When Candice McDonald left her job at a large tour company to start Salmon Berry Tours, her mission was to keep her groups small and personal. So she hired only Alaskans and used vans instead of buses. It’s worked. From Candice’s original Anchorage city tours and Portage Glacier trips, she’s added dog mushing, glacier treks, flightseeing, gold mine tours, custom itineraries, and more. People love these tours not only because they’re great trips with great guides, but also because they’re all-inclusive—transportation, logistics, and entrance tickets are all taken care of. And your Salmon Berry guide will be with you the whole time, so you’re guaranteed professional, seamless service.Salmon Berry Tours offers a seemingly endless number of trips; in addition to their own creative itineraries, they also pair up with top-flight guiding companies to create dream trips. Or they take popular tours and make them better—like adding an extra stop on their city tour to get a panoramic view of Anchorage. Or they create new trips, like the Big Rig Experience, where you’ll get a glimpse of the life and work of real Ice Road TruckersSalmon Berry Tours is open year-round, operating out of their downtown office, across the street from Anchorage’s Log Cabin Visitor Center. Stop by or call and they’ll help find a trip for you, regardless of the month. They’ll even work with you to custom-craft itineraries, from half-day trips to multi-day adventures. We’ve listed three of their most popular tours, but they do just about everything, and folks love their annual Iditarod Starting Line Event. On race day, they set up a tent and serve food at the starting line. Join them for food and drink while watching the mushers take off on their epic quest. And if mushing sparks your interest, let them know—they offer dog mushing tours in both winter and summer. Or, come back in winter to view the northern lights.
Scenic City Tour
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. The tour includes a panoramic view of Anchorage, a historic stop at Ship Creek (where the city started), a guided walk through Earthquake Park, and a visit to Lake Hood, the world’s busiest floatplane base.
Portage Glacier, Turnagain Arm, Mt. Alyeska Tramway, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Taking in the amazing combination of glaciers, mountains, and wildlife makes this one of the classic itineraries out of Anchorage. You’ll float among icebergs on Portage Lake, explore the spectacular coastline of Turnagain Arm, and get to know moose and musk ox at the wildlife center. Many companies offer similar tours, but few are all-inclusive. With Salmon Berry Tours, the price includes all admissions and a tasty lunch, and your guide will be with you the whole time—from pickup at your hotel to the glacier cruise and back to your hotel. You won’t have to worry about any logistics. And you can learn from the naturalists at Portage Lake or the biologists working with orphaned grizzlies, then ask your guide to share even more stories.
Exclusive Alaska Native Heritage Center Tour
Salmon Berry’s exclusive tour of this interactive museum offers one of the best introductions you can get on Alaska culture, enriching the rest of your travels around the state—and it’s much more in-depth than the regular museum visit you could do on your own. It covers the history and lifestyles of Alaska’s main native cultures: Athabascan, Inupiaq/St. Lawrence Island Yupik, Yup’ik/Cup’ik, Aleut, Alutiiq, and the Eyak, Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples. But rather than just look at exhibits behind glass, you’ll get to explore authentic, life-sized village dwellings, complete with fascinating artifacts, like a story-filled totem or the whale bone arch. And you’ll do so outdoors—depending on the time of year, you might even get to use snowshoes. The visit ends with a film and traditional tea.