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AlaskaAn Introduction to Alaska

For anyone seeking a truly authentic experience in Alaska, an Alaska cruise is a must. An Alaska cruise allows you to connect with Mother Nature like never before as you experience the breathtaking fjords, majestic wildlife, and beautiful scenery while you sail along the waters of this magnificent land. With exciting ports of call like Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway you'll be able to discover the wondrous beauty of this Great Land in so many different ways. An Alaska cruise is the ideal way to explore this vast region and can take you in to the heart of America's last great frontier, even Juneau the capital city isn't accessible by car!

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About Alaska and Alaska Cruises

An Alaska cruise allows travelers to experience this vastly unspoiled region of immense glaciers, fiercely active volcanoes, grand mountain ranges, and numerous scenic lakes! Our vast array of Alaska cruise itineraries offers travelers plenty of exciting and awe-inspiring adventures. From hiking the magnificent snow-capped peaks to releasing your inner dare-devil on a thrilling river rafting expedition, Alaska will bring out the adventurous side in everyone. Plus, make the most of your vacation by indulging in some of Alaska's famous North Pacific salmon, taking a dog sled ride high atop a glacier, or shopping for hand-crafted jewelry and authentic Native American artwork.

An Alaska cruise will give travelers a unique look into the past as the Great Land is full of history and culture. In Juneau, you'll find the history of the Gold Rush still alive and well amidst its breathtaking scenery! You can spend your days panning for gold, go whale watching, zip line over dense forest, or get up close and personal with a black bear! Combine your Alaska cruise with a Cruise Tour and enjoy the best of land and sea. Take an excursion into the heart of Denali, or spend your days gazing up the majestic Mendenhall Glacier. A Cruise Tour will allow you to completely immerse yourself in the wilderness while experiencing the rugged terrain and flourishing wildlife first hand!

Alaska Regions

Alaska is a land of superlatives and adventure. The Great Land consists of five distinct regions: Inside Passage, Southcentral, Interior, Far North and Southwest.

Alaska's 5 Regions

Explore Alaska's Regions: Inside Passage

• Glacier Bay
• Northern Region
• Southern Region
Cities and Towns
In alphabetical order; Angoon, Elfin Cove, Glacier Bay/Gustavus, Haines, Hoonah, Hyder, Juneau, Kake, Ketchikan, Pelican, Petersburg, Prince of Wales Island, Sitka, Skagway, Wrangell and Yakutat
Shaped by the staggering force of massive glaciers millions of years ago, Alaska’s Inside Passage boasts wildlife-filled fjords and lush island scenery — habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoises and whales. Its mountains are carpeted with majestic forests. Inside Passage Alaska is home to Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Indians whose history is reflected in towering totem poles. Russian settlers left a legacy of onion-domed churches gleaming with icons.

Explore Alaska's Regions: Southcentral

• Anchorage Area
• Copper River Valley
• Kenai Peninsula
• Mat-Su Valley
• Prince William Sound
Cities and Towns
In alphabetical order; Anchor Point, Anchorage, Big Lake, Chickaloon, Chistochina, Chitina, Cooper Landing, Copper Center, Cordova, Eagle River-Chugiak, Eklutna, Gakona, Girdwood, Glennallen, Halibut Cove, Hatcher Pass, Homer, Hope, Kasilof, Kenai, Kennicott/ McCarthy, Kenny Lake, Lake Louise, Matanuska Glacier, Moose Pass, Nikiski, Ninilchik, Palmer, Portage Glacier, Seldovia, Seward, Skwentna, Soldotna, Sterling, Sutton, Talkeetna, Trapper Creek, Valdez, Wasilla, Whittier and Willow.

Home to over half of Alaska’s population, Southcentral is a playground of activities from world-class fishing to hiking and wildlife viewing. With mountains and lakes, Southcentral offers the advantages of remote wilderness, but is linked via roads. World-class rainbow trout and salmon shimmer brilliantly, beckoning to prospective anglers. Southcentral has the amenities travelers seek, while serving as a gateway to the wilderness experience.

Explore Alaska's Regions: Interior

• Alaska Highway
• Fairbanks Area
• Mt. Mckinley & Denali National Park and Preserve
• Northeast Interior
• Western Interior
Cities and Towns
In alphabetical order; Anderson, Cantwell, Central, Chena Hot Springs, Chicken, Circle, Delta Junction, Denali National Park/ Healy, Eagle, Ester, Fairbanks, Fort Yukon, Galena, Kantishna, Lake Minchumina, Manley Hot Springs, Nenana, North Pole, Northway, Paxson, Ruby and Tok.

In Alaska’s heartland, you’ll see the continent’s tallest peak, Mt. McKinley, and wide expanses of tundra. The forests are teeming with wildlife and bird life ranging from the formidable grizzly to stately herds of caribou to the state bird, the Willow Ptarmigan. Experience summer’s midnight sun or the winter’s northern lights. Wildlife can be seen on the highway that runs by Denali National Park, carrying visitors to and from Anchorage and Fairbanks. Interior is the original home of Alaska’s Athabascan Indians. Gold miners, farmers and fur trappers later discovered the riches of this region.

Explore Alaska's Regions: Far North

• Brooks Range
• Western Arctic
• Arctic Coast
Cities and Towns
In alphabetical order; Anaktuvuk Pass, Barrow, Bettles, Coldfoot, Kotzebue, Nome, Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse, St. Lawrence Island and Wiseman.

As Alaska’s visitors cross the Arctic Circle, legend has it that many pilots give the plane a slight “bump” letting passengers know they’ve crossed the legendary circle. Alaska’s Arctic is home to the Inupiat Eskimos, many who still live a subsistence lifestyle and still preserve their history verbally from generation to generation. The Far North is filled with a rich history and natural wonders, from the gold rush days of yore to the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.
The communities of Alaska’s Far North are accessible from Fairbanks or Anchorage via jet or small aircraft. This is one of Alaska’s most diverse regions, filled with cultural opportunities, wildlife and a landscape ranging from coastal plains to mountain ranges.

Explore Alaska's Regions: Southwest

• Alaska Peninsula
• Aleutian Islands
• Bristol Bay
• Kodiak Archipelago
• Yukon-Kuskokwim River Delta
• Pribilof Islands
Cities and Towns
In alphabetical order; Afognak Island, Akhiok, Aleutians East Borough, Bethel, Dillingham, Iliamna, Karluk, King Salmon, Kodiak Island, Larsen Bay, McGrath, Naknek, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie, Port Alsworth, Port Lions, Pribilof Islands and Unalaska/Port of Dutch Harbor.

For those with a naturalist streak, few places on earth compare with the wonders of Southwest Alaska. Brown bears amble along the hills and plains, and more than 240 bird species inhabit Alaska’s Southwest region. The region’s terrain ranges from a landscape of volcanoes in Katmai National Park created by the 1912 eruption of the Novarupta volcano, to the windswept Aleutian Islands that make a 1,000-mile sweep toward Asia.


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