Alaska Tourists - Surefire Ways To Always Spot Them
By: Courtney Dowd-Stanley
Alaska tourists – we know them, we need them, and we love them. Not only are they tremendously vital to our economy, but we commend their great taste in vacation destinations. Anyone who wants to experience the magnificent treasure that is “The Last Frontier,” is someone we’ll gladly welcome with arms wide open. But it’d be a lie to say that we didn’t get a little giggle over the painfully obvious existence of Alaska tourists. We get it; this place is intense! Even residents get caught playing “tourist” from time to time … how could we not? It’s easy to become dumbfounded by your mere surroundings up here. But just so you know (tourist), you stick out like a sore thumb.
1 – Cruise ships by the masses means that your peaceful port is about to become the Alaska version of Disneyland in July. Flickr - daihung
2 – Smile… you’re on candid camera! Watching watchers watch. Flickr - Jill, Blue Moonbeam Studio
3 – Cruise ships, glaciers, and more Polaroid pictures in one single setting than you can even comprehend. Mark McElroy
4 – After the sea excursion comes the land excursion, so be prepared for an insane train depot situation as well. Flickr - Jasperdo
5 – Like a bunch of sardines squished together on every sidewalk in sight. Flickr - James Brooks
6 – Tourists love a good dose of urban gold panning. You know, to transport them to the past. Flickr - Rick Fogerty
7 – Pictures with inanimate objects. Flickr - Jessica Spengler
8 – Pictures with town signs. Flickr - Robert Karma
9 – Pictures with murals. Flickr - Cristina Della Rosa
10 – Pictures with just about anything that’ll let you near it. Flickr - lava
11 – Except wild animals, of course. (But that won’t stop them from trying…) Flickr - Bob White
12 – Plus, plenty of pictures with obligatory touristy peace signs thrown up. Flickr - Nicole Yeager
13 – Moose rides (by grown adults). Flickr - Kim F
14 – Bear beanies (on grown adults). Flickr - Rick Fogerty
15 – Parkas in the middle of July. Flickr - Redfishingboat (Mick O)
16 – Matching jackets and a touristy group meeting in the middle of the road. Totally normal. Flickr - FoxKat
17 – When you want to learn about the local area, but the mosquitoes in Alaska aren’t like they are in the lower 48. Flickr - Terry Feuerborn
18 – Posing with antlers because you feel extra rugged and burly being in Alaska. Grrr! Flickr - James Brooks
19 – The ‘Denali lean’ when everyone races to one side of the bus to spot the elusive wildlife out the window. Flickr - Josh Kellogg
20 – The touristy dad that knows how to dress the part. Flickr - Kenneth Cole Schneider
21 – Dog mushing on gravel with six grown adults in tow. Flickr - maduarte
22 – Motorhomes… Flickr - Kim F
23 – …And motor-coaches, oh my! They have officially arrived. Flickr - David Casteel
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Written by Courtney Dowd-Stanley
Nothing says “I have no idea what I’m doing” quite like a Great Alaskan Holidays rental RV. ??
I bet you don’t mind the money the leave behind
Ah ???? #17 I recognised Jack Reakoff, met him there about 7 to 8 years ago. We didn’t put them silly hats on , we just borrowed his electrified tennis racket ??
Glad you like the visitors!! I’ve been three times, and will come again!!!
Or the “complimentary rain slickers”aka hooded trashbags that the cruise ships pass out. Always makes for a good chuckle in Southeast.
This is all affectionate of course, we love our visitors!
I’m coming up this summer, but NOT on a cruise – not with a group, just solo- & will HIDE when the cruise ships come in. I;m gong for some peace & quiet.
Love Alaska!! Been many times but never with a tour group !! RV ! Guilty !!!!
Don’t forget the ones that like to back into the street with oncoming traffic to take pictures.