Big, bold, and beautiful, Alaska is a captivating land of ancient glaciers, majestic wildlife and an enchanting culture that welcomes travelers with open arms. The 49th state also offers myriad opportunities for exciting glacial explorations and kayaking tours, along with more leisurely pursuits such as birding or local ale tastings.
In Astoria, the Ale Trail will delight beer lovers – you can discover the amazing variety of local, hand-crafted brews indigenous to this west coast foodie mecca. Not only will there be opportunities for tastings, you’ll gain personal insights into the brewing process with personalized tours of local breweries and interactions with the owners and brew masters.
In Ketchikan, join the Captain and crew for an extraordinary journey of discovery on the Aleutian Ballad, the storied crab boat from Discovery Network’s “Deadliest Catch.” Or, you can partake in a personalized fishing expedition where your catch is prepared by a personal chef as the main course of a gourmet lunch, served around a crackling campfire amidst the centuries-old Alaskan rain forest.
Looking for a good old-fashioned food & wine immersion? Victoria has it all. A food and cultural walking tour will guide you to such legendary establishments as Sticky Wicket, Hanks’s BBQ, 10 Acres bistro and Bon Macaron Patisserie.
Adventures abound in Juneau, where thrill-seekers can go dog-sledding, glacier-trekking on Mendenhall Glacier, or even sea-kayaking through the coastal waterways traveled for centuries by the Aleut Indians. Foodies will enjoy the “Flavors of Juneau” with a visit to the Alaskan Brewing Company and Chez Alaska Cooking School.
Search for bears, deer, and bald eagles in their natural habitat in the remote Spasski River Valley outside of Hoonah. Get immersed in Tlingit culture, song, and storytelling at the Heritage Center or embark on an adrenaline-fueled ZipRider experience on the world’s largest zip-line.
Go deep-sea sport fishing for salmon in Sitka. Visit the world-famous Alaska Raptor Center, one of the largest rehabilitation centers for injured eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls, and witness the magnificence of sea otters, whales, sea lions, porpoises and brown bears on a Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest.