The best way to fully grasp the things you hear and read about the beauty of Alaska is to experience an Alaska family vacation for yourself. A state so big and so full of wonderful sights, it would take a lifetime to discover everything Alaska offers. Taking a vacation with your family to Alaska provides you with more than just a handful of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, as there are things to explore in Alaska that are rarely found anywhere else in the world: Fjords, glaciers, flight-seeing and fishing, sled dog races, grizzly bears, orcas and moose.
Listening to stories and looking into the itineraries of travelers who have visited Alaska will give you an idea of what it is to experience Alaska and entice you to plan your own trip there. If you plan your vacation with your family carefully, you'll be able to enjoy more of what Alaska offers.
But going to unfamiliar places, while exciting, can be daunting. That is why it's a relief to know that there are two friendly Alaskans, Bob and Carolyn of All Alaska Tours, to show you around the place they know by heart. With sets of activities included in their itineraries, discovering Alaska with Bob and Carolyn will guarantee you a family vacation that will carve lifelong memories.
Get ready to know Alaska the way you should through this 11 day/10 night itinerary, The Alaska Family Vacation, that All Alaska Tours prepared for you. Well-experienced in handling group tours, Bob and Carolyn will let you enjoy Alaska as if it were your family's playground with activities that allow you to discover the natural world, participate in outdoor activities, and meet new people - locals and fellow travelers alike.
Your family vacation to Alaska starts as soon as you step foot on Alaskan soil in the city of Anchorage. All Alaska Tours takes care of your transfer from the airport to the reputable Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood. The Hotel Alyeska has amenities you would want at any hotel... and more; the more being the aerial tram ride, which is something children love to do, and the Seven Glaciers Restaurant that sits 2,300 feet above the Hotel Alyeska on a mountain ridge accessible only through the aerial tram!
This Alaska family vacation offers you everything but the ordinary. You get to experience unique activities like gold panning at the Crow Creek gold mine (keeping all the gold you find) and cruising through Prince William Sound from Whittier. The island hop to Cordova brims with wildlife and brings you to a hospitable lodge affiliated with Alaska Tours, the Orca Adventure Lodge. Here you'll experience a bliss rarely felt in the cities. Glacier excursions is a must when you are in Alaska. The hike in the shadows of Mt. Blackburn is a family activity you should not miss. Not only is it thrilling for the kids, but it's also informative as your naturalist guide specifically points out the effects of global warming to the glaciers. Be sure to stay alert on your visits to Wrangell-St. Elias Park and Denali National Park as you will surely chance upon wildlife! Also, you get to experience the world famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
The tour is tailored with an easy schedule to give ample free time with your family. After all, that is what family vacations are all about, enjoying each other's company. You can do outdoor activities such as sea kayaking in Cordova, biking, or just walking around and exploring Anchorage on your own. There are other activities not included in the tour that you might want to do with your family that Alaska Tours will be happy to organize for you like bear viewing at the Big River Lakes or Brooks Falls and guided salmon fishing off the side of the road at Ship Creek or fly-in fishing across Yetna River, Clear Creek or Talachalitna rivers. In addition, if you wish to spice up your Alaska family vacation with something cultural and historical, your tour guides will lead you to the accessible shops, restaurants and trail systems in Anchorage, and also visit the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.
Just getting to your tour destinations are scenic gifts, whether you arrive via plane, train or bus. You'll see historical landmarks like the Million Dollar Bridge built in the early 1900's (an entertaining anecdote to your kids). Your family will be awed by the amazing scenery as your bus takes you along the Denali Highway and Alaska Railroads.
As warm as the welcome felt, so is the farewell. Allow All Alaska Tours to indulge your family and the rest of your Alaskan vacation group with a sumptuous farewell dinner. Take this opportunity to share all that you've seen and experienced during your stay. More importantly, reflect on how your relationship with your family, your fellow travelers and tour guides flourished into a new level of friendship.
With some open time before your return flight the next day, you have a choice to conclude your Alaska family vacation by exploring Anchorage on your own or with one last activity with your tour guides.
Discovering Alaska with the help of All Alaska Tours will make planning your trip a breeze. The route, hotels, and activities are already mapped out for you, with options to add activities that specifically appeal to your family. Your memories of this Alaska family vacation will not only be filled with all things Alaska, but also with the new friends who shared the experience with you.