City-Based Day Tours

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Enhance your Alaska vacation with a day tour from active adventures, to historic and cultural tours, or sightseeing and wildlife viewing.

Sightseeing, Flightseeing and Wildlife Viewing Day Trips

Alaska is big – so big, that sometimes the best way to get perspective on it is to get up in the air. Flightseeing tours are among the most popular type of day tour in the state, and take visitors over ice fields, fjords and mountaintops. Wildlife viewing is also big – as in grizzly bears, humpback whales and moose. Glacier and wildlife viewing day cruises are found in most coastal communities and are a great way to see marine wildlife, glaciers, and gorgeous coastal scenery. City tours show off the local flavor, while rail tours offer a comfortable way to experience Alaska’s magnificent scenery.

Active Adventure Day Tours

You don’t have to be an experienced outdoorsman to enjoy Alaska’s active lifestyle. Popular tours include sea kayaking, canoeing or rafting; hiking in state and national parks; trekking atop a crystal-blue glacier; sport fishing for the world’s finest salmon and halibut; and dog sledding, or mushing, with the state’s premier canine athletes. All of these tour types are offered at a range of levels and are accessible to most everyone.

Historic and Cultural Day Trips

Alaska Native cultural centers and tours highlight the indigenous peoples unique to the area, including dance performances or demonstrations of traditional practices, like totem carving. Alaska historical tours take visitors back in time to experience major events like the Klondike Gold Rush, the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline or life in a salmon cannery in the early 1900s. Many combine both Alaska Native and non-Native culture in informative tours that bring Alaska’s history to life.

Whatever Alaska city you are traveling to or flying in or out of, an Alaska day tour will round out your Alaska travel experience.

Browsing 176 tours related to City-Based Day Tours

Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline view.
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $115 / per person

This guided “Fairbanks Highlights” day tour brings you to the highlights of Fairbanks. During the tour you will visit Santa Claus at his home in North Pole, and buy some... View Tour Details

Alaska Railroad in Fall
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $104 / per person

Ride on one of America’s last flag stop trains. Beginning in Talkeetna, the route threads its way along the Susitna River and through the Indian River Canyon. The highlight is... View Tour Details

Fly into Alaska's far north region and across the Arctic Circle.
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $459 / per person

Fly north from Fairbanks on a 1-hour evening flight to above the Arctic Circle. Land along the Yukon River at the Athabaskan village of Fort Yukon. Upon landing meet your local host... View Tour Details

Bald Eagle nesting.
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $97 / per person

Witness the amazing annual migration of California Gray Whales, traveling over 5,000 miles from Baja California to the nutrient rich waters of Alaska’s Bering Sea. This 4-hour... View Tour Details

Chinitna Bear from Kimberley FAM
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $819 / per person

Depart from Anchorage by wheeled plane for a 90-minute scenic flight southwest over Cook Inlet toward the Chigmit Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views of the Alaska and Aleutian... View Tour Details

Fox Island Beach View
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $87 / per person

Travel through the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay for a wild Alaska salmon and prime rib dinner with an exclusive visit to Fox Island. On this 50-mile round trip cruise, keep... View Tour Details

26 Glacier Cruise from Whittier.
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $179 / per person

Home to an abundance of glaciers and wildlife, Prince William Sound is one of Alaska’s most picturesque marine environments. Enjoy a day cruise on the calm waters of the Sound... View Tour Details

Off to Nome!
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $150 / per person

Experience the official start of the world famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Every year hundreds of people come out to line the streets of Willow Lake just north of Anchorage for the... View Tour Details

Arcitc Circle Flight Adventure from Fairbanks.
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $469 / per person

Depart from Fairbanks for a day trip on a small plane and land across the Arctic Circle in a ceremonious fashion, where you will receive an official Arctic Circle certificate. Enjoy a... View Tour Details