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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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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 17 million acres, the Tongass National Forest is the largest forest in the United States. Originally the Alexander Archipelago Forest Reserve, a project of Theodore Roosevelt started in 1902, the park was developed and renamed in 1908 to pay homage to the Tongass Clan of the Tlingit Indians. Visitors to Tongass National Forest have an enormous array of activities and experiences to choose from: bird-watching, trekking, fishing (there are five species of salmon here, among other fish), camping, visiting glaciers, lake canoeing, off-roading and just relishing pure fresh air and pristine natural beauty. In fact, there are 17,000 miles (27,359 kilometers) of lakes, creeks and rivers to enjoy within the forest. Wildlife is also prevalent, with chances to view otters, brown and black bears, wolves, eagles and Sitka black-tailed deer.Those who truly want to experience the best of the Tongass National Forest can kayak on Amalga Harbor to see the famous Mendenhall, Eagle and Herbert glaciers while also keeping an eye out for whales, birds, seals, porpoises and sea lions. There are also opportunities for hiking and lake canoeing in the forest, which can be done in a Native American-style canoe. Before visiting the Tongass National Forest, you may want to visit the Tongass Historical Museum in Ketchikan to learn about the area’s geography and Native Alaskan heritage.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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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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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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Alaska Raptor Center

Alaska Raptor Center

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Situated just beyond the outskirts of Sitka on a 17-acre (7-hectare) reserve bordering the Tongass National Forest, lies the famous Alaska Raptor Center. This raptor rehabilitation center is world famous for its public education efforts and for its development and care for injured owls, eagles, hawks, falcons and other birds of prey.Their permanent residents include twenty-four raptors which have come to the center through various means, though all are in need of some sort of rehabilitation. The center prides itself on returning all of the raptors it can to the wild, but every once-in-a-while, a raptor appears that will become one of these permanent residents. Volta, an American Bald Eagle, is one such resident. Over half of the existing 100,000 or so Bald Eagles live in Alaska, and Volta helps to make sure that through public awareness, they stay adequately protected. Thus, he travels a bit, but can typically be seen at the center.More
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Fortress of the Bear

Fortress of the Bear

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Black and brown bears are the main attraction at this wildlife rescue site. Here, animals that are unable to return to the wild have free access to playgrounds and open space to roam. It’s one of the best places in Alaska to safely see a black bear or grizzly from a short distance away.More
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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

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Bald eagles have a safe home at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Created in 1982, the huge park protects the world’s largest collection of bald eagles and their habitat.Natural salmon runs are also protected in the preserve, where the Chilkat, Kleheni, and Tsirku Rivers meet.For the best views of the eagles, head to the Haines Highway by the river flats surrounding the Chilkat River. To ensure the eagles aren’t spooked by your presence, stay off the river flats themselves and keep to the area near the highway.From October to February, the eagles are attracted to the wetlands by the spawning salmon. During these months around 3,000 bald eagles have been known to stay at the preserve; the number of year-round inhabitants is between 200 and 400.As well as eagle viewing, a visit to the preserve might take you river rafting on the Chilkat River to spot beavers, brown bears, moose and waterbirds.More
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Misty Fjords National Monument

Misty Fjords National Monument

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Just 22 miles (35 kilometers) outside of Ketchikan lies the vast and remote Misty Fjords National Monument—a collection of sea cliffs, deep-cut fjords, glacial valleys, thick rainforests, and roaring waterfalls. Accessible only by boat or floatplane, Misty Fjords is an outdoor playground for hikers, kayakers, and day cruisers.More

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Top activities in Alaska

Alaska Helicopter Tour with Glacier Landing - 60 mins
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Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks
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Hot Springs Aurora Viewing Dream
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Matanuska Glacier Hike Day Tour
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Dog Sled Adventure

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Recent reviews from experiences in Alaska

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Great trip and best with Alaska tours and travel.
satish_a, Jul 2021
Chena Hot Springs Tour
Something to see around Fairbanks.
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Beautiful experience
Lindsay_C, Jul 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward
We were able to see the glacier up close, a bear, a sea otter, puffins, sea lions, seals and a lot of other wildlife.
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Best Experience
dominique, Jul 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
There was even natives of the state that said they do the tour every summer!
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Amazing views!
Denis_A, Jul 2021
Resurrection Bay Kayaking Adventure
We were lucky enough to see Orcas, sealions and sea otters.
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Tons of fun!
Christine_Q, Jul 2021
Denali ATV Trailblazer 3.5 Hour Tour
Our guides gave us a lot of great information about the areas we visited and we got to see some wonderful views.
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Denali from a different angle
William_C, Jul 2021
Mountain Voyager Flightseeing tour from Talkeetna
We got to see Denali from a totally unique perspective that was nothing short of awe inspiring.
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Very fun and insightful instructors
Kiki-1, Jul 2021
Denali Park Zipline Adventure
We got to see the amazing Alaska landscape while enjoying the fins of flying through the air!
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Very cold but very fun
Kiki-1, Jul 2021
Upper Nenana Scenic Wilderness
Very fun, the water is very cold so make sure to bundle up but the instructors were very fun and it was amazing getting to see the alaska while also getting splashed.
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Beautiful views
Reginna_L, Jul 2021
Alaska Railroad Seward to Anchorage One Way
It was a great way to see some of the beauty of Southern Alaska.
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Loved the animals!
Linda_R, Jun 2021
Wildlife and Glaciers with a walk in the Rainforest
We got to see a black bear in a tree and watch him crawl down & play with a ball.
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Tour experience
Vic_K, Jun 2021
Chena Hot Springs Tour
Hot springs in Alaska was a great experience.
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Side by side dream adventure
Chance_H, Jun 2021
Side by Side Morning Tour
You travel deep into the Alaskan wilderness and get to see stunning views.
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great kayaking experience
Roman_D, Jun 2021
Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour
it was a good opportunity to see some of the Alaskan marine life.
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Excellent time
Sarah_W, May 2021
Resurrection Bay Cruise with Fox Island
We got to see many things we were hoping to see.
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Tour of Anchorage
jverrett, May 2021
Anchorage Trolley Tour
We were lucky enough to see a couple of moose.
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Super fun
Marlen, May 2021
Wilderness, Wildlife, Glacier Experience from Anchorage
We had a lot of fun and we got to see some amazing places in Alaska.
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A MUST DO
Catherine_W, Apr 2021
Dog Sledding and Mushing Experience
What a wonderful way to experience an Alaska winter trip - a must do and these folks are the best!
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Amazing tour
Sunny_H, Mar 2021
Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Trip from Fairbanks
He made us feel safe and comfortable while he had to drive in this Alaska winter weather.
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Memorable fun night
Brenda_M, Feb 2021
Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks
Caleb was energetic and provided great information about the area, Chena Hot Springs and was a great ambassador for Alaska!
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Trains & Boats & Glaciers! Oh my!
David_T, Jul 2021
Glacier Cruise and Rail from Anchorage
Looking to see glaciers in Alaska then this is a fantastic way to do it!!
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