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Our most recommended Anchorage Natural Attractions & National Parks

Seward: Kenai Fjords Half Day Wildlife Cruise

1. Seward: Kenai Fjords Half Day Wildlife Cruise

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

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Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 6-Hour Cruise

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

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

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From Anchorage: Wilderness, Wildlife, & Glacier Experience

3. 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.

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Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 7.5-Hour Cruise

4. Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 7.5-Hour Cruise

Step aboard a stable, high-speed catamaran for a full day exploring Kenai Fjords National Park. Start your cruise in Resurrection Bay where you'll will learn about the park, the surrounding area and wildlife from an experienced captain. Allow your captain to take you to the best wildlife viewing areas for the opportunity to see stunning marine life including whales, otters, seals and thousands of seabirds. Head out into the Gulf of Alaska past Bear Glacier, the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Take advantage of getting up close with 2 active tidewater glaciers, Aialik Glacier and Holgate Glacier as your cruise stops nearby. Watch for calving, where giant chunks of glacier ice break off and crash into the water. Experienced deckhands will secure a chunk of glacier ice to make the most amazing cocktails and glacier margaritas.

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Talkeetna: Mountain Voyager with Optional Glacier Landing

5. Talkeetna: Mountain Voyager with Optional Glacier Landing

Check-in at a unique Alaskan log office before hopping on a single-engine, high-wing aircraft to begin your fantastic scenic flight. Enjoy a 1 hour and 15-minute flight winding in and around the Alaska Range's major peaks—Hunter, Foraker and Denali. Follow the massive glacier highways from above while listening to fascinating expert narration from your pilot. Witness Kahiltna Glacier, the longest in Denali National Park, stretching 45 miles with stunning ridges of earth and ice. This tour is perfect for those who want to soak in traditional Denali views while adding additional views from the south and west. The extra time in the air also allows for greater flexibility in finding the best views of the day. Upgrade your tour to include a glacier landing during your flight. Experience the exhilaration of standing among the majestic peaks of the Alaska Range. Play in the snow, take photos or just take it all in. Glacier landings add 30 minutes to the total tour duration.

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

6. 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 11 reviews

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!

Despite less than optimal weather conditions, the crew was amazing and informative and it was a wonderful day! Parts of the world I would have never seen by by water!

Our captain and the crew were great. We enjoyed every minute. Seen lots of wild life.

The captain was very knowledgeable about the area. We loved that!