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Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 6-Hour Cruise

1. 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.

From Anchorage: Portage Glacier and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

2. From Anchorage: Portage Glacier and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

This full-day tour of the Turnagain Arm combines a drive along the scenic Seward Highway, a cruise to Portage Glacier, a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and a drive high into the Chugach Mountains. Start with a scenic drive along the Seward Highway down the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet, one of the most beautiful places on earth. You will stop in the most picturesque places for photo opportunities and to look out for Dall sheep and Beluga whales. Drive to Portage Glacier for a 1-hour boat trip on board the MV Ptarmigan. The vessel was built especially for the lake and the ride, even in inclement weather, is smooth. A National Park Service Ranger will come on board to explain the local eco-systems and glaciology. Hear how the mountains were pushed up from Oregon! On the way down the valley, pause to watch the salmon run in season. The salmon spawn in clear water in the same place they were born in order to start their life cycle all over again. They come back from the ocean after 4 to 6 years depending on the species. When the salmon are at their highest numbers, Beluga whale chase. Depending on the whim of the whales, you might see them from late July through mid-August. Next you will visit the remarkable Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. In summer, baby musk ox, bison, caribou, and moose will warm the heart of the toughest of men. You will have the opportunity to watch and hear the stories of endangered wood bison, Alaskan brown bear, black bear, moose, caribou/reindeer, lynx, an eagle, great horned owl, and even a porcupine. On your way back enjoy a side trip high into the Chugach Mountains through local neighborhoods for incredible panoramic views of four mountain ranges including Mt. McKinley (weather permitting), Cook Inlet and the city. Learn about local life high above Anchorage on what locals call "the hillside". Lunch will be at a local lodge after the Portage Glacier Cruise (not included in price).  Your expert Alaskan guide will be on hand at all times to describe the phenomenal nature and ecological systems.

From Anchorage: Matanuska Glacier Full-Day Tour

3. 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 (161 kilometers) 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 up to the trailhead, where the initial view of the glacier is breathtaking. 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. After you leave the glacier, the lunch spot is seconds away. Glacier burgers, salmon salads and sandwiches hot chocolate, and other comfort foods are on the menu. Relax and take a nap or chat on the way back to Anchorage. 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.

From Anchorage: Glacier and Wildlife Discovery Tour

4. From Anchorage: Glacier and Wildlife Discovery Tour

Enjoy a 6-hour sightseeing tour departing from Anchorage and a scenic drive south along the edge of the Turnagain Arm on the Seward Parkway. This road is considered to be America’s most beautiful and scenic road, crossing mountain passes and majestic valleys. Along the way, you may spot moose, caribou, eagles, and other wildlife. There are sure to be some fantastic photo opportunities. Arrive at Portage Glacier to learn how living glaciers continue to carve the landscape and shape life in Chugach National Forest. Although Portage Glacier is no longer visible from the Visitor Center, due to its retreat, the face of the glacier is still partially in Portage Lake. Find out why Portage Glacier is one of Alaska's most popular attractions. Cruise across Portage Lake on the MV Ptarmigan and stand just 300 yards from a relic of the Ice Age. Watch for fractures of ice breaking off the glacier and crashing into the water below. Afterwards, head to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned wildlife. Here, you will safely be able to get close, observe and photograph some of Alaska's largest land animals, including moose, bison, elk, deer, caribou, bears muskox, wolves, small mammals, and birds of prey. During spring and summer, you can also witness the rehabilitation of orphaned baby animals of various species. After an informative visit through the Conservation Center with the largest of Alaska's wild animals, your tour will continue on towards Anchorage. Lunch can be purchased from one of the food vendors at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Later, you will ascend the Chugach Mountains for amazing and panoramic views of the Turnagain Arm and beyond.

Palmer: Glacier Dogsled & Helicopter Tour

5. Palmer: Glacier Dogsled & Helicopter Tour

Soar over Alaska on a spectacular helicopter ride above glaciers and icebergs. Search the skyline for moose, black bears, Dall sheep and mountain goats. Land on a glacier snow field and enjoy a whole hour with Alaskan sled dogs and their mushers who live here all summer long. Take the dog team for an exhilarating dogsled ride through snow, surrounded by amazing scenery. Overboots so your shoes stay dry, extra jackets and warm gear can be provided. Stand on the runners and mush your own dog team, or sit on the sled and let the mushers run the team. The length of this tour makes it perfect for any traveler. After the dogsled tour, meet the canine athletes that pulled your sled, listen to stories about running sled dog races of over a 1,000 miles long, meet the puppies and take pictures with your favorite dogs. After your dogsled experience, the helicopter will fly over the lower glaciers where you can see the blue melt pools and the crevasses on your way back to the lodge.

From Anchorage: Valley and Forest Hike with Naturalist Guide

6. From Anchorage: Valley and Forest Hike with Naturalist Guide

Marvel at the wonders found in one of the Chugach State Park's fondest, glaciated valleys. On this guided tour from Anchorage, hike the Eagle River trail system, where boreal forests and salmon spawning streams are found. Enjoy snacks, bottled water, and optional trekking gear. The first portion of the hike takes you to the network of forested trails found at the Eagle River Nature Center, nestled deep along the north fork of the Chugach State Park's massive Eagle River. The hike features a portion of the historic Iditarod dog sledding trail that’s no longer in use. That means there won't be any dogs giving you a ride on this adventure ─ just your two feet. Onward, reach through thick spruces and birches while keeping an eye out for wildlife. You may see the American dipper swimming in a tributary warmed by geothermal heat or a moose and small mammals like the snowshoe hare or red fox. For the second portion, take a short ride to the Chugach State Park's waterfall, Barbara Falls. This section is a short half-mile walk that features local plants, fungus, and point-and-shoot photo opportunities around every corner. It's super rewarding and a great way to conclude the tour.

Anchorage: Knik Glacier Helicopter Tour with Landing

7. 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.

From Anchorage: Chugach State Park Guided Alpine Trek

8. From Anchorage: Chugach State Park Guided Alpine Trek

Enjoy a classic Alpine hike in Chugach State Park as you admire the scenic views around Anchorage and Cook Inlet. Gaze at deep, glaciated, u-shaped valleys, and giant ridgelines defining the landscape. Start the day by meeting your expert guide at the meeting point in Anchorage. Travel by minivan to the trailhead, before setting off on your hiking adventure. Trek through pristine, treeless, tundra loaded with vegetation that you can touch, taste, and feel. On the way, keep a look out for native animal species including moose, Dall sheep, mountain goats, or maybe even a bear. Try to spot reclusive small mammals like arctic squirrels and marmots. You may also see birds soaring overhead, such as bald eagles, thrushes, chickadees, and jays. Learn about the native flora and fauna from your expert guide. Enjoy plenty of stops to enjoy the amazing scenery, with panoramic views all around you. On a clear day, you can even see Mt. Denali hundreds of miles away. After a full day of hiking, head back to the bus for a convenient transfer back to central Anchorage.

From Anchorage: Wilderness, Wildlife, & Glacier Experience

9. 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.

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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We were blessed to have an unusually beautiful September day!! No rain and 60 degrees!! Rain and bad weather two days before. And the day after! But on September 11th, the day we went was beautiful! It was the 6 hour tour and we saw a pod of 3 Orca whales, a rare Minke whale, sea otters sea lions, and puffins! The glaciers were spectacular! The captain of the boat was so informative and watchful of things to see. It was truly the Alaskan experience I was hoping for!!

The tour was excellent. The crew really want out of their way to locate wildlife for us to view. They even went the extra mile and stayed longer at the ice glacier to make sure everyone got to take enough pictures. Prices onboard for food and beverages was very reasonably priced

It was a great trip, even through rough seas in the Gulf of Alaska crossing. Excellent captain and a friendly and knowledgeable crew. We saw eagles, seals, orcas, otters, and Daal porpoises and got a bit of history on each. Fantastic!

It takes a really long ride to get to the glacier itself but Lori was fun to talk too, she had lots of facts to share, and once in the glacier, the views were amazing and our tour guy Nick was wild, fun, and knowledgeable

Pretty good! Lori is the best guide I have ever met and also a great driver who can drive safe and fast. Although we met some problems due to the platform, we had a pleasant trip to see the incredible and awesome glacier.