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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Admission Ticket

1. 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.

From Anchorage: Matanuska Glacier Full-Day Tour

2. 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.

Denali: 5-Hour Guided Wilderness Hiking Tour

3. Denali: 5-Hour Guided Wilderness Hiking Tour

Explore Alaska's spectacular wilderness on an exhilarating trek with an experienced naturalist guide. Hike 5 to 6 miles and climb 1,100 feet. Enjoy amazing views and learn about the area's natural spaces. Embark on a hike in the Denali wilderness accompanied by a licensed guide. Challenge your body with substantial elevation gain, and reward yourself with amazing views as you rise above the tree line. Enjoy entertaining narration from your expert guide as you hike along and explore the glacier topology in-depth while learning about the area's geography and history. Experience the hiking trails, wildlife, and magnificent views of nearby Denali. Climb from lush forest to alpine tundra and enjoy stunning panoramic views of Alaska Range peaks and glaciers.

4-hour Seward Wilderness Hiking from Seward, Alaska

4. 4-hour Seward Wilderness Hiking from Seward, Alaska

Once you’ve experienced our Seward Wilderness Hiking tour, you’ll finally understand the rave reviews… Though to be honest, our backyard does most of the heavy lifting. After a quick safety briefing and tutorial by your professional guide, head out into the wilderness in one of the most serene places to hike. The Seward wilderness offers breathtaking landscapes, and an array of wildlife. But don’t let all this serenity fool you… Want to see an amazing view or two? Tuck into a secluded forest for a quick hike? The choice is yours. With 4 hours and a fun, knowledgeable guide to take you directly to the best local spots and hidden gems, you simply can’t go wrong with this best-selling hiking tour of Seward. 

Anchorage: Grand Knik Glacier Helicopter Tour with Landings

5. 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.

Juneau: City Highlights Tour

6. Juneau: City Highlights Tour

Begin the tour on a comfortable minibus for a scenic ride past the State Capitol Building, the Governor's House, and the Russian Orthodox Church. Make a stop at the Alaska State Museum where you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Alaskan culture and gain an appreciation for its rich and diverse history. Continue to Douglas Island for gorgeous views and photos of the Juneau coastline and Gastineau Channel. From there you will make a stop at the Macaulay Hatchery, commonly referred to as "DIPAC" by the locals. Learn about the salmon industry, observe various marine life, and watch the salmon run up the ladder, depending on the time of the year. Conclude your tour with a stop at the 50-acre Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure in the Tongass National Forest. Walk through this award-winning botanical garden and admire the flower towers as your guide fills you in on this region's varied ecosystem. Your tour will end near "Deckhand Dave's", the latest go-to food option in Juneau. Receive a voucher for a free serving of the signature rock-fish tacos. This new venue only serves locally caught fish in a fantastic creative way.

Harding Icefield Trail Hiking Tour from Seward, Alaska

7. Harding Icefield Trail Hiking Tour from Seward, Alaska

Once you’ve experienced our Harding Icefield Trail Hiking tour, you’ll finally understand the rave reviews… Though to be honest, our backyard does most of the heavy lifting. After a quick safety briefing and tutorial by your professional guide, head out into the wilderness in one of the most serene places to hike. The Kenai Fjords National Park wilderness offers breathtaking landscapes, and an array of wildlife.While the majority of visitors stay on the trails and pathways, you’ll get to experience the picturesque backcountry, ancient glacier ice, and stunning vistas completely inaccessible by the regular traveler.Our small, cozy groups give you the chance to get up close and personal with Alaska’s wildlife. We regularly see bears, moose, hoary marmot, mountain goats, and bald eagles.Beyond the jaw-dropping scenery, your experienced and friendly guide will share stories, local history, geological features, and answer any questions you have throughout the tour.

Anchorage: Scenic Drive and Nature Walk Guided Trip

8. Anchorage: Scenic Drive and Nature Walk Guided Trip

Head off on a sightseeing drive from Anchorage. Hear about the local area as you ride in comfort to Chugach State Park and the Palmer Hayflats Wildlife Refuge Area. Go on a guided nature walk to local lookouts and lakes, and take in great views of the surrounding area. Start your tour from downtown Anchorage. Head to the first stop as your knowledgeable tour guide brings to life the history, flora and fauna, and famous local legends of the area. Discover incredible locations within Chugach State Park and the Palmer Hayflats Wildlife Refuge Area such as Glen Alps Overlook, Eagle River Nature Center, and Eklutna Lake. Head south down the Turnagain Arm and conquer part of Falls Creeks Trail, or go north to take a leisurely stroll around Reflections Lake and explore the beauty hidden just outside Anchorage. Top it all off with an adventure to secret glacier views or unexpected trails to cascading waterfalls. Whatever the location or activity, Alaska will not disappoint. Your guide will customize the tour to the interests and desired activity level of the entire group.

Denali: Denali National Park Walking Tour

9. Denali: Denali National Park Walking Tour

Enjoy a 3-hour guided walk. Immerse yourself in the wilderness and grandeur of Alaska's incredible landscape. Meet your guide at your hotel. Hop in the van for a short drive and get to know your small group of a maximum of 7 travelers. Get ready for your guided walk on one of the many beautiful trails on the north side of the Alaska range. Learn about the animals, people, and plants of Denali from your expert, local guide. Marvel at the outstanding natural landscape as you traverse the trail. Enjoy stopping for some rest and conversation along the way, and even pick some berries in season. Bring your camera and curiosity about this incredible landscape. After completing the trail, relax in the van as you're driven back to your Denali accommodation.

From Anchorage: Chugach State Park Winter Walking Tour

10. From Anchorage: Chugach State Park Winter Walking Tour

Witness the ice-covered Barbara Falls, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Chugach State Park, on this guided walking tour from Anchorage. Learn all about the flora and fauna of the area from your guide on this wintertime nature excursion. Departing from Anchorage, follow the South Fork Eagle River, observing ice dam formations created by freezing temperatures and fast-moving water. Reach the base of the 25-foot Barbara Falls and see shimmering icicles, ice bridges, and falling water frozen in time. See the vegetation that lives within the diverse forest. Admire the towering species such as white spruces, paper birches, and aspens that drape the frozen ground below. Learn about the intriguing biological processes happening within the lichen, mosses, and trees that dominate the environment from your guide. Keep an eye out for local wildlife such as moose, snowshoe hare, rodents, and birds.

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What people are saying about Alaska

Awesome! Landed next to Lake George glacier wall, then an overlook over Colony glacier (with edible blueberries on the ground), then on the Knik glacier, walked on it using crampons, and drinking some glacier water. Helicopter can carry up to 3 passengers which was perfect for my family of 3. Christian was our pilot and he was awesome with flying, knowledge, and taking pics for us. Of course I was concerned about the price, but have no regrets after doing it. Definite must do!

We had Rebecca as a ranger. A super nice enthusiastic young lady who told us everything about the flowers and the animals. Unfortunately the weather was dreary, but she adapted the excursion to that. I thought it was worth repeating despite the bad weather.

We had a nice day trip to view the mountains outside of Anchorage. Our guide was super sweet and made us feel very welcome. And the views were breathtaking.

Lori was so informative and nice! the Glacier itself is breathtaking. we loved everything about this experience.

Staff arranging and providing the tour are very nice. Places visited were well selected. We enjoyed the tour.