We all woke early again. I walked to the river, hoping to get a glimpse of the valley ahead, but the low-slung sky offered no views beyond the first set of rapids. At the cook tent, Dave [Musgrave, a longtime Alaskan,] was preparing an extra large kettle of oatmeal with an extra large helping of nuts, cranberries, and cocoa butter. Despite his fears about our food supply running low, everyone knew how exhausting the day would be and how much we’d need the extra calories.

Tension on a trip like this comes with the territory – even among friends – but everybody’s fuse seemed a few seconds shorter than usual. “Let’s get a move on,” I barked at Aidan, who was meticulously packing her backpack. When I offered Dave a hand taking down his tent, he grunted a barely audible “No.” The previous evening I had tried to help him set it up in a fierce wind, but my help had turned into a hindrance, and eventually he put up the tent on his own.

By 8:30 a.m. we’d already broken camp and paddled across the river, away from the mouth of Esetuk Creek. We were scouting again. The rapid we would encounter just fifteen yards downriver was a large one, followed, almost immediately, by a hairpin turn and another big set of rapids. Aidan spotted a nice line and we elected to run it.

Adventure and Alaska go hand in hand. Where else can you hike an ice-age glacier, skim over the wilderness in a bush plane, watch a massive brown bear snag a salmon from a waterfall or explore millions of acres of pristine parklands?

And don’t forget the water sports: Alaska's many famous rivers, lakes and protected coastal waters offer adventures that range from whitewater raft-ing (mild to wild), kayaking through fields of icebergs and glacier-carved fjords or snorkeling the near-coast waters.

Alaska's raw, beautiful and unrelenting terrain teems with opportunities for backcountry experiences unlike anything else in the world—and there's a trip to suit every ability level. Not too comfortable with the great outdoors but still want a little adventure? Day excursions and guided tours allow you to discover the Alaska wilderness during the day and still sleep in a comfortable bed at night.

Picture this: You’re hiking along a winding river while snow-capped peaks rise high above you. A bald eagle scans watchfully from the branch of a spruce tree. You pitch a tent on the riverbank, build a campfire, and as the glacial water rushes by, sleep out under the Alaskan sky.

If you’re looking for an amazing Alaskan adventure like this, you’ve come to the right place. This is what we believe to be the ultimate list of quintessential Alaskan adventures. Assembling it was no easy feat:

We believe these are the best adventures, but they also represent the types of experiences you can find wherever you go in Alaska, many of which will be sublime experiences that you’ll remember for a lifetime. They’re a way to truly experience Alaska and to connect with nature. After all, they get you out into a wilderness much like that of the Lower 48 during the time of Lewis and Clark.

The United States purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867, for 7.2 million U.S. dollars at approximately two cents per acre ($4.74/km 2 ). The area went through several administrative changes before becoming organized as a territory on May 11, 1912. It was admitted as the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959. [6]

The name "Alaska" ( Russian : Аляска , tr. Alyaska ) was introduced in the Russian colonial period when it was used to refer to the peninsula . It was derived from an Aleut , or Unangam idiom , which figuratively refers to the mainland of Alaska. Literally, it means object to which the action of the sea is directed . [7] [8] [9]

The state is bordered by Yukon and British Columbia in Canada, to the east, the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean to the south and southwest, the Bering Sea , Bering Strait , and Chukchi Sea to the west and the Arctic Ocean to the north. Alaska's territorial waters touch Russia's territorial waters in the Bering Strait, as the Russian Big Diomede Island and Alaskan Little Diomede Island are only 3 miles (4.8 km) apart. Alaska has a longer coastline than all the other U.S. states combined. [10]

We all woke early again. I walked to the river, hoping to get a glimpse of the valley ahead, but the low-slung sky offered no views beyond the first set of rapids. At the cook tent, Dave [Musgrave, a longtime Alaskan,] was preparing an extra large kettle of oatmeal with an extra large helping of nuts, cranberries, and cocoa butter. Despite his fears about our food supply running low, everyone knew how exhausting the day would be and how much we’d need the extra calories.

Tension on a trip like this comes with the territory – even among friends – but everybody’s fuse seemed a few seconds shorter than usual. “Let’s get a move on,” I barked at Aidan, who was meticulously packing her backpack. When I offered Dave a hand taking down his tent, he grunted a barely audible “No.” The previous evening I had tried to help him set it up in a fierce wind, but my help had turned into a hindrance, and eventually he put up the tent on his own.

By 8:30 a.m. we’d already broken camp and paddled across the river, away from the mouth of Esetuk Creek. We were scouting again. The rapid we would encounter just fifteen yards downriver was a large one, followed, almost immediately, by a hairpin turn and another big set of rapids. Aidan spotted a nice line and we elected to run it.

Adventure and Alaska go hand in hand. Where else can you hike an ice-age glacier, skim over the wilderness in a bush plane, watch a massive brown bear snag a salmon from a waterfall or explore millions of acres of pristine parklands?

And don’t forget the water sports: Alaska's many famous rivers, lakes and protected coastal waters offer adventures that range from whitewater raft-ing (mild to wild), kayaking through fields of icebergs and glacier-carved fjords or snorkeling the near-coast waters.

Alaska's raw, beautiful and unrelenting terrain teems with opportunities for backcountry experiences unlike anything else in the world—and there's a trip to suit every ability level. Not too comfortable with the great outdoors but still want a little adventure? Day excursions and guided tours allow you to discover the Alaska wilderness during the day and still sleep in a comfortable bed at night.

We all woke early again. I walked to the river, hoping to get a glimpse of the valley ahead, but the low-slung sky offered no views beyond the first set of rapids. At the cook tent, Dave [Musgrave, a longtime Alaskan,] was preparing an extra large kettle of oatmeal with an extra large helping of nuts, cranberries, and cocoa butter. Despite his fears about our food supply running low, everyone knew how exhausting the day would be and how much we’d need the extra calories.

Tension on a trip like this comes with the territory – even among friends – but everybody’s fuse seemed a few seconds shorter than usual. “Let’s get a move on,” I barked at Aidan, who was meticulously packing her backpack. When I offered Dave a hand taking down his tent, he grunted a barely audible “No.” The previous evening I had tried to help him set it up in a fierce wind, but my help had turned into a hindrance, and eventually he put up the tent on his own.

By 8:30 a.m. we’d already broken camp and paddled across the river, away from the mouth of Esetuk Creek. We were scouting again. The rapid we would encounter just fifteen yards downriver was a large one, followed, almost immediately, by a hairpin turn and another big set of rapids. Aidan spotted a nice line and we elected to run it.

We all woke early again. I walked to the river, hoping to get a glimpse of the valley ahead, but the low-slung sky offered no views beyond the first set of rapids. At the cook tent, Dave [Musgrave, a longtime Alaskan,] was preparing an extra large kettle of oatmeal with an extra large helping of nuts, cranberries, and cocoa butter. Despite his fears about our food supply running low, everyone knew how exhausting the day would be and how much we’d need the extra calories.

Tension on a trip like this comes with the territory – even among friends – but everybody’s fuse seemed a few seconds shorter than usual. “Let’s get a move on,” I barked at Aidan, who was meticulously packing her backpack. When I offered Dave a hand taking down his tent, he grunted a barely audible “No.” The previous evening I had tried to help him set it up in a fierce wind, but my help had turned into a hindrance, and eventually he put up the tent on his own.

By 8:30 a.m. we’d already broken camp and paddled across the river, away from the mouth of Esetuk Creek. We were scouting again. The rapid we would encounter just fifteen yards downriver was a large one, followed, almost immediately, by a hairpin turn and another big set of rapids. Aidan spotted a nice line and we elected to run it.

Adventure and Alaska go hand in hand. Where else can you hike an ice-age glacier, skim over the wilderness in a bush plane, watch a massive brown bear snag a salmon from a waterfall or explore millions of acres of pristine parklands?

And don’t forget the water sports: Alaska's many famous rivers, lakes and protected coastal waters offer adventures that range from whitewater raft-ing (mild to wild), kayaking through fields of icebergs and glacier-carved fjords or snorkeling the near-coast waters.

Alaska's raw, beautiful and unrelenting terrain teems with opportunities for backcountry experiences unlike anything else in the world—and there's a trip to suit every ability level. Not too comfortable with the great outdoors but still want a little adventure? Day excursions and guided tours allow you to discover the Alaska wilderness during the day and still sleep in a comfortable bed at night.

Picture this: You’re hiking along a winding river while snow-capped peaks rise high above you. A bald eagle scans watchfully from the branch of a spruce tree. You pitch a tent on the riverbank, build a campfire, and as the glacial water rushes by, sleep out under the Alaskan sky.

If you’re looking for an amazing Alaskan adventure like this, you’ve come to the right place. This is what we believe to be the ultimate list of quintessential Alaskan adventures. Assembling it was no easy feat:

We believe these are the best adventures, but they also represent the types of experiences you can find wherever you go in Alaska, many of which will be sublime experiences that you’ll remember for a lifetime. They’re a way to truly experience Alaska and to connect with nature. After all, they get you out into a wilderness much like that of the Lower 48 during the time of Lewis and Clark.

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