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Family Travel in Alaska: Photos & Tips from the Last Frontier

Alaska: Whopping, Wild, and Worth It

On October 18, 1867, the United States acquired Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million dollars, or less than two cents an acre. While public opinion of the purchase at the time was unfavorable, Alaska became the 49th state on January 3, 1959, and is now recognized for its vast natural resources.

The name Alaska is derived from the Aleut word alyeska, which means “great land.” And with 17 of our nation's 20 highest mountain peaks, more than three million lakes, and an estimated 100,000 glaciers, it is great, indeed.

Planning a trip to such a grand place can be overwhelming, but it need not be. With Orbridge, navigate narrow channels and waterways with skilled naturalists at your side to encounter Alaska's breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife, plus fascinating history and culture.

Begin now with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into this vast wilderness as a member of our staff and his father discover what makes our small-ship Alaska cruise a fulfilling option for family travel.

Show me that family frontier spirit! →