Things to Do: Alaska and the Arctic

Prince William Sound, Alaska, Kayaking, 2010
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In Alaska, you can pursue a dizzying array of outdoor activities and sports, from sea kayaking to salmon fishing.

And you can see Alaska’s natural wonders in a variety of ways, from guided tours to adventure sports. You might find yourself in a kayak, a cruise ship, a bush plane or a kayak.

From guided tours to serious adventure, you might find yourself in a kayak, a cruise ship, a bush plane or a kayak.

Some of the most popular activities for visitors include:

  • Hiking and backpacking through places like:
    • Denali National Park
    • Tongass National Forest
    • The Kenai Peninsula
  • Exploring Alaska’s waterways and peninsulas by boat:
    • Kenai Fjords National Park
    • Prince William Sound
    • Alaska Marine Highway System
  • Fishing for halibut, salmon and trout:
    • Southeast Alaska
  • Self-guided RV tours:
    • Kenai Peninsula
    • Interior Alaska

One approach is to decide which kind of adventure you’re seeking, then research the best times and places to do it. Also be sure to check out our where to go tips for Alaska.

The state’s travel site is a good source of information and you can request a free travel guide. For the complete guide to the Alaska Highway and the state’s road system, get a copy of The Milepost, the oldest and most popular guide for motorists in Alaska.

See also:

When to go

Helpful links

  • Alaska Tourism Industry Association:

  • The Milepost:

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