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Alaska: Think Adventure, Think Big


Everything about Alaska is big. Its landmass, wildlife, and immense adventure potential make it all extra special. Each of Alaska's distinct regions has its unique character, feel, and draw — so which do you choose? And if you want to see a few, how much time do you need?

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To plan an Alaskan trip, understand there are key regions to consider when choosing an Alaska small ship cruise or land tour.

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Inside Passage & Glacier Bay (Southeast)

Considered some of the best cruising in the world, Alaska's Inside Passage boasts isolated bays and fjords, tidewater glaciers, lush island scenery, small coastal towns, and outstanding wildlife viewing, kayaking, hiking, and more.

Glacier Bay National Park is the epitome of remote wilderness and solitude in the northern end. Almost two-thirds of our Inside Passage itineraries include a day or more in Glacier Bay, but some cruises spend their entire voyage only within the park.

Prince William Sound (Southcentral)

Home to the densest concentration of tidewater glaciers, fascinating history, diverse wildlife, dramatic scenery, and unique Alaska villages, the region sees light cruise ship traffic. You'll feel a genuine remoteness and a perfect balance of adventure and tranquility.

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Alaska Peninsula & Aleutian Islands (Southwest)

You can also navigate along the least-visited shores in coastal Alaska. Search for wildlife, kayak, and boat in hidden coves and narrow fjords of the peninsula before reaching the Aleutian chain of active volcanic islands. This remote archipelago separates the Pacific Ocean from the Bering Sea and is known for its striking landscapes, ancient Alaska Native culture, and World War II history.

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Katmai Coast (Southwest)

They call it "The Bear Coast." Located in the vast, remote southwest corner of Alaska, Katmai National Park is home to North America's largest protected population of brown bears, making this one of the best spots for bear viewing in Alaska.

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Kenai Peninsula (Southcentral)

River rafting, world-class fishing, hiking, canoeing, wildlife viewing, glacier tours, and more make the Kenai Peninsula Alaska's playground. Explore the dramatic Kenai Fjords National Park by boat, or choose a lodge-to-lodge adventure. It's close to Anchorage but far enough away to escape the crowds for a genuinely authentic Alaska experience.

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Denali National Park

Denali National Park and Preserve covers over 6 million acres of pristine wilderness in Alaska's interior. The centerpiece is the spectacular Alaskan Range and the tallest mountain in North America, Denali. How to visit? Stay deep inside the park at exclusive fly-in lodges to experience it as few visitors do.

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