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Whale Watching, Bear Viewing, and Birding Tours

Wildlife viewing is among the most popular activities in Alaska. From whale watching for orcas or humpbacks, to brown bear viewing and Alaska birding tours, your friends and family will delight in meeting Alaska animals of all shapes and sizes.

Learn about Alaska’s “big five”, their habits and habitats, their hunting and feeding behaviors, and then grab your camera or video and photograph away. Take a cruise to view seacoast and marine wildlife at home in Alaska’s many fjords and bays. With an abundance of animals in all regions of the state, your ticket to mind-blowing Alaska wildlife viewing is simply choosing what you want to see and booking a day tour or overnight adventures.

You can also visit many educational centers throughout the state to learn more about Alaska wildlife:

  • The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (Anchorage)
  • The Kodiak Brown Bear Center (Kodiak)
  • The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center (Homer)
  • The Murie Science and Learning Center (Denali National Park)
  • The Alaska Raptor Center (Sitka)
  • The American Bald Eagle Foundation (Haines)
 

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Alaska Highlights Self-Drive Tour

Easy pace for exploring Alaska's scenic roadways and major highlights. Visit Denali National Park with North America's tallest mountain, Denali. Take a drive alongside the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, transporting oil... Read more

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Alaska by Rail Tour

Perfect for rail enthusiasts of all ages! Discover local highlights at each stop along the route and learn what it’s like to live like a real Alaskan. Travelling by... Read more

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Glaciers and Wildlife Tour

Combining Anchorage, Seward, Talkeetna and Denali, this tour provides wildlife viewing opportunities and scenic touring throughout. You travel by the Alaska Railroad to Seward and cruise into Kenai Fjords... Read more

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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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Great Alaskan Road Trip

Explore Denali, Seward, and the Matanuska Valley with the freedom of a rental car. These three destinations complement each other with a variety of natural beauty from mountains to... 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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Denali & Glacier Experience

By train, travel along the scenic Seward and Portage Glacier Highways before entering the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the second longest tunnel in North America. On arrival in Whittier,... Read more

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Grand Alaska Guided Bus Tour

Great option as a stand alone touring program or as a comprehensive land tour before or after an Alaska cruise. Every day there is spectacular mountain scenery, with local... Read more

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Circle Alaska Adventure Tour

We have tailored this tour to allow plenty of time to explore Alaska's amazing sights with hands-on learning opportunities. The itinerary inclusions ensure the best opportunity to experience wildlife... 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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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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An Alaskan Odyssey

This unique itinerary takes you from the North Pacific waters of Prince William Sound to the Arctic coast near Prudhoe Bay. This itinerary is for independent travelers seeking a... 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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Bears, Whales and Glaciers Tour

Experience watching the majestic bears residing in the Admiralty Island National Monument wilderness, just a short seaplane flight from Juneau. Known as "Fortress of the Bears", Admiralty Island is... Read more

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Alaska’s Gems Tour

This tour provides Alaska travelers with many key Alaska highlights combining travel by train and by deluxe motorcoach. Enjoy opportunities to view towering glaciers up-close, and perhaps catch a... 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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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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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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Glacier Bay Lodge

Glacier Bay Lodge offers visitors a concentrated glimpse into many of the natural wonders found in southeast Alaska. Glacier Bay is part of a World Heritage Site and exploring... Read more

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Experience Kodiak Island

Fly from Anchorage on a schedule flight, and then embark on excursion aboard a classic sea plane to enjoy a bird's eye view of the Island's scenic coastline and... 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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Greatland Explorer Tour

Starting in Fairbanks, enjoy the scenic ride by train to Denali National Park and then onward to Anchorage. With two nights at Denali National Park, there is ample time... 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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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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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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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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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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Visit Denali from Anchorage

Great opportunities to view wildlife and the awesome scenery Denali is so well known for. You'll travel by motor coach from Anchorage to the Denali park entrance and spend... Read more

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Denali Express Train Tour

After an overnight in Fairbanks or Anchorage, meet the train departing to Denali National Park. This afternoon take a guided excursion into Denali National Park and learn about the... 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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