Experience Anchorage's vibrant summer! Bask in 20 hours of daylight, explore Chugach State Park's breathtaking trails, or embark on a wildlife cruise to spot whales and glaciers. Join the bustling Saturday Market for local crafts and cuisine, and don't miss the Alaska Native Heritage Center for cultural immersion. Fish for salmon, kayak in Prince William Sound, or hike Flattop Mountain for panoramic views. Embark on an extraordinary Alaskan adventure with our captivating road trips and scenic Alaska railroad tours, both commencing or concluding in the vibrant city of Anchorage. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Alaska's landscapes, whether navigating the open road or enjoying the comfort of a rail journey. These carefully curated tours promise a symphony of breathtaking vistas, showcasing the unparalleled beauty of the Last Frontier. Alaska at it's Best !
AS#1 Anchorage City Tour
Let our driver-guide show you some of Anchorage's historical points of interest in this sprawling city of over 250,000 full-time residents. Watch for attractions like the Log Cabin Visitor Center and its Crossroads of the World Signpost. Then it’s off to the historic Port of Alaska and Ship Creek area where our city was born. Here you’ll learn about Anchorage’s colorful pioneer history, our early tent city, what life was like here before the age of modern conveniences and how Anchorage got its name. Next we’ll travel past Bootleggers Cove, stopping for a visit to Earthquake Park and Lake Hood airport: the busiest seaplane base in the world. The Chugach Mountains are our last and finest stop. Here you’ll experience Anchorage from the place locals go for stunning vistas and beautiful sunsets. This stop provides beautiful views of the city of Anchorage, the Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains.
AS#2 Matanuska Glacier Tour
Journey two hours north of Anchorage and explore the Matanuska glacier’s many features, including glacial blue meltwater pools, sweeping views of this scenic valley and moreThe Matanuska glacier is a frozen 27-mile river of ancient ice. Thousands of years old, this massive glacier is tucked at the head of the Matanuska valley. You will spend two hours trekking the ice with our expert guides, learning how the Matanuska glacier was born and how it shaped the surrounding landscape. Walking on ice is slippery fun, so we provide our guests with helmets, a trekking pole (walking stick) and microspikes that attach to your shoes. This all-inclusive tour allows you to warm up with hot beverages and a hearty lunch (provided) at a local lodge as well as complimentary snacks and water. Conclude your adventures with transportation back to your Anchorage hotel.
AS#3 Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise and Railtour
The Alaska Railroad passenger train leaves the downtown Anchorage depot and travels down the scenic Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet. On one side of the train you can watch the water for Beluga whales that chase spawning salmon. On the opposite side of the train Dall sheep are often seen on cliffs of the towering Chugach Range. When these animals are spotted, the engineer usually stops the train so passengers can get a good look and some photographs. Upon arrival in Seward, you’ll embark on a 6-hour cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park and its protected waters, rich in wildlife. Cruise past immense glaciers to Fox Island and enjoy a visit to the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge on secluded Halibut Cove. Lunch will be served on board during your cruise. Rugged cliffs and a pebbled beach are just part of the natural backdrop.
AS#4 Bear Viewing Trips to Brooks Lodge | Katmai National Park
Take off from Anchorage to an all day bear viewing expedition past glaciers and volcanoes - within the land of the giant animals: the brown bear country of southwest Alaska. You'll fly to Katmai's - worlds famous Brooks River Falls where brown bears feed on salmon. Each year millions of sockeye salmons burst from the Bering Sea into lakes and streams of the Katmai National Park. These fish provide the primary food source for the worlds largest population of brown bears. As many as 50 bears may be viewed up-close-and-personal from elevated boardwalks and viewing platforms fishing along the 1 1/2 mile Brooks River during peak season (July). Local National Park Rangers are answering all of your questions about this incredible park during the self guided full day tour.
AS#5 Anchorage City Tour and Portage Lake Glacier
There's an abundance of waterfowl at Potter Marsh and you might even catch a glimpse of beluga whales along the shores of Turnagain Arm. The sights unfold as you continue on the Seward Highway - voted one of the countries most scenic roadways by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Take some time to browse the glaciology exhibits at the Begich-Boggs Visitor Center and learn about the forces of nature that are at work in and around Portage Lake. Get a close-up view from the decks of the MV Ptarmigan to Portage Glacier. This sightseeing vessel has been specially designed to navigate the iceberg-dotted waters of the lake to within 300 yards of Portage Glacier. Enjoy the spectacular views and the expert narration from a seat in the enclosed lounge or on the open-air observation deck. On the way back stopover at the Alyeska Ski Resort and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Tour includes: Admission into Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Mt. Alyeska Aerial Tram Ride, Portage Lake Glacier Boat Ride, Lunch at a local eatery
AS#6 Prince William Sound Wildlife and Glacier Cruise
A sightseeing tour from Anchorage through the Anton Anderson Tunnel to the port city of Whittier. Board a Tour Boat for an unforgettable tour of spectacular Prince William Sound. Glide through glacier-carved fjords to discover up-close the waterfalls and inlets of Esther Passage. As you advance toward the ice-blue face of Surprise Glacier and the ice castles of Harriman Fjord and Barry Arm they seem to grow larger and larger, until they tower over your 90-foot vessel. Floating among the icebergs, you’ll watch the glaciers crack and groan and calve off enormous chunks of ice in a thunderous display. Viewing abundant marine wildlife and learning about the natural history of Prince William Sound makes this adventure memorable. Multiple outside decks for panoramic glacier, scenery and wildlife viewing. Round trip coach or rail transfer, Lunch, Cruise Tax/Fees is included.
AS#7 Guided Day Fly-in Fishing Trip
Alaska’s backcountry offers some of the world’s best fishing, only minutes away from the city by seaplane. Let us take you on a 10-hour trip to a remote river or stream where the action is and the crowds aren’t. We’ll outfit you to go on your own or with an experienced Alaskan guide. Enjoy a scenic flight over mountains, glaciers, forests and rivers watching for bear, moose, sheep and more. Your destination is a charming lakeside wilderness lodge where you'll meet your guide and get outfitted for the day's adventure. Then you're take off via flat-bottomed riverboat to your guide's favorite fishing holes. Have a delicious lunch back at the lodge or on the river. Angle for king or silver salmon, trout or arctic grayling depending on the season.
AS#8 Mt. Denali Flightseeing Tour
Denali in a day! Tour North America’s tallest peak on this one-day adventure from Anchorage. At a formidable 20,310 feet tall, Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) is the centerpiece of Denali National Park, and you’ll get the best view on a Denali flightseeing tour! Soar to new heights on the intimate, 3-hour Discover Denali Flightseeing Tour with an experienced Alaska bush pilot who loves to share Alaska’s most inaccessible and spectacularly-wild settings. Enter a world of rugged high mountain peaks and wide glacier filled valleys. See the Sheldon Amphitheater, beautiful Ruth Glacier - a 40-mile-long glacier that flows through the granite-walled Great Gorge – the world’s deepest trench. Watch for moose, bear, swans and the occasional wolf or coyote. In summer enjoy a remote lake landing on floats or once lakes have frozen over on skis in winter. When lake stop is not available (primarily winter months), enjoy a visit to K2 Aviation in the quaint town of Talkeetna
AS#9 Spencer Glacier Discovery | Float and Rafting Tour
Travel with the Alaska Railroad to Spencer Glacier and steal away on a very popular and gentle float tour among the icebergs at Spencer Lake and down the Placer River Valley with some rapids that are fun but mild. Be prepared for a true Alaska wilderness experience. Spencer lake is full of icebergs and the ice is so close you can touch it. Professional guides lead the trip which provides great photo opportunities. Rain jacket and rubber boots provided. Please dress warm in layers and enjoy the wilderness. Conditions around the icebergs are chilly. The tour is also available from Girdwood, Whittier and Portage. All tours are including rail/motorcoach return transportation.
AS#10 Flightseeing Trip | Redoubt Bay Wolverine Creek Bear Viewing
Depart from Lake Hood - the worlds busiest floatplane base and enjoy a guided tour with the opportunity to view Alaska's brown bears in their natural habitat. We fly about 70 miles (35 minutes) southwest of Anchorage across the Cook Inlet to the entrance of the Lake Clark Wilderness Preserve - a critical habitat area - home of the Redoubt Bay Lodge and incredible bear viewing. An experienced natural history guide will take you by boat through bear country. Look for bears as they fish for salmon, and don't forget to watch for other wildlife along the way. Guests receive a Redoubt Bay Field Guide that provides interesting facts about bears and a checklist of Flora and Fauna specific to this region. Relax and enjoy a homemade lunch on the lake or in the cozy lodge before your return to Anchorage. Total trip length about 6 hours.