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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 historical and cultural tours, sightseeing, and wildlife viewing.

Alaska is 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 tours in the state and take visitors over ice fields, fjords, and mountaintops. Wildlife viewing is also extensive – 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 experience of 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. These tour types are offered at various levels and are accessible to almost everyone.

Historical 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 significant 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 Alaska Native and non-Native cultures 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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Tracy Arm Fjords Glacier Cruise

On this Juneau day trip, you’ll enjoy a day cruise through some of the most picturesque fjords and glacier viewing found anywhere in Alaska. Tracy Arm is one of Alaska’s best kept secrets and rivals other, better known Alaska... Browse tour

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Wilderness Excursion Jetboat Tour

This day tour from Talkeetna treats you to a scenic journey aboard a 15- to 52-passenger jetboat on the Susitna River and will give you the opportunity to experience wildlife, folklore, and historic artifacts. Conditions permitting, enjoy panoramic view... Browse tour

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Mendenhall Lake Hike and Glacier Trek

This active outdoor Juneau day trip begins with a 4 mile moderate to challenging hike through the rainforest along Mendenhall Lake. The beginning of the Mendenhall Lake trail is well maintained, while the second half is off the beaten... Browse tour

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Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle & Trek

This Juneau day trip begins paddling across Mendenhall Lake in 6 or 12-person canoes. Take in the awe-inspiring Mendenhall Glacier ahead as well as the blue icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Upon reaching the beach near the glacier’s... Browse tour

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Fairbanks Northern Lights Viewing Tour

Enjoy an evening looking for the Northern Lights in one of the best aurora viewing locations near Fairbanks, AK. You will be transferred 30-45 minutes from your hotel to a prime Northern Lights viewing spot away from the city’s... Browse tour

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Juneau Helicopter Glacier Trek

On this Juneau day trip, board a helicopter to go flightseeing while you travel out to a remote glacier. Then enjoy a 2-hour guided glacier hiking trip and learn the proper use of the glacier trekking mountaineering gear. Learn to... Browse tour

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Juneau Helicopter Tour, Glacier Trek & Climb

This Juneau day trip by helicopter and glacier trek is the ultimate Alaskan adventure on ice! This Juneau getaway includes three hours glacier hiking and climbing over the rugged glacier terrain of the Juneau Icefield. Upon landing your helicopter... Browse tour

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Glacier & Wildlife Flightseeing Tour

Enjoy a day tour from Anchorage with flightseeing to see the majestic Chugach State Park! On your flight you will travel over the expansive Knik or Triumvirate Glacier rimmed with spectacular hanging ice formations. Sense the motion of the... Browse tour

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Mendenhall Lake Kayaking Adventure

This fun Alaska kayaking tour takes you as close as the U.S. Forest Service allows to the face of Mendenhall Glacier. Begin with a scenic drive to Mendenhall Lake, where you will suit up with gear and board a... Browse tour

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