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The Best Way to Experience Alaska: A Cruise of Land Tour

What's the best way to experience Alaska's natural beauty?

Alaska is a vast and beautiful state with so much to offer. The most popular way to see Alaska is by cruise ship. However, getting on a plane and heading to Alaska is also a great option. Either option will result in an unforgettable adventure to a uniquely beautiful place.

Let's look at the pros and cons of each.

Experience Alaska by Cruise:

Why Travel by Cruise:

There are many reasons why an Alaska cruise is a great way to see the state. First, you'll be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery from the comfort of your cruise ship. You'll also have the opportunity to visit different ports and towns. And most importantly, you'll be able to see glaciers and ocean wildlife up close.

Availability: With most cruise lines adding Alaska as an itinerary, finding the perfect trip for your budget and interests has never been easier.

Excursions: From exploring wildlife like bears, bald eagles, and whales to a helicopter ride over the glaciers, there's no limit to the unique tours available once you step foot off your cruise ship.

On Board: When you're not out exploring a new town or cruising past a whale, you'll have endless activities to fill your days; from mouth-watering, freshly caught seafood to planned shows and contests, it's almost impossible to become bored.. on board.


The Rain

The weather in Alaska can be a bit unpredictable. Specifically, the rain can cause problems. If you have an excursion that gets rained out, you won't be able to reschedule since you'll be off to the next port.

The Crowds:

If you're traveling by ocean cruise, one thing's for sure.. There will be lots of other people there with you. You can trim down the crowds by upgrading your stateroom and access level, but you'll never be able to avoid crowds of people altogether.

Experience of Alaska by Land:

Why Travel by Land:

The Crowds: Alaska land tours are a great way to see the state if you want a more intimate travel experience. You'll be able to explore different parts of Alaska at your own pace and really get to know the people and culture.

More time to explore: When you travel by land, you also can see some of the most beautiful and remote parts of the state. You can opt for tours of the state's most iconic locations, including Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, and Kodiak Island. Since you won't be in a rush to get back to your ship, you'll have opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

Best of all, land tours in Alaska are an affordable way to see Alaska without breaking the bank.


It's Really Big: While you can go from town to town easily on a cruise ship, traveling by land makes this a challenge. It can take between 4-12 hours to travel between major cities.

The Roads: Part of the reason it takes so long to travel between towns is that there aren't many roads in Alaska. Bring a map just in case you hit a cellphone dead spot if you plan to venture off.

Alaska is a land of immense beauty and opportunity for outdoor activities. You'll be able to see the stunning scenery, visit different areas, and get up close and personal with the wildlife you can't experience anywhere else. So, whether you're looking for an adventure or a relaxing vacation, an Alaska vacation is sure to please.

And, if an Alaskan getaway sounds good to you, get in touch for a personalized itinerary.



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Vernita Patterson,


I am a retired school administrator and I enjoy helping others. Well versed in the fun, relaxation and rigors that traveling can bring. I'm living my best life through travel and I want to help you to do the same. I will design and organize a stunning itinerary so that you will have a fantabulous and one of a kind vacation.

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