If you are seeking an authentic experience in Alaska, an Alaska cruise is the perfect choice. An Alaska cruise allows you to connect with Nature like never before! Experiencing the breathtaking fjords, majestic wildlife, and beautiful scenery as you sail along the waters of this amazing land; filled with exciting ports of call like Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway you’ll discover the beauty of this Great Land. An Alaska cruise is the perfect way to explore this vast region!
An Alaska cruise also allows travelers to experience this unspoiled region of glaciers, active volcanoes, mountain ranges, and many scenic lakes!
The sun never really dips below the horizon in Alaska, so imagine catching a glimpse of the sun at midnight while cruising!
There’s no time like the present to take an Alaska cruise.
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Alaska, northwest of Canada, is the largest and most sparsely populated U.S. state. It’s known for its diverse terrain of open spaces, mountains and forests, with abundant wildlife and lots of small towns. It’s a destination for Cruisers and outdoor activities like skiing, mountain biking and kayaking. Massive Denali National Park is home to Denali (formerly called Mount McKinley), North America’s highest peak.
Capital: Juneau Trending
Statehood granted: January 3, 1959
Area: 663,300 mi²
Population: 739,795 (2017)
Top Things To Do In Alaska
Alaska is filled with Things To Do, Adventures and much more. We picked some of the most fun.
Start by visiting National Parks like Misty Fjords, Kenai Fjords, Tongass National, McHugh Creek.
Alaska also offers Port Of Call Tours which are top rated, such as Skagway, Ketchikan, Juneau and more.
Ski & Snow are part of the Alaska lour, with Sled Dog Adventure, Juneau Helicopter Tour and Mendenhall Glacier Trek know for being the preferred ones.
Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours are plenty in Alaska; you can go on a Whale Watch, cruise Kenai Fjords and more.
And you can’t forget the unbelievable Geologic Formations in Alaska, you must visit at least one of the many!
Alaska’s cold water seafood is the centerpiece of Alaskan cuisine. Alaskan salmon is one of the most important foods here and is often served as smoked salmon, cured salmon, salmon jerky, and even sweetened Indian salmon candy. Also, Reindeer, which were brought here to Alaska from Siberia back in 1892.
These are just 10 of the Iconic Foods found in Alaska!
There are several well-known dishes and delicacies in Alaska that locals love and tourists search for. From Alaska’s famous fresh salmon and king crab legs to our ripe, wild berries, it’s impossible to run out of awesome dishes to try here in Alaska.
1. Reindeer Dogs
Reindeer Dogs are truly the infamous Alaskan street food, even though you can now buy reindeer sausages in most states. We suggest trying the “sled dogs” when you visit Carcoss, specifically at the Authentic Sourdough Bakery. This Reindeer Dog is baked and wrapped in sourdough.
2. Smoked Salmon Anything and Everything
We all know salmon in Alaska is fresh, mouthwatering, and very incredibly popular. But today, one can get salmon anywhere, so we suggest trying something different and going for a smoked salmon chowder bowl at Gwin’s Restaurant in Cooper Landing. Amazing flavors!
3. Black Cod
You cannot even begin to imagine what your missing if you haven’t tried this fish. Fresh Black Cod is incredibly delicious; we suggest going to J-Dock Seafood Company in Seward. It is served grilled to perfection after a marinate of soy sauce and lemon juice.
4. Chocolate Bread – Dark Chocolate Chunk Filled
You must try any baked good at Two Sisters Bakery in Homer (but particularly the dark chocolate chunk filled Chocolate Bread). This is truly an iconic Alaskan food experience. Just Incredible.
Yes… Believe it or not, Alaska has some of the best gumbo in the world. We suggest trying the Gumbo at the infamous Double Muskie in Girdwood.
6. Any fresh jam or dessert with berries
We have millions of decadent wild berries in Alaska. We have everything from wild blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, and much MORE. Definitely order something “berry,” and we would like you to try High Bush Cranberry Jam or any wild berry cobbler.
7. Crab… HELLO!
Fresh King and Dungeness Crab is our area of expertise in Alaska. But if you want the best of the best, then there is only one place to go… Tracy’s King Crab Shack on the docks of Juneau. Incredible waterfront dining and insane crab legs!
8. Eskimo Ice Cream
A real Alaskan treat that few get the opportunity to enjoy is called “Eskimo Ice Cream,” or more accurately, “Aqutak” or “Agutuk.” It is about as Alaskan as you can get in the dessert category. To make this dish you whip together seal oil, reindeer (and any other animals) fat, snow and wild Alaskan berries.
Another native favorite is Muktuk, it’s the combination of whale blubber and skin frozen together and eaten raw.
10. Any other wild game!
There are plenty of wild meats to try when you’re dining at new places in Alaska!
Top 10 “BEST VALUE” Alaska Lodges
1. Exit Glacier Lodge
2. Summit Lake Lodge
3. Kenai Peninsula Suites
4. EarthSong Lodge
5. Alaskan Suites
6. Talkeetna Denali View Lodge
7. Baycrest Lodge
8. Salmon Catcher Lodge
9. Mount Aurora Lodge
10. Alpine Creek Lodge
There are so many amazing restaurants in Alaska; so we decided to focus on a few main areas and name some of them…
Anchorage – For Local Cuisine, we have chosen Glacier Brewhouse, Orso and Snow City Cafe.
Fairbanks – Our Local Cuisine top picks are Pump House Restaurant and Saloon, Chena’s Alaskan Grill and Chowder House.
Juneau – Here our Local Cuisine winners are Tracy’s King Crab Shack, Hangar On The Wharf, Deckhand Dave’s and Sandpiper Cafe.
Ketchikan – Local Cuisine favorites here are George Inlet Crab Feast, Alaska Fish House and Annabelle’s Famous Keg and Chowder House.
There are so many more awesome restaurants in Alaska; you must travel and enjoy for yourself!
Alaska Regions Map