Alaska is the largest state is the U.S. and there is plenty of state to explore. It’s categorized into five different regions (Arctic, Interior, Southwest, Southcentral, and the Inside Passage) and these regions all showcase different things to explore and discover.
Arctic: The Arctic region of Alaska is one of its most diverse regions. There is a rich Inupiat Eskimo heritage in this region so there are tons of cultural learning opportunities available. It’s also home to so much natural wildlife and wilderness so if you’re looking to rough it on your next adventure, the Arctic would be the perfect fit for you.
Interior: The Interior region is where you’ll find Denali National Park, which is home to lots of wildlife, from families of grizzly bears to massive caribou herds. Tons of adventures and guided tours are available in this region, including Gondwana Ecotours, where you’ll enjoy things like dogsledding, soaking in natural hot springs, hiking with reindeer, and hunting for the Northern Lights.
Southwest: The Southwest region is home to St. Paul Island, a truly authentic Alaskan hidden gem. Just take a quick boat ride to the island for an all-inclusive guided tour where you’ll see reindeer, arctic foxes, fur seals, and so many different species of migrating birds. Or maybe try a guided cruise expedition with Adventure Kodiak. Cruise along the Katmai National Park and Kodiak Archipelago to see and photograph whales, sea otters, puffins, and more. This ship is a much more intimate and exclusive experience (six guest maximum) so you can avoid the crowds and still see so much of the beauty that Alaska has to offer.
Southcentral: The Southcentral region of Alaska houses over half of the state’s population, so if too much isolation in your exploration is overwhelming, this is a great place to start. With tons of wilderness and wildlife to offer, it’s all much easier to navigate with more maintained roads and trails and more modern amenities. Check out the Anchorage Museum to get a real look at Alaskan history with details about many Alaskan Native cultures and art. Don’t forget to try the museums in-house restaurant, Muse, for some local, fresh, sustainable Alaskan cuisine! Southcentral is also a great locale for fishing, so be sure to check out some of the guided, day fishing tours – there are tons to choose from!
Inside Passage: There are so many different cultural influences in the Inside Passage region. Visit one of the many onion-domed churches that were built by Russian settlers, or search for the towering totem poles built by the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Indians. And the landscape is truly a sight to behold; with mountains, forests, and ocean views there is something for everyone. Check out one of the many whale watching boat tours offered or take a Lighthouse, Totems & Eagles Excursion in Ketchikan.
There is so much to see and do in this gorgeous state and you won’t want to miss it! Give AurTravel a call at 402-891-6909 and we’ll help you find your Alaska!
Growing up in a small Texas town, Rebekah always had the desire to travel and discover as much of the world as possible. After high school, she took her chance. Rebekah joined a performing arts group based out of southern California called The Young Americans. She had the opportunity to perform, teach, and mentor young kids all around the world. With this group Rebekah was able to travel to 11 different countries. She also met her husband while performing with this group and eventually they settled down in Nebraska, but they still love to travel together any chance they get. So far their favorite places are Riviera Maya, Mexico and Northern Michigan, but they still have a few big ticket bucket list items they’d like to mark off their list including: New Zealand, Hawaii, and Scotland. Rebekah is also a huge animal lover and an avid Harry Potter fan. She is the newest addition to the AurTravel team and so happy to be here.