Every one of Alaska's cities and towns comes with an unusual backstory. Some were former mining, railroad or fur-trading camps; others were originally used as seasonal Alaska Native settlements. One unusual island community was founded by Norwegian fishermen who used ice from a nearby glacier to preserve their catch.
You can get to know each of these communities with a sightseeing tour through the city, ranging from multi-day rail tours to guided and self-guided walking tours. Many tours include a demonstration of Alaska Native singing, drumming and dancing in the local tradition, then pair you with local guides who will share the cultural history of the area.