My grandma always told me that if she could go anywhere, she would go to Alaska. This may have to do with her pure addiction to all the survival shows on TV. I feel like she would survive better in the wilderness than I would.🙂 But, after researching the vast state, I can see why Alaska pulls in her eye and so many other tourists on an annual basis. Its natural beauty and wildlife come with the stereotype; however, an aspect that goes unnoticed are the many opportunities for pure adrenaline that can only be found by taking a jump out of your comfort zone with an adventurous excursion.
In my opinion there are three stages of adventure; observing, participating, and being a pure adrenaline seeker. Your journey through Alaska could help you become more adventurous than you ever thought you were. Are you ready? I hope so!
To start off your path to ultimate adventure, how about one of Discovery Channel’s recommended excursions? Panning for gold in Fairbanks! Start by boarding a train on the Tanana Valley Railroad to Gold Dredge 8, and eventually getting to pan for yourself. This excursion is family friendly and receives a high rating among the past visitors. Plus, who wouldn’t want a chance to hit it big? If you want an equally fun excursion, with an extra element of cuteness, visit the Husky Homestead in Denali. You’ll get to meet the pups that will eventually be dog-sled racers. You’ll even hear first hand stories from the Iditarod Champion, Jeff King. Animal Planet even recommends this excursion!!
Jumping off the Edge to PARTICPATE in the Adventure
Now that you’ve taken the initial steps to become the ultimate adrenaline junkie, check out this excursion to get your feet “wet”.
In Juneau you can get an up-close look at the glaciers by kayaking in the Mendenhall wetlands. You may even get a glimpse of some Alaskan wildlife while enjoying scenic views. If water isn’t your cup of tea, then you could try catching some air, while zip-lining through Skagway. This excursion highlights eleven zip-lines and four suspension bridges, which all hover over many waterfalls. The views are sure to take your breath away if the adrenaline doesn’t.
Do you have what it takes to be a “Pure ADRENALINE Seeker”?
Now that you’ve gotten your feet “wet” or “dry”, it’s time to push you to become a pure adrenaline seeker. The first activity starts in Ketchikan where you’ll put on your wet-suit to dive into the cool waters to go arctic snorkeling. You’ll get to see urchins, sea cucumbers, kelp forests, and you may get a glimpse of the colorful sunflower sea star. This creature can have up to 24 arms and grow up to three feet in diameter. Even though the water is cold, don’t worry! They make sure you have all the proper gear to stay warm. I’ve also been told you get a warm beverage after… Nothing a good hot chocolate can’t cure!
For our finale of grand adventure, I present to you the ultimate excursion. We’re back in Skagway and you’re getting ready to board a helicopter. During the flight you’ll see gorgeous views of glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, mountains, and so much more. After about 20 minutes you’ll get a once in a lifetime opportunity, you’ll land among the glaciers and put on glacier boots to start a 40 minute hike through the glaciers. After you’ve worked off your delicious lunch, you’ll re-board the helicopter and fly back to the port. How many people can you say have done that?!
By traveling with Princess Cruise Lines, there are 100’s of options for different excursions. Each port has so many opportunities, too many for me to even begin to cover in this blog. If you want to learn even more about adventure in Alaska and excursions that Princess Cruises to Alaska offer, come to our FREE event on October 13th at Oak Meadow Country Club! RSVP by calling 812-479-8687.
From seeing husky puppies to walking among the glaciers, adventure is in Alaska for all those willing to participate.