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Welcome to Alaska

Known as America's Last Frontier, Alaska magnetizes travelers with untamed wilderness and the promise of solitude. A region of extremes, Alaska swings between warm summers and demanding winters (when the Yukon River freezes solid); from bustling port cities to outdoor expanses. Fairbanks serves as a gateway to Chena Hot Springs and the Arctic Circle's Northern Lights, while cruises past abundant marine wildlife in Kenai Fjords National Park are best accessed from Seward. Dogsled and pan for gold on the Skagway section of the Yukon River; go white-water rafting on rapids that flow from the Mendenhall Glacier; soar over Denali National Park on a flightseeing tour; or feast on salmon and enjoy easy access to Mt. Roberts from Juneau's historic downtown. If you're looking to cover the highlights of the vast state, take the scenic Alaska Railroad route to popular visitor stops such as Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Whittier, or delve into Gold Rush-era history on a journey to White Pass Summit. At Ketchikan's zipline adventure park, kids and adults alike will love flying over the Alaskan rain forest and observing black bears. With opportunity for adventure at every turn, you're sure to submit to the call of the wild during your time in Alaska.

Top 10 attractions in Alaska

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Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park

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Encompassing 1,047 square miles (2,711 square kilometers), Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park is named after its numerous glacial-carved fjords—beautiful ice valleys that sit below sea level. The fjords run down the mountains into the iconic Harding Icefield, one of the largest ice fields in the United States with 40 tidewater glaciers flowing into it. The stunning landscape is also a wildlife-watcher’s dream, thanks to its abundant marine animals, birds, and other native wildlife.More
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Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier

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No visit to Juneau is complete without a close-up look at the Mendenhall Glacier, one of Alaska’s most popular attractions. The 13-mile-long (19-kilometer-long) glacier ends at Mendenhall Lake and is easily viewed from the historic Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The glacier is beautiful on sunny days but arguably even more impressive on cloudy, drizzly afternoons when the ice takes on a deeper shade of blue.More
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Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve

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The tallest peak in North America at 20,310 feet (6,190 meters), Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve in south-central Alaska, an enormous area covering 6 million acres (2.5 million hectares). Founded in 1917, the park protects the native animals who roam free in its remote alpine tundra wilderness.More
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Tongass National Forest

Tongass National Forest

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Encompassing some 17 million acres (70,000 square kilometers of Southeast Alaska, the Tongass National Forest is the largest forest in the US and the world’s largest temperate rain forest. Named after the Tongass clan of the Tlingit Indians, the park is home to the Alaskan capital (Juneau as well as the Mendenhall Glacier.More
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Mt. Roberts Tramway

Mt. Roberts Tramway

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Rising 1,800 feet (550 meters) above sea level from the Juneau waterfront up Mt. Roberts, the Mt. Roberts Tramway is a favorite for those visiting the Alaska state capital. The ride itself provides views of Chilkat Range, Gastineau Channel, downtown Juneau, and Douglas Island, while the summit area features outdoorsy and cultural things to do.More
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Chena Hot Springs Resort

Chena Hot Springs Resort

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An hour’s drive from Fairbanks, Chena Hot Springs Resort is renowned for its natural hot-springs lake, year-round ice museum, and Northern Lights viewing opportunities. Discovered over a hundred years ago by gold miners who saw steam rising from the Chena River Valley, the curative waters have been soothing weary travelers ever since.More
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Resurrection Bay

Resurrection Bay

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Resurrection Bay on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula—dotted with glistening glaciers, majestic fjords, and secluded coves set against a backdrop of snowy mountains and dramatic fog—is a haven for those who enjoy striking landscapes. Not only is this pristine wilderness beautiful, it’s also filled with opportunities for outdoors recreation.More
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Dalton Highway

Dalton Highway

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The Dalton Highway runs for 414 miles to Alaska’s northernmost mountains in the Brooks Range and nearly all the way out to the Arctic Ocean. Running through valleys surrounded by jagged peaks, the highway connects Interior Alaska to the Prudhoe Bay oil fields and is technically part of the northernmost highway in the U.S. Also one of the most remote, the Dalton Highway parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Visitors who take the drive themselves will need to note that much of the road is still mostly gravel. Unless you’ve appeared on Ice Road Truckers, you might want to skip the ride in winter.Public access ends at the small town of Deadhorse, just before the Arctic Ocean, and if you want to reach those last 8 miles of private road out to the coast, it’s possible to join private tours from Deadhorse. At the Coldfoot truck stop, 250 miles north of Fairbanks, the Arctic Interagency Visitor Center gives details on road and backcountry conditions along the Dalton Highway, as well as information on recent wildlife spottings of the likes of grizzlies, black bears, and dall sheep. There’s also a picnic area and sign showing where the road crosses the Arctic Circle.More
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

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Alaska is known for its wildlife, and at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center you can see an array of Alaskan species—bears, bison, moose, elk, musk oxen, and lynx among them—all in one place. Learn about each animal species from knowledgeable staff at this center that works to rehabilitate animals and reintroduce them to life in the wild.More
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Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint

Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint

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The Trans-Alaska Pipeline traverses 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) through the Alaska wilderness from the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay to Valdez where it is shipped to refineries. Built between 1974 and 1977 and requiring over 28,000 people to build, the pipeline is considered one of the world’s most amazing engineering marvels and the viewpoint outside of Fairbanks is one of the best places to view it.More

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Top activities in Alaska

Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise
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Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier
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Wilderness, Wildlife, Glacier Experience, add upgrade to Portage Glacier Cruise
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Alaska Helicopter and Glacier Dogsled Tour
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Alaska Helicopter Tour with Glacier Landing - 60 mins
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Denali Experience Flightseeing Tour from Talkeetna
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Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour
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Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching
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Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching

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Juneau Shore Excursion:Sled Dog Discovery & The Famous Musher's Camp
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26 Glacier Cruise and Coach from Anchorage
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Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service
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Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward Round-Trip Same Day Return
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Denali Backcountry Adventure

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Hoonah Whale-Watching Cruise
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Hoonah Whale-Watching Cruise

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Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter Tour and Guided Icefield Walk
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Ketchikan Electric Bike and Rain Forest Hike Ecotour
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Premier Juneau Whale Watching Expedition
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Recent reviews from experiences in Alaska

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Bucket list trip
P_L, May 2022
Premier Whale Watch and Mendenhall Glacier Combo
Apparently it’s very rare to see them do this 1) in Alaska and 2) at the time of year.
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Great sunset tour!
Deb_C, Apr 2022
Sunset City Tour
Taken to the best spots to see the sunset, photography tips, excellent information on history and Anchorage today, many wildlife sightings, and opportunities to learn about Alaska.
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Two thumbs up!
Mark_V, Mar 2022
Northern lights and Aurora Photgraphy with Warm Geodesic Dome
We had attempted to see the Northern Lights a few times during the week with no success.
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Greatest tour and tour guide ever
kelly_k, Mar 2022
Wildlife and Glaciers with a walk in the Rainforest
That your is exactly what I wanted her to see and MATT is the BEST ever !!!
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First timers from Az
Tisha_L, Mar 2022
Prince William Sound Tour with Glacier Landing from Girdwood
We will be back in the summertime for another tour!
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Spectacular show and relaxing hot spring
PoonamChaudhari, Mar 2022
Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks
It was a entertaining ride to the hot springs, she made sure everyone was comfortable and enjoyed the tour.
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Great tour, great guide!
Jason_T, Feb 2022
Wilderness, Wildlife, Glacier Experience, add upgrade to Portage Glacier Cruise
Played some music at the end as well a game to see if we were paying attention/know our stuff!
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Excellent Tour
Sieggs_H, Feb 2022
Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks
Do to the snowstorm, we miss the opportunity to see the Northern Lights.
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Safe, epic, knowledgeable
Steven_C, Feb 2022
Matanuska Glacier Walk
His stories of the state made me fall in love with this area even more.
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Highly Recommend!
Stephanie_B, Feb 2022
Winter - Wildlife & Turnagain Arm Tour
We were very lucky that day and were even able to see a brown bear and black bear at the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation despite it being winter!!
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Brittany_S, Jan 2022
Wilderness, Wildlife, Glacier Experience, add upgrade to Portage Glacier Cruise
We saw amazing animals and views, great short tour to see a glimpse of Alaska.
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Amazing Northern Lights Experience
Julius_L, Dec 2021
Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome
It’s our first time in Alaska and we’re so blessed to have been able to see the Northern Lights on the evening of Winter Solstice 2021.
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Heck Of A Road Trip!
Cristina_M, Mar 2022
Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Trip from Fairbanks
If you want to see various Alaskan views, book this now!
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Amazing & Wonderful Tour Experience
Linda_W, Mar 2022
Incredible Aurora Viewing Adventure
We stopped along out route to see the Alaska Pipe Line, and take a couple of pictures.
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What an amazing tour!
Kathryn_T, Feb 2022
Hot Spring and Northern Lights Photography Tour
We were living in the Hot Springs we were able to see the northern lights.
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When in Alaska
Abby_M, Feb 2022
Fairbanks Ice Fishing Expedition in a Heated Cabin with Fish Cookout
We were warm, it was fun to catch my first fish, it was fun to see others catch fish and we got to enjoy some delicious reindeer dogs and our catch of the day.
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Must see tour
Joshua_P, Oct 2021
Anchorage City Tour w/ Taste of Wild Smoked Salmon & Reindeer Sausage
Had a wonderful time got to see a moose and beautiful sights.
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Lexi is Awesome!
Emily_M, Feb 2022
Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks
She drove us safely up to the hot springs and did her best to help us chase the lights (it was cloudy so we didn’t end up seeing them).
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Stephen_H, Sep 2021
Private Fall Foliage Mushing Cart Ride in Fairbanks
It made my heart happy to see someone who loves her fur babies as much as she does.
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Great Day!
Jodie_H, Sep 2021
Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward Round-Trip Same Day Return
It was a wonderful experience, this is our first time in Alaska & it’s a great way to see how beautiful this place is.
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