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Gateway Destinations

Alaska, America’s Last Frontier

If your travels have not yet included Alaska, this is definitely a “must-see” for Americans as much of it is truly unspoiled – filled with wild game, great fishing, clean lakes and rivers, untouched forests and majestic mountain ranges.

Ocean cruises have been popular for a number of years, often originating or ending in Vancouver, BC or Seattle. Cruise ships range from small eco-adventure ships that can access out-of-the-way areas (such as Lindblad Expeditions or Un-Cruise Adventures) to large cruise liners holding several thousand passengers and offering many onboard amenities (such as Princess, Celebrity, and Holland America).  Ships also range from moderately-priced to luxury cruises like Regent Seven Seas or Silversea.

Sailing through the many lush islands of the Inside Passage (which includes northern Washington, British Columbia and Alaska) certainly gives you a “taste” of Alaska’s pristine beauty, but it barely touches the surface of what Alaska has to offer.  That is why a number of cruise lines offer land packages or cruisetours with many of their voyages.  Why not include a few days visiting Denali State Park with its majestic Mount McKinley and abundant wildlife or Kenai’s Fjords?  Activities on land are abundant ranging from fishing, dogsledding, 4-wheel adventures, sea kayaking, flightseeing, glacier exploration, bear viewing, cultural visits and much, much more.

Want to venture further into the wilds?  Consider flying to a remote lodge or taking a tour to the Arctic Circle to see polar bears.  Alaska is also one of the premier sights for the Northern Lights, with prime viewing between January – March, but often visible from September through mid-April.  The area around Fairbanks is ideal for viewing this phenomenon of nature.

I traveled on an Alaskan cruise with my two sons when they were 10 and 14 and it was an adventure our entire family will treasure forever.  Due to the short sailing season, cruises fill up fast so it is wise to reserve early.  Let Gateway Destinations help find the perfect Alaskan adventure for you!

Jan Acorn, CTA

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