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Outdoor Adventures

Fishing, Whale Watching, Bear Viewing, Kayaking & Multisport Tours

Not satisfied with just witnessing the spectacular beauty of Alaska and want to experience it on an active outdoor adventure? The Alaska adventure vacations below take you beyond the ordinary, giving you the chance to feel the wind in your face, the crunch of ancient glacier ice underfoot, or the tug of a feisty salmon on your line.

Alaska outdoor adventure trips include activities you’d expect to find in the 49th state (salmon and sport fishing, dog sledding and kayaking), and others you may not have even dreamed of such as a guided trek across the surface of a glacier or a bird watching expedition in the Pribilof Islands. Many adventure tours in Alaska also include quiet time, too. Glacier and wildlife-viewing day cruises, a bus trip to the heart of Denali National Park’s 6-million-acre wilderness, scenic rail travel, and flightseeing over hundreds of miles of Alaska’s undeveloped wilderness will give you plenty of time to relax between outdoor adventures.

Alaska tours range from a couple of hours to 11 days and can be added to an existing itinerary or stand alone as an unforgettable way to experience the Last Frontier. Many adventure tours combine a rental car with rail or air legs and even transportation on Alaska’s state ferry system. We’ve combined popular destinations like Denali National Park and the Kenai Peninsula with less-visited spots like the largest national park in the country, Wrangell-St. Elias, and the historic gold-rush town of Nome.

These outdoor adventure trips are the perfect combination of stimulation and rejuvenation – read on to learn more and reserve your Alaska vacation!

 

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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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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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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 Fjords and Glaciers Cruise

Beginning in Juneau or Ketchikan on Alaska's Inside Passage, this adventure cruise sails through Dawes Glacier, the Wrangell Narrows, Behm Canal and Misty Fjords National Monument. Guests enjoy daily... Read more

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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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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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Kodiak Brown Bear Center

The Kodiak Brown Bear Center, located in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, was developed to offer unparalleled opportunities to observe and learn about the legendary Kodiak brown bear. Enjoy... 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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Tutka Bay Wilderness Lodge

Accessible from Homer by water taxi, or directly from Anchorage by seaplane, the lodge offers Alaskan style luxury on Kachemak Bay. On arrival guests will be greeted on the... 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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Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

Transfers to the lodge are from Seward via a cruise tour. The sailing route offers many of the same highlights as the popular Kenai Fjords National Park day cruises.... 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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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 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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Alaska Winter Wonders Tour

Exploring Alaska in winter is easy, a great value. Start with a few nights at a luxurious hotel in the village of Girdwood, then travel aboard the Alaska Railroad... 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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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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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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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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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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