If you’re looking for a unique company retreat that offers leadership opportunities, wellness, and adventure – all within an effortless package – look no further! Alaska has everything you need to inspire your team to increase collaboration and communication, build trust and respect, and re-energize. Not to mention, it’s a retreat you and your team will boast and reminisce about for years to come. Here, the sun never sets on team building!
Wellness and Team Building Retreats
Fly-in Fishing & Wilderness Retreats
If your budget allows, one of the best options for your retreat is a fly-in fishing trip. There, your team will be able to fly into territory beyond what the road system can offer, into the great creative space that is Alaska. Private lodges are an excellent option for large gatherings and alleviate the hassle of planning. They provide everything from transportation to and from the airport and lodge, sleeping accommodations, fine dining and, of course, guided fishing, hiking, kayaking, sightseeing, and so much more.
Many fishing lodges also offer packages that include processing your fish! You’ll be able to ship your catch home, extending the team-building memories far beyond Alaska’s shores. With so much to explore in the surrounding areas, your team can enjoy wading through streams and trails by day and enjoy fine food and drink by the fire at night – gazing under the starlit sky or midnight sun.
These lodges can be found across the state in the Inside Passage, Southwest, Southcentral, and Interior regions. Lodges in the Interior offer river and lake fishing, while Inside Passage, Southcentral, and Southwest lodges typically cater to both saltwater and freshwater fishing, so you’ll be able to enjoy the waters of Prince William Sound, Cook Inlet, Resurrection Bay, Bristol Bay, and more, along with endless lakes and rivers.
Wilderness retreats are also a fantastic option for those looking for an all-inclusive luxurious and tranquil Alaska, while enjoying all the outdoor activities available. Bear viewing, outdoor recreation, kayaking, hiking, and so much more are available at various wilderness lodges throughout the state.
Communication, trust, team building, learning, and collaboration will be provided by fishing, exploring, adventuring, and more. Lodges and other accommodations offer private conference spaces and sometimes exclusive use of the lodge to give your team the chance to work both inside and outside together.
Wellness and Corporate Yoga Retreats
Wellness retreats across the state offer an unparalleled opportunity to connect with nature and team members, take risks, reap rewards, find new sources of inspiration, and boost confidence. Your team can relish in the natural beauty while enjoying yoga, self-care, and options for team-building hikes, kayaking, camping, or even a helicopter ride to further remote and inspiring locations.
Wellness and yoga retreats offer luxurious accommodations, dining, and wellness workshops for mid-to-large sized groups. Most offer three-to-five day/night packages, so you’ll be able to connect with yourself and your team, coming out re-energized and rejuvenated as a group by the week’s end.
Popular National Parks for Groups
If you want to take your team to one of our national parks (keep in mind we also boast state parks, preserves, and other public lands) these national parks are easy to get to by road, boat, or plane, and offer close accommodations, entertainment, and dining for groups large and small! Tour buses are readily available, as are guides, cabins, gift shops, wildlife centers, and more.
While we have eight outstanding national parks, here are some easily accessible options that are closest to amenities and accommodations:
- Kenai Fjords National Park
- Denali National Park
- Glacier Bay National Park
- Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Custom Build Your Retreat
If you want to take your team to Alaska, but want the flexibility of building a custom itinerary, there are great options. The Alaska Railroad and motorcoach tours can transport your team from Anchorage south to Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park, up to Fairbanks or Denali National Park, and more.
Alaska Food and Culture
Historic downtowns in Juneau, Sitka, Anchorage, Ketchikan, Fairbanks, Skagway, Talkeetna, and Homer all offer great accommodations, direct access to fishing, food, entertainment, culture, and more! Make sure to join an Alaska Native cultural tour or experience to learn about the Indigenous peoples who have lived in Alaska for thousands of years. The Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage is a great place to start for your team to get an overview of Alaska’s distinct cultures.
Aurora and Star Gazing Trips
While the summer months (May-September) are a great time to visit, northern lights viewing is certainly an experience not to be missed from late August through April. In the Interior region, Fairbanks is well-known for its aurora viewings and boasts tours and accommodations during aurora season for an amazing chance to see the northern lights. There are even dog sledding tours and nearby hot springs to add to your aurora viewing experience!
The Southcentral region also offers viewing opportunities in places like Hatcher Pass, Willow, Anchorage, Girdwood and more. Your team can also enjoy dog sledding tours in this area (Willow is where many Iditarod competitors live!), as well as skiing and snowboarding at local Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, or at Skeetawk at Hatcher Pass, while enjoying the aurora at night.
Wildlife Conservation Centers
If you want a chance to spend the day viewing Alaska wildlife up-close, wildlife conservation and rehabilitation centers offer a great opportunity for your team to enjoy the outdoors with guaranteed sightings and interactions with wildlife! A few popular options are:
Wildlife Conservation Centers in Southcentral Alaska:
Wildlife Conservation Centers in Inside Passage Alaska:
- Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka
- Fortress of the Bear in Sitka
- American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines
Glacier & Wildlife Day Cruises
Spend the day on the sea, gliding through fjords, bays, and getting close to glaciers. Day cruises offer the chance for your team to spend the day out on the open ocean and get glimpses of whales, otters, glaciers and more. Food is typically provided on board, and the options for your itinerary are many. You can also enjoy glacier hiking, trekking, and more on guided glacier tours.
Glacier Helicopter Tours
Glacier flight tours are a great option for teams looking to go above and beyond the landscape, into an aerial view of Alaska’s stunning glaciers! Guided flight tours boast epic (and not to mention brag-worthy!) team building opportunities like heli-hiking, heli-camping, glacier paddle boarding, heli-fat tire biking, heli-rock climbing, and heli-winter ice climbing. All gear and guiding will be provided, so your team can show up and show out on the ice!
While there are practically endless options for custom building your company retreat, here are some other popular activities:
- Gold panning
- Dog sledding (yes in the summer, too!)
- Food tours
Unparalleled Team Building in Alaska
Alaska’s majesty inspires, challenges, and rejuvenates all who visit. There’s no better place for your team to set out to collaborate and enjoy time together. The experiences here are sure to not only leave lasting impressions, but also give colleagues treasured memories, insights, and breakthrough moments to share – for years to come.
Alaska: AKA Your Next Adventure
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