Alaska is the largest state by area in the United States. It is located on the northeastern continent to the west of Canada and is the least densely populated state in America.. Alaska has much to offer lovers of the outdoors including fishing and hunting, day tours, wilderness lodges, kayaking and dog sledding. There also are a number of train and boat trips to choose from.
Alaska Railroad Glacier Discovery Train
The Alaska Railroad Glacier Discovery Train travels from Anchorage heading south toward Turnagain Arm, where the streams are bursting with salmon and beluga whales can be seen swimming. Once on board, you can visit Whittier and experience the breathtaking glacier cruises at Prince William Sound, or if you want to do something a little more adventurous, you can spend a few hours rafting or canoeing on Spencer Lake. Passengers also have the option of going into the Chugach Mountains for a tour of the scenic alpine regions or visiting the historic loop district and tunnel section. Slip off the train at the Spencer Whistle Stop, and enjoy the 1.5 mile hike guided and narrated by a Forest Service Ranger.
Kenai Fjords Glacier Tours
The tours depart from Seward and travel through Kenai Fjords National Park, which has flourishing wildlife and breathtaking tidewater and alpine glaciers. Tours are narrated and include a visit to the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, where you can see the vast seabird colonies. During peak season, there are three departures daily; the first is a six-hour cruise that leaves at 8 a.m., an eight- and-a-half hour cruise (including Fox Island) leaving at 10 a.m., and another six-hour cruise starting at 11.30 a.m. The tours include a healthy lunch and complementary parking and shuttle service.
Independent Alaska Rail Tours
The Alaska Railroad operates between Anchorage, Seward and Whittier along the south line and Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali and Fairbanks along the northern route. Independent Alaska Rail Tours have a number of regularly scheduled train tours that offer a range of styles of accommodations in combination with breathtaking views of beautiful scenery and wildlife in remote locations. Traveling in the comfort of Alaska's railway system allows you plenty of opportunity to view the scenery and to mix with Alaska's residents. There are a range of tours including three- day/two-night trips to Denali National Park, a five-day/four-night tour covering Fairbanks, Denali National Park and Anchorage and a seven-day/six-night tour of Anchorage, Prince William Sound, Denali National Park and Fairbanks.