Alaska Dog Sled Tours can guide you and the whole family will love it. Dog mushing is a tradition in Alaska. Besides the thrill of the ride it’s a great idea for Alaska wild life watching vacations.
The dog sledding will get you safely out into the wilderness where you can view the wildlife such as bald and golden eagles or herds of caribou.
If you don’t want to actually get on the sled and mush the dogs you can still enjoy this vacation idea as a spectator.
Dog mushing is Alaska’s official sport so you will find plenty of races. The largest and best known is the 1,049-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
The world famous Iditarod runs between Anchorage and Nome. Take a ride on a dog sled cart. Learn about the Iditarod race and the dog mushing drivers. Visit the dogs that pull the sleds, even hold and cuddle adorable husky puppies.
Also if you're taking a cruise to Alaska, many cruise lines, like Royal Caribbean, offer dog sledding as a land excursion activity while in port.
Travel on Alyeska Adventure’s high powered jet boats up the river to Carmen Lake. Stop along the way to explore tracks of beaver, bear or moose. Try some fishing, have a picnic or just sit back and enjoy the ride. Imagine the sight of a polar bear crunching his way across the ice of the Alaskan turf.
In late September the polar bears travel from the northern ice pack down to the mainland. For the next few months you've got a good chance of spotting as many as a dozen or more of these wonderful creatures.
Alyeska Adventures will also take you to their special fishing spots where you can catch Alaskan Salmon. Have a riverside salmon bake or take your catch back home and enjoy it for dinner.
It's an adventure that's suitable for the whole family including kids as young as seven. You'll stay in cozy cabins on Rock Island, Windsong Lodge in Resurrection River Valley, and the elegant Alyeska Prince Resort in the Chugach Mountains. It's all in the beautiful setting of Kenai Fjords National Park.
This year don’t stand in line at that same old theme park or lay around getting sunburned on the crowded beach. Get some real excitement and see a beautiful part of our country on an Alaska family adventure vacation.
Along the Haines Highway leading out of Haines you can numerous walking trails and spots to stop and watch the eagles. These are great photo opportunities. To see this unique gathering is to witness a true wildlife phenomenon of international scale.
The process is causing huge blocks of ice to create an impassible moraine. Floating ice fills the bay in an ever changing frozen landscape. In fact this floating ice works its way out into open waters to interfere with shipping. This was a factor in the infamous Exxon Valdez oil spill.
You can watch the bears from the safety of the observatory deck at the Traitor's Cove Bear Watching Observatory. This is a wonderful vantage point to observe and photograph the bears as they feast on the salmon that are fighting their way upstream to spawn. These tours and more are available at Dolly Varden Alaska.
My most memorable vacation was a cruise to Alaska that I took with my father. I had no idea how beautiful it was going to be! We went in late June, early July and the weather was beautiful: mid to upper 60's every day!
I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a fun family vacation or a romantic getaway. Unlike a Caribbean cruise, where you see only water while traveling to the port cities, the Alaskan cruise is filled with scenery!
The mountains come up right from the ocean; it's the most beautiful thing. The ship also passed by the Sawyer Glacier, which was incredible! The one regret we have is not splurging for the balcony room, because there is so much to see! We opted for Norwegian Cruise line, which was great, because it was very laid back and let you go at your own pace.
There were no clocks in the rooms, so you woke up whenever you wanted, the food is included in the price (all you can eat!). There are great kids programs where the kids can meet other children their age while the adults can be alone.
The ships have pools and hot tubs on deck along with bars (for the adults) and ice cream! There were also shows each night: comedy, musicals, concerts, etc. There were many activities to choose from while on board the ship that anyone will be able to find something to enjoy. In the port cities, there were a lot of things to choose from.
You can schedule excursions with the cruise line ahead of time or you can just hang out in the city and shop/sight-see. Some of our excursions included kayaking, a tour on a pedicab and whale watching. Others to choose from included helicopter rides, dog sledding, etc. The excursions were a great way to see all that the city had to offer in a short amount of time.
This vacation idea is an unique experience and well worth it! It is perfect for all ages and family sizes. The cruise experience is great in and of itself, because you get to visit many different places without hauling luggage around and getting lost. - By Taryn from Colorado