You’ve picked the destination for your next family vacation, and now it’s time to figure out what everyone will do once you get there! Alaska offers a vast array of activities, with something to suit just about everyone’s interests and abilities. Even the fussiest family members will love the wide selection of things to do, from wildlife watching and naturalist-led hikes to helicopter dog-sledding and glacier trekking.
Traveling with the whole family can often be a lot of work, and not a lot of relaxation. This is why we love to recommend our Denali at a Glance experience for parents who want to sit back and relax. Adults will appreciate riding Alaska Railroad’s Goldstar, a luxury line that offers a multi-story viewing platform and gourmet dining. Kids will get a kick out of the glass dome ceilings that showcase the unique views, and everyone will love exploring the destination – Denali National Park.
Want to give the whole family a trip they’ll never forget? How about a Luxury Mountain Retreat, complete with a stay at a luxury lodge perched atop a glacier in Denali National Park. Adults will love the gourmet food and deluxe lodges, while their younger travel companions will enjoy endless outdoor activities, helicopter adventures and building snow caves.
Too Cool Teenagers
So impressive that they’ll be taking out their ear buds to enjoy nature’s surround sound, a bear-watching tour at the famous Brooks Falls will have even the surliest of teens captivated (if only for a moment). Accessing the falls, located in Katmai National Park, is nothing short of spectacular – with a scenic floatplane ride ushering you to the park.
If wildlife watching isn’t ‘their thing’, we love the adventurous activities that our favorite remote wilderness lodges provide. Our pick for your Gen Z travelers is the exciting Tordrillo Mountain Lodge Getaway. From sea-doos and ATVs to fat-tire biking and river fishing, your teens will want try it all, if only for the ‘gram.
With wide open spaces for kids to run wild and long sun-filled days to tire them out, Alaska provides curious kids with educational and interesting activities at every turn. Our pick that will delight even the most discerning small travelers is South-Central Express, designed with exciting Alaskan adventures fit for the whole family.
Junior conservationists and animal lovers alike will delight in meeting the furry locals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, which houses rescued and orphaned animals. From Snappy the great horned owl to Arnold the moose and foxes Jade and Storm, the rescued and rehabilitated animals at Alaska’s Wildlife Conservation Center each have unique (and often harrowing) rescue tales.
A helicopter dog-sledding adventure will bring your little ones face-to-face with energetic sled dogs eager to be led across scenic icefields. Youngsters (and their companions) will learn about the historic Iditarod race, meet friendly (and adorable) pups, and get the chance to mush their own team of dogs across ancient glaciers.
For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground when visiting Alaska, have no fear – there’s plenty for you to see and do. Whether planning activities for elderly travelers, those seeking laid-back activities or simply a slower pace, it’s hard to beat a relaxing lodge stay. Enjoy the serenity of fishing along a remote riverbed, indulge in a relaxing massage, private yoga session, or detoxify with a trip to the hot tub or steam room. Our pick for even the most risk averse relatives is Heart of Alaska; Wilderness Lodge Retreat, which provides ample opportunities to relax at some of Alaska’s most authentic lodges.
Family Vacations to Alaska; Safe and Secure
We know safety matters to your family, and it matters to us too. On an Entrée Alaska journey, you have access to our 24/7 emergency line and our countrywide network of travel partners. If there are any issues on your trip, we are just a phone call away. We meticulously plan every detail and we have been creating safe and joyful journeys for families for over 25 years. If you have any questions about travel security, we are happy to put your mind at ease – you can call us toll-free on 1-888-999-6556, or fill out our quick plan your trip form.