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Our most recommended Alaska Day Trips

Juneau: Whale Watching Adventure

1. Juneau: Whale Watching Adventure

Depart from 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. Be led by a captain and naturalist 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 includes 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.

Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 6-Hour Cruise

2. 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 and Wildlife Cruise with Local Guide

3. 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.

Talkeetna: Grand Denali Flight with Optional Glacier Landing

4. 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.

Denali Park Zipline Adventure

5. Denali Park Zipline Adventure

Your adventure begins with a three-mile rail ride through the scenic Alaskan wilderness. After gearing up, your certified guide will lead you along six sky bridges and seven thrilling zip lines, which includes the dual racer finale. The built-in hands-free braking system allows you to relax and enjoy the breathtaking mountain views. Challenge yourself by traversing to the top of the boreal forest on the uniquely designed ascending bridge tower. Soar through the trees and over the tundra on over half a mile of ziplines. End this once-in-a-lifetime experience by racing to the finish zipping alongside your friends and family.

Denali: Highway Jeep Excursion

6. 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 an exhilarating drive and wildlife viewing opportunity. Climb aboard a new, 4-door Jeep that 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 and is a great alternative to crowded bus trips. The tour lasts approximately 4 hours.

Talkeetna: 1-Hour Denali Scenic Flight Experience

7. Talkeetna: 1-Hour Denali Scenic 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.

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.

Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 8.5-Hour Extended Cruise

9. Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 8.5-Hour Extended Cruise

Travel farther into Kenai Fjords National Park than any other cruise on this stunning expedition. Explore remote and untouched areas of the Northwestern Fjord in Kenai Fjords National Park on this small vessel adventure cruise that is ideal for photographers, birders, and whale-watching enthusiasts. Experience this intimate cruise with a smaller group that provides the best opportunity for up-close views of wildlife including humpback whales, orca whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, seabirds, otters, and more. Spend 8.5 hours on the water as time flies by with the captain seeking out the best wildlife viewing in the area. Marvel at the impressive Northwestern Glacier, an actively-calving tidewater glacier, and visit the Anchor and Ogive Glaciers as well. This tour is fully narrated by our experienced captains, and the smaller group size gives you the best opportunities to interact with and ask questions of the experienced and knowledgeable crew.

Anchorage Area: Helicopter and Glacier Dogsled Tour

10. Anchorage Area: Helicopter and Glacier Dogsled Tour

Soar over Alaska on a spectacular helicopter ride above glaciers and icebergs. Search the skyline for moose, black bears, Dall sheep, and mountain goats. Land on a glacier snowfield and enjoy a whole hour with Alaskan sled dogs and their mushers who live here all summer long. Take the dog team for an exhilarating dog sled ride through snow, surrounded by amazing scenery. Overboots so your shoes stay dry, extra jackets and warm gear can be provided. Stand on the runners and mush your own dog team, or sit on the sled and let the mushers run the team. The length of this tour makes it perfect for any traveler. After the dogsled tour, meet the canine athletes that pulled your sled, listen to stories about running sled dog races of over a 1,000 miles long, meet the puppies and take pictures with your favorite dogs. After the dog sled experience, take a helicopter ride over the lower glaciers where you can see the blue melt pools and the crevasses on your way back to the lodge.

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What people are saying about Alaska

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 44 reviews

This has been the highlight of my trip so far. The guides gave out so much information, unfortunately I stayed outside for the majority of it and it was hard to hear everything because of the winds. I do recommend this trip!

We had perfect weather for our cruise and a captain who knew her stuff so well that she spotted a variety of wildlife that a less experienced pilot might have missed. It was informative, entertaining and awe-inspiring.

This was an amazing tour. The captain had a wealth of interesting facts about the area and marine life. She was excellent. It was comfortable and clean. We had a great time and recommend it to others.

Wonderful trip, dedicated and happy crew, lots of wildlife (even humpback and Fin whales)… and beautiful day though cool!

Great tour. The boat was nice and comfortable and the staff was awesome!