Alaska Travel Industry Association

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Alaska — the land of the Midnight Sun and the northern lights — provides unlimited opportunities for family travel throughout the year. Whether families want to explore by foot, bike, boat, ferry, train, car, RV, plane or even sled dog and snowmobile, Alaska offers an adventure for everyone.

Alaska’s coastal communities are often visited by cruise travelers during the summer months. Large and small cruise ships alike place a special emphasis on programming for the entire family. Whale watching, ATV excursions, zip-line adventures, naturalist-led hikes, snorkeling, cultural presentations and more offer opportunities to keep everyone engaged.

Visiting Alaska’s national forests and national and state parks — there’s more protected land in Alaska than in the rest of the United States combined — offers families the perfect opportunity for exploring nature with children of any age and ability level. With hands-on learning experiences, such as junior ranger programs and ranger-led hikes and demonstrations, visitors and their families leave Alaska not only with memories of a great outdoor adventure, but also new knowledge on Alaska’s rich history and abundant natural resources.

Families can take advantage of the extended daylight during the summer by driving along scenic byways like the Seward Highway or hopping on a ferry with the Alaska Marine Highway System for a “road” trip unlike any other. The Alaska Railroad also offers a relaxed, family friendly mode of travel in glass-domed railway cars between Seward and Fairbanks with chances to meet and talk to railroad crew.

Winter in Alaska brings plenty of family fun as well, whether you’re a downhill skier or a kid who loves sliding down giant carved ice slides. Stay up late to watch the northern lights dance in the sky or get up early to watch the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race take off from downtown Anchorage. Events like the Fur Rendezvous Festival and Ice Art Championships bring travelers together from all over during spring break. But there are frozen ponds for ice skating and mountains for skiing on all winter long.

In Alaska, kids will be equally enthralled at the chance to ride on a sled behind a team of dogs, catch their own fish, watch giant pumpkins get weighed in at the State Fair, visit the Santa Claus House in North Pole, kayak past hulking glaciers or pan for gold. These aren’t once-in-a-lifetime opportunities in the Last Frontier, these are adventures that present themselves to families every day.

For more information on family travel in Alaska, please visit

Alaska Travel Industry Association

610 E 5th Street, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501