Alaska is one of the popular tourist destinations and vacation spots for travelers. Many will visit the state on a cruise ship while viewing the magnificent glaciers and breathtaking views of nature. If you're an outdoorsy type that likes to stay active while vacationing, there's a ton of things to do in the state, particularly Southeast Alaska.
The coastal route for ships and boats through Southeast Alaska is known as the "inside passage,". As you navigate through this mountainous passage, you will see natural habitats for all types of wildlife, like bald eagles, sea lions, and porpoises. There's much more to Alaska than glaciers, polar bears, and cold weather. Not only is it one of the most beautiful and pristine parts of the world, there are many opportunities for the active visitor to explore and experience the real Alaska. Some of the popular activities include fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking. You can also do tours on land to view the indigenous wildlife or boat for marine life. The city of Ketchikan facing the inside passage, is a good location to find amazing fishing and a host of other fun outdoor activities. This area of Alaska is also known for the colorful totem poles that were created by the native Indians in the area. Contact Southeast Alaska Rental and allow us to assist you with accommodations for your stay in Alaska.
Whale watching is one of the most popular activities in Alaska and the experience is not only mind blowing, but very humbling as well. You will venture out to the deep waters with a tour guide and get the opportunity to see the magnificent, gentle creatures feeding, swimming or moving in and out of the water. Kayaking is another way of experiencing the ocean, but on a deeper level. It's almost like a feeling of oneness, and more of a connection with the ocean and its inhabitants. As you're flowing with the waves, you can see many of the ocean's marine life up close. Whales, seals, otters, and minks to name a few. A kayak can also navigate those tight spots for those wanting to explore areas like caves and coves. Rafting is another fun experience on the water, where you'll be able to view beautiful scenery and get an easy workout. The Mendenhall River, that was formed from the runoff of the landmark Mendenhall glacier, is a good place to go rafting. Hiking is another activity to see Alaska up close, as there are endless trails available, from top to bottom. They run through the landscapes from the top of the mountains all the way down to the ocean.
Sitka, Alaska is a beautiful city in Southeast Alaska and the home of Sitka National Historical Park. It's the oldest National Park in Alaska and boasts miles of trails, as well as access to beach areas. Nature lovers can walk for miles through acres of nature and cool off in the many tidepools. Denali National Park and Preserve is another great destination to experience wildlife and view amazing scenery. The park is centered on the highest mountain in North America. Sport hunting, camping, and hiking are a few of the favored activities. Wild animals abound but interaction is limited with some, to maintain their wildness and your safety. These include birds, bears, caribou, sheep and moose. This park is known around the world for its amazing scenery and wildlife. Another area to visit in Southeast Alaska is the Misty Fjords National Monument, which is located about 40 miles east of Ketchikan. This national monument and wilderness area has been described as being spectacular and awe-inspiring, among other things. There is much to see including granite cliffs, crystal clear lakes, roaring waterfalls, and colossal glaciers. We haven't even mentioned the beautiful people of this unique state. While visiting the splendor that is Alaska, our Southeast Alaska Rental will be your home away from home.