Physician Lifestyle

Alaska with Boots on the Ground

July 04, 2013

Alaskan cruises have been highly popular for years. But much of Alaska can’t be experienced from the rail of a ship. If an up close and personal encounter with the last American frontier is more your style, here are a few destinations to consider.


There’s a lot to do in the “City of Flowers.” Explore Mount McKinley, Lake Hood, the Chugach Mountains, and the Anchorage coastal trail. See the many micro breweries, thriving arts scene and the great ski areas. And don’t neglect the local favorites such as the White Spot downtown with some of the best hamburgers, salmon burgers and halibut burgers Alaska has to offer.


Fairbanks emanates a quality of light, energy and warmth found nowhere else on Earth. During the summer months, temperatures frequently pass the 70 degree mark. You’ll find B&B accommodations of all sorts and plenty of fine and casual dining and nightlife. The “Golden Heart” City of Fairbanks offers plenty of tours and activities including the most popular, a cruise aboard the Riverboat Discovery on the Chena River.


Whether your idea of fun is a day of shopping followed by a night of hoisting brews with the locals, or an exhilarating outdoor adventure followed by a great dinner featuring the day’s fresh catch, there are plenty of things to do in Juneau. Go glacier viewing, enjoy the abundant wildlife firsthand, attend a performance at Juneau’s nationally acclaimed Perseverance Theatre and pick up handcrafted native artwork.


Homer is known as a haven for artists of all kinds - potters, painters, printmakers, photographers, jewelers, weavers, sculptors and glass artists who live and work on the bay’s shores. Outdoor recreation is available 24 hours a day in the summer. Stroll a beach or kayak by a glacier. Tour by land, air or sea.

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