America's last frontier: Twice the size of Texas, it stretches from sea level, where it has more coastline than all the other US states combined, to the highest point in the United States, Mt McKinley at over 20,000 feet. In fact, Alaska is home to 17 of the 20 highest peaks in North America. It lies less than 60 miles from Russia on the western side, yet almost 500 miles from the next closest US state. In Alaska, it's not unusual for a family to have as many planes or boats as it does cars. It is not like the lower 48 states.
If you like statistics, Alaska has plenty; more than 660 named glaciers but an estimated 99,000 un-named glaciers, 3 million lakes (3200 of them named,) over 2600 islands, which when combined with the lakes equals almost 34,000 miles of shoreline. The terrain includes temperate rainforests, marshes, agricultural fields and Alpine-like valleys closer to sea level, and highlands, rugged rocky peaks and ice fields in the higher regions. There is even a desert in the Yukon. As Alaska lies along the Pacific's Ring of Fire, there are more than 130 volcanoes and volcanic fields, predominantly in the Aleutian Islands region, that are active. Alaska is Mother Nature's canvas and whether its early in the spring or late in the fall, just past sunrise or in the haze of one of Alaska's midnight suns, the scenery is ever changing. While on Cruise Excursions in Alaska, keep your eyes peeled for the abundance of wildlife that makes Alaska its home. With its dramatic scenery and majestic wildlife, Alaska is a place you will not soon forget.
Most cruise ships only visit an edge of the state in an area called Southeast Alaska. Cruising to Alaska is not for the white sand beaches or glittering towns you visit. It is about unique Alaska Excursions, unending scenery and the high potential for seeing wildlife in its natural habitat. The cruise ports of call are gateways to this. Due to the vast size, it's important to get out of town and try to see as much as possible and Alaska Shore Excursions are a great way to do this. Whether by land, sea or air, exploring our Alaska Cruise Excursions is a once in a lifetime experience.
Scenery is the number one reason to visit Alaska and at Shore Excursioneer, we offer an extensive selection of Cruise Excursions to experience some of the best Alaska and Alaska cruise ports have to offer.