Alaska and the Rocky Mountains have it all – an abundance of wilderness, rivers, forests, glaciers, mountains and wildlife. The natural beauty of these stunning areas of Canada & the United States is enough to bring a tear to your eye, even the toughest of people. Take a unique cruise & land tour of Alaska & the Rocky Mountains and watch the wonders unfold before your eyes.
Alaska’s coastline is over 34,000 miles in length and is the largest state in the United States, covering 656,425 acres. Cruising is the most popular way to travel to Alaska and you will find cruise lines operate in this area from May to September. For the warmest & longest days, the best time to travel to Alaska is in June & July but each month of the Alaska travel season has its benefits. June & July are also the best months if you also want to see the whales. Th ere is a huge possibility that you will see Orcas, Dolphins, Porpoises, Humpback and Minke whales but you can take a whale watching tour as well from your cruise which will increase your chances of a sighting. Seven of the tallest mountains in North America are located in Alaska, Mount McKinley being the highest mountain peak. To visit Mount McKinley you can take a cruise tour from Skagway or Anchorage to Denali National Park. The combinations of cruise & tours of Alaska you can take are endless.
A lot of Alaska cruises start or end in Vancouver, which gives you a great opportunity to add on a land stay to your cruise and visit the Rocky Mountains. Th ere are various means and ways to get from Vancouver to the Rockies, the most scenic being by the Rocky Mountaineer train. The best route we recommend is to take the Rocky Mountaineer train from Vancouver to Jasper and from Jasper you can work your way down to Lake Louise and Banff then onto Calgary for your flight home. All of the main villages in the Rocky Mountains where you can stay have their perks, Jasper is home to Maligne Lake, Lake Louise is close to Moraine Lake which is surrounded by the Valley of the Ten Peaks and Banff is surrounded by stunning mountain peaks. If you are not afraid of heights, take the Banff Gondola up the mountains for a 360 degree view of six mountain ranges. From Jasper, we recommend taking an Athabasca Glacier tour, the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies & the most visited glacier on the North American continent. Don’t forget to watch out for the bears as well; which you are likely to see on your travels around the Rocky Mountains.