Regions, Towns, & Parks

Alaska is Big!

Alaska is bigger than people realize. We've divided the state into four distinct regions. You'll find each has its own distinctive character and feel. But Alaska is so vast, you won't want to visit more than one region unless have 7-10 days or more! (Read How Many Days You Need)


Destination Quick Find

Southcentral & Interior

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Iconic Alaskan highlights abound in these essential regions: Anchorage, Denali, and the Kenai Fjords all lie within its boundaries. A well-maintained highway system makes it easy to connect by bus or car, and the railroad connects some of the major national parks.

Southeast / Inside Passage

Explore Region

Cruising will likely bring you to this region of temperate rainforests, glaciers, fjords, and coastal mountains. Independent travelers can get around just as well, using ferries, water taxis, and island-hopping planes. Major towns include Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway, and Haines.

Most Visited

Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway, Haines

Getting Here

Plane Cruise

Far North/Arctic

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Most towns are only accessible by air, with flights departing from Fairbanks and Anchorage. You can also drive to the Arctic via the Dalton Highway. Experience Alaska Native culture in the towns of Nome and Barrow, and meet Alaskans who still practice ancient whaling customs.

Southwest

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The Aleutian Islands pepper this watery area of Alaska that’s only accessible by plane. You’ll likely come for the state’s best bear viewing, in the national parks of Katmai and Lake Clark, but don’t overlook the many active volcanoes and lush parklands.

Southcentral & Interior Explore

Iconic Alaskan highlights abound in these essential regions: Anchorage, Denali, and the Kenai Fjords all lie within its boundaries. A well-maintained highway system makes it easy to connect by bus or car, and the railroad connects some of the major national parks.

Southeast / Inside Passage Explore

Cruising will likely bring you to this region of temperate rainforests, glaciers, fjords, and coastal mountains. Independent travelers can get around just as well, using ferries, water taxis, and island-hopping planes. Major towns include Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway, and Haines.

Far North/Arctic Explore

Most towns are only accessible by air, with flights departing from Fairbanks and Anchorage. You can also drive to the Arctic via the Dalton Highway. Experience Alaska Native culture in the towns of Nome and Barrow, and meet Alaskans who still practice ancient whaling customs.

Southwest Explore

The Aleutian Islands pepper this watery area of Alaska that’s only accessible by plane. You’ll likely come for the state’s best bear viewing, in the national parks of Katmai and Lake Clark, but don’t overlook the many active volcanoes and lush parklands.