While cruising continues to be a popular way of seeing Alaska, land packages provide an up-close and personal look at America’s Last Frontier. Alaska motorcoach tours give travelers a fuller picture of state history, scenery and wildlife, and plenty of chances to interact with locals. Itinerary highlights might include a wilderness trip by bus through Denali National Park, home of Mount McKinley, or a ride on the Alaska Railroad.
The state’s largest cities, Anchorage and Fairbanks, make good jumping-off spots for day excursions. From Anchorage, groups can visit Kenai Fjords National Park or take the 26 Glaciers Cruise in Prince William Sound. From Fairbanks, they can pan for gold at El Dorado Gold Mine, take the Riverboat Discovery sternwheeler cruise or learn all about sled dogs at Martin Buser’s Happy Trails Kennel. The article also features a sidebar on land packages offered by Globus and Cosmos, plus a report on the Globus family of brands’ recent Platinum Producers conference in Alaska.