Start the day out with an Alaskan Day trip. Whether it is on the water by cruising the pristine waters, flying over the massive ice-fields, or racing across the land on ATV tours, hikes, and Ice Climbs, you are sure to be awe inspired by the majesty of everything from Mt McKinley to watching glaciers calving. These sightseeing tours are what you’ll remember years after your trip. They get you get deep into nature and make it possible to see wilderness that you simply can’t get to on your own–and can’t see from the road.
From there, enjoy the shopping and end the night with the dining and nightlife. You’ll come for the sights, but you will love the food! Salmon, halibut, and crab—plucked right from some of the world’s most pristine waters—may well be one of the main reasons you visit Alaska. And if you’re in the mood for some more local favorites, don’t forget to visit the the local 32 craft beers breweries. What makes Alaska craft beer so special? Alaska has one of the cleanest and most abundant resources that is vital to a beer’s quality: Water. Indeed, we have lots of it. Our watersheds are born from the source—glacial ice—producing cold, clean, and soft water. It’s a brewer’s dream. Since 90 percent of beer by volume is water, Alaska breweries are able to produce some of the cleanest, most true-to-style ales and lagers in the country.
A glacier cruise is the best way to see quintessential Alaskan coastal scenery: seals, whales, puffins, and towers of ice crashing into the water. Passing through gorgeous inlets and fjords, you’ll also get to look for bears, mountain goats and bald eagles. Happily, such cruises are among Alaska’s most affordable and accessible tours. Most visitors want to see a glacier during their Alaskan vacation. Perhaps the most intimate way to experience the awesome scale of Alaska’s glaciers is on the water. The tidewater glaciers of Prince William Sound and the Kenai Fjords extend down from mountain peaks and out into the sea. Hundreds of feet high and miles long, you can the hear ice crackling and sizzling as trapped air bubbles slowly escape. One of the most dramatic events in all of nature is witnessing a tidewater glacier unleash a house-sized block of ice into the ocean. The resulting icebergs can create enormous waves when they hit (kayakers beware!) and can continue bobbing up and down for a full day or more until they float out into open waters or beach themselves along the Alaskan shoreline. Cruises and sea kayak trips also let you see lots of marine life, such as playful sea otters and shy harbor seals.
When is the best month to visit Alaska? You can’t go wrong visiting Alaska anytime between May 10 and September 15. The days are long, nature is in full bloom, and the air is alive with energy.