Picture this: You’re hiking along a winding river while snow-capped peaks rise high above you. A bald eagle scans watchfully from the branch of a spruce tree. You pitch a tent on the riverbank, build a campfire, and as the glacial water rushes by, sleep out under the Alaskan sky.
If you’re looking for an amazing Alaskan adventure like this, you’ve come to the right place. This is what we believe to be the ultimate list of quintessential Alaskan adventures. Assembling it was no easy feat:
- The adventure had to offer stunning beauty (a high bar, by Alaska standards).
- It had to epitomize the very best of a certain activity (rafting, fishing, trekking), each of which offers hundreds of trip options.
- And it had to be easy to make happen, meaning there’s an air service or a guiding company to take you.
We believe these are the best adventures, but they also represent the types of experiences you can find wherever you go in Alaska, many of which will be sublime experiences that you’ll remember for a lifetime. They’re a way to truly experience Alaska and to connect with nature. After all, they get you out into a wilderness much like that of the Lower 48 during the time of Lewis and Clark.
We’re sure we’ve overlooked many other adventures almost as worthy as those on this list, so we hope to add to it over time. If you can think of others, we invite you to leave a detailed comment at the bottom of the page, including photos if you have them!