This is Alaska: biking through rugged canyons; zipping through the rain forests on a harness hooked to a wire; dogsledding across frozen glaciers; wild-life spotting eagles, bears, moose, wolves and orca whales; fishing for salmon and Alaskan king crab; charging through the wilderness on the White Pass & Yukon Railroad; experiencing the raw power and beauty of nature.
In Juneau, a classic Alaskan tour is the “Four Glaciers By Helicopter & Dog Sled Adventure.” On this once-in-a-lifetime expedition for lovers of the great outdoors, you’ll soar over four real glaciers, which are the Taku, the Hole-in-the-Wall, Dead Branch and East Twin, while catching a bird’s eye view of moose, goats, bears and caribou. Then you will land on Norris Glacier where you’ll meet up with your Alaskan malamute and Alaskan husky dogsled team. Your guide will describe the 1,000-mile Iditarod Race that traverses from Anchorage to Nome. Your trip will include some hiking through crevasses and navigating streams for two hours of ethereal zen. This journey is for the fearless, the cold-insensitive, the adventurous and the athletic. If you are skier you will find plenty of ski slopes in Alaska.
The “Rainforest Canopy and Zip Line Adventure” is another Juneau Alaskan adventure. You’ll no longer have to imagine what it must feel like for a bird soaring through the trees. Starting on Douglas Island, you’ll zip by flora, fauna and the remains of an 1800s gold mining operation. Not only will you get a sensational view of Alaska, but you’ll experience a tremendous adrenaline rush. Two guides will saddle you up with a harness, gloves and helmet, instructing beginners and zip-line junkies alike.
The town of Sitka is well-known for its Russian heritage and pride. When you visit this Alaskan town, you may want to take the “Historic Russian America, Raptor Center & Russian Dancers” tour. The Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center is an amazing sight to behold, with many birds of prey (including bald eagles) circling overhead and swooping by. You’ll see America’s first Russian Orthodox cathedral, see where the 1804 Battle of Alaska was bought and where the first Alaskan flag was flown in 1867. The Russian Folk Dance troupe will also entertain visitors of all ages. Whether visiting for the nature, the heritage, the fishing or the adventure…this is the place you won’t soon forget.