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Cultural Discovery

Alaska Native Art, Cultural & Historic Landmarks

Some of the most inspiring and memorable experiences you will take from your Alaska travels is connecting with local cultures. Learn the history and geology of the places you visit and begin to understand the unique Alaska cultures which have evolved in America’s Last Frontier. The state has experienced many significant cultural transitions – from the Russian era to acquisition by the United States, acting as a strategic outpost in World War II, to the Gold Rush and then the oil boom.

Alaska’s cultural tours showcase a fascinating blend of Alaska Native history, Russian heritage, Gold Rush history and modern “Alaskana” lifestyles. Many of Alaska’s cultural tours combine both Alaska Native and non-Native culture in informative tours that bring Alaska’s history to life. 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 1900’s.

A large part of what makes Alaska so unforgettable is its heartbeat of Alaska Native culture. Alaska Native cultural tours highlight the indigenous people unique to the area, possibly including dance performances in Southcentral or demonstrations of traditional practices like totem carving in the Southeast.

There is truly a living legacy of Alaska’s vibrant history in the state’s Alaska Native people and the heritage of Alaska’s earliest residents. Alaska’s cultural experiences are easy for you to discover – they are woven into every corner of state, preserved, protected and even reflected in modern Alaska life which you can experience on a city sightseeing tour.

Enjoy exploring and experiencing Alaska’s history and culture, past and present!

 

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Grand Alaska Guided Bus Tour

Great option as a stand alone touring program or as a comprehensive land tour before or after an Alaska cruise. Every day there is spectacular mountain scenery, with local sightseeing insights from a professional guide the entire tour. First,... Browse tour

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Alaska by Rail Tour

Travel the entire Alaska Railroad in just 9 days! Take the train from Anchorage to Seward, Talkeetna, Denali and Fairbanks. Cruise to an active glacier, jet boat on the Talkeetna River, view wildlife in Denali National Park, and enjoy... Browse tour

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Glaciers and Wildlife Tour

Combining Anchorage, Seward, Talkeetna and Denali, this tour provides wildlife viewing opportunities and scenic touring throughout. You travel by the Alaska Railroad to Seward and cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park, well known for glacier scenery as well as... Browse tour

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All Alaska Classic Self Drive Tour

Explore three of Alaska's National Parks: Denali, Wrangell - St. Elias and Kenai Fjords. Great wildlife viewing opportunities throughout. Travel on four designated National Scenic Byways showcasing the natural beauty of Alaska with its jagged mountain peaks, lush alpine... Browse tour

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Great Alaskan Road Trip

Explore Denali, Seward, and the Matanuska Valley with the freedom of a rental car. These three destinations complement each other with a variety of natural beauty from mountains to valleys to coastline. The bus tour into Denali National Park... Browse tour

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Family Fun Vacation by Car

A great family itinerary designed to allow for a leisurely travel pace with plenty of time for family oriented activities. Top destinations include Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks. Touring highlights include riding aboard a "whistle stop" train operated... Browse tour

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Denali & Glacier Experience

By train, travel along the scenic Seward and Portage Glacier Highways before entering the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the second longest tunnel in North America. On arrival in Whittier, embark on the 26 Glacier Cruise with lunch. Enjoy viewing... Browse tour

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Fairbanks Northern Lights Viewing

Spend three nights in Fairbanks exploring the history and culture of this modern northern city, including the opportunity to view the spectacular northern lights, a sight the area is known for around the world. The day starts with a... Browse tour

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Chena Hot Springs and Northern Lights

Chena Hot Springs Resort offers both an outdoor hot springs rock lake and an indoor pool, both perfect for relaxing. Admission to the pools included. The resort also offers guests a restaurant, and is home to the Aurora Ice... Browse tour

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Alaska Explorer Guided Bus Tour

The Alaska Explorer Tour is a one-way, guided group bus tour from Fairbanks to Anchorage with stops in Denali and Talkeenta. The Alaska Explorer tour is ideal for a pre-cruise land tour in Alaska. You’ll begin your fun in... Browse tour

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