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

Program No. 22225RJ
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.

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Jun 21 - Jul 1, 2024
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Jul 5 - Jul 15, 2024
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Filling Fast!
Jul 19 - Jul 29, 2024
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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 13 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.
Guide to the Birds of Alaska
by Robert Armstrong
In the new 6th edition, this guide to the birds of Alaska includes more than 900 full-color photos, 22 new species, name and systematic changes made by the American Ornithological Union, updated status and distribution charts, map of Alaska's six biogeographic regions, and much more.
The Call of the Last Frontier: The True Story of a Woman's Twenty-Year Alaska Adventure
by Melissa Cook
Melissa Cook went to Alaska for a job and ended up finding a twenty-year Alaskan adventure! Throughout the book, Cook also includes information about Alaska's history including, the Aleut internment camps during WWII, southeast Alaskan logging camps, and the sinking of S.S. Princess Sophia.
Roadside Geology of Alaska
by Cathy Conner and Daniel O'Haire
Since the first edition was published in 1988, there has been a lot of changes that have taken place in Alaska. The author discusses the latest findings from events that have taken place, such as volcanoes erupting, glaciers retreating, thawing permafrost, and geological interpretations that have changed.
The Nature of Southeast Alaska: A Guide to Plants, Animals, and Habitats
by Robert H. Armstrong, Rita M O'Clair & Richard Carstensen
Learn about the flora and fauna of Southeast Alaska. A guide to the natural world and the unusual aspects of Southeast Alaska natural history.
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.
Fodor's Alaska (Full-cover Travel Guide)
by Fodor's Travel Guides
More than 25 detailed maps, color photos, recommendations from locals, up-to-date coverage on Juneau, Glacier Bay, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Skagway, Ketchikan, Hines, and many other areas!
Field Guide to Alaskan Flowers
by Verna Pratt
With 350 color illustrations, it's slim enough to slip into your pocket.
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.
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.
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.
Tlingit Tales: Potlatch and Totem Pole
by Lorie K. Harris
This book contains legends of the Tlingit Indians as told by Robert Zubov, Chief of the Beaver Clan of Angoon, Admiralty Island, Alaska.
Collected Poems of Robert Service
by Robert Service
Collection of poems by novelist and poet, Robert Service. He was also often referred to as the "Bard of the Yukon" and best known for his writings that focused on the Klondike Gold Rush.

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