7 Ice free attractions in Alaska
Alaska is made up of thousands of square kilometres of remote forests, mountains, glaciers, lakes and fjords. A cruise to this part of the world is a spectacular experience as it not only allows you to get up close to some of the most spectacular natural phenomenon on earth, but also offers an incredible holiday for the whole family. Alaska is not all about ice, and has some spectacular attractions for you to visit, which will round off your trip, perfectly.
Tongass National Forest
The Tongass National Forest in summer is a shimmering surreal place where the mountains meet the Pacific Ocean, and where you can visit a number of different islands and bask in the natural beauty this forest has to offer. The state capital of Juneau is also located in the Tongass National Park which spans roughly 20 000km.
White Pass & Yukon Route
This engineering marvel, which spans 200km through mountains, glaciers and forests, was completed in 1900 and served as the passageway from the port of Skagway to Whitehorse Yukon. Visitors to Alaska will be spell-bound by the spectacular views, stories, and thrilling experience of taking a train excursion on this marvellous attraction, which is a landmark that shares its reputation with the likes of the Eiffel Tower, the Panama Canal and the Statue of Liberty.
Mount Roberts Tramway
The only aerial tramway in southeast Alaska rises into the sky past forests and mountains from the cruise port of Juneau. This means there is easy access to this spectacular attraction from your cruise ship. Available from May to September, you can book your tickets as a shore excursion on most of the major cruise lines, or simply pop into the Tramway station.
El Dorado Gold Mine
The El Dorado gold mine was founded in the early 1900’s and although it changed ownership many times during the last century, it was finally purchased by Alaska Riverways and developed into an informational and tourist attraction. The mine nowadays is a highlight of any visit to Alaska. Located near Fairbanks, visitors get the opportunity to learn about the tough era of gold prospectors, panning gold out of rivers and more.
H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark
Fun for the whole family, the H2Oasis waterpark in Anchorage has it all. If you’ve had enough of the ice and snow, take a trip to anchorage and enjoy the wave pool, the master blaster, children’s lagoon and the huge body slides.
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre
The Wildlife Conservation Centre in Portage is committed to the preservation of Alaska’s spectacular natural world by taking in injured and orphaned animals. The centre focusses on rehabilitation while educating the public about the animals and their natural habitats. You’ll be able to visit a number of bears, coyotes, wood bison and more at this very important conservation centre.
Totem Heritage Centre
The artistic traditions of the ancient local people of Alaska are alive and well at the Totem Heritage Centre in Ketchikan. Highlighting the traditions of the Tsimshian, Tlingit and Haida cultures through their artistic totem poles, visitors will have the opportunity to try their hand at arts and crafts, as well as learn more about the relevance and importance of Totem poles to the local cultures.
Besides the natural beauty of Alaska’s vast mountains, glaciers and lakes, cruise visitors will also find a variety of attractions to suite the whole family. From spectacular train rides to water parks, conservation centres to historic gold mines; a cruise to Alaska is about more than just ice, snow and glaciers. Speak to your Cruiseabout Consultant today to find out more!