I’m not the only one who wants to go back to Alaska

Since I have been to Alaska and since I plan on going back, I found this press release interesting – they talk about the Alaskan tourism industry and how 30% of the people visiting Alaska are repeat visitors. They also mention a few tour companies.

Repeat visitors made up around 30 percent of all travelers to Alaska in 2010, and with a host of new adventure companies and tours entering the Alaska travel market, there are even more reasons to visit the 49thstate in 2011.

Early bookings and research conducted by the Alaska Travel Industry Association are providing hope that things are looking up for Alaska’s travel industry. Indicators on overall visitation are back to pre-2009 levels, which means the summer of 2011 should be better than that of 2010. Overall visitation to the state for the summer of 2010 came in at 1.51 million, according to the travel association’s estimates.

Here are just some of the new adventures available to travelers in 2011.

A new tour in Skagway will have visitors zipping above the treetops. The four-hour Mammoth Waterfalls and Ultra Zipline Adventure offered by Alaska Excursions opened in May complete with 12 ziplines up to 750 feet long and four adventure sky bridges overlooking various waterfalls and the forest floor. (www.alaskaexcursions.com)

The new Ultimate Alaska Adventure tour offered by Alaska Wildland Adventures introduces guests to a combination of outdoor activities on the Kenai Peninsula including sea kayaking, dog sledding on a glacier, white-water rafting, horseback riding, flightseeing, hiking and more. (www.AlaskaWildland.com )

A new three-night guided hiking trip with Rust’s Flying Service will allow visitors to explore Denali National Park from air and land. Departing by floatplane from Anchorage, guests land at a lake inside the national park near Ruth Glacier and spend four days learning the geology, biology and history of the area and skills needed for off-trail hiking. Rust’s Flying Service also has two new five-night adventures to Lake Clark National Park departing from Anchorage. Travelers paddle canoes in the glacier-fed Tlikikila River with multiple chances to hike through dry creek beds. The fly-in hiking adventure travels to Twin Lakes to enjoy the peace and solitude of the park by trail, including a visit to a hand-hewn log home. (www.flyrusts.com)

K2 Aviation is offering a new Denali flightseeing/hiking trip in 2011. Departing from Talkeena, this three-hour trek is limited to six guests or less and combines a floatplane ride with a guided wilderness hike in Denali National Park. (www.flyk2.com)

InnerSea Discoveries, the newly launched sister brand to high-end American Safari Cruises, began plying Alaska’s waters in May. Weeklong adventures between Ketchikan and Juneau and two-week itineraries between Seattle and Juneau are offered aboard two newly refurbished ships holding just 49 guests for a more close-up, nature-rich experience. (www.innerseadiscoveries.com)

Alaska-based Allen Marine Tours launched a new small-ship cruise line, Alaskan Dream Cruises, in May. Featuring two former Cruise West ships, the new cruise line focuses on wildlife, culture and sustainable travel with eight-day trips from Sitka with stops at Inside Passage destinations such as Icy Strait Point, Point Adolphus, Hobart Bay, Tracy Arm and Glacier Bay National Park. (www.allenmarinetours.com)

Alaskan Northwest Adventures began offering five-hour birding tours on the waters of Safety Sound near Nome this year. Safety Sound is known as a premier spot to view many of the migratory birds that nest near Nome on their way further north or inland. Located in White Mountain, 75 miles northeast of Nome, Alaskan Northwest Adventures also offers grayling fishing charters along the Niukluk River. (www.nomebirding.com)

Princess Cruises has introduced a new Alaska cruisetour option just for fishing fans as part of the 2011 season. The new 14-day land/sea vacation includes special excursions just for anglers, inviting them to cast their lines in some of the state’s premier fishing spots, such as near Juneau for colossal halibut and on the Kenai Peninsula for record-breaking salmon. (www.princess.com)

For more information on traveling to Alaska, visit www.TravelAlaska.com.

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  1. Jerry says:

    I rode my motorcycle from Connecticut to Alaska a few years ago. It was the ride of a lifetime. Alaska & the Yukon Territory are truly the last frontier.

    I am thinking about another ride there this summer. There is no other place like it!

  2. Sideshow Bob says:

    Jerry,

    Sounds like an amazing trip…have a blog or online gallery with photos?

  3. jerry says:

    🙁 unfortunately I was really into riding & never took a lot of images on my ride but here is one I had to shoot:

    http://molaver.org/photos/jsfav/alaska.jpg

  4. James Trotta says:

    A. Sounds like an amazing ride Jerry.

    B. When you do it again take more pictures!

  5. […] yet to look at my map and figure out where that is compared to other things in Alaska I want to see or how to add it to an existing Alaska travel plan. But it seems there are parts of the glacier […]

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