Planning an Adventurous Romantic Honeymoon in Alaska

By Robert Schrader | Published on March 14, 2022

A honeymoon in Alaska allows you to celebrate your love in one of the world's most unspoiled natural settings. From towering walls of ice to lush evergreen forests to vibrant summer wildflowers and blazing autumn colors, it's difficult to imagine a more beautiful place to kick off married life. But as gorgeous as Alaska is, you don't have to just be a spectator when you cruise here.

From exhilarating hikes on craggy trails to kayaking in glacier lagoons and immersing yourself in indigenous culture and American history, let America's Last Frontier be the first adventure you have with the love of your life.

Alaska's Top Adventure Vacations For Couples On Honeymoon

Downtown Lodge Houses Stilts, Ketchikan, Alaska
Downtown Lodge Houses Stilts, Ketchikan, Alaska

Visit And Embrace Ketchikan's Dueling Cultures

If you board your Alaska honeymoon cruise in Vancouver, your first port of call will be Ketchikan, one of Alaska's southernmost cities. As you disembark the ship onto the historic Creek Street boardwalk, make a reservation at one of the waterfront restaurants for a romantic dinner with breathtaking views.

Before you wine and dine on the seaside, head onshore to work up an appetite with a hike along the Rainbird Trail, a 1.3-mile out-and-back jaunt that offers stunning views of downtown Ketchikan with the mountains of Tongass Narrows rising above the cruise terminal. Or, if you married a history buff, admire the Totem Poles of the Ketchikan area's indigenous Tlingit people and hear stories from the talented wood carvers who show off their skills here.

Totem Pole Saxman Village, Ketchikan, Alaska
Totem Pole Saxman Village, Ketchikan, Alaska

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For the more adventurous couple, an Alaskan cruise might be the perfect place to celebrate your love.

Scenic View of Downtown in Sitka, Alaska.
Scenic View of Downtown in Sitka, Alaska.

Take A Trip To Sitka: Wildlife And Wild Eats

Another place you can find adventure on your honeymoon in Alaska is Sitka. Although it's not far from Ketchikan, Sitka offers plenty of experiences and excursions to diversify your time in southern Alaska. If you and your spouse share a love of animals, take a walk on the wild side — or flight on the wild side — at Alaska Raptor Center, a sanctuary that cares for injured American bald eagles and other native birds. Or, make memories at Sitka's Fortress of the Bear, a refuge that allows you to get close (well, not too close) to orphaned black and brown bears being prepped for life in the wild.

Speaking of life in the wild, you can experience that in Sitka, too. Catch a whale-watching cruise off the coast of Baranof Island, or hike Sitka National Historic Park's cultural Totem Trail. You can even experience Alaska's wild with your taste buds, with a romantic meal spotlighting Alaskan reindeer, king crab, or salmon at any number of restaurants in downtown Sitka. It's no wonder so many Alaska cruise honeymoon packages call here!

Alaska, Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle Flying
View of the Port on Cruise Ship Parking in Juneau. Alaska.
View of the Port on Cruise Ship Parking in Juneau. Alaska.

Greet Glaciers On Your Honeymoon Cruise In Juneau

Alaska's capital city of Juneau might not be the first place you think to visit on your honeymoon in Alaska. However, if you're seeking a romantic adventure that doesn't require a long trek from civilization, you're in the right place with an Alaskan glacier cruise. Take a bus from downtown to Mendenhall Glacier. Enjoy bonding with a hike of the 3.5-mile West Glacier trail or working together on a tandem kayak in the Tracy Arm fjord.

If you do decide to hike to Mendenhall Glacier, keep an eye out for signs guiding you to Nugget Falls, whose bridal veil-style flow is the perfect place for newlyweds to share a spontaneous kiss after working up a sweat.

A honeymoon in Alaska allows you to celebrate your love in one of the world's most unspoiled natural settings.
Flowers Nature Mountains , Juneau, Alaska
Flowers Nature Mountains , Juneau, Alaska
Vintage Rail Car White Pass Yukon Route Bridal Veil Falls, Skagway, Alaska
Vintage Rail Car White Pass Yukon Route Bridal Veil Falls, Skagway, Alaska

Re-create The Gold Rush While Traveling To Skagway

If you take a longer Alaska honeymoon cruise, or start up north in Anchorage instead of embarking from south of the border, Skagway is a place you're sure to stop. Strike relationship gold when you ride the White Pass Railway, which follows the same route as the gold miners during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. If the stunning Yukon Scenery doesn't make you want to hold hands, the cozy train speeding around the bend above century-old mines is sure to do the trick.

Of course, you can hit the trails instead of the rails if you prefer. The Dewey Lakes and Skagway River Bridge trails are both less than a mile from downtown, and take you into scenic spruce forests with enchanting hemlock underbrush. Spend the day in nature, enjoying each other's company in the peaceful forests. Then, dine by candlelight in one of the quaint bistros in historic downtown, collecting the day's memories.

Old Historic Buildings, Skagway, Alaska
Old Historic Buildings, Skagway, Alaska
Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
Blue Ice Glacier

Seward Vacation Begins In The Kenai Fjords

But it doesn't end there. If your honeymoon in Alaska takes you all the way north to the Kenai Fjords near Seward, be sure to stop to take in their beauty. Get in a kayak and paddle out into the fjord, assuming you didn't get your fill of Arctic scenery as the ship passed the Hubbard Glacier en route. Together, admire the breathtaking scenery and diverse animal life including puffins, sea otters, whales, and sea lions.

Add another dimension to your adventure by taking one of many tours centered around the famous Iditarod Dog Sledding competition that takes place here every winter. End your day with a meal or cocktail in Seward's cute town center, and don't be shy about staying up late afterward, especially if you cruise in June or July. Seward, due to its far northerly latitude, is one of Alaska's best places for taking in the midnight sun.

Historic Buildings at Seward Boat Harbor in Seward, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Historic Buildings at Seward Boat Harbor in Seward, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Finding Adventure On Your Alaskan Honeymoon Cruise

To recap some of the adventures you can enjoy during your Alaska honeymoon cruise, here are the top highlights:

  • Ketchikan: In Alaska's lush southeast, explore an old-style American downtown, or immerse yourself in indigenous culture.

  • Sitka: A stone's throw from dense, deciduous forests, Sitka is also a regional hub for creative, nature-to-table cuisine.

  • Juneau: Get out of town while in Alaska's capital, and hike to take in great views of stunning Mendenhall Glacier.

  • Skagway: Whether you experience it by rail or trail, the legendary Klondike Gold Rush looms large in present-day Skagway.

  • Seward: Kayak or raft through the Kenai Fjords, or stay onboard and enjoy views of Hubbard Glacier from the ship.

You should also keep in mind that many seafaring Alaska vacations for couples cruise through Inside Passage, an inland sea filled with icebergs, glaciers, clear skies, and crystalline waters.

No matter what form your honeymoon in Alaska takes, it's sure to be a trip you'll never forget. To really seal the deal on your love, combine the fierce natural beauty of America's 49th state with the adrenaline only an Alaskan adventure can send speeding through your veins.

Explore the southern cities of Ketchikan, Sitka, or Juneau, and pair days hiking in the midst of glaciers with nights dining on the charming waterfront. Or head north to Skagway and Seward, where Gold Rush scenery and Icy Fjords serve as a backdrop to treks, train rides, and whitewater rafting. Unforgettable moments happen every day you spend this far north — don't delay any longer and risk missing a single one.

Written By

Robert Schrader is a writer, photographer and one of the web's original travel bloggers. In 2009 he launched his blog Leave Your Daily Hell, which has taken him to nearly 100 countries, and has since spun off niche sites focused on Japan, Thailand, Taiwan and Italy. Robert seeks to inform, inspire, entertain and empower travelers through his work, which has been featured in in-flight magazines and digital media outlets around the world. He's excited about travel's post-pandemic rebirth, and in particular the cruise industry's comeback!

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