23 Hilariously Accurate Ways To Spot Alaska Tourists This Summer

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.  

tourist alaska tourists
Flickr – daihung

2 – Smile… you’re on candid camera! Watching watchers watch.

tourist alaska tourists
Flickr – Jill, Blue Moonbeam Studio

3 – Cruise ships, glaciers, and more Polaroid pictures in one single setting than you can even comprehend.

tourist cruise ship alaska tourists
Mark McElroy

4 – After the sea excursion comes the land excursion, so be prepared for an insane train depot situation as well.  

tourist train depot alaska tourists
Flickr – Jasperdo

5 – Like a bunch of sardines squished together on every sidewalk in sight.  

tourist crowds alaska tourists
Flickr – James Brooks

6 – Tourists love a good dose of urban gold panning. You know, to transport them to the past.

tourist gold panning alaska tourists
Flickr – Rick Fogerty

7 – Pictures with inanimate objects.

tourist with puffin alaska tourists
Flickr – Jessica Spengler

8 – Pictures with town signs.

tourist posing ketchikan alaska tourists
Flickr – Robert Karma

9 – Pictures with murals.

tourist posing ketchikan alaska tourists
Flickr – Cristina Della Rosa

10 – Pictures with just about anything that’ll let you near it.

tourist picture anchorage alaska tourists
Flickr – lava

11 – Except wild animals, of course. (But that won’t stop them from trying…)  

tourist bear watching alaska tourists
Flickr – Bob White

12 – Plus, plenty of pictures with obligatory touristy peace signs thrown up.

tourist peace sign alaska tourists
Flickr – Nicole Yeager

13 – Moose rides (by grown adults).

tourist moose ride alaska tourists
Flickr – Kim F

14 – Bear beanies (on grown adults).

tourist bear hats alaska tourists
Flickr – Rick Fogerty

15 – Parkas in the middle of July.

tourists wearing parkas alaska tourists
Flickr – Redfishingboat (Mick O)

16 – Matching jackets and a touristy group meeting in the middle of the road. Totally normal.  

tourists on road matching coats alaska tourists
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.

mosquito hat alaska tourists
Flickr – Terry Feuerborn

18 – Posing with antlers because you feel extra rugged and burly being in Alaska. Grrr!

posing with antlers denali alaska tourists
Flickr – James Brooks

19 – The ‘Denali lean’ when everyone races to one side of the bus to spot the elusive wildlife out the window.

denali lean on park bus alaska tourists
Flickr – Josh Kellogg

20 – The touristy dad that knows how to dress the part.

funny dad alaska tourists
Flickr – Kenneth Cole Schneider

21 – Dog mushing on gravel with six grown adults in tow.

dog mushing alaska tourists
Flickr – maduarte

22 – Motorhomes…

motorhomes alaska tourists
Flickr – Kim F

23 – …And motor-coaches, oh my! They have officially arrived. 

motor coach alaska tourists
Flickr – David Casteel

Looking for another great read? Check out this story on Dick Proenneke – Hiking With A Legend.  You might also enjoy this story on Portage, the sunken Alaska ghost town that nature is reclaiming.

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Written by Courtney Dowd-Stanley 

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