klondike Highway Drive & Caribou Crossing Lunch (Skagway)

Skagway’s Original Streetcar

White Pass Summit Train Ride (Skagway)

Double-Decker Bus Tour in Victoria, B.C.

For Culinary Enthusiasts:

View of Skagway

Creek Street in Ketchikan

Victoria Pub Tour

City Lights, Wine & Chocolate (Victoria)

Grand Victoria & High Tea at the Empress Hotel

Alaskan Chef’s Table (Ketchikan)

Wilderness Exploration & Crab Feast (Ketchikan)

Salmon Bake (most commonly experienced in Juneau, although available in other ports)

Alaska Cooking School + Beer Tastings (Juneau)

Alaska Garden Gourmet Culinary Tour (Skagway)

Delectable Jewell Gardens (Skagway)

Taste of Skagway

Nature Lovers & Photographers:

See and photograph bears and other wildlife in Alaska

See and photograph bears and other wildlife in Alaska

Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary (Ketchikan)

Coastal Wildlife Cruise (Ketchikan)

Bear Watch (Ketchikan)

Dog Sled Summer Camp (Juneau)

Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest or Evening Whale Quest (Juneau)

Photo Safari by Land & Sea (Juneau)

Alaska Nature & Wildlife Expedition – Scenic Cruise + Wildlife Search (Skagway)

Long-Horned Sheep

Long-Horned Sheep

Eagle Preserve Wildlife River Adventure – Scenic Cruise to Haines + Jet Boat Cruise & Meal at the Preserve (Skagway)

For Families with Children:

Totems & Lumberjack Combo (Ketchikan)

Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s Tour (Ketchikan)

Menhall Glacier & Salmon Hatchery Tour (Juneau)

Gold Panning (commonly in Juneau or Skagway)

Jewell Gardens – Take a walk through the gardens.  The kids will especially enjoy seeing the model railroad on display. (Skagway)

Enchanting Buchart Gardens (Victoria)

For Active Travelers:

Rainforest Canopy Ropes & Zipline Park (Ketchikan); similar excursions also available in Skagway

Back Country Jeep & Canoe Safari (Ketchikan)

Sled Dogs in  Yukon

Sled Dogs in Yukon

Alpine Zip & Glacier Adventure (Juneau)

Bike & Tram Elevation Sensation (Juneau)

Horseback Riding in Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park (Skagway)

Klondike Rock Climbing & Rappelling (Skagway)

There are also numerous opportunities to enjoy dog sledding, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, snorkeling, biking, fishing and other active pursuits in Alaska.  The sky’s the limit, literally!

For Culture Enthusiasts:

Saxman Native Village (Ketchikan)

Totem Poles

Authentic Totem Poles

Potlatch Park & Heritage Tour (Ketchikan)

Liarsville Experience (Skagway)

Glassblowing Experience at Jewell Gardens (Skagway)

Skagway’s Custom Classic Cars

Waterfront Walking Tour (Victoria)



These are just a few ideas for the many ways you might enjoy spending your time in port on your Alaskan cruise.  While many cruise lines offer similar shore excursions, some experiences may be unique to the individual cruise lines.  Contact us for more information or to book your own Alaskan cruise vacation!


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4 Responses to "Shore Excursions in Alaska Offer Wide Range of Choices"

picture that stated view of skagway is actully a picture of creek street in ketchikan..

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