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Our most recommended Alaska Day Trips

Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 6-Hour Cruise

1. Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 6-Hour Cruise

Board one of the largest catamarans in the region and spend a day filled with wildlife, glaciers, mountains, and more. See whales and glaciers in Resurrection Bay and learn the history of the region from a National park Ranger. The cruise begins by searching for wildlife in the protected waters of Resurrection Bay. Whales, sea otters, and puffins are often sighted within minutes of leaving the harbor. A National Park Ranger will provide information on the area's wildlife, glaciers, fjords, and history. Stop at one tidewater glacier that has frequent calving events, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water. A full bar is available for those wanting to enjoy an Alaskan Amber or glacier margarita. Savor a deli-style lunch on board while you cruise.

Juneau: Whale Watching Adventure

2. Juneau: Whale Watching Adventure

You will depart from the tram area in downtown Juneau on a bus driven by a local tour guide through a scenic route to Auke Bay, where you board a comfortable jet boat. The captain and naturalist will lead the way on an unforgettable search for whales in Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal, or Saginaw Channel. Binoculars are provided so you can see the humpbacks, killer whales, Dall’s porpoises, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, bald eagles, black bears, and towering mountains better. With the growing abundance of whales in the area and their comfort with small boats, you are bound to see many! This tour is three hours total, including transfers between downtown and Auke Bay and two hours on the water. Included in the price of the tour are onboard refreshments including bottled water, coffee, hot chocolate, and a small snack of locally caught Alaskan salmon spread on a fresh bagel.

From Valdez: 7.5-hour Meares Glacier & Wildlife Cruise

3. From Valdez: 7.5-hour Meares Glacier & Wildlife Cruise

Enjoy a cruise through the Prince William Sound, spot bald eagles, orcas, and visit the advancing Meares Glacier on a 7.5-hour adventurous cruise through the heart of the area. Begin your day by exploring Port Valdez where you will learn about early explorers, oil shipping, and commercial fishing. Cruise by waterfalls cascading down coastal mountains as you travel the calm waters of the Sound to Unakwik Inlet. Encounter marine birds and wildlife at incredible locations on the water. Look out for sea otters, sea lions, and porpoises. Watch out for wildlife including majestic humpback whales and sea birds such as puffins. Spend some time relaxing on the boat in front of the Meares Glacier and witness some calving activity, where the ice falls into the ocean. Be served lunch as you depart Meares Glacier. Pass a bullhead sea lion Haulout, to watch the sea lions resting before returning to Valdez at 5:00 PM.

Denali: Highway Jeep Excursion

4. Denali: Highway Jeep Excursion

Begin a guided and narrated 100-mile round trip Jeep excursion along a gravel road flanked by snow-capped mountains, icy glaciers, and panoramic vistas. The Denali Highway, once the gateway to Denali National Park is the drive of a lifetime.  Climb aboard a new, 4-door Jeep which hugs the dirt road, while comfortably seating 4 adults who can trade off driving. Each Jeep has a CB radio for communicating with the guide so stops can be made whenever desired. As driving the Denali Highway is prohibited by most rental vehicle companies, this exclusive excursion provides access to more of Alaska's spectacular scenery and wildlife & is a great alternative to crowded bus trips. The tour lasts approximately 4 hours.

Talkeetna: Denali 1-Hour Flight Experience

5. Talkeetna: Denali 1-Hour Flight Experience

Get ready for your flight tour with a warm welcome and a coffee, tea, or hot cocoa by the fireplace in a lodge-style, timber-framed office. Watch a short flight video in the theater.  Then, follow your knowledgeable pilot to your aircraft. Listen to a safety briefing, and then take a window seat. After a microphone check, take off toward the Alaska Range, flying over the beautiful Susitna Valley where they will spot for moose and bears. After a short while, see the Alaska Range rise up underneath you. The skilled pilot will provide interesting stories and commentary while taking you within 6 miles of Denali's massive summit (20,310 feet or 6,190 meters). Fly up the Tokositna Glacier Valley, following its winding path to Denali's base. The pilot will maneuver the plane so that guests on each side can take in the famous peaks: Moose's Tooth, Broken Tooth, and Barille. Then, descend into the Don Sheldon Amphitheater on the Ruth Glacier. The tour ends by flying through The Great Gorge, the world's deepest gorge, before returning to Talkeetna. This epic flight is the perfect introductory flight of Denali. Choose to add a glacier landing to make your trip even more memorable. Once back on the ground, have a chance to buy a souvenir or use the free WiFi at the office.

Fairbanks: Moonlight Dog Sled, Dinner, & Northern Lights

6. Fairbanks: Moonlight Dog Sled, Dinner, & Northern Lights

Experience the beauty and wild side of Alaska. Yanking on their lines and ready to run, your dog team will be anxious to carry you away from your Fairbanks accommodation to this spectacular viewing of the Northern Lights. Most of the sled ride takes place in an open area so should the Aurora begin early you will have a thrilling view of the sky from the dogsled. The Aurora Borealis is one of the planet's most breathtaking phenomena. In Alaska, a land that stays dark for most of the winter, these spectacular lights bring the sky to life with other-worldly colors that shimmer and dance across the sky. The yurt is only a short drive from Fairbanks but far from the obstructing glare of city lights. Be treated to a hearty midnight dinner in an off-the-grid yurt.  Stay warm with hot drinks and lively conversation in the comfort of your yurt while waiting for the Aurora. The large north-facing windows of your yurt offer the perfect Aurora viewing opportunity. However, should you decide to go outside for photographs or a full view of the sky, you will need to dress in warm layers.

Denali National Park: Wilderness ATV Adventure

7. Denali National Park: Wilderness ATV Adventure

Set off on a fun-filled adventure in Alaska. Whether a novice or expert ATVer, this tour sets you up for a memorable experience in the Alaskan wilderness on your own automatic single ATV or multi-passenger side-by-side ATV. Riding along trails surrounded by Denali National Park, at speeds up to 30 mph, your adventure includes breathtaking 360° overlook stops with views of the Alaska Range, Otto Lake, and the Healy Valley. Navigate through rocky creek beds and even spend time splashing through the water (weather dependent). Knowledgeable guides will lead you through the rugged terrain and provide opportunities for photography. Wildlife is abundant — watch out for moose on the trail. The total tour route covers about 10 miles with 1.5 hours on the trails. Tour length is about 2.5 hours from pickup to drop-off.

Talkeetna: Grand Denali Flight Tour with Optional Landing

8. Talkeetna: Grand Denali Flight Tour with Optional Landing

Get picked up in Talkeetna and head to the newly constructed lodge-style, timber-framed office. Check in and enjoy coffee, tea, or hot cocoa by the fireplace and enjoy a short flight video.  Then get ready to board and listen to a safety briefing from your expert pilot. Hear stories from your pilot as you take off towards the Alaska Range and enjoy stunning views as each guest will get a window seat.   Fly over Susitna Valley where you may spot moose and bears. Enter the Alaska Range and head up the Tokisitna Glacier. Then go west to view the impressive Kahiltna Glacier, the longest in Denali National Park.  The flight will then head northeast behind Mt. Hunter, passing the impressive Mt. Foraker. Fly around Denali at Mt. Silverstone and down to the North Fork Glacier.  See the famous peak called the Moose’s Tooth before heading into the Sheldon Amphitheater and over Ruth Glacier and through the Great Gorge. Add a glacier landing to make it even more memorable.

Talkeetna: Grand Denali Flight with Optional Glacier Landing

9. Talkeetna: Grand Denali Flight with Optional Glacier Landing

Upon checking in at a unique Alaskan log cabin, be given a weather and safety briefing and then board one a high-wing, single-engine aircraft for the flight tour of a lifetime. Let the pilot take you on a journey into the heart of the Alaska Range. Just when you think you've seen it all, be flown through 1 of 2 passes on either side of Denali. Emerge on the north side of the range to see a flattened tundra landscape stretching out before you. As your pilot turns the plane around to go back to the south side of the range, there it is, the Wickersham Wall: the 13,658 foot vertical North face of Denali. Add a glacier landing to your flight and experience the exhilaration of standing among the majestic peaks of the Alaska Range. Play in the snow, take photos, or just take it all in. Glacier landings add 30 minutes to the total tour duration.

Juneau: Whale Watching and Wildlife Cruise with Local Guide

10. Juneau: Whale Watching and Wildlife Cruise with Local Guide

Head out on a wildlife adventure in Juneau on a whale watching cruise. Glide over the ocean in search of these marvellous creatures, taking in the impressive surrounding coastal landscape as you sip on drinks and tuck into snacks onboard. Begin your adventure in downtown Juneau at the central cruise ship terminal. Enjoy a narrated and scenic drive to the small boat harbor, where you meet your captain and crew. Board your state-of-the-art whale watching boat, built specifically for this purpose. After a short safety briefing, embark on a search for whales and other wildlife off the coast of Alaska. As your boat navigates protected ocean waterways and channels, ride in comfort with multiple viewing decks and restrooms onboard. As you search for whales, learn about the area's flora and fauna from your local guide. Once whales are spotted, view the animals from a safe distance with plenty of photo opportunities. Marvel at their majestic beauty as they glide smoothly through the water, hopefully seeing a whale breach out of the ocean or slap its tale on the surface. Keep a lookout for other water wildlife along the way, including seals, sea lions, eagles, and more. Once you've soaked up this natural landscape, return back to the boat harbor where your driver will bring you back to downtown Juneau.

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What people are saying about Alaska

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 44 reviews

One of the best boat tours I have ever taken. The weather made the trip spectacular but I was very impressed with the boat handling and narration from the captain. We saw pods of orcas, a humpback and lots of other wildlife. They provide binoculars, lunch, a snack and even made some glacier ice margaritas.

It takes a really long ride to get to the glacier itself but Lori was fun to talk too, she had lots of facts to share, and once in the glacier, the views were amazing and our tour guy Nick was wild, fun, and knowledgeable

We were lucky enough to be able to see two different pods of killer whales on our tour. The views were breathtaking and the crew did an awesome job.

Highly recommend, great service, pilot was super knowledgeable. Must for an Alaska trip

Very hospitable guides and passionate about whales!