Alaskan king crab is better in Alaska, it’s that simple. For some of the best, surrounded by beautiful scenery and Alaskan charm, make your way to the end of the Homer Spit, the narrow peninsula jutting out into Kachemak Bay. Across from the harbor, you’ll find the bright yellow restaurant called Captain Pattie’s Fish House. With a breathtaking waterfront overlooking beautiful snow-capped mountains, the view is just as good as the menu, which includes fresh local halibut, salmon and the famed Alaskan red king crab. Not visiting Homer? Don’t fret. There are plenty of other places for fresh local seafood and king crab elsewhere in the state. A couple of our favorites are Tracy’s King Crab Shack in Juneau and Alaska Fish House in Ketchikan.
Ranked eighth in the nation for the number of breweries per capita, Alaska knows its beer. With access to abundant glacial watersheds born directly from the source, these breweries craft some of the cleanest, most authentic ales and lagers in the country. Although you can find a brewery in almost any Alaskan port city, Anchorage leads the pack with a whopping 13 of them. Choose from a variety of establishments ranging from traditional breweries to kombucha breweries and distilleries for gin, vodka, whiskey and moonshine. Some of our Anchorage favorites include Glacier Brewhouse and 49th State Brewing, which also has another location that serves as the only brewpub in Denali National Park.
The Gold Creek Salmon Bake isn’t just about the salmon. In fact, it isn’t a bake, either. So, what is then? Departing from Juneau, this two-hour excursion will take you to a quiet corner of the southeast Alaska rainforest along the banks of Salmon Creek, where you’ll enjoy fresh local salmon grilled (not baked) over an open alder wood fire. Cozy translucent domes make for a magical — and weatherproof — setting from which to enjoy an all-you-can-eat feast paired with a variety of Alaskan sides and traditional live folk music performances. Looking for a more traditional salmon restaurant in Alaska? Try the Pump House on the banks of the Chena River in Fairbanks or the Bridge Seafood Restaurant in Anchorage.
Want to taste all these flavors for yourself? A vacation with Norwegian Cruise Line is the perfect way to visit all these destinations in one amazing trip. Plus, you’ll sample expertly crafted cuisine utilizing these and other locally sourced ingredients onboard the cruise ship between every Alaskan port.