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Sea plane sightseeing in Alaska

Things to do in Alaska

Alaska’s vast, wild and dramatic landscapes lend themselves to outdoor adventure and are home to an incredible array of wildlife. Spend the day in Denali National Park where grizzlies, moose, wolves, caribou and bald eagles can be seen or hop on a sea plane to Brooks Falls where the annual salmon run attracts hordes of bears.

There’s also plenty to see and do on Alaska’s waterways. Negotiate icebergs that pierce the calm fjords, witness huge chunks of ice shear off glaciers that run down from imposing mountains, or take a cruise along the coastline towards Prince William Sound, one of the best places in the world to watch whales.

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Ideas for experiencing Alaska

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Alaska, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska

    Helicopter Glacier Trekking

    Juneau

    Helicopter Glacier Trekking is the most exciting way to explore the scenic wonders of the glaciers flowing from the Juneau Icefield.

  • Tidewater glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park

    Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

    Seward

    On this thrilling eight hour cruise you travel through the stunning scenery of Resurrection Bay, the Kenai Fjords National Park and the Chiswell Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Bear & Wildlife Viewing Flight Safari, Homer

    Bear & Wildlife Viewing Flight Safari

    Katmai National Park

    Begin with a scenic one and a half hour small plane flight over active volcanoes and glaciers to the east coast of Katmai National Park (this tour does NOT go to Brooks Falls).

  • Grizzly Bear in the colorful fall tundra, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

    Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour

    Denali National Park

    This is a six to eight hour narrated tour that takes you 86 kilometres along the wilderness road into Denali National Park. The duration of the tour may vary, depending on road and weather conditions, particularly in the shoulder seasons of May and September.

  • Sea otters, Prince William Sound

    Columbia & Meares Glacier Cruise

    Of the many highlights you can expect, a visit to the massive floating icebergs of the Columbia Glacier, one of the largest tidewater glaciers in south-central Alaska, is truly a thrilling experience.

  • Sea otters, Prince William Sound

    Flightseeing tour to Columbia Glacier by floatplane

    Prince William Sound

    Take flight on a scenic three hour flightseeing tour across Prince William Sound Glacier, a majestic wilderness area of over 15,000 square miles of fjords, inlets, and rugged mountain peaks.

  • Icebergs in Prince William Sound

    Glaciers of Prince William Sound

    Anchorage

    The Glacier Wonderland cruise includes some stunning scenery. Prince William Sound lies just south of the rugged Chugach Mountains a breathtaking maze of forested islands, glacier carved fjords and wildlife-filled waterways.

  • Misty Fjords National Monument

    Misty Fjords National Monument

    Ketchikan

    Misty Fjords National Monument covers more than 800,000 hectares of wilderness on the southern tip of the Alaska Panhandle and is part of a vast coastal rain forest which can receive 400 centimetres of rain annually.

  • Eagle resting on the ice, Meares Glacier

    Columbia Glacier Kayaking

    Valdez

    Search for wildlife such as whales, sea otters and sea lions as you take the two-hour transfer to the Columbia Glacier by water taxi.

  • Arctic flightseeing

    Barrow Community

    Fairbanks

    Together with your fellow travellers you start the Barrow sightseeing tour where you witness ceremonies and traditions of the native culture as you tour the Inupiat Heritage Centre, a National Park Service affiliated site.

  • Whales at sunset

    Holland America Line

    Holland America has been operating cruises to Alaska since 1971. Each of its ships accommodates approximately 1200 passengers and is renowned for offering a wide range of facilities.

  • Exit Glacier Road, Seward

    Exit Glacier Guided Hike

    Kenai Peninsula

    This is the perfect tour for outdoor enthusiasts who don’t mind some exercise whilst on holiday. This five-hour hike follows a scenic path to Exit Glacier, which is a mixture of back-country and on-trail walking.

  • Grizzly Bear in Katmai National Park

    The Bears of Hallo Bay

    Hallo Bay offers a variety of bear viewing areas with many different opportunities to observe Alaska's coastal grizzly bears in their natural habitat. This remote location boasts the highest natural concentration of grizzly bears in Alaska.

  • Moose roaming in Denali National Park

    Denali Road Tour

    Denali National Park

    This is a full day narrated tour that covers the entire wilderness road into Denali National Park, with a two hour stop at an exclusive lodge in the Kantishna area for lunch.

  • Salmon fishing at Brooks Falls

    The Bears of Brooks Falls

    Anchorage

    Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park is world renowned for its large population of grizzly bears, mainly due to the prolific amounts of salmon to be found in the Brooks River.

  • Dried fish, riverboat discovery tour

    Sternwheeler Riverboat Tour

    Fairbanks

    This three hour tour on an authentic sternwheeler riverboat will take you into the heart of Alaska and the heart of a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life for four generations.

  • Riding the White Pass Railroad

    White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad

    Skagway

    Without a doubt this is one of the most spectacular trips you can take from Skagway. Built in 1898 during the Klondike gold rush, this narrow gauge railway is an engineering marvel.

  • Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau

    Whale Watching and the Mendenhall Glacier

    Juneau

    This tour combines two of the best attractions in the Juneau area - the Mendenhall Glacier and whale watching. The Mendenhall Glacier is Juneau's biggest attraction and a humbling sight, while the waters off the coast of Juneau are well known for the large number of humpback whales that migrate from Hawaii each summer.

  • Regent Seven Seas Navigator

    Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Regent Seven Seas offer the pre-eminent larger vessels for all Alaska cruises. Facilities include four gourmet restaurants, a selection of bars, fitness centre, spa and outdoor swimming pool.

  • Floatplane at Admiralty Island

    Admiralty Island Bear Viewing

    Juneau

    The remote wilderness area of Admiralty Island lies just 15 miles off the coast of Juneau. Locally known as "Fortress of the Bear", this large island is home to over 1,600 grizzly bears, one of the highest concentrations in the world with approximately one bear per square mile!

  • Snow Goose at anchor

    Snow Goose Cruise Boat

    The 20 metre Snow Goose was originally built as a private yacht. The upper bridge deck provides a lovely point for spotting wildlife and comfortable seating for passengers.

  • Kennicott Glacier, Alaska

    Half Day Glacier Hike

    McCarthy & Kennicott

    Depart Kennicott on a two mile trail that was originally built in the 1920s as a wagon road. Along the way stops will be made to discuss glaciology and local geology and take in the spectacular views of the rock-covered Kennicott Glacier and the surrounding mountain peaks.

  • Glacier landing, Talkeetna

    Experience Mount Denali and a Glacier Landing

    Talkeetna

    This spectacular one and a half hour long trip takes you from the small town of Talkeetna and over monumental mountain peaks en route to the greatest peak of all, Mount Denali.