Things To Do - AO Trips
What an exciting adventure you have ahead in Alaska! In this article, we will highlight some excursions we enjoyed during the Alaskan cruise, which will help you create a “must see and do” list.
We expect the number of travelers for this popular trip to exceed our capacity – so be sure to finish up your qualification of 10 issued life applications and $1,000 in first-year life commission as soon as possible to reserve your spot.
With numerous Alaskan adventures available, we decided to divide and conquer the excursions to aid in your selection. Even before arriving in Juneau, you’ll have the option to move from the cruise ship to a smaller boat to spend the day exploring Tracy Arm Inlet. While viewing the glaciers here, we encountered numerous harbor seals floating on vibrant blue icebergs.
When the boat drops you off in Juneau, you can choose to visit Mendenhall Glacier Park or take an evening whale-watching excursion (remember, it stays light later here in the summer). You can also get out on the water for some sea kayaking or a river raft float trip down from Mendenhall Lake. We enjoyed both of these water adventures that provide excellent views of Mendenhall Glacier. Another option specific to Juneau that might pique your interest is a float plane trip to Taku Lodge for a salmon bake, followed by a nature walk to try to spy black bears.
Skagway is the next stop on the trip, and we recommend structuring your day around the White Pass train ride to see the beautiful mountain pass that was traveled on foot during the days of the gold rush. Sit on the left side of the train for the best views on the way up the mountain. Once at the summit, you’ll have options for the return trip, which include continuing the journey by train or taking a bike ride down the mountain. You’ll cover 15 miles of stunning views with very little pedaling! Another combination available with the train ride is a visit to Liarsville, a replica gold rush town, where kids can enjoy panning for gold.
We also liked horseback riding through the forest to the beautiful Dyea Flats, a clearing surrounded by spectacular mountain views. Plus, everyone will enjoy the Skagway Street Car city tour aboard replicas of the original 1920s streetcars. In Ketchikan, the third stop of the journey, a float plane trip to Neets Bay offers amazing views from the air and possible black bear sightings near the running waters of the salmon hatchery. We were shocked at how close we were able to witness the bears fishing for their dinner. There was also a lumberjack show in town, which is great for kids and adults alike. You can even follow up the show with a delicious crab feast. And although none of us took the float plane to visit glaciers or a dog sled camp, we heard both of these trips were a great experience.
Pack a wardrobe that allows for layering, because the weather is often chilly and rainy. We saw many days of sunshine, so we’ve put in a special order for nice weather for your trip as well. You’ll receive special countdown bulletins closer to the time of travel with tips for making your journey a pleasant one.
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