Alaska/British Columbia

Coastal Alaska: Glacial Waters, Breathtaking Shores

Discover the story of Alaska as you explore the Alaska coast, take a whale-watching expedition, explore seven ports of call and learn about Native cultures at the Totem Heritage Center.
Rating (5)
Program No. 18669RSBLOG
16 days
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At a Glance

Purchased for two cents an acre, Alaska has become an invaluable part of America, its Last Frontier. Glide past icebergs and through breathtaking fjords to explore Alaska’s coast and learn about those who’ve inhabited it, from the indigenous peoples to Russian traders to adventurers seeking Gold Rush fortunes.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Board a smaller vessel for a whale watching expedition to Point Adolphus near Glacier Bay National Park.
  • Discover Alaska’s capital city, Juneau, and traditional small towns like Haines, Homer, and Valdez.
  • Enjoy native cultural presentations at the Totem Heritage Center and Alaska Native Heritage Center.

General Notes

In some ports you will have the option of enjoying lunch on your own at your expense rather than returning to the ship for lunch. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. The maximum group size for this program will be 52 participants on a ship with a maximum capacity of 1,258 passengers.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
by James Michener
Russians in Alaska: 1732-1867
by Lydia Black
Alaska's Southeast: Touring the Inside Passage
by Sarah Eppenbach
Travels in Alaska
by John Muir
Alaska's History: the People, Land and Events of the North Country
by Harry Ritter
This is a small, easily readable "digest" of Alaska's history. It is great for a quick overview and it is a good size for tucking into a suitcase or reading on a plane.
Crude Awakening: Money, Mavericks, and Mayhem in Alaska
by Amanda Coyne, Tony Hopfinger
The Native People of Alaska
by Steve Langdon
Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land
by Water Borneman
Frigid Embrace: Politics, Economics, and Environment in Alaska
by Stephen Haycox

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