Alaska is often referred to as ‘the Last Frontier’ because of the expansive areas of land that are unexplored in this state. During your visit to this state, it will feel like you are traveling through a completely different world, even though you are still in the United States of America. If you are seeking adventure, there is no better place to visit than Alaska with its numerous challenging and exciting experiences. The opportunity to stand at a place where no animal or human has ever stood before or to see what no one else has ever seen becomes a real possibility when you choose to vacation in Alaska.
Alaska is renowned for its spectacular scenery as well as its abundant wilderness, making wildlife viewing one of the most popular activities in this state. This state is home to over 430 species of birds and brown bears which are the largest carnivorous land mammals in the world. There is no other place where you can spot different species of animals like bald eagles, polar bears, moose, whales, and grizzly bears in their natural environment. Species that are endangered in other parts of the world are still found in abundance in Alaska. In a way, this state is ‘the Last Frontier’ for animals too.
Your trip to Alaska is incomplete, if you have not been on an Alaskan wildlife adventure. There are so many places in this state where you can have close encounters with the wildlife, right from the Denali National Park to the Inside Passage and the Kenai Peninsula to the Nome. Engage in an Alaskan wildlife adventure to see playing otters, grazing moose, soaring bald eagles, breaching whales, and so much more. Wildlife viewing will definitely be a highlight of your vacation irrespective of which part of Alaska you visit. Some of the best wildlife experiences offered by this state are given below. Choose any one Alaskan wildlife adventure or choose them all, but wildlife viewing is a must when you are in Alaska.
Choose this Alaskan wildlife adventure if you are looking for a tour that is economical and yet offers a huge range of wildlife. On these day cruises, the tour companies take you along undeveloped coastlines, into pristine waters. The captains on these cruises are always alert and will stop the boat when they have spotted the wildlife. Aboard these cruises, you have a chance to see some of the spectacular marine wildlife that Alaska has to offer, including porpoises, whales, and sea otters as well as birds such as cormorants, puffins, and even eagles. Want to see dozens of otters floating in the open waters or hundreds of seals lounging on the icebergs? Climb aboard one of these Marine wildlife viewing cruises and have an amazing Alaskan wildlife adventure.
The untamed wilderness in Alaska is home to over 35,000 brown bears and 50,000 black bears. However, you won’t encounter these bears along most roads like the moose, you will really have to go looking for them. This is one of the reasons why the bear viewing tours are a bit pricier when compared to the other wildlife viewing tours. Many of these tour companies guarantee bear sightings and take you to the bears’ location either by a small plane or a boat. When you go on this Alaskan wildlife adventure, you will be amazed by the sight of bears congregating near the water to play, sunbathe, and teach the fishing technique to the young ones. On these tours, you can get fairly close and personal with the bears without disrupting their activity. This is one of the best wildlife experiences that you will ever have and is completely worth every cent that you spend!
Choose this Alaskan wildlife adventure and you stand a chance to see Alaska’s big five, namely, moose, Dall sheep, caribou, wolves, and grizzly bears. The Denali Park Road stretches for 95 miles and is only accessible by park buses. While aboard these bus tours, you will enter the wilderness of the taiga forest after mile 3. Although these tours do not guarantee wildlife viewings, you can see moose anywhere on this road because it is a prime moose habitat. It is also not that uncommon to see wolves here and as you continue on the high mountain passes, check out the mountainsides for some Dall sheep. If luck is on your side, you will also spot some bears too. This tour does not get as up close and personal like the bear viewing tours, but considering you only have to pay for a bus ticket, it is a spectacular deal.
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