Anchorage
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Anchorage: 1-Hour Trolley Tour

1. 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.

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Anchorage Museum General Admission Ticket

2. Anchorage Museum General Admission Ticket

Arrive at the Anchorage Museum and explore the exhibits dedicated to the art and design, history, science and culture of the North. Admire hundreds of Indigenous Alaskan artifacts in the Arctic Studies Center loaned by the Smithsonian Institution. The center’s main exhibition is titled Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska. The exhibition features more than 600 objects from the Smithsonian's collections that were selected and interpreted with help from Alaskan Native advisers. Examples include an 1893 Tlingit war helmet from the southeast village of Taku and a 1935 Iñupiaq feast bowl from Wales, on Alaska’s northwest coast. Learn about objects through touch screens where you can zoom in on photos and scroll through more information, such as related oral histories and archival images.  Upgrade your experience by visiting the Thomas Planetarium. Tickets for the Planetarium can be booked at check-in. Embark on a breathtaking journey to the stars, through 3D graphics, surround sound and a dome screen, and more. The planetarium offers a fascinating way to learn about astronomy and the Earth's solar system. The planetarium is home to a wide variety of interactive astronomy demonstrations, educational programs, and films.

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Anchorage: Coastal Trail 3-Hour City Bike Tour

3. Anchorage: Coastal Trail 3-Hour City Bike Tour

Start your tour after being picked up at the Visitor Center downtown in a Mercedes Sprinter Van. Journey to Kincaid Park where you'll be given your own personal bike and a safety briefing from the guide. There are many stops for historical stories and photo opportunities throughout the tour. Bike through Kincaid Park, Anchorage’s largest park where many of the moose in the city live. Visit Earthquake Park, a memorial for the 2nd largest earthquake in recorded history that caused major damage in Anchorage on Good Friday in 1964. Ride along the coast, with views of 5 different mountain ranges including the Alaska Range and Denali. This is a casual ride and is for people of all biking abilities and ages. This trip has a hop-on/hop-off option. The vehicle meets the group halfway where they have the option to join the driver guide for a driving tour the rest of the way.

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Seward: Self-Guided Audio Tour

4. Seward: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Discover the beautiful and scenic city of Seward. Surrounded by mountains and the Resurrection Bay, this picturesque location was once devastated by an earthquake, tidal waves, and fire in 1964. Since then, it has evolved into a thriving community that now boasts the iconic Iditarod National Historic Trail and an amazing Alaska Sea Life Center. On this audio tour, see the Old Alaska Railroad Depot, the Founder's Monument, the Seward Community Library, the William H Seward Bust, the Resurrection Bay Historical Society Seward Museum, the Memorial United Methodist Church and the Chugach Museum with the Institute of History and Art. Quaint, quirky and full of interesting tales and historical facts, this tour takes you on a journey of years gone by. Benefit from an entirely self-paced tour. Simply download your audio files and use them at your own leisure.

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Alaska: 7-Day Brown Bear and Denali National Park Adventure

5. Alaska: 7-Day Brown Bear and Denali National Park Adventure

Day 1: Anchorage to Wildlife and Alyeska Resort Start off with your guide picking you up in Anchorage and begin your adventure. Head to the first stop at the Caribou and Musk Ox Farms in Palmer to get up close and personal with Alaskan animals. Feed and pet caribou and get up close to a moose. Then, go to the beautiful Alyeska Resort to take a tram ride to the top of the ski lift for beautiful scenic views. Day 2: Flightseeing and Bear Viewing Spend a day flying through over the Alaskan landscape and watching brown bears. The pilot will stop at areas where brown bears have been sighted, providing guests with up-close picture taking opportunities. In June, guests will see brown bears in their breeding areas while July guests will be able to see the world-renowned brown bears fishing at Brooks Falls. Spot bears fishing for salmon, digging for clams, playing with each other, nursing, or simply enjoying a nap in the sun. Day 3: Free Day in Girdwood Customize this day however you like. Book activities of your own choosing before your trip or you can request the assistance of your local guide at an extra cost.  Day 4: Girdwood to Denali National Park and Preserve Make your way Denali and stop for scenic views and picture-taking opportunities along the way. Your guide will tell you about Alaskan history as you drive through the countryside. Upon arrival at Denali, you will have the opportunity to explore the town and find a place to have dinner. Get suggestions for local restaurants from your guide before you get there. Day 5: Free Day in Denali National Park and Preserve Spend this day exploring at your own pace. Be prepared and book activities in advance or request assistance from your guide for an extra fee. Day 6: Guided Wildlife Tour through Denali National Park and Preserve Your guide will help you and your small tour group find the many wild animals who call Denali home. Be on the lookout for grizzly bears, caribou, Dall's sheep, golden eagle, and moose. You may also get to see the tallest peak in North America, Denali. Day 7: Sled Dogs and Return to Anchorage See the sled dogs at work in Denali National Park. Learn how they are used in the winter to pull heavy loads of supplies to national park staff for research projects. Upon the return to Anchorage, enjoy a stop in Talkeetna for lunch and an optional train ride to Anchorage. Should you choose not to take the train back to Anchorage, you can still continue on in the van with your guide.

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What people are saying about Anchorage

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 6 reviews

We had such a wonderful time just traveling around Anchorage on this tour. The weather was beautiful and we saw some very interesting parts of Anchorage. Our tour guide was wonderful… she was very knowledgeable and had a great singing voice!!!! We totally recommend this tour of Anchorage!!!

My family enjoyed our tour a lot. We found it to be very informative and learned a lot of interesting factoids about Anchorage. If this is your first trip to Anchorage Alaska, this is well worth the price of admission. Younger kids may not enjoy it all that much though.

Kris was an amazing guide and gave me a great tour! Awesome history! Would recommend it to anyone looking to find out more on Anchorage!

Our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and went over and beyond her duty.

Very informative! We actually drove back to Earthwake Park.