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Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 4-Hour Wildlife Cruise

1. Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 4-Hour Wildlife Cruise

Experience the local wildlife in Resurrection Bay on this fully narrated tour. Rather than following a set route, your crew will steer you to the wildlife most often seen through Resurrection Bay. Watch as sea otters carry their pups on their bellies. Marvel at the speed of the Dall's porpoise as they surf the vessel's wake. Be awed by the size and majesty of orcas, humpbacks, and other incredible whale species. This adventures is perfect for families, those with limited time, or guests worried about seasickness.

Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 6-Hour Cruise

2. Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 6-Hour Cruise

Board one of the largest catamarans in the region and spend a day filled with wildlife, glaciers, mountains, and more. See whales and glaciers in Resurrection Bay and learn the history of the region from a National park Ranger. The cruise begins by searching for wildlife in the protected waters of Resurrection Bay. Whales, sea otters, and puffins are often sighted within minutes of leaving the harbor. A National Park Ranger will provide information on the area's wildlife, glaciers, fjords, and history. Stop at one tidewater glacier that has frequent calving events, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water. A full bar is available for those wanting to enjoy an Alaskan Amber or glacier margarita. Savor a deli-style lunch on board while you cruise.

Anchorage Area: ATV or UTV Off-Road Adventure Tour

3. Anchorage Area: ATV or UTV Off-Road Adventure Tour

The Knik River Valley is an off-roader's dream and is located just 45 minutes north of Anchorage. Ride halfway up the Knik River Trail, over silt dunes, through water crossings, and along forest trails. If the weather permits, you'll also see Knik Glacier in the distance. For your ride, choose a single-rider ATV or a 2-seat side-by-side (UTV). Embark on an adventure covering about 20 miles of trail. This tour is designed for people who want a spectacular ride, but don't have time to tackle the full trail. Head up Knik River Trail and take on the bumpy terrain of silt dunes, water crossings, and forest trails. All the while, marvel at spectacular views even of Knik Glacier in the distance.

Anchorage: 1-Hour Trolley Tour

4. Anchorage: 1-Hour Trolley Tour

Enjoy a fully narrated tour of historic Anchorage from the comfort of an enclosed, heated trolley with panoramic windows. Travel a 15-mile circuit through Alaska's largest city, while a lively and informative Alaskan guide shares the history of the city, their family stories, and more. Departing from the corner of 4th and F Street, the tour includes many highlights, such as the Mysterious Earthquake Park, and Westchester Lagoon, where waterfowl abound, and moose and small mammals forage. See the Alaska Railroad, and float planes departing from Lake Hood and Lake Spenard. Enjoy breathtaking views of mountain ranges, wildlife sightings, and historic neighborhoods In addition, get a coupon book serving more than 20 restaurants, gift shops, tours, and attractions in downtown Anchorage.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Admission Ticket

5. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Admission Ticket

Enjoy an admission ticket that will grant you access to over 200-acres of animal enclosures and stunning nature. Take a self-tour of the scenic 1.5-mile loop, accessible by foot, by bike, or by car, while learning about the resident wildlife via interpretive signs at each animal habitat. Support the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, which is a non-profit sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research, and quality animal care. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is located in Portage Valley and is surrounded by the breathtaking Chugach Mountain Range and Turnagain Arm Inlet. Venture through the AWCC’s 1.5 mile loop which is the perfect adventure for the winter months. Experience unique ways to explore the Center while enjoying the wildlife in the winter include gliding on your cross country skis, riding your fat bike, or utilizing AWCC’s complimentary kick-sled rentals. Relax on board your own vehicle with a picturesque 1.5 mile loop drive around the sanctuary. See orphaned and injured animals taken in by the AWCC that have now been given a forever home.

Anchorage: Knik Glacier Helicopter Tour with Landing

6. Anchorage: Knik Glacier Helicopter Tour with Landing

Fly from Knik River Valley, a scenic 1-hour drive north of Anchorage (transfers available for purchase), to the spectacular Knik Glacier. Soar over the beautiful valley and search the landscape for local wildlife, including moose, mountain goats, bands of Dall Sheep, and bears. Your experienced Alaska pilot/guide will land your helicopter in the middle of Knik Glacier, where you'll have the opportunity to explore the thousand-year-old ice during the 30-minute stop. Enjoy the bright-blue melt pools, massive crevasses, and the unique ice formations created by the water, wind, and sun. Mark the moment with a photo, or simply savor the peace of being in a secluded Alaskan glacier. Conclude your with a 15-minute flight back to your starting point, flying over a glacier river flowing rapidly through the Knik Valley.

Anchorage: Deluxe Trolley City Tour

7. Anchorage: Deluxe Trolley City Tour

Learn about the rich history and natural beauty of Alaska's largest city and ride the trolley to 5+ stops throughout downtown Anchorage. Travel comfortably and take in some of the city's most exciting landmarks such as the Lake Hood small airplane airport. During the tour you will visit iconic locations such as Ship Creek, Earthquake Park, and Point Wornzoff. At each stop you will get the chance to hop-off for a few minutes, take pictures and ask questions to your knowledgeable, passionate, expert local guides.

From Anchorage: Wilderness, Wildlife, & Glacier Experience

8. From Anchorage: Wilderness, Wildlife, & Glacier Experience

Experience rugged mountains, panoramic ocean views, wildlife, and amazing glaciers, all on this guided trip from Anchorage. Venture deeper into the Alaskan wilderness than a typical sightseeing tour with entry to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Chugach National Forest. Follow the sun and the wind towards the most scenic locations possible for the day of your tour. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and travel into exciting areas of the Chugach National Forest that require special permits. Spot brown bears, wolves, bison, and belugas. Enjoy live commentary and learn about the unique landscapes of Alaska from your expert guide. Discover the rich history and experience the wonders of the Ring of Glaciers. Spend the day alongside highly trained adventure guides whose sole purpose is to leave you with memories lasting a lifetime. Take advantage of complimentary photo lessons from your guide throughout the activity.

From Anchorage: Matanuska Glacier Full-Day Tour

9. From Anchorage: Matanuska Glacier Full-Day Tour

Experience the beauty and awe of the Matanuska Glacier on a full-day trip from Anchorage. Drive the Glenn Highway up the Matanuska Valley along the Matanuska River. The glacier is 100 miles from Anchorage, so there are vast open vistas to enjoy along the way when the weather is clear. Check in at the Glacier Park office and take advantage of the indoor restrooms before heading up to the trailhead. Drive to the initial view of the breathtaking glacier. Collect your safety equipment - ice spikes/crampons for your shoes year-round plus helmets in the summer. Then head out with an experienced glacier guide. In winter (late November through April) you will load onto sleds and enjoy a slow, safe snow machine ride out to the magnificent blue ice. In summer (May through early November) experience a longer, more strenuous hike. Go home with a suite of epic photos and fantastic memories. This tour is a full eight-plus hours and operates snow or shine. If the weather in Anchorage is poor, the area near the glacier is often better. Other tours may say they'll deliver an experience of a lifetime, but this one truly does.

Anchorage: Grand Knik Glacier Helicopter Tour with Landings

10. Anchorage: Grand Knik Glacier Helicopter Tour with Landings

Experience the stunning beauty of Alaska by helicopter ride with three different landing spots. Pass over Lake George, watch for wildlife, and realize the scale of the glacier ice wall. Take half an hour at each landing site to explore and snap photos. Fly up from Knik and capture areal views of Alaska. Take in the natural beauty of Lake George, awarded as a Natural Landmark. Scouer the valley floor, look for moose, and witness just how big everything is up North. Soar over an alpine meadow and capture a birds-eye view of the massive Knik glacier below. Spot bears foraging along the hillsides, moose roaming in the snow, and Dall sheep keeping warm among the elements. Dropdown for the last landing at the azure-colored melt pools. See the deep blue ice, and learn about the life cycle of glaciers and their importance to life all over the globe. Explore the glacier with your guide before heading back to the Knik.

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What people are saying about Anchorage

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 569 reviews

We took the 1pm food tour and we were not disappointed. Dan told excellent stories and kept us in stitches throughout. The food was outstanding. Dan did a wonderful job choosing the restaurants and shops and we could see that he has established long term relationships with the chefs and owners. I live in Anchorage and I will bring my future visitors on this tour.

Absolutely the best tour I have ever been on. The vessel was new and beautiful. It was made for viewing wildlife. The Capt narrated the entire 6 hours giving good information relative to the species we were viewing and the area we were in. Will do it again.

An adventure that I will never forget. The crew was wonderful. All were knowledgeable about the area and the animals that’s in the area. A day well spent in the magnificent beauty of Seward, Alaska.

Fun, easy and relaxing way to explore Anchorage. Alice is a native and shared lots of local and personal anecdotes. She made the trip a real joy. Highly recommend.

What a beautiful place! The cruise was well organized and plenty of spots outdoor to take pictures. Well worth the ticket price! End of September….Dress warm!