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Taking the Family on Vacation to Alaska

Updated on October 30, 2012
Enjoy Alaska!
Enjoy Alaska!

First I'll tell you a little bit about taking a vacation to Alaska with your family. Then you'll have a chance to explore one option - a Disney Alaska Cruise - in depth by watching one family's 7-day video trip of their experience ...

One of the most amazing states that you can visit as a family is Alaska. It’s completely unique from any of the other states in the United States. It feels almost like you are visiting a foreign country but without the travel hassles associated with trying to take kids to a foreign destination. It’s definitely a trip that the kids will remember forever. You can fly there or take a cruise or even drive there. You can do some serious outdoor adventuring or just check out the easy-to-see tourist attractions. And, of course, it’s a really great escape from the heat of summer if you’re looking for a good immediate vacation spot!

Enjoy the Trek to Alaska with your Family

Take advantage of the opportunity to make travel itself a fun adventure. You can always fly to Alaska which is what a lot of families will do. This offers a great scenic approach to the state. Families who are more adventurous and interested in extensive road trips (especially those living on the West Coast and North Coast) will find that a drive through British Columbia up to Alaska is an amazing family road trip experience. But perhaps one of the most unique ways for families to travel to Alaska, and often the one that parents choose because it lets them relax the most, is to take an Alaskan family cruise. This is a unique experience that not a lot of kids get to enjoy and it provides memorable activities during the process of getting to your destination.

Adventurous Things to Do With Your Family in Alaska

Most states are easy to explore alone with your family, but in the case of Alaska, it might be best to take a guided trip. These adventures are generally safe for families, especially if you already tend to do outdoor things together. However, it’s always safer if you explore a new place like this with people who are familiar with the terrain. Families can either decide to have their entire vacation planned with guided activities or just enjoy one or two of the adventurous things that the state offers. Some of the most popular outdoor activities include hiking the Alaskan wilderness and going out on the water to enjoy whale watching.

Check Out the Major Cities

There are three major cities in Alaska that you will want to focus on when planning a family adventure to Alaska: Fairbanks, Juneau, or Anchorage. The reason that families want to focus on these areas is because they tend to be the safest locations as well as the spots that offer the most options in terms of all ages activities. Fairbanks is a top pick for canoeing and fishing. It also has some major fun attractions such as museums and gold mine tours. Juneau is the best city for families interested in getting the opportunity to see wildlife, including bald eagles and humpback whales (which cross nearby the area during the summer months). If you’re looking primarily for indoor family fun activities then you want to look at Anchorage. Museums are a top pick but there’s also a really cool indoor water park. Take your family to visit all three cities or just the one that sounds best for you.

Check out one family's experience of the Disney Wonder Alaskan Cruise:


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  • Granny's House profile image

    Granny's House 

    8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    I have been there too. It is very expensive. I don't think I could ever afford to take my family there. They will have to wait till they can pay their own way. lol

  • GojiJuiceGoodness profile image


    8 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

    I'd like to go to Alaska, but it's so expensive. My parents and two older brothers were on a RCCL cruise & my Dad is hooked. He dreams of going back one day.

  • dallas93444 profile image

    Dallas W Thompson 

    8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

    Alaska is on my "Bucket List." Great hub. Thanks for sharing.


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