With its magnificent landscapes, a wealth of recreational activities, and vibrant cities and towns, Alaska is an ideal choice for a fun-filled bachelor party. After settling into your Alaska vacation rental, venture out to enjoy wilderness exploration, outdoor recreation, bar hopping, wine tasting, and partying at nightclubs. Whether you crave thrilling adventure, music and dancing, or relaxation, there’s something for everyone in Alaska. Here are the most popular bachelor party destinations in the state.
Anchorage lies in south-central Alaska at the northern end of Cook Inlet with the spectacular Chugach Mountains forming a backdrop to the east. Often people spot bears, moose, deer, mountain goats, and other animals that wander from the surrounding forests into the city neighborhoods. Take a small plane with K2 Aviation, the Denali Flightseeing Company, to view the incomparably awesome Mount McKinley in Denali National Park. The Alaska Railroad runs the Glacier Discovery Train to Spencer Glacier, where you can take guided hikes, go rafting among glacial icebergs, and ice climb onto the glacier. Alaska Horse Adventures takes you on a trail ride to observe the wilderness and wildlife in the Chugach Mountains. When it’s time to party, head for Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse, which offers live music and the most extensive selection of beer on tap in the city. Alternatively, enjoy fine dining and a great selection of wines at the Whale’s Tail Bar and Bistro.
Located in central Alaska along the beautiful Chena River, the city of Fairbanks is ideally situated for unique once-in-a-lifetime wilderness excursions. The Alaska Private Guide Service takes you on a night adventure by snowmobile over mountain ridges to a prime location to view the shimmering aurora borealis. In winter, visit 1st Alaska Tours for a chance to travel over the snowy terrain by dog sled. Join Warbelow’s Air Ventures for small plane flights above the Arctic Circle to Fort Yukon, over Gates of the Arctic National Park, and observing polar bears in their natural habitats. To sample top-quality locally distilled vodka, head for Fairbanks Distilling Company, Hoarfrost Distilling, and Ursa Major Distilling. Lavelle’s Taphouse serves over 30 varieties of craft beer and wine. For a rousing time and at an old-fashioned bar, try the Mecca Bar on 2nd Avenue.
Juneau, the capital of Alaska, is in the southeast corner of the state in an area known as the Alaskan Panhandle. The formidable mountains and glacial fields surrounding the city make it accessible only by boat or plane. Alaska Shore Excursions offers a Juneau Helicopter Icefield Tour that carries you up onto the Herbert Glacier for a close-up look. Join the Whale Watching Tour with Juneau Tours to go out on the open ocean and view humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, and other wildlife. If the groom-to-be is a fishing enthusiast, charter a boat with Lost in Alaska Adventures to angle for trophy-sized salmon and halibut. To sample locally crafted malt whiskey, gin, and vodka, stop in at the Amalga Distillery. For a diverse selection of micro-brews along with great food and a great view of the waterfront, try Hanger on the Wharf. For an impressive selection of local beer and a casual atmosphere, head for the Triangle Club Bar.
The town of Skagway lies in Taiya Inlet at the far northern end of the Inside Passage in southeastern Alaska. Six blocks of the town’s historic downtown area are part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, and when you walk the wooden sidewalks past restored buildings, you feel as if you have time traveled back to the gold rush days. Skagway Van Tours takes you on a private excursion into the coastal forest to observe glacial lakes, scenic overviews, and local wildlife. Take the narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, one of the world’s scenic wonders, over trestles, through tunnels, and past mountains and glaciers. Skagway Fishing Charters offers you the chance to angle for immense Alaskan king salmon. The Happy Endings Saloon provides drinks, a pool table, a patio, and a friendly atmosphere. The Red Onion Saloon, formerly a brothel, now functions as a restaurant and bar, but upstairs it hosts the historic Red Onion Brothel Museum.
Due to its position at the southernmost tip of the Alaskan Panhandle, Ketchikan is known as Alaska’s first city. Allen Marine Tours takes you on an excursion to the unbelievably beautiful Misty Fjords National Monument on a luxurious catamaran. Alternatively, view the gorgeous surrounding landscapes and seascapes by seaplane with Southeast Aviation. For a unique and adventurous experience, slip on your wetsuit, and snorkel the shallow tide pools around Ketchikan with Snorkel Alaska. The Sourdough Bar on the Ketchikan waterfront is a great place to have a few beers and meet some locals. The Asylum on Water Street has pool tables, foosball, darts, pinball, and a great selection of craft beers on tap.
The city of Kodiak is on the northeast side of Kodiak Island, which is part of the Kodiak Archipelago off the southern coast of Alaska. Kingfisher Aviation flies you by seaplane to remote parts of the island to view the immense brown bears for which the island is famous. Helios Sea Tours takes you in a comfortable watercraft to observe whales on the Pacific Ocean. If fishing is your thing, join Reel Extreme Alaska for an exciting off-road adventure to great fly fishing rivers in the island’s interior. For some local flavor and historic ambiance, try the B&B Bar, one of the oldest bars in Alaska. Alternatively, visit the Kodiak Island Brewing Co. to sample craft beers on tap. Combine an elegant drinking and dining experience with spectacular scenery on a dinner cruise aboard a 40-foot yacht with Galley Gourmet.
Homer lies at the end of the Sterling Highway on Kachemak Bay about 200 miles south of Anchorage. Homer Spit, a 4.5 mile stretch of land that extends into the bay and culminates at Homer Harbor, has some of the most beautiful beaches in Alaska. Homer is known as the halibut fishing capital of the world, so if you’re a fishing enthusiast, join North Country Halibut Charters for a fishing excursion. Rent kayaks at True North Adventures, and explore Kachemak Bay, or join a guided tour to nearby coves and islands. AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse and Tavern is the place to go for excellent steak, seafood, and cocktails. The Salty Dawg Saloon is an iconic historic establishment at the end of the Homer Spit. The inside is wallpapered with thousands of dollar bills that visitors have signed and tacked up. It’s a great place to go for drinks and a friendly atmosphere.
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