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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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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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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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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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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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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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Portage Glacier

Portage Glacier

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Situated in Chugach National Forest about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Anchorage, Portage Glacier ranks as one of Alaska’s most visited attractions. Icebergs from the glacier bob in the waters of Portage Lake, while at the visitor center, travelers can see live ice worms, explore a simulated ice cave, and touch an iceberg.More

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Top activities in Alaska

Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching

Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching

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Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour
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Denali Experience Flightseeing Tour from Talkeetna
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Juneau's Premier Whale Watching! - More time on the water!
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Skagway Shore Excursion: Yukon Discovery Tour
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Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward
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Recent reviews from experiences in Alaska

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Alaskan Tales (Glacier & Whale Watching)
SKELAM73, Jun 2022
Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier
We got to see a baby whale breach the water.
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Great tour!
Donna_B, Jun 2022
Ocean Raft Alaska
This was an amazing way to see wildlife and also have a high speed adventure!
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Great way to spend the day
Shelly_O, Jun 2022
Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
Wonderful way to see Alaska.
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Best Tour in Anchorage
Ann_S, Jun 2022
Anchorage Trolley's Deluxe City Tour
My favorite place to see & learn about was earthquake park.
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Fun for all
David_P, Jun 2022
Ocean Raft Alaska
Got to see a number of bald eagles, a seal and a sea lion.
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Worth the trip
Cynthia_T, Jun 2022
Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Transportation
It was a long day but worth it to see the wonderful wilderness in Alaska.
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Great way to visit the...
Terri_B, May 2022
Mahoney Lake Off-Road UTV Tour
Great way to visit the Alaskan wilderness!
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A slice of natural Alaska
SUSAN_C, May 2022
Wilderness, Wildlife, Glacier Experience, add upgrade to Portage Glacier Cruise
This was a great way to see the area south of Alaska: the scenery is breathtaking and the animals at the Sanctuary were magnificent.
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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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Great tour guide
James_K, Jun 2022
Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
The boat excursion to see Portage Glacier was spectacular and informative, thanks to the Park Ranger from the national park who narrated.
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See so much in so little time!
Barbara_D, Jun 2022
Anchorage City Tour w/ Taste of Wild Smoked Salmon & Reindeer Sausage
Our guide spotted a bull moose & turned the van around to take a closer look as we were all anxious to see Alaskan "animales.
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Great Service!
Bonnie_H, Jun 2022
Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Transportation
We will return to Alaska and try again to visit the Arctic Circle…and greatly look forward to making that happen.
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