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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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Alaska by Rail Tour

Perfect for rail enthusiasts of all ages! Discover local highlights at each stop along the route and learn what it’s like to live like a real Alaskan. Travelling by... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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Family Fun Vacation by Car

This great family itinerary is specifically planned to allow for a leisurely travel pace with plenty of time for family oriented activities. Top destinations include visits to both Denali... Read more

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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,... Read more

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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... Read more

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Circle Alaska Adventure Tour

We have tailored this tour to allow plenty of time to explore Alaska's amazing sights with hands-on learning opportunities. The itinerary inclusions ensure the best opportunity to experience wildlife... Read more

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Alaska Dreams Winter Tour

Start your adventure with a glacier trek from Anchorage, then continue your journey north to Fairbanks with the Alaska Railroad. Finally, conclude your trip with a stay at the... Read more

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Alaska by Rail and Car Tour

Experience one of the world's greatest train rides aboard the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Fairbanks, including a stop at Denali National Park. The included bus tour into Denali... Read more

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Alaska Railroad Adventure

Touring Alaska by train is a relaxing way to experience all that the Great Land has to offer. Designed for independent travelers and train enthusiasts this tour utilizes several... Read more

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Alaska’s Glacier Country Cruise

This seven night adventure cruise in Alaska's Inside Passage sails round trip from Juneau. Destinations include Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Kuiu Island, and Frederick Sound - a... Read more

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Relax Alaska

Great for travelers looking to explore Alaska at a relaxed pace. This tour starts in Anchorage and combines travel by train and motor coach between Seward and Fairbanks, ending... Read more

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Bettles Lodge Winter Adventure

Fly from Fairbanks across the great interior region of Alaska landing 35 miles across the Arctic Circle in the remote outpost of Bettles. The area surrounding Bettles boasts the... Read more

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An Alaskan Odyssey

This unique itinerary takes you from the North Pacific waters of Prince William Sound to the Arctic coast near Prudhoe Bay. This itinerary is for independent travelers seeking a... Read more

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Fairbanks Highlights Tour

This guided “Fairbanks Highlights” day tour brings you to the to the best attractions of the Alaskan city of Fairbanks. During the tour, you will visit the Morris Thompson... Read more

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Bird Creek ATV Backcountry Tour

Access Alaska’s backcountry on an ATV day tour out of Anchorage or Girdwood! To begin your day trip, you’ll drive to Bird Creek, located on the Seward Highway between Anchorage and Girdwood,... Read more

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Gold Dredge No. 8 Gold Mining Tour

This tour from Fairbanks (note: transportation to/from Fairbanks not included) begins with an up close view of the Trans Alaska pipeline and informational displays about the pipeline. Continue on... Read more

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Alaska’s Gems Tour

This tour provides Alaska travelers with many key Alaska highlights combining travel by train and by deluxe motorcoach. Enjoy opportunities to view towering glaciers up-close, and perhaps catch a... Read more

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Turnagain Turnaround Tour

On this Anchorage day tour, travel with a small group along Turnagain Arm, one of the most scenic drives in Alaska. Your driver will pick you up from your... Read more

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Redoubt Bay Lodge

Departing from Anchorage's Lake Hood, it is just a 50-minute flight by seaplane over Cook Inlet to the entrance of Lake Clark Pass. Nested in a 171,000 acre critical... Read more

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Winterlake Lodge

A lakefront lodge that is easily reached by bush plane and just 1 hour from Anchorage. Enjoy your stay at one of the best wilderness lodges in Alaska. The... Read more

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Bettles Lodge Summer Experience

Fly from Fairbanks along the Yukon River to the foothills of Alaska's Brooks Range, Bettles Lodge offers simple but comfortable accommodation and genuine hospitality for all guests. Included is... Read more

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Zachar Bay Lodge

Zachar Bay Lodge is located on the northwestern shore of Kodiak Island in the Kodiak Island National Wildlife Refuge, the perfect location for a nature lodge. The area offers... Read more

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Experience Kodiak Island

Fly from Anchorage on a schedule flight, and then embark on excursion aboard a classic sea plane to enjoy a bird's eye view of the Island's scenic coastline and... Read more

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Orca Adventure Lodge

Start in Anchorage with a scheduled flight over glacier-carved Chugach mountains to the quaint historic fishing town of Cordova. On arrival transfer to the lodge and settle into one... Read more

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Greatland Explorer Tour

Starting in Fairbanks, enjoy the scenic ride by train to Denali National Park and then onward to Anchorage. With two nights at Denali National Park, there is ample time... Read more

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Greatland Discoverer Tour

Perfect option for those with limited time, or before or after an Alaskan cruise. Travel aboard the Alaska Railroad, from Anchorage to Fairbanks with two nights at Denali National... Read more

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Kenai Riverside Lodge

Transfer provided to Cooper Landing, just a 2-hour scenic drive from Anchorage. The lodge sits on the upper reaches of the Kenai River, world-renowned for wild salmon and trophy... Read more

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Anchorage Winter Photo Safari

If you’re going to be in Anchorage this winter, a photography day tour is a fun experience for amateur to avid photographers alike to learn about Anchorage’s many attractions!... Read more

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Anchorage Dog Sledding Tour

This Anchorage day tour puts you in the Alaska dog sledding driving seat. After a scenic drive north to Talkeetna and dog mushing country, you will arrive at Iditarod champion... Read more

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Resurrection Bay Kayaking Tour

This kayaking tour from Seward is a fun and adventuresome way to explore the spectacular beauty of Resurrection Bay! Your kayaking tour starts with a transfer from Seward Small Boat... Read more

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Wilderness Dogsledding Ride & Tour

This Seward  day trip provides an Alaska dog sledding “insider’s tour.” Tour 2017 Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey’s Iditarod Racing Kennel, meet famous sled dogs, cuddle adorable puppies, dress up... Read more

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Experience Seward & Real Alaska

Learn about Seward‘s fascinating history and the Iditarod Trail while enjoying the beautiful scenery on this Seward summer day trip. You’ll travel to 2017 Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey’s sled... Read more

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Denali Express Flightseeing

This 45 minute Denali flightseeing day tour from the Denali Park Entrance via a small bush plane lets you experience Denali National Park from a bird’s eye view and... Read more

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Columbia Glacier Cruise

This Valdez day tour with glacier and wildlife cruise through Prince William Sound features a visit to Columbia Glacier. On board you will have a chance to view Prince... Read more

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Kenai River Scenic Float Tour

Depart from Cooper Landing on a gentle rafting trip down the Kenai River. Watch for wildlife as your guide navigates your raft through snow-capped mountain scenery, hear about the... Read more

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Visit Denali from Anchorage

Great opportunities to view wildlife and the awesome scenery Denali is so well known for. You'll travel by motor coach from Anchorage to the Denali park entrance and spend... Read more

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A Journey Above the Arctic

Fly north from Fairbanks on a one-hour evening flight to above Alaska’s Arctic Circle. Land along the Yukon River at the Athabaskan village of Fort Yukon. Upon landing meet your local... Read more

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Alaska Winter Driving Tour

Designed for independent travelers this SUV (all wheel) self-drive tour features a few days to explore Fairbanks and Chena Hot Springs. The Fairbanks area is one of the best... Read more

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Cabin Nite Dinner Theater

Get a taste of old-time Alaska as you enjoy a popular dinner theater performance in Denali National Park set in an authentic, Alaska log-paneled roadhouse. Join heroine Fannie Quigley... Read more

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Winter Wonderland and Iditarod

A winter journey by coach from Anchorage in Alaska! Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitation of Alaska animals. Meet a professional musher and tour... Read more

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Adventure Driving Tour

Explore Alaska in a more unique and adventurous way! On this self-drive vacation, you'll get active with white water river rafting, kayaking, hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing in some... Read more

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Denali Express Train Tour

After an overnight in Fairbanks or Anchorage, meet the train departing to Denali National Park. This afternoon take a guided excursion into Denali National Park and learn about the... Read more

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Alaska Lodge Driving Tour

Travel to off the beaten path locations including overnights at wilderness lodges and inns that offer options for daily hiking, biking, kayaking and canoeing adventures. The touring route includes... Read more

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Alaska’s Finest Self Driving Tour

Designed for independent traveler's seeking the best available accommodations Alaska has to offer while road touring. Enjoy spectacular mountain, glacial and coastal scenery while visiting several must see locations... Read more

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