Active Travel in Alaska

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of traveling to Alaska will know that this beautiful state is the king of outdoor activities. In fact, active travel in Alaska offers a wide variety of experiences, from thrill seeking dog sledding to glacier hiking.

Alan and I have cruised in Alaska three times, not to mention an epic Alaska road trip that we took a couple of years ago. It’s one of our favorite states to explore.

Between ourselves and guest writers, we’re always adding new active Alaska travel ideas so visit this page often. Or subscribe to our weekly broadcast so you’ll be the first to know!

Walking on Baird Glacier in southeastern Alaska

Walking on a Glacier

What’s it like to walk on a glacier? Is the ice slippery? Are there big crevasses that will swallow you up, never to be seen again? How cold is it? Do you need to be decked out like an Arctic explorer? If you’re an active traveler asking these questions, do I have an adventure cruise […]

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Float Plane tour of Misty Fjords

Adventure Over Misty Fjords National Monument

When cruise ships dock in Ketchikan, Alaska, travelers choose from excursions that include bear watching, zip lining, ATV adventures in the coastal rainforest or simply walking around the colorful clapboard buildings that crowd the port. The rain-prone area is known for sports fishing, outdoor adventure, plentiful shopping and the remote Misty Fjords National Monument. When […]

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Mount Denali

Adventure Awaits in Alaska’s Denali Park

For anyone looking for an active travel destination, there’s simply no better place to experience active travel in Alaska. From expansive views of breathtaking landscape to local wildlife, the Last Frontier is really something unique. Today’s guest poster, photographer Dennis Calhoun, visually brings us one step into Alaska’s incredible Denali Park with his incredible photographs. […]

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photographing icebergs in LeConte Bay, Alaska

Floating With Icebergs in LeConte Bay

Visitors to Alaska will find plenty of opportunities to observe icebergs and glaciers. But why watch them from the deck of a large ship when you can experience an up close adventure? That’s what Alan and I did on a cruise excursion in LeConte Bay with InnerSea Discoveries Cruises (now doing business as Un-Cruise). As […]

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Grizzly bear looking for a salmon breakfast at Fish Creek, Alaska.

Watching for Bears at Fish Creek

From July to early September, salmon spawn at Fish Creek in Hyder, Alaska. The silver backs of chum salmon flash in the sunlight as the salmon swim up the creek from the Portland Canal. Bears (both black and grizzly), wolves, eagles and other wildlife aren’t far behind, attracted by the convenient food source. And where […]

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three lakes loop trail

Hiking on a Cruise to Alaska?

Hiking on a cruise to Alaska? Do those words even go together? If you’re active baby boomers cruising on an UnCruise Adventures ship—no problem. Alan and I had the opportunity to try out several of the hikes that are offered on the adventure cruise company’s itinerary when we sailed on the Alaska Inside Passage: Eastern Coves […]

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Visiting Sitka

On your own in Sitka: A Self-guided Sitka Walking Tour for Boomer Travelers

Are you a do-it-yourself boomer traveler? Booking an organized shore excursion is not always necessary. If you’re cruising to Alaska, follow my tips for a DIY Sitka walking tour.  When your Alaska cruise starts in Vancouver or Seattle, you might grow weary of organized cruise excursions by the time you reach Sitka. That was certainly […]

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Hiking Kodiak Island

Hiking with History on Kodiak Island

Experiencing nature and wildlife are two of the highlights of an Alaska cruise. While water tours are fun for exploring glaciers or whale watching, Alan and I enjoy hiking during a cruise to Alaska. Is Kodiak on your next Alaska cruise itinerary (look how many Alaska cruises there are). Don’t miss hiking Kodiak Island on […]

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Speedcat adventure to Davidson Glacier

Speedcat Adventure to Davidson Glacier

Active travelers cruising through Alaska should put this cruise excursion on their “must do” list. When cruise ships dock in Skagway, many passengers board the White Pass Railway for a train ride to the top of White Pass. While the scenic journey is beautiful, a speedcat ride to Glacier Point combines a fast boat ride […]

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