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City-Based Day Tours

From Two Hours to an Extra Day In & Around Alaska's Cities

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

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.

 

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Discover Denali Flightseeing

This scenic flight from Anchorage to Denali National Park takes you within six miles of Denali’s 20,320 ft. summit. Fly by floatplane, ski-plane, or even traditional small plane (with wheels... Read more

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Chinitna Bay Bear Viewing

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 Mountain Ranges... Read more

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Redoubt Bay Bear Viewing (Half Day)

Depart Anchorage on a half-day bear viewing trip to Redoubt Bay Lodge. Redoubt Bay is one of the easiest and most accessible locations for bear viewing from Anchorage. You will travel by seaplane for... 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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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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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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Winter Adventure to Denali

Travel to Denali National Park on a fall or winter adventure! This guided tour departs from Fairbanks and travels south through the Tanana Valley along the Parks Highway. Your... 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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Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

On this exciting day cruise from Seward, hop on this unforgettable glacier and wildlife boat trip into Kenai Fjords National Park! This Alaska national park boasts abundant wildlife, alpine... 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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Exit Glacier Ice Hike

During this guided glacier hiking tour from Seward, Alaska, you’ll follow a scenic hiking trail to Exit Glacier which is a mixture of back-country and on-trail trekking (about 1.5... 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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Denali Heli-Hiking Tour

This Denali area heli-hiking day tour from the Denali National Park Entrance allows visitors to experience the backcountry of Alaska with a brief helicopter flight followed by a guided... Read more

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Talkeetna Lakes Evening Hiking Tour

On this evening hiking tour from Talkeetna explore Talkeetna’s best hiking trail with an experienced and informative naturalist guide. A new scene of beauty unfolds around every turn on this... Read more

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Shoup Glacier Kayaking Tour

This Valdez kayaking tour to Shoup Glacier offers an intimate experience at one of Prince William Sounds‘ many calving tidewater glaciers. This day trip is perfect for both beginner... 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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Ice Climbing on Root Glacier

If you’re traveling to the Kennicott-McCarthy area to visit Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and want to find a fun Alaska day tour, enjoy this introduction to ice climbing! Root... Read more

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Root Glacier Hike (Full Day)

On this glacier hike day tour out of Kennicott-McCarthy, enjoy all the benefits of the half day hike but with additional time to explore the Root Glacier‘s dynamic features.... Read more

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Root Glacier Hike (Half Day)

On this half-day glacier hiking out of Kennicott-McCarthy, depart Kennicott hiking down a two-mile trail that was originally built in the 1920’s as a wagon road. Along the way,... 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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Kachemak Bay Kayaking Day Tour

Homer Alaska is surrounded by picturesque mountain peaks, remote fjords and abundant wildlife and makes Homer’s Kachemak Bay a premier destination for sea kayaking. Begin with a water taxi... 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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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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