Best Time to Visit Alaska?
Discover the optimal month due to daylight, temperature, and rain
Best Way to See Alaska?
Cruises and land tours are great ways to see Alaska. Which one is right for you?
How Many Days Do You Need?
7-10 days is the most common. Find how many days you need based on what you want to see and do in Alaska.
How to Plan & Book?
Overwhelmed by choices? Let us simplify it for you
How Much Does an Alaska Vacation Cost?
How much does an Alaska summer vacation cost? Use our calculator to find out
What to Wear in Alaska?
Stay casual, dress in layers, and get proper footwear
Off the Beaten Path
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National Parks on the Road System
National Parks by Cruise or Air
National Parks by Air
State Parks & National Forests
Best of Alaska
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Alaska Winter Tours & Activities
Winter Vacation Advice
RV Parks & Campgrounds
Self Drive & Railbelt Towns
Cruise Ports & Inside Passage
Trip Ideas by Length
Trip Ideas by Theme & Season
Independent Driving Tours
Independent Railroad Tours
Large Group Escorted Tours
Small Group Adventure Tours
Wilderness Lodge Vacations
Guided Backcountry Adventures
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Land Tour Tips
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Inside Passage (UnCruise Adventures)
Cruises depart Juneau or Sitka. Boutique, small ship adventure cruises in Alaska's Inside Passage
Prince William Sound (Discovery Voyages)
Cruises depart from Whittier, a 1 hr drive from Anchorage. 2-5 day small ship explorations
Sailing & Private Yacht Cruises
The most intimate multi-day cruise option. Book entire boat for your family or group, or opt to bunk with other guests. Trips available from Whittier, Homer, Seward, Juneau, and Sitka.
Alaska Large Ship Cruises
The classic Alaska Cruise, offered by such companies as Holland America, Princess, and Royal Caribbean. Choose a round-trip Inside passage or one-way Gulf of Alaska Cruise.
Our picks for the best tours and experiences during your Alaska Cruise.
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Alaska Road Guides
Scenic Day Drives
Lodging by Type
Special Interest Lodging
Southeast (Inside Passage)
The black scoter is a black as the name suggests with a bulbous yellow or orange knob at the base of its bill.