Top 10 Alaska Shore Excursions

You took a cruise all the way to Alaska and you’re going to stay on the ship? No way. Explore with these Alaska excursions.

Alaskan king crab

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One of the best parts of going on a cruise is the variety of excursions to choose from. You get to experience new cultures and activities all within a short trip from your ship. Here are 10 Alaska excursions to get you out of your deck chair and on shore:

1. Bike Tour

A bike tour takes you past the emerald waters of Chilkoot Lake as you pedal alongside a glacial fjord in Haines, Alaska. En route, you may even encounter native wildlife during this Alaska excursion.

2. Zipline

Leap off a zipline launch tower to soar over treetops at high speed. Then navigate rope-course challenges that are part of a Skagway nature hike.

3. ATV Tour

On this Alaska excursion, delve into native Tlingit culture during a visit to Hoonah village. Then charge through rugged frontier landscapes at Icy Strait Point on an ATV.

4. Beer Tour

Beer lovers sailing out of Seattle can add a pre- or post-cruise tour and enjoy sampling unique local brews at three breweries on the Astoria, Oregon, “Ale Trail.”

5. Train Tour

Few things are more romantic than a train ride through the Alaskan wilderness. Enjoy a 52-mile round-trip journey from Skagway on a vintage train between White Pass Summit and Fraser Meadows amid towering snow-capped mountains during this Alaska excursion.

6. Fishing

Set out with a guide from Ketchikan to catch Alaskan halibut from local hot spots on an Alaska fishing excursion. Then a professional will clean, fillet and package your fish to ship home.

7. Bering Sea Crab

Are you a fan of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch? Climb aboard a commercial fishing boat actually featured in the show and watch skilled fishermen pull up a 700-pound king crab pot. It’s an Alaska excursion unlike any other.

8. Photography

Looking for a reason to prove that new DSLR was a good purchase? Try a guided photography tour as one of your Alaska excursions. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful setting to take pictures.

9. Whale Watching

Few creatures are as majestic and awe-inspiring, and Alaska is one of the best places in the world to spot them. You’ll also find most Alaska whale-watching excursions guarantee a whale sighting or your money back.

10. Bear Adventure

Unlike some of the other Alaska excursions, bear spotting is seasonal. There’s not much to see when they’re hibernating, but when they’re active, you can watch brown bears from viewing platforms as they catch salmon in the Spasski River.

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Marco Ruiz, AAA Travel Counselor, Monterey, Calif.

I love to suggest Italy and Spain because of the culture and the flair of the people–their fashions, language and way of life. They take time to enjoy life's pleasures. When you're there, you feel it, too.

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