Alaska Expeditions

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Alaska expeditions take excited travelers to one of the earth's great winter wonderlands. Sea and land trips to this rugged state can be as safe or as extreme as you wish. Some of the best international cruise lines travel the shores, inlets, and glacier bays of this fabled Gold Rush country. Cruises of a week or longer may visit Glacier Bay National Park and Prince William Sound on the southern coast of Alaska, or make stops at the colorful ports of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.

Land trips are a part of these cruises; you can take historic railroad trips or land on glaciers in helicopters. While on board your ship, you can take advantage of all the amenities that are part of these "floating cities." From Broadway-style entertainment to casinos, these luxury cruise expeditions let you view the extraordinary beauty of Alaska while safely on board a richly-appointed ship.

Alaska Expeditions for the Intrepid

If this is a bit tame and conventional for you, there are many, many Alaska expeditions, safaris, treks, charters, tours, outfitters, and guides that will give you a once-in-a-lifetime journey through this majestic land. A six-day trip on snowmachines takes you to the Gold Rush city of Nome on the west coast, lets you follow a portion of the Iditarod Trail, visit Inuit villages, and bathe in remote arctic hot springs. Join a safari into the Alaskan bush where you can visit native people who still go prospecting, trapping, and dog mushing in order to survive in this harsh country.

Even most Alaskans have to travel by air, and bush pilots navigate the mountain ranges with skill and daring. Air taxis can whisk you to isolated base camps, from which you can go backpacking and glacier trekking. Want to get closer to Alaska's famous bears? Alaska expeditions can guide you to ideal bear-watching rivers where salmon are in abundance, and to spectacular areas for viewing and photographing wildlife, kayaking, rafting, and whale watching.

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