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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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Katmai and Brooks Falls Bear Viewing

Fly from Anchorage to one of Alaska’s most famous bear viewing destinations, Katmai National Park and Brooks Falls! Depart Anchorage early in the morning on a scheduled flight to King Salmon (approximately 1.5 hours). On arrival, a local representative will... Browse tour

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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 – winter only) from Anchorage’s Lake Hood, the world’s busiest... Browse tour

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Fairbanks Highlights Tour in Fall and Winter

This guided “Fairbanks Highlights” day tour during the fall and winter season in Alaska showcases all the best seasonal spotlights of Fairbanks. You will stop at the Trans Alaska Pipeline, where your guide will explain the astonishing engineering of... Browse tour

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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 and two active volcanoes – Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna... Browse tour

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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 a one-hour flight along a scenic route across Cook Inlet... Browse tour

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Helicopter Flightseeing with Glacier Landing

A one hour drive from Anchorage brings you to Alaska Glacier Lodge and the base of Alaska’s Chugach Mountains. From Alaska Glacier Lodge’s base you will take a breathtaking 15 minute helicopter ride up to Knik Glacier. During the flight... Browse tour

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Grand Denali Flightseeing with Glacier Landing

Your Alaska flightseeing day trip from Talkeetna transports you by bush plane on an air tour completely around Mt. Denali, North America’s tallest mountain. Begin with the Denali Flyer route and see the south side of Denali, including the Kahiltna... Browse tour

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Denali Flyer Tour with Glacier Landing

This Talkeetna flightseeing tour by bush plane is an extended version of the Denali Experience Tour. In addition to that route, you will fly to the remote western end of Denali National Park. Explore the south side of Mt.... Browse tour

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Alpine Classic Guided Hike from Anchorage

This classic “Alpine Classic” guided Alaska hiking tour is the ideal Anchorage day trip for active adventurers, featuring hearty athletic challenge, rewarding sights, and lasting payoff. You and your Alaska hiking guide will experience the thrill of ascending on... Browse tour

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