If you have never visited the northern city of Anchorage, Alaska, you may be expecting to see a barren wasteland complete with igloos in the middle of endless snow and ice, but this is simply not the truth. Anchorage is frequently referred to as the City of Lights and Flowers partially because of the giant size of the blossoms attained by most flowering species here.…
Top 63 Things to do in Anchorage, Alaska
Fly into Anchorage, rest up for your adventure, and set out after breakfast on the second morning in the direction of Valdez. See where massive vegetables grow in the 24-hour daylight of the Matanuska Susitna Valley, admire Worthington Glacier, and arrive in Valdez—nicknamed Alaska's Little Switzerland—for an evening welcome reception. The next day, visit the town's museum, and take a wildlife cruise through Prince William Sound to the massive Columbia Glacier.
Leave Valdez and head north to Fairbanks, passing through the beautiful Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Learn about the Gold Rush at the Museum of the North, spend some free time exploring the city, and cruise down the Chena River on a sternwheeler before an optional salmon bake dinner.
From Fairbanks, venture into the stunning backcountry of Denali National Park, where you can explore on your own or take part in guided tours and activities like river rafting, hiking, or visiting the Iditatod champions' dog kennels. Venture deep into the tundra to search for bear and moose on a full-day guided wilderness safari. From Denali, stop in the quaint town of Talkeetna, a climbing and outdoor recreation hub, and then return to Anchorage via a scenic train ride. Your last full day in Alaska's most populous city includes a tour of historic downtown, an informative visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and a festive closing dinner with your travel mates. The next day, check out of your hotel and enjoy a convenient shuttle to the airport to continue your northern adventures on your own.
Itinerary is as follows:
Day 1: Anchorage Arrival
Day 2: Anchorage – Valdez
Day 3: Valdez
Day 4: Valdez – Fairbanks
Day 5: Fairbanks
Day 6: Fairbanks – Denali
Day 7: Denali
Day 8: Denali – Anchorage
Day 9: Anchorage
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Day 1: Anchorage Arrival
Check in to your Anchorage hotel to rest up for the adventure to come.
Day 2: Anchorage–Seward via the Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic Train
Rise early to climb aboard a 6:45 AM train for the breathtaking ride to Seward along the Turnagain Arm. As you journey through the wilderness, keep your eyes on the hills to spot Dall sheep, snap photos of massive glaciers, and watch for spouting beluga whales in the waters below. Arrive in Seward around 11 AM, and spend the rest of the day at your leisure checking out the shops and seafood restaurants in town.
Day 3: Wildlife & Glacier Cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park with Alaskan Lunch
Immerse yourself in the natural majesty of Resurrection Bay on a cruise that takes you into the dramatic inlets and wildlife-filled coves of Kenai Fjords National Park. Keep your camera handy as you spot orca whales and sea otters, and get up close to the towering face of an ancient glacier. At lunchtime, refuel over a delicious lunch of wild-caught Alaskan salmon and prime rib.
Day 4: Seward–Anchorage
Mid-morning, board a comfortable coach for the scenic, 3-hour drive from Seward back to Anchorage. Wind through the Kenai Mountains and the Chugach National Forest, watching for high-flying bald eagles, sure-footed sheep, and beluga whales in pursuit of salmon. The afternoon is yours to while away as you see fit before the final night at your Anchorage hotel.
Day 5: Anchorage Departure
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Join your mountain guide at the base of the Alyeska Tramway, where you can get geared up for your climbing adventure before hopping in a cable-operated tram that whisks you to the top of Mt. Alyeska. Enjoy sweeping views of Turnagain Arm's sparkling waters and the snow-dusted peaks of the Chugach Mountains on your ride up, and then hop off to set off down winding trails with your guide.
Keep an eye out for wildlife as you pass by open meadows, chat with your guide about the history and geology of the Alyeska glacier, and take stops along the way to grab sips of water and munch on snacks. At the glacier, slip into a harness and over-boots, and take hold of an ice axe or trekking pole for the chance to trek across the glacier's snow-covered face. Learn to navigate around the pale blue depths of crevasses, practice essential ropework and mountaineering methods, and then return to the trail for your active hike back to the tramway. Read More close
Meet up with your guide in downtown Anchorage, where you can hop aboard a comfortable shuttle and head to your first tap-happy watering hole of the day. As the oldest brewery in town, Midnight Sun Brewing Co. is the ideal place to start your day. Try a robust coffee porter, swig a refreshing kolsch, or check out one of a handful of special seasonal offerings sure to pique your interest. Pair each taste with savory appetizers, and then continue on to your second stop of the day.
Explore the new brews at King Street Brewery with more samples, chat with bartenders about the brewing process, and find out what new creations are in the works. Before your frothy foray comes to a close, make a final stop at the historic Chilkoot Charlie's, where you can sidle up to a bar filled with locals who've come to know the place simply as Koots. Read More close
Head into the center of town and climb onto a nostalgic red trolley. Settle into a window seat in the comfortable, heated interior, and listen to your local guide as the trolley starts its tour of Alaska's largest city. Watch seaplanes take off and land on Lake Hood and Lake Spenard, head to scenic viewpoints to look out over snow-capped peaks and white-capped waters, and cruise through Earthquake Park to look for urban moose.
Ride through historic neighborhoods as you learn about life in Anchorage past and present, watch for wildlife near Westchester Lagoon, and snap a photo of the Anchorage Depot—the city's train station is on the National Register of Historic Places. Your ticket also comes with a coupon book for special savings at local shops and restaurants, so you can get the most out of the rest of your time in Anchorage after you hop off the trolley to keep exploring on your own. Read More close
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Join your guide near the Alyeska Tramway in Girdwood, where you can get fitted for a safety harness and helmet before heading out for the quick hike to Tram Rock. When you reach your creek-side classroom, let your guide walk you through basic climbing techniques and pick up some lingo to help you communicate while you're on the rock.
With top rope assistance, pick your way between narrow ledges and overhanging holds as you ascend Tram Rock. Listen to feedback from your guide back on the ground as you go, snap a few selfies when you reach the top, and then enjoy a smooth lower back down. Read More close
Catch a ride from your hotel with your experienced guide, heading out of Anchorage in the morning as you set a course along the shores of Turnagain Arm, framed by the craggy peaks of the Chugach Mountains. Make a wish as you pass through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel on your way to Whittier. At 13,300 feet (4,100 m) long, this engineering marvel is the second-longest tunnel in North America.
Learn about Whittier's naval base past, and then hop on a boat for an iceberg-nudging ride through Blackstone Bay. Look for otters, sea lions, eagles, porpoises, and even whales from comfortable seats in the boat's enclosed cabin, or get some fresh air out on the open decks. Snap photos of snowy glaciers and jagged peaks as you cruise, and then settle down for a tasty buffet lunch of salmon and prime rib before you start the return journey to Anchorage. Read More close
Meet your guide at a photo shop in town or arrange to get picked up from your hotel, and then hop in a comfortable van to seek out different shooting locations around Anchorage. Get out and stretch your legs as you walk to spots like the original Anchorage townsite at Ship Creek, scope out wildlife and dramatic landscapes along the Coastal Trail, and stroll to the historic Oscar Anderson House Museum in Elderberry Park.
Along the way, your guide offers technical tips and creative pointers for capturing postcard-worthy shots, whether you're trying to get your white balance just right or looking for the perfect composition. Set up a tripod to capture street scenes on 4th Avenue, and wrap up your outing with a deeper knowledge of Anchorage, photography techniques, and your own camera gear. Read More close
Join your guide outside the Copper Whale Inn in downtown Anchorage, where you can get fitted for a bike and helmet before you hop on and follow your guide toward the forests of Kincaid Park. Keep an eye out for moose, owls, eagles, and even bears as you pedal by the waters of Turnagain Arm and take in peek-a-boo views of Fire Island and Mount Susitna. Follow the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail out of the park and around some of the city's historic landmarks, and then take some free time to grab lunch on your own.
Rejoin your guide in the afternoon to swing by the tap houses and microbreweries that keep Anchorage's glasses full of delicious ales and lagers. At stops like Midnight Sun Brewing Co. , King Street Brewery, and Chilkoot Charlies, chat with the bartenders and malt masters who know the city's suds the best, and pick out your favorite among 12 different samples curated by your ale aficionado guide. Read More close
Catch a ride from your Anchorage hotel and ride out to the day's trailhead with your guide. While hiking routes vary depending on the season, you're sure to end up at a trail that offers up stunning views of the Chugach Mountains' boulder-strewn slopes and snow-covered summits.
Lace up your hiking boots and double-check your daypack for any essentials you might need, and then follow your guide down winding paths that cross through sub-alpine forests, open meadows and alpine tundra. Keep a lookout for iconic Alaskan wildlife like bear and moose, and listen for the chatter of songbirds your guide helps you identify.
Try some wild edible plants and learn about the benefits of foraging, practice identifying animal tracks, and enjoy frequent breaks for photo opportunities or to munch on tasty snacks before you return to your starting point and cruise back to Anchorage. Read More close
Head to the train station in Anchorage and settle into a comfortable seat in a glass-domed rail car for the scenic drive along the Alaska Railroad's Coastal Classic Train, a long-time local favorite for its breathtaking route. Relax over breakfast and take in the view as you chug along the Turnagain Arm, watching for wildlife like Dall sheep on the hills and beluga whales in the waters below.
Arrive in Seward and head to the docks to board a sturdy cruising vessel for a 6-hour adventure on the water. Weave through the pristine coastal landscape as you seek out sea otters, humpback whales, and orca whales, and savor an Alaskan salmon and prime rib lunch with a view of a glacier before heading back to shore.
After your the cruise, pick up your rental car and stop by the Alaska SeaLife Center, where you can get up-close views of native marine life like octopus and sea lions while learning from expert ocean scientists. Hop behind the wheel of your rental car for the return drive to Anchorage via the National Scenic Byway, detouring to see the breathtaking mass of the Exit Glacier if you'd like before heading back to Anchorage and dropping off the rental car at the airport. Read More close
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Don't wait for a seat—with priority access, you can zip past the crowds and cozy up to your table in no time. As you wait for your cheeseburger, pasta, grilled chicken sandwich, or salad, listen to the music playing over the speakers and peruse the wide variety of rock 'n' roll memorabilia.
After dessert, take another look around the largest Hard Rock in the world. View classic items on display, like Buddy Holly's black horn-rimmed glasses, a custom-built Gibson Les Paul guitar of Pete Townshend, and a suit worn by Freddie Mercury of Queen.
Sample menu includes:
- Hard Rock Cheeseburger or Bacon cheeseburger with seasoned fries
- Honey mustard grilled chicken sandwich with seasoned fries
- Fire-roasted tomato pasta with fresh herbs, parmesan cheese, and garlic toast
- Barbecue pulled pork sandwich with marinated slaw and seasoned fries
- Chicken Caesar salad tossed with grilled chicken and parmesan cheese
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On a scenic drive in the countryside, admire the view from the comfort of your coach. Postcard-perfect barns and meadows surround the old windmills at Zaanse Schans. Step inside to learn about the structures and the importance they had in local life and trade.
Sample flavorsome cheese varieties at a farm. Arrive in Marken, an enchanting fishing town famed for preserving traditional Dutch culture and heritage. As you walk the cobbled streets with your guide, see craftsmen practicing their trade at a wooden shoemaker shop. Feast on a delicious lunch in a fine restaurant overlooking the picturesque harbor.
Sit back on a relaxing cruise on IJsselmeer, the largest lake in Western Europe, and take in the panorama with a delicious pastry and coffee or tea. Disembark in Volendam and soak up the idyllic atmosphere among old wooden houses as you browse the delightful stalls of small shops.
Hear intriguing anecdotes from your guide about Edam's rich history as a former shipyard—this enchanting gem of a town oozes character. Admire the architecture along narrow medieval streets, and soak up the laid-back atmosphere as you walk along the pretty canals. Read More close
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Meet at the rental shop in Palmer and listen as your guide leads a brief safety orientation and introduces the basic techniques for driving an ATV. Once you're set, ride out to the trailhead, strap on your helmet, and kick the off-road vehicle into gear as you speed away from town behind your guide. The exact route you take varies depending on the season and the day's weather conditions, but your experienced guide leads you by plenty of natural wonders, stopping along the way to point out interesting features or share facts.
Leave the urban landscapes behind in favor of the untouched wilderness beyond Palmer's city limits. Cruise past grassy meadows dotted with multi-hued widlflowers, zip past burbling streams of crystal-clear ice-melt water, and pause to snap photos of tumbling waterfalls. With the majestic crags of Alaska's northern peaks as your backdrop, make your way to a lookout that offers an unobstructed view of the vast Knik Glacier, whose chilly run-off feeds Lake George and the 25-mile-long (40-km) Knik River. Stretch your legs and refuel over lunch at this dramatic viewpoint before beginning the return ride back to Palmer. Read More close
Make your way to the Log Cabin Visitor Information Center in downtown Anchorage and hop in a comfortable vehicle for the scenic ride to Talkeetna, a historic village at the base of majestic Denali. Once you arrive, kick off your adventure aboard a powerful jet boat, which whisks you into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. Learn about the rivers in the area as you motor along 20 miles (32 km) of waterways, watching for bald eagles nesting overhead and beavers working away at building dams.
Pull up to shore and stretch your legs with an easy nature walk to a Dena'ina settlement, where you can learn about the native inhabitants of south central Alaska. From there, follow your naturalist guide to an authentic trapper's cabin, where you can check out the original furnishings and learn about life in this cold and rugged frontier at the turn of the century. Learn about traditional trapping methods, see and touch furs from the area, and discover the edible plants and flowers that grow in abundance along the river before making your way back to Talkeetna and returning to Anchorage. Read More close
Meet right at the rental agency in Palmer, where your guide leads you through a quick safety briefing and an orientation to driving an ATV. Once you're set, caravan out to the trailhead, strap on your helmet, and then hit the gas as you cruise along behind your guide.
Traverse sprawling valleys, zip along old claim routes leading to abandoned mines, and watch for fur and antlers amid the leaves of evergreen forests. Along the way, pick up pointers and techniques for honing your driving skills, and cap off your adventure with a breathtaking view of vast glaciers and Alaska's mountainous grandeur. Read More close
After pickup at your hotel by your wilderness guide, start a leisurely drive along the dramatic shorelines and broad mud flats of the Turnagin Arm on the Seward Highway. Observe the jutting peaks of the Chugach Mountains, enjoying a striking new scene at each turn as you watch for eagles soaring in the distance
Arrive at Portage's 200-acre (80-ha) Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, the permanent residence of many orphaned and injured animals who can never return to the wild. Listen as your guide shares fascinating tidbits about the residents as well as other local wildlife. Discover that the musk ox is actually a member of the goat family and that black bears are the smallest bears in Alaska despite often growing to up to 300 pounds (136 kg).
See sleepy Kuma, a black bear rescued as a baby who now spends her days comfortably napping. Then, meet the regal Hugo, a grizzly found in serious condition by hunters who currently spends her time strutting around like a queen in her 20-acre (8-ha) fenced habitat. After making the acquaintance of all the animals, head back on the same gorgeous route as you return to your Anchorage hotel. Read More close
Get picked up from your hotel or make your own way to the helipad and climb aboard a comfortable, capable Robinson helicopter. Lift off and gaze out the window as your pilot flies into the heart of the Chugach Mountains. Snap photos of the untouched wilderness as you fly over ancient glaciers, winding rivers, and dense evergreen forests, and then touch down on Punch Bowl Glacier, which sits 3,200 feet (975 m) above sea level.
Spend an hour and a half or so on this massive snowfield, where you can meet approximately 60 Alaskan Huskies, play with fluffy puppies, and talk with the mushers about how the dogs are bred and trained. Learn all about the Iditarod Trail and its namesake race, during which mushers and their teams of dogs endure a journey of 1,150 miles (1,850 km) across ice and snow. Experience the thrill of the race yourself with a dog sled ride around the glacier, and then step back onto the helicopter for your return flight ot Girdwood. Read More close
You can opt to be picked up from your hotel or make your own way to the helipad in Girdwood, where you meet your pilot and then settle into a seat in a capable Robinson helicopter. Hear the rotors whir to life and then watch the ground drop away as you lift off into the sky and your pilot cuts a course toward the TwentyMile River valley.
Gaze down over the winding ribbon of the river as it carves its way through evergreen terrain, snap photos of glaciers making their slow and steady descent down snow-dusted slopes, and watch the plains and hillsides for sightings of wildlife like moose or bears. Your pilot shares interesting facts and points out natural features of the landscape before you gently alight back at your starting point.
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Get picked up in Girdwood or make your own way to the helipad, where you can meet your pilot and settle into a comfortable seat on a spacious, state-of-the-art Robinson helicopter. Leave the ground behind as you lift off and your pilot steers the chopper off into the heart of Alaska's glacier country. Snap photos of translucent blue cliffs of ice and snow-dusted frozen formations as you fly over giant glaciers like George, Lake George Valley, and Whiteout.
Alight on Colony Glacier or a nearby ridge to hop out of the helicopter. Absorb unobstructed, 360-degree views of this pristine terrain in silence, the only sounds being the heavy creaking of the ice as it makes its slow crawl to the valley or the sound. Once the helicopter spins back to life, climb aboard for your return flight, watching the grassy plains and evergreen-dotted hillsides for northern creatures like grizzly bears and moose. Read More close
Join your guide and hop in a comfortable bus to cruise past Anchorage's original townsite near Ship Creek. Nearby, pop into Earthquake Park to hear about the epic tremors that shook Prince William Sound in 1964, and then look for veteran bush pilots landing their seaplanes in Lake Hood.
Jump out when you reach the Alaska Native Heritage Center, setting off after your guide to explore the museum and cultural center's interactive exhibits and colorful live performances. Watch the ancient choreography of native dancers, get up-close looks at artifacts that date back hundreds of years, and take some time to look for artisan goods at the onsite gift shop before you head back to town. Read More close
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Head to the train station in Anchorage and climb aboard a glass-domed rail car for the scenic, 3-hour ride to Talkeetna. Have breakfast as you chug along the tracks, and arrive in the colorful, off-the-beaten-path community of Talkeetna, located on the edge of Denali National Park.
Swap your train for a plane as you take off for a breathtaking sightseeing flight over the snowy slopes and evergreen forests of Denali National Park. Your pilot rattles off facts as you soar over a mile-high gorge near North America's tallest peak—Denali. Touch down on one of the glaciers at the base for the chance to walk across the ancient giant's icy expanse.
After your flight, enjoy some free time to grab lunch, hear about Denali climbs currently underway at the ranger station, and learn what life is like in both sunny summer and the depths of winter for the northern town's year-round residents. As the afternoon winds to a close, head back to the train station for the return ride to Anchorage. Watch for wildlife like moose and bear, savor an elegant dinner with dessert and wine or a cocktail as you pass through the Matanuska Valley, and catch the sunset over the Knik Arm before pulling back into the station. Read More close
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Get an early start as you meet your guide in downtown Anchorage and catch a ride to the train station, where you settle into your car and enjoy the scenic rail ride past the granite peaks and evergreen forests that shroud the Chugach Mountains. Catch glimpses of Denali's 20,308-foot (6,190-m) summit during your 3-hour ride to Talkeetna's charming center, where clapboard storefronts hearken back to the Gold Rush days.
Take a ride around the quaint town of Talkeetna, and then head to Denali Brewing Co. to sample the day's first frothy pint. Chat with bartenders and malt masters as you drink, and grab a tasty box lunch to go along with your favorite pints. On the ride back to Anchorage, swing into 3 more breweries whose seasonal selections and year-round standards are sure to pique your interest. From robust porters and crisp lagers to hop-heavy IPAs and creative Belgians, try 16 different beers before you arrive back in Anchorage and part ways with your guide. Read More close
Bundle up for your early morning pickup, and then head off the beaten path with your guide to the 27-mile-long (44-km) frozen wonder. Along the way, take in breathtaking views of the Chugach and Talkeetna mountain ranges whose rise helped shape the area.
Arrive to the towering face of the Matanuska Glacier, the largest roadside Alaskan glacier and source of the Matanuska River. Slip your metal crampons on your boots and use your trekking pole to assist you through rocky terrain as you start your ascent of the giant's sheer blue ice walls.
As your guide steers you away from any danger, admire unique ice formations and listen as water cascades down from the surface into vertical shafts called moulins. Hear the creaking and popping of the moving, gravel-laced behemoth as your expedition's leader points out the cavernous cracks in its ice called crevasses and the jagged pinnacles called seracs that the crevasses form when they intersect.
After a full day of chilly-yet-exciting exploration, treat yourself to some delicious food at a nearby rustic lodge. Then, return back through the wintry wonderland to your warm Anchorage hotel.
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Get picked up from your Anchorage hotel and head out of town, winding beneath rugged slopes of the Chugach Mountain and along the winding bends of the Matanuska River. Reach the toe of the glacier and hop out of your ride before donning crampons and grabbing a walking stick to help you keep your balance on the glacier's slippery face.
Trek by pale blue ice caves and deep crevasses, learn about the mountain-carving power of the glacier's slow march, and spend some time snapping photos of the Susitna Valley's craggy peaks. Recharge after your hike with a tasty lunch at a restaurant overlooking the glacier, and then head back to Anchorage in the early evening. Read More close
Meet up with your guide in Palmer on the morning of your first day for the ride inland toward the Matanuska Valley. Get a safety briefing and an introduction to riding your ATV, strap on your helmet, and then kick things into gear with a half-day of riding. Stop midday for a hot lunch out on the trail, and then continue your off-road explorations in the afternoon.
As the day winds to a close, head back to your cabin at the Sheep Mountain Lodge, whose cabins and rooms overlook the valley and the Chugach Mountains. Sip a glass of wine on the porch as you take in the view, and enjoy dinner at the restaurant, dining on local specialties like fresh Alaska halibut, salmon, or burgers before turning in for the night. Rise in the morning to fuel up over breakfast, and then head back outdoors to do it all over again. Read More close
Join your naturalist guide next to the Alyeska Tramway before setting off down nearby paths that lead to the Winner Creek Trail. Hike down sun-dappled paths as you learn about different species of plants, including colorful mushrooms and leafy ferns, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like lumbering moose.
Take plenty of breaks to snap photos of old-growth trees and tumbling waterfalls in burbling creeks. Munch on tasty snacks between stretches of trail, and look for wild blueberries that offer a sweet treat when in season. Before you part ways with your guide, get tips on other trails to check out around the area, and then head back to your starting point. Read More close
Head to the airport in Anchorage in the morning to board a regional plane bound for Nome. When you land, grab lunch downtown on your own before kicking off your afternoon with an exploration of the town and a chance to hear about life in this far-flung corner of the country from the locals who live there.
From there, head into the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, where giant ice-age creatures once roamed. A US Park Ranger shares insight into the history of human migration here, describes the hardy plants and animals that survive just below the Arctic Circle, and leads you out into the tundra to touch the permafrost.
Nome is famed as the finish line for the Iditarod dogsled race, so delve into the culture of dog mushing with a furry, 4-legged demonstration. Try your hand at panning for gold—you can keep whatever treasures you find—and then find a place in town to enjoy dinner at your leisure. In the evening, watch local craftsmen carving ivory and experience the culture of the Inupiaq people firsthand during a farewell dance before your return flight to Anchorage. Read More close
Make your own way to the helipad in Girdwood or get picked up right at your hotel, and then kick off your high-flying adventure as you lift up into the clear skies over glacier country. Soar over the craggy blue ice formations and massive snowfields of ancient glaciers like George, Lake George Valley, Whiteout, and Colony, admiring a 360-degree panorama of the landscape shaped by these frozen giants.
For a chance to take in the pristine natural beauty of your surroundings in silence, touch down on either Colony Glacier or atop a high ridge. Watch the ice-carved valleys below to see mountain goats, moose, and bears on the rocky hillsides and grassy plains, and then hop back in the helicopter.
Your return flight takes you over the cobalt waters of Prince William Sound, where you can gaze down at dramatic fjords and fly right up next to icebergs and the 400-foot-tall (122-m) faces of tidewater glaciers. Keep your eyes peeled for seals and otters floating on the water's surface before cutting a course back to Girdwood to wrap up your excursion. Read More close
Get picked up from your hotel and head to the southeast, winding along Turnagain Arm's protected waterways before you reach North America's second-longest tunnel. Linking Portage to Whittier underneath Maynard Mountain, this engineering marvel leads you to the shores of Passage Canal and Whittier's historic WWII naval base. Learn about the role this remote outpost played in the war, and then head to your boat to cast off.
In the open waters of Prince William Sound, scan the horizon for everything from migrating whales to resident otters. Listen to commentary about the area's ecology and geology from your National Forest Ranger guide, and snap photos of the glacier-carved cliffs and jagged peaks surrounding this stunning landscape.
When you're ready for a break, head inside to grab a plate and head to the buffet, where flaky salmon and juicy prime rib are the stars of a delicious buffet sure to satiate your appetite. Eat to your heart's content, taking breaks to head back outside and look for wildlife, and then return to shore to transfer back to your comfortable coach bound for your Anchorage hotel. Read More close
Get picked at your hotel and head to your first microbrewery of the day, chatting about your favorite styles of beer with your guide along the way. While tour stops vary depending on who's got the best tap selection during your visit, you might tip back pints at Midnight Sun Brewing, confront cask-conditioned ales at Glacier BrewHouse, or savor the hoppy goodness of an IPA at 49th State Brewing.
Chat with bartenders at each stop to find out what makes Alaska's brewing scene so unique, nibble on tasty snacks between sips of malty amber ales and crisp pale ales, and get tips on other local beers to check out before you catch a convenient ride back to your hotel. Read More close
Get picked up from your Anchorage hotel and enjoy a scenic 90-minute ride out to Whittier, where a waiting water taxi whisks you to your launch point in Blackstone Bay. Spend the first few minutes going over basic paddling techniques and safety precautions, and then hop in your boat to paddle after your experienced guide.
Navigate between hunks of ice that have broken off from the Blackstone Glacier nearby, listen for the thunderous sounds made when new sheets give way, and chat with your guide about how the glacier helped shape the surrounding landscape.
Look for harbor seals and otters sunning themselves on nearby ice floats, find a scenic spot to enjoy a picnic lunch, and then head back to your starting point to catch your return water taxi ride to Whittier and your private car back to Anchorage. Read More close
After you're picked up in Anchorage, set off through the streets of Alaska's most populous urban center with your guide. The itinerary is flexible and can be customized to your interests, so you can check out the city's must-see attractions as well as more off-the-beaten path sights.
Head to Ship Creek, where Anchorage was first established as a tent city more than a century ago, and watch anglers casting lines for salmon right in the heart of town. Learn about the historic Alaska Railroad, and then make your way to lookouts like Earthquake Park and Point Woronzof for photo-worthy views of the city skyline framed by the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet.
Watch sea planes land on Lake Hood, and then venture out to Beluga Point, where you can learn about the area's earliest human inhabitants and even spot whales in the waters of Turnagain Arm during the summer months. On land, keep your eyes peeled for Dall sheep and mountain goats on rocky slopes, black bears in the brush, and bald eagles soaring overhead.
Continue into Potter's Marsh and the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, where you can watch for migratory birds before heading to the summit of Flattop Mountain for an unobstructed view of the city and the distant, snow-capped peaks of Sleeping Lady, Denali, and the Alaska Range. Before you're dropped off, be sure to pick up pointers on great restaurants, bars, shops, and galleries to check out during the rest of your stay. Read More close
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After you're picked up from your hotel, get situated on a clean, new-model bicycle. Strap on your helmet and set off behind your guide, who sets a comfortable pace along the flat, paved Coastal Trail through town. As you make your way out of downtown, gaze out over the shimmering waters of Cook Inlet to the snow-capped peaks of the Alaska Range and the Chugach Mountains.
Keep your eyes peeled for sturdy moose in the woods beyond the trail, and watch the tide roll in or out along the shore. Your guide shares the history and impacts of the infamous 1964 Good Friday Earthquake—the largest earthquake ever to hit North America—as you cruise into Earthquake Park, a lovely wooded area designed to commemorate the tragic event that also offers incredible views across the Knik Arm and the city skyline. Read More close
Let your guide pick you up at your hotel or arrange a different meeting point before you head to the trailhead and chat about the day's route. Discuss your experience level and interests with your guide, and let them figure out the best trail for you and your group, whether you want to scout out postcard-worthy vantage points for stunning photos or spot native wildlife like moose and grizzly bears.
Depending on the route you take, you might spend the day looking for the park's highest peaks, learning about native flora from your guide, or lounging near crystal-clear rivers and streams that wind through valleys filled with wildflowers. Read More close
Meet up with your guide at your hotel or at another convenient meeting point of your choosing, and then head to the trailhead to start your active day trip to Hatcher Pass. Depending on your interests and fitness level, you might strike out to tackle lower summits on steep trails or stick to more leisurely routes that offer stunning views and plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities.
Keep your eyes peeled for lumbering grizzly bears and soaring eagles, stop to dip your toes in brisk alpine lakes fed by melting snow, and find a scenic spot to sit down for a lunch break while your naturalist guide educates and entertains with info about the area's ecology and gold mining past. Hike a bit more after lunch and don't forget to grab a few photos before you head back down to the trailhead and return to Anchorage. Read More close
Get picked up from your hotel and ride out to the entrance of Kincaid Park, where you can start your cycling excursion with a quick fitting and adjustment of your fat bike's seat and handlebar height. Equipped with extra big tires to make riding over sand, roots, and stones more comfortable, these extreme mountain bikes are the perfect vehicle for Kincaid Park's 1,516 acres (614 ha) of birch, cottonwood, and spruce forests, which border seaside paths on the shores of Turnagain Arm, part of the Gulf of Alaska.
Coast over undulating single-track trails that wind and weave to picture-perfect vantage points that offer glimpses of Mount Susitna, Cook Inlet, and Fire Island. On a clear day, you may even be able to make out the sky-scraping peak of Denali, the tallest mountain in North America, before you head back to your starting point and hit the brakes. Read More close
Ride out from your Anchorage hotel after getting picked up by your guide, chatting about how Alaska's glaciers were formed more than 10,000 years ago. Follow the snaking bends of the Matanuska River on a 2-hour drive to the glacier's icy base. When you arrive, go over some basic safety precautions, get fitted for a pair of spiky crampons, and snap on a snug helmet.
Spend the day learning how to navigate deep crevasses, snow-covered slopes, and ice fields around the Matanuska Glacier. Find out what hidden dangers lie between sheets of melting ice, use trekking poles and crampons to track after your guide, find a scenic spot to settle down for lunch, and enjoy learning about the geological forces at work as this massive glacier pushes its way through the Chugach Mountains. Read More close
Catch a lift from your mountaineering guide and follow the snaking bends of the Matanuska River as it leads you to the Matanuska Glacier's icy feet. When you arrive, go over a few basic ice trekking techniques and get set up with a pair of trekking poles, crampons, and a helmet before you head out to navigate a maze of crevasses and snow fields.
Chat with your guide about the formation of this massive sheet of ice over 10,000 years ago, spend some time snapping panoramic shots of the Chugach Mountain's snow-dusted peaks, and enjoy lunch with a view at the Long Rifle Lodge before you head back down and cruise back to Anchorage. Read More close
Grab some extra layers and meet your guide outside your Anchorage hotel, where you can hop in a private car and ride along the shores of Turnagain Arm on your way to the icy waters of Portage Lake. Go over some basic kayaking techniques before you haul your boat to the water, don a life jacket, and push off into the chilly waters.
Navigate through fields of icebergs, look for harbor seals sunning on larger ice floats, and keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles or migrating beluga whales. After some time on the water, make your way to a nearby beach for some free time for a picnic lunch and plenty of opportunities to set up postcard-worthy shots of the Portage Glacier before you head back to Anchorage. Read More close
After getting picked up at your hotel, head northeast, past the matte grey waters of Turnagain Arm and up the winding roads that lead into the heart of the Chugach Mountains. When you arrive at the climb site, don a harness, helmet, and toe-hugging climbing shoes while your guide chats about basic safety precautions and techniques. When you're ready to go, chalk up your hands and find your first hold.
Pick your way along steep and vertical granite cliffs to reach vantage points that offer bird's-eye views of surrounding summits and glacier-carved valleys. Snap a few photos and then rappel down to start a new route, honing your skills and getting feedback along the way. Between climbs, take time to rest your arms or grab lunch, and pick up tips from your guide on the best ways to improve your climbing strategy. Read More close
Join your guide in downtown Anchorage and hop in a private car to cruise out to the steel grey waters of Turnagain Arm, where the Gulf of Alaska snakes into the glacier-carved valleys of the Chugach Mountains. Start the day with an introduction to basic rock climbing techniques, slip into a snug harness, and strap on your helmet before getting the green light from your guide to climb on.
Grip granite holds with chalky hands and find narrow ledges to step on with your toe-hugging climbing shoes as you ascend to new heights with feedback from your guide. At the top, enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding snow-dusted peaks, and then rappel down to enjoy some free time for lunch. Tackle new routes throughout the day, hone your skills, and then catch a ride back to Anchorage to close out your day. Read More close
Enjoy the 2-hour drive north in a private vehicle with your guide, watching out the window as the Chugach Mountains drift by the windows. Chat about the types of activities available in Talkeetna as you drive, getting tips from your guide on the types of experiences you might be interested in. From helicopter flights that touch down on snow-dusted peaks, to riverboat cruises and hiking trails that snake around the base of Denali, there's plenty to do in and around this mountain town.
When you arrive in town, head out for the adventure of your choice or enjoy some leisure time at the cafes, galleries, and knick-knack shops that offer visitors delightful souvenirs to take back home. When you're ready to head back to Anchorage, hop back in your comfortable ride and let your do the driving, dropping you off at your hotel. Read More close
Get picked up at the cruise terminal in Seward or a convenient location in Anchorage and set off with your guide to explore the pristine northern landscapes of Turnagain Arm and Alaska's most vibrant urban metropolis. The itinerary is totally flexible, so your guide can focus on the sights that interest you most and the locations that fit your schedule best.
Cruise around the streets of Alaska's most populous city, and make your way to Beluga Point, an archaeological site where you can learn about 4,000 years of human habitation and maybe even glimpse migrating Beluga whales during the summer months. Gaze out across tidal flats to mist-shrouded mountains beyond the gulf at Bird Point, and then head to Mt. Alyreska, where you can ride the aerial tram to the summit for 360-degree views.
At the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, you can learn about efforts to preserve and care for native species like foxes, brown bears, and wolves, and Tern Lake is the perfect place to watch flocks of trumpeter swans and the lake's namesake bird. Discover the salmon habitat at Bear Creek Weir, where these anadromous fish run to spawn in the summer, or head to the Alaska SeaLife Center for an up-close look at northern marine mammals like seals, walruses, and otters before you're dropped off. Read More close
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Get picked up at the cruise terminal in Whittier or a convenient location in Anchorage and set off with your guide to discover the rugged landscapes that frame Turnagain Arm and the urban attractions of Alaska's most populous city. The itinerary can be customized to suit your schedule and interests, and your guide can lead you to special points of interest that go beyond the regular tourist track.
Visit Beluga Point, named for the beluga whales that can be spotted offshore during the summer months, and hear about the prehistoric artifacts found at this archaeological site—evidence of human habitation here goes back 4,000 years. Snap photos of the misty mountains and tidal flats at Bird Point, and take a ride on the Alyeska Aerial Tram for unobstructed views of the glaciers and peaks of the Chugach Mountains from the summit.
Learn about efforts to conserve and care for the animals like wood bison, wolves, red foxes, elk, and deer at the Alaska WIldlife Conservation Center, and even glimpse brown bears lumbering around their vast enclosure. Ride along the glacial shores of icy Portage Lake before you're dropped off in Anchorage or Whittier to meet your cruise ship. Read More close
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After getting picked up from your hotel, head out of the city toward the alpine landscapes around Hotel Alyeska. Consider bagging 360-degree views from the rocky summit by hopping on the resort's tram, and enjoy time to grab lunch before heading to the Portage Glacier.
Get up-close looks at this icy expanse on an optional boat cruise through Turnagain Arm, listen to your guide share intriguing commentary about the glacier's formation and mountain-carving path, and then make your way to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for the chance to check out lumbering grizzly bears and rehabilitated wood bison before heading back to Anchorage. On your way back to your hotel, swing around the city and get tips on other attractions, restaurants, and landmarks you might want to check out during your stay. Read More close
After you're picked up from your hotel, hit the road with your guide in search of the region's wildest residents. Anchorage is set in spectacular natural surroundings, so you don't need to go far beyond the city limits to catch views of creatures big and small, and your guide can offer helpful tips and pointers for composing great images.
Keep your eyes peeled for mighty moose and horned Dall sheep in the wooded hillsides, and watch for bird species including majestic bald eagles soaring overhead. Head to the river to see salmon fighting their way upstream, and even glimpse river otters or beavers if you're lucky. Depending on the season, you might catch views of beluga whales breaching in the waters of Turnagain Arm, and a hulking grizzly bear or lumbering black bear may even make an appearance. Read More close
Join your guide downtown, where you can hop aboard a comfortable shuttle bound for the Port of Anchorage. As you drive, listen to your guide share a bit of the city's history, from its early days as a settlement on Ship Creek to its Gold Rush-era boom. Swing by Bootleggers Cove to visit Earthquake Park, filled with exhibits that chronicle Prince William Sound's 1964 quake—the third largest ever recorded in the world.
At Lake Hood, watch seasoned bush pilots take off and land in rugged floatplanes, and hear how the state's remote villages still rely on these aerial deliveries. Before you wind your tour to a close, gain some elevation with a ride to the Flat Top Scenic Overlook, where you might catch glimpses of grazing moose, Cook Inlet's steel grey waters, or the snow-capped peaks of the Chugach Mountains. Read More close
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Meet up with your guide at the Ascending Path yurt at Alyeska Resort, where a complimentary shuttle is provided to the train station in Portage, or travel from Anchorage on the Glacier Discovery Train to get to the stop on your own. When everybody's onboard, continue your journey by rail as you wind through the Chugach Mountains to the remote Spencer Whistle Stop. When you arrive, transfer to a bus to skip ahead to the best part of the hike, where the trail meets the shores of Spencer Lake.
Hop out and start hiking, following your guide along gentle paths that offer views of the lake, Spencer Glacier, and surrounding peaks. Learn about native plant species along the way, keep a lookout for moose or bear, and stop off near the glacier to enjoy a tasty lunch of deli sandwiches while you chat about glacial ecology. After lunch, take some time to get up-close looks and photos at the massive face of Spencer Glacier, and then hike back to catch the train for your return to Girdwood or Anchorage. Read More close
Hop on the Glacier Discovery Train from Anchorage, or meet up with your guide in Girdwood to catch a ride to the train station in Portage. When everybody's aboard, chug along to the Spencer Whistle Stop to make the final leg of your trip by bus. Arrive at the shoreline of Spencer Lake and help carry kayaks and other gear down to the bank, where you can listen as your guide goes over basic paddling techniques and safety guidelines while you throw on a snug-fitting life jacket.
Paddle out into the lake, weaving around icebergs that have broken off from the Spencer Glacier, and keep your eyes out for wildlife including bald eagles soaring overhead and thirsty moose sipping from the lake's banks.
Reach the glacier and take a break for a lunch of deli sandwiches before gearing up to cross over this mammoth sheet of ice. With crampons and ice axes, pick a course between deep crevasses as you explore ice caves. Chat about glacial geology with your guide before heading back to the train stop and starting your return trip to Girdwood or Anchorage. Read More close
Meet up with your guide at a camera store in town or get picked up right at your hotel and kick your artistic adventure into gear. Whether you're snapping pics with a smartphone or are equipped with a high-quality D-SLR, you can gather great insight on camera settings, lighting, and composition on this interactive and instructive outing.
Hop in a comfortable vehicle and ride out of town, cruising along the Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm to Glen Alps in the glacier-capped Chugach Mountains. Listen to creative and technical advice from your guide, honing your skills on breathtaking images of mountain landscapes and sunset scenes. Watch for wildlife emerging from forested hillside, catch bush planes taking off and landing, and do your best to capture the magic of Alaska's majestic natural beauty before you head back to Anchorage. Read More close
Meet up with your guide in downtown Anchorage and hop in a comfortable vehicle for the scenic, 2-hour ride to Talkeetna. Stop to fuel up over lunch at the Talkeetna Roadhouse, and then check in for your flight, meeting your pilot and settling into your seat on a bush plane.
Take to the skies over the northern wilderness of Denali National Park. As you loop around the glacier-blanketed South Face of North America's highest peak, listen to commentary from your pilot. Learn about the area's natural history and dramatic features as you soar over opalescent blue meltwater pools, pass through the canyon walls of the Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier, and spot the Don Sheldon Mountain House—a cabin perched on a rocky outcrop in the center of vast, slow-covered amphitheater of the Ruth Glacier. Touch down in this frozen landscape for a chance to feel the ancient ice beneath your feet before flying back to Talkeetna for your return ride to Anchorage. Read More close
Grab a seat in a comfortable vehicle in downtown Anchorage for the scenic ride to Talkeetna, where you get equipped with poles, lines, reels, and all fishing gear you need before heading down to the river. Whether you're a fly fishing pro or new to the sport, your guide can help you perfect your casting techniques, pick the perfect fly for the fish you're trying to catch, and wade into the ideal spot for snagging native species.
You might reel in glistening rainbow trout, red-bellied arctic char, and beautiful Dolly Varden trout. Depending on the season, you might catch silvery Arctic grayling or even salmon before you pack up your gear and head back to Anchorage. Read More close
Head into downtown Anchorage and hop in a comfortable van for the scenic ride to Talkeetna, a historic outpost nestled near the base of snow-capped Denali. Meet up with your river guides and board the local train to chug upriver to the put-in point, where the guides set up all the equipment and help you into the sturdy inflatable vessels. Once you're set, push off from shore and drift along down the calm waters of an easy stretch of the Susitna River. Pass by towering ferns that grow more than 8 feet (2 m) tall, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like moose, eagles, bears, and salmon.
Pull into a quiet islet for lunch—a spread of salmon, veggie, BLT, pulled pork, and vegetarian sandwiches from locally loved Historic Talkeetna Roadhouse. Afterward, jump back on the raft to meander down 12 more miles (19 km) of wild waterways before stepping back out onto dry land. Depending on when you get off the river, you might have some free time to check out the sights in Talkeetna before starting the return trip to Anchorage. Read More close
Ride from Anchorage to Talkeetna in a comfortable van, arriving in the historic settlement near the base of Denali and then shuttling out into the forested ridges above town. Get equipped with top-quality gear, slipping into your harness and strapping on your helmet before a basic orientation.
Once you're set, clamber up into the trees to kick your adventure into gear. Take in views of Denali, the expansive Alaska Range, and the rolling Susitna River Valley as you move between treetop platforms with the boreal forest beneath you. Whiz through the trees on 9 separate ziplines, race across 3 aerial suspension bridges, wind your way up a spiral staircase, and rappel down to the forest floor. Your final zip is a daring 600-foot (182-m) over a mirror-like pond, the perfect, adrenaline-pumping way to bring your canopy quest to a close. Read More close
While the order of tour stops varies based on the town you're starting from, you're sure to sample the same iconic Alaskan landscapes on your fun-filled day trip. Along the way, get up-close looks at the icy floes of the Exit Glacier, go over Moose Pass to snap photos of alpine meadows, and stop into the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to learn how biologists are rehabilitating the refuge's moose, wood bison, and grizzly bears.
Enjoy some leisure time and a meal in the town of Girdwood, where clapboard buildings and Gold Rush-era artifacts will make you feel like you've gone back in time, and then take an aerial tram to a lofty vantage point with sweeping views of the Chugach Mountains. On some days, you might even get to step inside the Roundhouse Museum for the chance to check out artifacts from the area's bygone mining days. Read More close
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Get picked up from your hotel or cruise ship port and hop in a comfortable shuttle for your scenic drive. As you head to your destination, pass through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel whose 2. 5-mile (4-km) route through the mountains makes it the longest train and vehicle tunnel in North America. Enjoy views of icy glaciers in the Portage Valley, look for sheep and mountain goats along the cliffs lining Turnagain Arm, and stop off at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for up-close looks at rehabilitated bears, bison, and moose.
Take some leisure time to explore the clapboard storefronts of frozen-in-time Girdwood, grab a tasty lunch of homemade soup and sourdough bread at a local bakery, and then continue on to your final destination, getting conveniently dropped off at your hotel or cruise ship terminal. Read More close
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From Anchorage, set off down the scenic Seward Highway, driving along the shores of Turnagain Arm into Portage Valley and the wilderness of Chugach National Forest. Gaze up at hanging glaciers draped over rocky cliffs, and arrive at the shores of Portage Lake.
Board the MV Ptarmigan—the only boat operating on the lake—and step into the heated cabin or open-air top deck for an unforgettable cruise narrated by a representative of the US Forest Service. Motor through the ice-filled waters as you approach the ancient, frozen mass of Portage Glacier. From just 300 yards (300 m) away, you can hear the ice groan and crack and even see blue fractures break off and crash into the water below.
After the cruise, grab a lunch of soups, sandwiches, and salads at a rustic lodge, and then make your way to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Learn about efforts to preserve Alaska's native creatures and rehabilitate injured or orphaned animals, and pull up close to enclosures to see fierce birds of prey and lumbering grizzly bears. Before you return to Anchorage, stop at a viewpoint 2,300 feet (700 m) above sea level for a sweeping view of the mountains and the city skyline. Read More close
In a comfortable shuttle, head out of town along the Seward Highway. Watch the steel grey waters of Turnagain Arm drift by, look for Dall sheep perched on the cliffs of the Chugach Mountains, and then gain elevation as you work your way toward Mt. Alyeska's slopes. when you arrive, hop in a tram to glide to this soaring summit's top and take some time to snap sweeping photos of Cook Inlet down below.
Ride back down, tuck into a tasty lunch of soup and sourdough bread at a locally loved restaurant, and then continue on to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to check in on massive grizzly bears, knobby-kneed moose, and furry wood bison that call this refuge home. Watch educational programs that detail the center's conservation efforts and then head to the shores of Portage Lake.
Climb aboard the MV Ptarmigan for a scenic cruise through this glacier-formed waterway and get up-close looks at the Portage Glacier. Watch and listen for giant hunks of ice breaking off this frozen floe, snap photos of its shifting blue hue, and then return to shore for your return ride to Anchorage. Read More close
Meet up with your guide, a skilled photographer who's been shooting Alaska's dramatic terrain for more than 14 years, and head out to your first location. Your guide shares tips for adjusting your camera's settings and composing your frames to best capture the scenery around you, whether you're an experienced photographer or just getting used to being behind the lens.
Cruise around the diverse landscapes of the Turnagain Arm to capture wildflowers in alpine meadows, wildlife in the tidal flats, and majestic vistas that stretch from sea to sky. Since you're outside all day, you can snap images in the early morning sunshine as well as in the waning light of evening—Alaska's natural beauty is on display around the clock.
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Ride out from Anchorage along the winding bends of the Seward Highway with your local guide. Watch the blue-grey waters of Turnagain Arm come into view and drift by, framed by the rocky slopes of the Chugach Mountains. Near the top of Mt. Alyeska, enjoy sweeping views of Cook Inlet and Anchorage, and then continue on to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
Spend some time exploring this critter refuge, where you might spot bristling brown bears, massive moose, and hairy wood bison. Watch educational programs that detail the process of rehabilitating Alaska's native species, and then head back to town along the same scenic route you started on. Read More close
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After you meet up with your guide, head out into the Alaskan wilderness, where long summer days mean plenty of sunlight to feed blooming wildflowers. Make your way between remote coastal zones framed by glacier-capped mountains and alpine valleys traced by burbling creeks as you seek out the best vantage points for snapping postcard-worthy shots of the natural scenery.
Your guide, a renowned Alaskan landscape photographer, offers hands-on field instruction as you move between locations. Work on macro techniques for close-up images of flowers and learn to consider different lighting effects in a changing outdoor environment. Seek out richly colored chocolate lilies and brush-like purple Arctic lupine, and capture shots of sweeping northern landscapes on this unforgettable day in nature. Read More close
From Anchorage, ride out of town with your guide as you wind past the snow-capped peaks of the Chugach Mountains and along the waterfront highway that skirts the shores of Turnagain Arm's glacier-carved waterway. Look for Dall sheep perched along rugged cliff faces, scan the treetops of hemlock and spruce for nesting bald eagles, and try to spy the massive antlers of moose in nearby meadows.
At the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, hop out to learn how biologists are working to provide a safe environment for captive-born and previously injured animals. As you explore the center's 700-acre (283-ha) grounds, you can listen for the howling of resident wolves, watch educational programs about grizzly bears, and snap photos of furry wood bison before you head back to Anchorage. Read More close
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