Alaska

Summary
Overall Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4+ adventure travel stars

Brown bear in Alaskan wilderness

Brown bear in Alaskan wilderness

Alaska is arguably one of the top global destinations for outdoor adventure travel experiences. It seems like there’s nothing but adventure from the Inside Passage to the other regions of the Interior, the Far North and beyond.

You’ll find the most beautiful untamed wilderness for as far as the eye can see including rugged snow-capped mountains, ancient forests and wildlife at every turn.

There are a number of communities with their own, unique cultures and attractions. The indigenous peoples, with their cultural demonstrations and traditional ways, are sure to leave an impact on your soul.

And when you come to Alaska, come hungry. There’s plenty of fresh food from unique local cuisine to all the seafood you can eat.

The bottom line: Alaska offers fun for the whole family, as well as incredible adventures for those who enjoy wild and wide open spaces both on land and in the water.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

When was the last time you saw a big brown bear eating salmon right out of a raging river? Have you ever witnessed a huge mountainside of ice break free from a glacier and plummet into the water or a mammoth humpback whale burst through a calm, glassy sea when you least expected it?

Alaska adventures are wild, unscripted events that don’t just unfold before your eyes, you’re become a part of them.

The wildlife experiences are nothing short of amazing, the cuisine can get quite interesting and the sights and sounds of this majestic, untamed land will take your breath away.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

The Alaskan culture is based, in large part, on just doing what it takes to survive in this rough and tumble part of the world.

Some of the more noteworthy events include the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the Alaska Hummingbird Festival in Ketchikan, the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks and the Sitka Whale Fest.

You’ll find the cuisine different than in most of the contiguous United States. For instance, when you order breakfast, don’t be surprised if it comes with reindeer sausage

Alaska adventure travel experiences also offer some of the freshest, most delicious seafood you’ll ever put in your mouth. And it would seem that wherever you go the portions are huge, so bring your appetite with you. And the Alaskans do like their beer. At last count, there were four breweries in Anchorage alone.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

You can watch wild brown bear in their natural habitat, explore the fjords by sea kayak through an ocean of icebergs and in the late spring and early summer enjoy up to 20 hours of sunlight each day.

Grab a pole and enjoy some of the finest guided fishing in the world, step onto a glacier or look skyward and watch as majestic bald eagles soar.

In Alaska it seems like there’s nothing but thrilling outdoor adventures. Check out this list for more incredible Alaska adventure travel experiences.

Hard

  • Arctic trips
  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Ice climbing
  • Kayaking (sea)
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Orienteering
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Rogaining (navigation)
  • Scuba
  • Skiing
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow shoeing
  • Soaring
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Surfing
  • Survival training
  • White water rafting
  • Wilderness training
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Bird watching
  • Cultural tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Canopy tours / Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching
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