Wildlife in Alaska

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Alaska’s National Parks: Diverse, Spectacular & Iconic

Alaska is enormous, and it’s practically bursting with out-of-this-world natural beauty and wonder. It has so many special settings and so much spectacular wildlife that it is home to eight Alaska National Parks covering 54 million acres — not to mention 50 National Historic Landmarks, 16 National Natural Landmarks, 24 official National Park Service units, and nearly 100 state park... Read More

Day Fishing Trips in Alaska: What You Can Catch in Our Waters

If you’re itching to add fishing to your jam-packed Alaska schedule of must-sees and must-dos, you can write your own great fishing story in just a day, half day or even a few hours. No matter how long or brief your Alaska stay, and no matter which part of the Great Land your travels take you, there’s almost always easy-to-access... Read More

Alaska Wildlife at Home in Denali National Park

Caribou in Denali (c) Jeff Schultz/Schultzphoto.com/ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Traveling in Denali National Park, it’s easy to find yourself constantly gazing skyward for a glimpse of The Great One – Denali. A sighting of the majestic mountain and precarious peak, as well as its summits and spurs, will take your breath away. The experience also provides instant perspective on how massive... Read More

Alaska’s Salmon Species: The “Fin-tastic Five”

For visitors and residents alike, the special lure of Alaska's rich legends are associated with the fantastic fish which thrive in Alaskan waters. Diners and anglers of Alaska are always delighted when they savor the taste of fresh Alaska salmon, dolly varden, halibut or arctic grayling, "pole-to-plate", artfully presented, whether at home or in one of Alaska's many restaurants.  When it... Read More

Alaska Bear Viewing at Brooks Falls: Can You “Bear” the Excitement?

It’s a thrilling and chilling Alaska wildlife moment in a classic "Last Frontier" setting – bear viewing, where dozens of the big brown bears of Bristol Bay, treat you to a view of authentic Alaska. Haunches deep in cold, crashing waterfalls, grabbing fat flopping salmon out of the water and even out of midair with unforgiving chomps and precision paw... Read More

Kayaking in Alaska

Imagine yourself cruising in a kayak across a peaceful and practically mirror-flat surface of an Alaska bay. You pull up the paddle for a moment, rest it on your kayak and take it all in: bobbing mildly, you inhale the fresh, cool air coming off the nearby glacier with a hint of saltwater mist. Suddenly, two puffins take off, their... Read More

Every year, tens of millions of salmon return to the pristine shores of Bristol Bay in Alaska. They linger in the bay's cool, shallow waters before charging up nearby streams to spawn and create another generation of wild salmon.

— Frances Beinecke
Visit Alaska On Video: Planning A Vacation to America’s “Last Frontier”

There's nothing more exciting than coming to Alaska. Many people have had Alaska on their bucket list for years and for good reason. What's a visit to the 49th U.S. state feel, look and sound like? Watch this video from TravelAlaska to find out! Dive into an Alaska vacation experience by video you'll never forget (go full screen for best results!):... Read More

I'm not someone who can lie on a beach and do nothing. I am not sure what you are supposed to do, so I get bored. I prefer to have a purpose, such as going to Alaska to see orca whales.

— Miranda Richardson
The Top 10 “Best of Alaska” Tours

We've conducted an informal survey of Alaska visitors (based on our guests) to get their "best of Alaska" top-rated tours. Here's what they had to say are their top 10 Alaska travel experiences: #1: Go Bear Viewing Drink in the sight of big bears catching, and dining on, salmon at Katmai National Park while you stand safely just a few feet away.... Read More

The Alaska Challenge: Can You Do All 9 of These on Your Alaska Trip?

With 25+ years of helping visitors experience Alaska, our local experts at Alaska Tours have come up with The "Official" Alaska Bucket List based upon what we know are the most iconic, unique and "only in Alaska" experiences to be had in America's Last Frontier. Have you crossed these off your bucket list? Grab a shot of a Grizzly Bear Gulping... Read More

Is That a Grizzly Bear or a Brown Bear?

Similar to figuring out the difference between a reindeer and a caribou, identifying the difference between a grizzly and a brown bear is not intuitive. While grizzly bears and brown bears are technically the same species, Ursus arctos, the distinction between these two mammals is actually based on where they live and what they eat. Grizzly Bears in Alaska "Grizzly bears" are... Read More