With its majestic glaciers, midnight sunsets and incredible wildlife (where else will you see caribou and Dall sheep), it’s easy to understand why a Regent Seven Seas Cruises voyage to Alaska is considered the trip of a lifetime. Walking on a glacier, whale-watching, fly fishing and gold mining are just a few of the FREE unlimited shore excursions in these scenic picturesque ports. Adventure awaits.
Alaska’s largest and perhaps best-known city, Anchorage (Seward) is a city of many contrasts, filled with cultural pursuits and an array of wilderness activities. Walk or bike the 11-mile Tony Knowles Coastal Trail that surrounds the city, take the train to Denali National Park and Mt. McKinley or view whales, sea lions and Bear Glacier via the Kenai Fjords Cruise. Aerial trams to the Kenai mountaintop provides breathtaking views and perhaps catch a glimpse of moose and bear along the way. Or take a walking tour of Exit Glacier followed by a visit to the Alaska Sealife Center and observe seals and sea lions in their natural surrounds.
Surrounded by the Gastineau Channel and Mount Juneau, the state’s capital can only be reached by sea. Glacier-viewing and whale watching remain two of the most popular seaside activities while a tour of the Alaskan Brewing Company will not disappoint. Number one on the itinerary is a must-see visit to the 12-mile long Mendenhall Glacier, take a glacier native canoe adventure, spend an evening whale watching or join a mountaineering guide for a two-hour glacial trek. Foodies can sample the local delicacies at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake or experience a tasting tour and cooking demonstration of the Flavors of Juneau Tour. And since the city is synonymous with the days of the gold rush, travelers can experience actual panning for gold on the Historic Gold Mining and Panning Adventure.
Known as the “Salmon Capital of the World, “ and the city with the world’s largest collection of Native American totem poles (many on display in the town), Ketchikan is located within the Tongass National forest.
Become absorbed in the rich living culture of Southeast Alaska’s Native Americans and witness a rip-roaring lumberjack competition on the comprehensive Saxman Native Village & Lumberjack Show excursion. For the thrill seeker, embark on a Rainforest Canoe Ride and Nature Trail adventure. And make sure to see the iconic Misty Fjords via a DeHavilland Beaver floatplane and view waterfalls, lush forest, lakes and New Eddystone Rock, a product of early glacial activity.
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