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Spring & Summer
Join Alaska Photo Treks as they go hunting for the best light of the day, which during summer at this latitude can last for several glorious hours before sunset. You'll be transported to scenic locations around Southcentral Alaska to shoot a variety of enchanting subjects. The itinerary is flexible and allows for spontaneous stops to photograph wildlife en route.
The 7- to 9-hour tour out of Anchorage's Lake Hood is led by a photographer-pilot whom has published photos in such magazines as Air and Space, Stearns and National Geographic. Set up for the best shots, every passenger gets a window seat and a two-way headset for pilot narration—you’ll have a stunning ride filled with photo ops of rugged mountains, glacial pools and ice blue glaciers. Then, you’ll land on a remote waterway to take photos on the ground.
Show off your adventurous Alaskan vacation to everyone back home. Just grab your camera – whether stand-alone or cell phone – and PicTours Alaska will shuttle you to cool spots in and around Anchorage. Get photo tips, light up social media with fab selfies, and have a fun, engaging time with the whole family.
Photograph alpenglow on snow capped mountains, frosty scenes glowing in rich winter light, wildlife wandering snowy paths, city lights reflecting on the water at twilight, and possibly even the northern lights!
For Anchorage visitors without rental cars who want to hike Alaska's most frequently climbed mountain, here's your ride to and from the trailhead. In a nutshell, this service provides a 30-mile (low key) circuit tour of Anchorage and an unguided mountain hike above it for only $23. (Group of 4+ $21.)
Step aboard Anchorage's first trolley. Relax and enjoy the ride while your guide shows you the sites and attractions of Anchorage. You'll see the Alaska Railroad, Lake Hood (the world’s largest and busiest float-plane base), mysterious Earthquake Park, Cook Inlet, Anchorage Museum, shopping areas, and restaurants. Your ride is fully narrated, and the trolley is heated and enclosed.
The Coastal Classic train services 114 miles of track between Anchorage and the town of Seward, on the Kenai Peninsula—a four-hour trip that’s the most beautiful along the entire Alaska Railroad. You’ll see the beautiful Turnagain Arm as the train departs Anchorage, then a panorama of mountains, glaciers, lakes, and streams. You may even see wildlife like Dall sheep, Beluga whales, moose, bear, eagles, marmots, and more!
This train’s primary destination is the town of Whittier, a major cruise ship and afternoon day cruise hub that’s not always easy to reach. After Whittier, the train begins its whistle-stop service; passengers can get on and off at the Spencer Whistle Stop that has been created with the U.S. Forest Service. Passengers who disembark here can take an afternoon hike, stay and camp overnight, or take a rafting trip down the Placer River. After this stop, the train will continue into the Kenai Mountains for a slow scenic ride before returning back the way it came. The train can be used as a mode of transportation, however it can also be a round-trip sightseeing excursion.
A lot of companies offer Anchorage city tours, but very few of them visit this many sites, are guided by locals, and use vans instead of motorcoaches. With Salmon Berry Tours, you’ll travel the city in the comfort of a van, with an Alaskan guide who will take you on a historic and scenic spin around the city. Or, try the Glacier Turn trip which includes Portage Glacier, Turnagain Arm, Mt. Alyeska Tramway, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. It's an amazing combination of glaciers, mountains, and wildlife making this one of the classic itineraries out of Anchorage.
The Denali Star takes you north from Anchorage to places like Talkeetna, Denali National Park, and Fairbanks. This train travels through the forested areas north of Anchorage into the boreal forest, and eventually into the tundra regions further north. On a clear day the train will slow down to allow you to see beautiful vistas of Denali. You may spot wildlife along the way, such as bear, moose, eagles, and caribou.
Step into the underworld of Anchorage—a hidden gathering of ghosts and spirits—on this walking tour through some of the city’s most haunted sites. It’s the most unsual perspective you can get of Alaska’s largest metropolis.
More than 100 well-maintained bikes of all types. Conveniently located in Downtown Anchorage five blocks from the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. On their website you’ll find photos and specs of each bike and a separate page for each of Anchorage's four green belt bike paths.
April through September
Want to liven up your sightseeing experience in Anchorage? Explore the ins and outs of downtown on a motorized two-wheeled Segway. Gliding effortlessly down the sidewalk with a small group and informative tour guides is a popular way to experience the best of Anchorage in a short amount of time.
If you're a beer snob—or just like soaking up the personality of a city through its brewpubs—this creative tour company offers a few different tours, each of which provide an interesting look at life in Alaska, as well as through a taste of the state's legit craft beer industry. Tours include the Anchorage Brews Tour, a 3.5 hour local brewery tour. Or, Hops on the Rail tour which combines breweries between Anchorage and Talkeetna with a ride on The Alaska Railroad.