3 One-of-a-Kind Alaskan Activities & Side Trips

Fishing in Alaska.

You may have fished before, you may have pet a dog before, and you may have walked on ice before — but you've probably never done these things the Alaskan way. Looking for a way to make your next vacation meaningful? Plan some uniquely Alaskan activities as part of an Alaskan cruise. Here are the top three things to try during an Alaskan trip:

  1. Sport Fishing

    Whether you love to fish or just want to get a feel for the sport, fishing is a quintessential Alaskan activity. Boasting one of the largest salmon runs in the world, Alaska is home to millions of freshwater fish. The huge number of salmon that swim through its streams makes salmon fishing in Alaska a fun, competitive sport.

    On your next Alaskan cruise, try your hand at fly fishing on a Fly-Out Fly Fishing Adventure. Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to the sport, you'll love spending time in the pure Alaska air, honing your craft and communing with nature.

    If you're more interested in enjoying Alaskan salmon than catching it, you can opt to attend a salmon bake. Take in the sight of Salmon Creek, the sounds of folk music, and the smells of barbecued salmon, reindeer sausage, au gratin potatoes, and all the other savory and sweet treats being prepared for your enjoyment — then savor the flavor of Alaska.

  2. Dog Mushing

    Are you a dog lover? Then there's an Alaskan activity that's just for you. Once the only means for long-distance land travel in winter, dog mushing has since become Alaska's most well-known sport. Helped by the international draw of the Iditarod race, dog mushing has become symbolic of the Alaskan spirit.

    On your next Alaskan cruise, you won't want to miss out on the opportunity to meet an Iditarod dog team, play with husky puppies, and experience the exhilaration of being pulled by a dogsled team across the beautiful Alaskan landscape — all of which you can do on a dog sledding excursion.

  3. Glacier Exploring

    Maybe as a child you loved strapping on a pair of ice skates and slipping across the local pond or ice rink. Or maybe you just love the dizzying thrill of surveying unbridled nature. But have you ever come face to face with the sheer geological might of a glacier?

    When you tour the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska, you'll get to explore this massive natural structure from a variety of perspectives. Head to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, where you can catch an elevated view of the glacier, interact with an exhibit to learn more about how glaciers are formed, and even get to watch a short film about the Juneau Icefield, which comprises 38 glaciers, including Mendenhall.

Interested in acruise to Alaska? Booking a cruise is the perfect way to experience these Alaskan activities and adventures for yourself.