Alaska Excursions

Alaska Excursions

A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.

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The fishing industry is one of Alaska's most important. Here, workers are canning sockeye salmon at a plant in Dillingham.

The fishing industry is one of Alaska's most important. Here, workers are canning sockeye salmon at a plant in Dillingham.

Alaska's position on the globe makes it a natural crossroads for sea and air cargo transport between North America, Asia and Europe.

In addition, the state has no personal sales or income taxes. It also has what is widely regarded as a pro-development state administration.

Alaska's biggest industries are oil production, tourism and fishing.

1. Oil. Alaska's petroleum comes mostly from the oil fields around Prudhoe Bay, on the northern coast. Alaska produces about 20 percent of the nation's oil.

2. Tourism. About 1.1 million tourists come each year to see Alaska's wildlife and scenery. The tourism industry is Alaska's second largest employer. (The largest category of employment is government.)

3. Fishing. Alaska's fishing boats pull in more than 5 billion pounds of seafood a year, making fishing the third largest industry.

The other most important industries, as measured by the state of Alaska, are these:

  • Timber (logs, lumber and pulp; Alaska has the nation's two largest national forests)
  • Mining (coal, silver, zinc, lead and gold)
  • Agriculture (1 million acres are used for livestock and vegetables)

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