Passport to Southeast Alaska: By Hiking Boot, Kayak & Boat

Alaska is one-fifth the size of all Lower 48 states combined but has a population smaller than Rhode Island. Come hike, kayak, learn about and explore this idyllic place.
Rating (5)
Program No. 22225RJ
10 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Southeast Alaska opens up to you on an extraordinary learning adventure in a land steeped in riveting lore, hardy culture and spirited days of up-close discovery by land and sea. Kayak in cold blue waters to one of Alaska’s most active feeding grounds for humpback whales. Hike in old-growth forest with views of towering mountains. Dine on native salmon. Be transformed in the wild outdoors and pure air of America’s 49th state.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Kayaking up to two hours at a time on mostly calm waters, hiking up to four miles over varied terrain over a period of two hours. Rafting on relatively flat waters.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take a quiet float through a Bald Eagle Preserve to a Klukwan village to learn about the Tlingit culture.
  • Explore the beautiful wildness of Glacier Bay National Park by boat, on foot and by kayak!
  • Hike through the Tongass National Rainforest and watch out for whales, otters, schools of salmon, and eagles flying overhead as you kayak in the waters along the Pacific coastline.
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.
Field Guide to Alaskan Flowers
by Verna Pratt
With 350 color illustrations, it's slim enough to slip into your pocket.
Alaska: A History of the 49th State
by Claus Naske and Herman Slotnik
Claus-M. Naske is retired as Professor of History at the University of Alaska. A longtime resident of the state, he is the author of many works on Alaska history.
The Nature of Southeast Alaska
by Robert H. Armstrong, Rita M O'Clair & Richard Carstensen
Guide to the Birds of Alaska
by Robert Armstrong
This comprehensive guide provides the most current knowledge about the birds in Alaska.
All Robert Service Poetry
by Robert Service
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.
Roadside Geology of Alaska
by Cathy Conner and Daniel O'Haire
Tlingit Tales: Potlatch and Totem Pole
by Lorie K. Harris
Legends of the Tlingit people.
Guide to Marine Mammals of Alaska
by Kate Wynne
This book covers all 29 marine mammal species of Alaska. Each whale, porpoise, dolphin, seal, sea lion, walrus, sea otter, and polar bear is described and illustrated. Color photos and surface profile drawings show all Alaska marine mammals and compare similar species, and color range maps show distribution.
Travels in Alaska
by John Muir
Take a trip to last century's Alaska through Muir's clean, easy-going, enthusiastic prose. He wrote the way he took pictures, with insight, attention, care and genuine feeling.

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