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Alaska Shore Excursions

Looking for great shore excursions during your Alaska cruise? Here are our picks for each port.

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Skagway View All

Season: May 12 to Aug 15 $549+ 2 hrs

Dog sled­ding on a glac­i­er is the ulti­mate blend of Alaskan adven­ture, as you also get there by heli­copter! Board a TEM­SCO flight that whisks you thou­sands of feet above sea lev­el to the Den­ver glac­i­er and a dog mush­ing camp hid­den away on a snow field, where Alaskan sled dogs will greet you ener­get­i­cal­ly, ready to take you on the ride of your life.

$899+ 3 - 12 days

Sock­eye Cycle offers fab­u­lous­ly in-depth trips that stretch across the state, and even into Cana­da, and last any­where from 3 to 12 days. Cycling around Alas­ka is spe­cial in a few ways. The roads can some­times be quirky, and some­times a lit­tle more rugged than a fresh­ly paved road some­where else. But on the oth­er hand, you‘ll like­ly get the road to your­self, so you can relax and spend more time enjoy­ing the scenery. These mul­ti-day trips offer a  ...more

At the Chilkoot Din­ing Room you’ll sam­ple a piece of Alaskan Gold Rush his­to­ry. While enjoy­ing Skag­way’s finest steak and seafood, you’re able to take in E.A. Heg­g’s his­toric Gold Rush pho­tos. The friend­ly staff pro­vides great ser­vice and fla­vor­ful food that make the his­toric atmos­phere one to remem­ber. The menu varies with dai­ly spe­cials and mar­ket fresh offer­ings. Reser­va­tions are encouraged.

Season: May 01 to Oct 01 $89+ 3 - 8 hrs

Some peo­ple love the view of Alas­ka from the side of a ship, or from above in a bush plane. But this cycle shop and tour oper­a­tor based in Haines and Skag­way proves that there’s noth­ing quite like the view of Alas­ka from atop two wheels, as you glide through the gor­geous­ly unique scenery. Its day trips are a fab­u­lous way for inde­pen­dent trav­el­ers and cruise pas­sen­gers to take a detour on their voy­age, enjoy­ing a dif­fer­ent pace and per­spec­tive on  ...more

Season: May 01 to Oct 15 $89+ per night

Alas­ka Motorhomes Rentals from Alas­ka Trav­el Adven­tures offers one-way rental options. See­ing Alas­ka by motorhome is dif­fer­ent than see­ing it by train, for exam­ple – so why not expe­ri­ence them both? If the thought of a long, round-trip jour­ney on the Al-Can keeps you from set­ting out on that amaz­ing adven­ture, how about dri­ving one way and fly­ing back? You can con­sid­er all these options when you rent one of the com­fort­able, easy-maneu­ver­ing C  ...more

$114+ 4 hrs - 8 days

Guid­ed sea kayak­ing in Alaska’s South­east opens up the mag­i­cal world of water-based tour­ing. Glide through a marine envi­ron­ment with gor­geous views in every direc­tion, and many oppor­tu­ni­ties to spot wildlife – from eagles and salmon to bears, whales and sea lions. Options include day tours for busy sched­ules and mul­ti-day immer­sions, all under the expert guid­ance of nat­u­ral­ists who help you under­stand the com­plex work­ings of a unique and amazing  ...more

Season: May 01 to Sep 30 $61 2 hrs

Walk the fine line between folk­lore and gold fever. The Liarsville Camp, near Skag­way, was orig­i­nal­ly named after jour­nal­ists who came here dur­ing the Klondike Gold Rush and cooked up all man­ner of tall tales. The event begins with an all-you-can-eat feast in the for­est. Then explore the old trail camp and fin­ish off your day with a vis­it the Fan­cy Goods store. You can also have your pic­ture tak­en with one of the dance hall girls or the camp’s  ...more

The most spec­tac­u­lar and acces­si­ble water­falls around Alas­ka you can see from the road, from a hike, or from a day cruise.

Season: Apr 23 to Oct 07 $339+ 80 minutes

Tak­ing a TEM­SCO heli­copter tour shows off the Gold Rush lands around Skag­way in a new light, reveal­ing gor­geous, glac­i­er-filled val­leys, tum­bling water­falls and peak after icy peak at the north end of the Juneau Ice­field. Then land on a remote glac­i­er for an excit­ing guid­ed jour­ney on ice that was formed thou­sands of years ago!

Season: May 15 to Sep 23 Private excursions, group rates for up to 14 passengers 5 - 7 hrs

Skag­way may be a quaint small town, but it offers a big lens into the Alas­ka fron­tier. This tour oper­a­tor — run by a cer­ti­fied Nat­u­ral­ist for the state of Alas­ka — offers a friend­ly and fas­ci­nat­ing way to explore some sur­pris­ing depths of the Alas­ka wilder­ness. Options include pri­vate tours rang­ing from 2 to 7 hours that explores the sights of British Colum­bia and the Yukon

Season: May 01 to Sep 28 $39+ 4 hrs

Take the train out of Skag­way to some of Alaska’s best hik­ing. Not just any train, though, but a Gold Rush-era, nar­row-gauge train that winds through gor­geous scenery and drops you off at the trail­head. The White Pass & Yukon Route Rail­road winds through stun­ning scenery on its way to drop you off on hik­ing trails that offer water­fall, moun­tain, and glac­i­er views. It’s a fun way to gear up for a day or two of great hik­ing. The train is an  ...more

Season: May 01 to Sep 30 $74 Round Trip 45 mins one-way

Oper­at­ing from May to Sep­tem­ber, this pri­vate fer­ry ser­vice is the eas­i­est and fastest way to trav­el between Haines and Skag­way. The 45-minute ride pass­es through Taiya Inlet, a steep-walled rocky fjord just out­side of Skag­way, and then opens up to the Lynn Canal near Haines. As you ride, look for seals and sea lions, as well as hump­back, minke, and orca whales. Don’t for­get to look up from the water from time to time to check out the  ...more

$159+

This Vic­to­ri­an-style, 94-room inn cap­tures the spir­it of the Klondike Trail with its Vic­to­ri­an décor, rus­tic set­ting and warm Alaskan hos­pi­tal­i­ty. Locat­ed next to Skag­way’s his­toric dis­trict, it’s con­ve­nient for shop­ping and enter­tain­ment in town. Perks include free ferry/​airport pick­up, free park­ing, Alas­ka Air­lines Mileage plan and a guest computer.

Season: Jul 27 to Oct 07 $130 2.5 – 2.75 hrs

Ride the rails on a real gold-rush era, nar­row-gauge rail­road from Skag­way into the heart of the Yukon. On the White Pass & Yukon Route Rail­road, you’ll have sev­er­al trip options, tak­ing you past glacial rivers, water­falls, and gorges for a real taste of wild Alas­ka. You’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time on this authen­tic train, as you climb 3,000 feet to scenic vis­tas and past apt­ly-named spots named Inspi­ra­tion Point and Dead Horse  ...more

Buck­wheat Don­ahue of Skag­way, a cap­ti­vat­ing sto­ry­teller, enter­tain­er, his­to­ri­an, and adven­tur­er reads some of the best known poems by Robert Ser­vice, Poet Lau­re­ate of the Yukon. 

Phone: 9079832247 Address: 2nd Ave. & Spring St., Skag­way, AK Hours: Sat/​Sun 8am — 5pm, Mon-Fri 8am — 8pm 

If you’re in Skag­way for a sum­mer job or just a week­end fling, take your bike. Most­ly flat ter­rain and a com­pact urban lay­out makes this town a fan­tas­tic spot to see on two wheels. There’s even a free bike-repair sta­tion out front of Skagway’s pub­lic library.

The Nation­al Park Ser­vice offers a free walk­ing tour of the Skag­way His­toric Dis­trict down­town. Inter­pre­tive rangers will ori­ent you to the town’s his­toric role in the Gold Rush. Just stop by the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter at the cor­ner of Sec­ond Avenue and Broad­way to sign up. Sea­son May through Sep­tem­ber. Depar­tures Sched­uled depar­tures five times dai­ly at 9am, 10am, 11 am, 2pm, and 3 pm. Length The walk­ing tours are 45…  ...more

Difficulty: Easy Distance: 2 miles

This mod­er­ate, 2‑mile loop trail near the Skag­way Riv­er cir­cles a boul­der strewn out­crop­ping. It also fea­tures sun­ny look­outs while mean­der­ing through a birch and pine for­est and lead­ing to a pro­tect­ed cove and pic­nic area.

A small bust, just west of the pub­lic rest rooms, in the cor­ner of Mol­lie Walsh Park, pro­claims the mem­o­ry of a remark­able woman. Mol­lie Walsh came to Skag­way, unac­com­pa­nied, in the fall of 1897. A rar­i­ty in her day, she was young, unmar­ried and at least some­what respectable. She remained in Skag­way for a few months, then head­ed north to open a restau­rant in Log Cab­in, a tent town locat­ed along the White Pass Trail. She soon received the…  ...more

Across the street, the Skag­way Cus­toms build­ing was built by the WP&YR rail­road and leased to the gov­ern­ment. It orig­i­nal­ly sat on the south side of 2nd Ave. adja­cent to the rail­road depot. In 1969, with the con­struc­tion of the new depot, the build­ing was moved across the street to the north side 2nd Ave. After the Klondike high­way opened in the fall of 1978, the offices were moved to a loca­tion on the high­way. For a time after the customs…  ...more

This West­ern melo­dra­ma ris­es above the stan­dard fare with a fast-paced crew of semi-pro­fes­sion­al actors and a script that tells Skagway’s true, out­law his­to­ry dur­ing the tumul­tuous days of the Klondike gold rush and Jef­fer­son Ran­dolph Soapy” Smith, the out­law and con man who is the town’s most infa­mous pioneer.

Bring the spir­it of the Gold Rush to life with Alaska.org’s exclu­sive Skag­way Audio Guide, nar­rat­ed by one of Skag­ways’ favorite sons, Buck­wheat Don­ahue, a cap­ti­vat­ing sto­ry­teller, enter­tain­er, his­to­ri­an, and adventurer.

The First Pres­by­ter­ian Church, locat­ed at 5th and Main, is Skag­way’s only remain­ing gold rush church. It was built in 1901 by the Methodists, but in a denom­i­na­tion­al realign­ment, that church body vacat­ed Skag­way in 1917.The Pres­by­te­ri­ans, who had lost their church build­ing to afire the pre­vi­ous year, moved in and have remained ever since. Dur­ing the gold rush, Skag­way had but one house of wor­ship, the Union Church. But by 1900, sev­er­al other…  ...more

On the north side of 4th Avenue between Broad­way and Spring, World War II bar­racks can be seen. They com­mem­o­rate the U.S. Army’s inva­sion” of Skag­way from 1942 – 46. These engi­neers and con­struc­tion men were large­ly respon­si­ble for sup­ply­ing the crew build­ing the Alcan High­way and the exten­sive Canol oil pipeline. At one time, more than 80 of these bar­racks were scat­tered around town; few­er than 10 remain.

Sit­ed at the end of a hik­ing trail at 3,100 feet ele­va­tion, this six-per­son A‑frame cab­in is open to the adven­tur­ous year-round, offer­ing views of this alpine lake and the sur­round­ing moun­tain ridges. A stren­u­ous, 2.5‑mile trail leads to a spec­tac­u­lar over­look and to Devil’s Punch­bowl, a tarn nest­ed in a deep, rocky bowl.

The munic­i­pal­i­ty of Skag­way main­tains this free prim­i­tive camp­ground of about 20 sites on the Dyea flats, a moraine that’s one of the broad­est flat spots in South­east Alas­ka. It’s walk­ing dis­tance to the remains of the his­toric Dyea townsite. 

The Skag­way Con­ven­tion and Vis­i­tors Bureau pro­vides local infor­ma­tion for the his­toric town and out­ly­ing areas. Stop in at the vis­i­tor cen­ter down­town to get all your ques­tions answered. 

Here is access to the Dyea town site, Skag­way’s neigh­bor­ing town dur­ing the Klondike Gold Rush days. Around 8,000 peo­ple lived at Dyea. You’ll find remains of a wharf, foun­da­tions of some build­ings and Slide Ceme­tery, which con­tains the graves of those killed in the Palm Sun­day Avalanche, April 31898.

This park across from the Skag­way Riv­er offers ball­fields, horse­shoe pitch­es, a BMX trail, and a disc golf course. Out­door town events and con­certs, includ­ing the annu­al sol­stice cel­e­bra­tion, are held at the park’s stage/​amphitheater.

Housed in the cir­ca 1898 White Pass & Yukon Route Rail­road Depot, the his­toric Moore house and the Mas­cot Saloon. Col­lec­tions con­sist of over 200,000 archae­ol­o­gy arti­facts asso­ci­at­ed with the Klondike gold rush and 3,000 copies of his­toric pho­tographs of the gold rush peri­od. Library and 100-seat audi­to­ri­um. Guid­ed tours, inter­pre­tive pro­grams, films and per­ma­nent exhi­bi­tions. Hours May-Sep: Dai­ly 8am-6pm Admis­sion No admis­sion fee,…  ...more

This is where Jef­fer­son Ran­dolph Soapy” Smith and Frank Reid are buried. Both men shot and killed each oth­er in a gun­fight in July 1898. Locate Frank Rei­d’s grave and you’ll find a short hik­ing trail to Rei­d’s Falls.

The plan­ta­tion-style White House was built in 1902, and was orig­i­nal­ly the home of Lee Guthrie, saloon­keep­er and civic offi­cial. After Guthrie left town, the house was con­vert­ed into a small hotel. The Army used it for a small hos­pi­tal dur­ing World War II. The build­ing’s name occa­sion­al­ly caused delight­ful con­fu­sion. One sto­ry about it dates back to 1956, when a Repub­li­can cam­paign work­er stopped by to vis­it. No one respond­ed to the knock, but…  ...more

The best Gold Rush bar in town fea­tures over 100 orig­i­nal rein­deer and Coors beer bot­tles as well as some pre-Pro­hi­bi­tion artifacts. 

You can’t get much clos­er to a rail­road­ing expe­ri­ence than sleep­ing in a caboose. Refur­bished as a pub­lic use cab­in in the 1960’s, this clas­sic trail car moth­balled by the White Pass and Yukon Route rail­road offers rus­tic ameni­ties with views of Skag­way River’s East Fork and Saw­tooth Mountains.

Step back in time and explore his­toric Skag­way using our detailed walk­ing tour.

Along 7th Avenue between Broad­way and State Street, is the Gut­feld Res­i­dence (His­toric Skag­way Inn). Built using mate­ri­als from an 1897 – 1898 build­ing, Max Gut­feld built this res­i­dence in 1918. In the 1920’s the rear wing was added by mov­ing the vacant Ross-Hig­gins ware­house (1901) from 4th Avenue and Main Street to the present site. This street is the site of Skag­way’s once thriv­ing Red Light Dis­trict. As was true in most fron­tier towns,…  ...more

Thai food in a town of 800? Some­how, the Starfire pulls it off (They’ve moved into a larg­er build­ing in recent years to accom­mo­date their suc­cess). And in a town with lim­it­ed din­ing options, they’ve cre­at­ed a nice, upscale envi­ron­ment to match the qual­i­ty of the food. They use fresh ingre­di­ents, plen­ty of spice and nail the stan­dard thai favorites — pad thai, panang cur­ry, thai iced tea. It’s even pop­u­lar with cruise ship work­ers from Southeast…  ...more

The St. James Hotel, present­ly a hard­ware store ware­house, is famous as the birth­place of the White Pass and Yukon Route rail­road. Dur­ing the win­ter of 1897 – 98, it took tremen­dous effort for the stam­ped­ers to haul the required ton of goods” from Skag­way to the Cana­di­an lakes. To ease the strain, sev­er­al tramways and rail­roads cross­ing White Pass were pro­posed, but the plans were long on spec­u­la­tion and short on mon­ey. Into this atmos­phere came…  ...more

The site of the old Blan­chard Gar­den is just two lots east of the Gault House. Dur­ing its time, per­haps the most famous gar­den in Alas­ka grew here. In gold rush days, peo­ple had lit­tle time to care for flow­ers or veg­eta­bles. But just a decade lat­er, Skag­way had become well-known as the Gar­den City of Alas­ka.” The slo­gan remained; until World War II. Many gar­dens thrived; Blan­chard’s being the best known among them. Vis­i­tors to Skag­way were…  ...more

Difficulty: Difficult Distance: 33 miles

This trail is con­sid­ered to be a very long muse­um and the old arti­facts left over from the Gold Rush Days must be left alone. Adven­ture­some trav­el­ers can retrace the stam­ped­ers’ route to the gold mines by back­pack­ing the 33-mile climb up and over the Gold­en Stairs,” immor­tal­ized in Char­lie Chaplin’s silent film, The Gold Rush”. The trail begins nine miles out of town in Dyea and on aver­age the trek takes five days to com­plete, but…  ...more

At a spec­tac­u­lar spot two miles from the Cana­di­an bor­der, this pub­lic use cab­in sleeps six and over­looks the main branch of the Skag­way Riv­er. The trail there leads to Laughton Creek and Laughton Glac­i­er. Moose, brown bears, and wild­flow­ers can be found in this sub­alpine forest.

At the cor­ner of 3rd and Broad­way lies the Mas­cot Block, a row of three sep­a­rate busi­ness build­ings. The Mas­cot Saloon, on the cor­ner, dates back to 1898. It was one of more that 80 saloons in a town once described as the rough­est place in the world.” The saloon oper­at­ed until August 1916, when Pro­hi­bi­tion closed it down; it lat­er served as a drug store. Next door sits the old Pacif­ic Clip­per Line office. Skag­way was an active port both…  ...more

Skag­way’s unique his­to­ry as a vital trans­porta­tion cor­ri­dor and gate­way to inte­ri­or Alas­ka and the Yukon is por­trayed in the arti­facts, pho­tographs and his­tor­i­cal records of the past cen­tu­ry. The Muse­um is locat­ed in the town’s mag­nif­i­cent City Hall, this is the first stone build­ing in Alas­ka, built with gran­ite from Cana­da that was trans­port­ed on the WP&YR Rail­road. On dis­play are items such as a Tlin­git canoe, a Port­land Cut­ter sleigh,…  ...more

The Moore Cab­in is the old­est struc­ture in Skag­way. It was built by Cap­tain William Moore and his son in 1887 – 88. Moore was 65 years old when he arrived. He had fol­lowed gold rush­es all his life, and set­tled here to pur­sue one more chance at a for­tune. When the big rush came, his land was over­run by a flood of gold seek­ers. But he pros­pered because he owned a dock, a ware house and a sawmill. He stayed here until 1906, long enough to see his…  ...more

Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 8 miles

Tucked on the moun­tain­side over­look­ing the cruise ship docks, this mod­er­ate hike offers great views down Taiya Inlet and an idyl­lic camp­ing spot. This 8‑mile round trip trail is unknown even to some locals. It leads through a mixed stand of trees and descends to a beach­front jut­ting south towards Haines on Lynn Canal.

The Nye House dates from the gold rush. Like many of Skag­way’s old homes, it orig­i­nat­ed as a log cab­in. A series of refine­ments and addi­tions between 1898 and 1901 brought about its present appear­ance. A long time res­i­dent here was Charley Nye, a local pow­er com­pa­ny exec­u­tive and pro­mot­er. The house was once reput­ed to be a gam­bling casi­no, a com­mon enough activ­i­ty in ear­ly Skagway.

A good place to start any tour of Skag­way is the for­mer White Pass and Yukon Rail­road Depot. This mas­sive, col­or­ful struc­ture, built in 1898, was a dom­i­nant part of Skag­way life until 1969, when rail­road oper­a­tions moved to the WP&YR’s new build­ing two doors east. The old depot is now the Nation­al Park Ser­vice Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, where vis­i­tors can enjoy movies, walk­ing tours and oth­er activ­i­ties dur­ing the sum­mer. Although the tracks are now…  ...more

The large, three-sto­ry Pack Train Build­ing is the tallest his­toric build­ing in Skag­way. The three build­ings that make up this block date from 1900, but like many oth­ers on Broad­way, they were first locat­ed else­where. These were orig­i­nal­ly bar­racks that once com­prised part of Camp Skag­way, locat­ed two blocks up Broad­way on 6th Ave. The mil­i­tary aban­doned them when it moved to the Haines area in 1904, and four years lat­er, they were moved here.…  ...more

The McCabe Col­lege build­ing, cur­rent­ly occu­pied by the Skag­way Muse­um and City Hall, was built in 1899 of native gran­ite brought from Clifton on the WP & YR rail­road. The Methodist school, named for Bish­op McCabe, was Alaska’s first insti­tu­tion of high­er edu­ca­tion. Fac­ing finan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties, pri­vate McCabe Col­lege closed after only three terms. From 1901 until 1956, the build­ing served as the U.S. Court House with the U.S. Marshal’s…  ...more

The Gault House is anoth­er of Skag­way’s archi­tec­tur­al trea­sures. Built in 1899, the house prob­a­bly began as a saloon (6th Avenue was once Skag­way’s main busi­ness street). In lat­er years, it became the long time home of Roy Gault, an engi­neer for the WP&YR, and his family.

Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 33 miles

An amaz­ing look at the his­to­ry of the Alaskan Gold Rush, with the added nov­el­ty of hik­ing from Alas­ka to Cana­da. This trip offers a vari­ety of scenery and dis­tinct­ly dif­fer­ent ecosys­tems: riv­er val­ley, coastal tem­per­ate rain­for­est, exposed alpine, and arid bore­al forest.

The stone chim­ney seen on your left is all that remains of the Pullen House, once Alaska’s most famous hotel. It was a pop­u­lar stop­ping place for inte­ri­or res­i­dents and tourists for more than 50 years. Har­ri­et Ma” Pullen ran it most of that time. This indomitable spir­it arrived in Skag­way in Sep­tem­ber 1897. In a sto­ry she lat­er told to thou­sands of tourists, she first baked pies in a tent restau­rant on the beach. Lat­er, she rent­ed out the…  ...more

Difficulty: Difficult Distance: 10 miles

Com­plet­ing this all-day climb, a 10-mile round trip climb­ing near­ly 5,000 feet, isn’t for begin­ners. But at the top, you’ll be on the ridge sep­a­rat­ing the Dyea and Skag­way riv­er val­leys, with an awe-drop­ping, 360-degree view. Once above the tree­line, some rock cairns mark the way, but the trail can be vague due to heavy brush and rocky terrain.

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Season: May 01 to Oct 01 $89+ 3 - 8 hrs

Some peo­ple love the view of Alas­ka from the side of a ship, or from above in a bush plane. But this cycle shop and tour oper­a­tor based in Haines and Skag­way proves that there’s noth­ing quite like the view of Alas­ka from atop two wheels, as you glide through the gor­geous­ly unique scenery. Its day trips are a fab­u­lous way for inde­pen­dent trav­el­ers and cruise pas­sen­gers to take a detour on their voy­age, enjoy­ing a dif­fer­ent pace and per­spec­tive on  ...more

$114+ 4 hrs - 8 days

Guid­ed sea kayak­ing in Alaska’s South­east opens up the mag­i­cal world of water-based tour­ing. Glide through a marine envi­ron­ment with gor­geous views in every direc­tion, and many oppor­tu­ni­ties to spot wildlife – from eagles and salmon to bears, whales and sea lions. Options include day tours for busy sched­ules and mul­ti-day immer­sions, all under the expert guid­ance of nat­u­ral­ists who help you under­stand the com­plex work­ings of a unique and amazing  ...more

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Season: May 03 to Sep 29 $340 per person 5.5 hrs

Feel the tru­ly unique thrill of walk­ing on an ancient glac­i­er. This unfor­get­table expe­ri­ence begins with a canoe trip to the glac­i­er, where you’ll don cram­pons and explore the gor­geous blue ice…no expe­ri­ence required!

Season: May 01 to Sep 30 $71 1.5 hrs

Come on this 1 ½‑hour tour out­side Juneau, and you’ll get a big appre­ci­a­tion for prospec­tors who arrived here more than 100 years ago: This water is seri­ous­ly cold. But this quick stroll into Alaska’s gold-fever-influ­enced past offers a fun his­to­ry les­son, as well as a pleas­ant­ly short turn at pan­ning in that icy water your­self — with a guar­an­tee that you’ll score a lit­tle gold to take home. Alas­ka Trav­el Adven­tures’ His­toric Gold Mining &  ...more

$26.95

Tucked inside the lush Ton­gass Nation­al For­est, dis­cov­er an Alaskan botan­i­cal gar­den unlike any­where else in the world. A 2012 Read­er’s Digest poll chose Glac­i­er Gar­dens out of thou­sands of entries as the Most Inter­est­ing Land­mark in Amer­i­ca! Vibrant hang­ing gar­dens spill from 15-foot-tall upside down tree Flower Tow­ers” and ele­gant­ly designed land­scapes com­pli­ment the nat­ur­al beau­ty of the rain­for­est. Explore these unique gar­dens on a guided  ...more

Season: Apr 28 to Oct 06 $174 3.5 hours

Take time to enjoy the upper canopy of the Ton­gass Nation­al For­est on a zipline tour that offers the excite­ment of fly­ing through old-growth for­est, walk­ing across a sky-bridge, and a tea break to soak up the moment. Glide across 7 zips on this course locat­ed in the Eagle­crest Ski Area on Dou­glas Island and fin­ish up your tour with some axe throw­ing. It’s a blast for the whole family!

Season: May 01 to Sep 27 $109+ 4 - 4.5 hrs

Take a spin through Juneau on a fun bike tour. It’s a great way to explore Alaska’s cap­i­tal city, with lots of scenery and his­to­ry along the way. Choose from one of sev­er­al options. There’s a bike and brew tour, which includes see­ing the Menden­hall Glac­i­er as well as a tast­ing of Alaskan beers. Or ride your bike out to Dou­glas Island for a tram ride, 1,800 feet up Mt. Roberts for some spec­tac­u­lar views. Or cus­tom design your own great bike trip  ...more

$119 3.75 hrs

Plen­ty of whale tours let you watch the orcas and hump­backs as they breach and spout from the water — but not many also let you eaves­drop on the big mam­mals’ con­ver­sa­tions. This 3.5‑hour tour out of Juneau is equipped with an ampli­fied hydrophone sys­tem; lis­ten to the whales under­wa­ter while enjoy­ing the lush rain­for­est views. Onboard the North Star — a 48-pas­sen­ger jet boat with large win­dows, an out­side view­ing deck, and a com­fort­able inside  ...more

$45

Take a five-minute ride from the cruise ship pier to the Moun­tain House,1,800′ up Mount Roberts, where the Chilkat Moun­tains, the Gastineau Chan­nel, down­town Juneau, Dou­glas Island, and Admi­ral­ty Island spread out before you. Vis­it the gift shop, restau­rant, live bald eagle dis­play, and nature cen­ter. Check out the wildlife view­ing plat­forms and fol­low the self-guid­ed trail marked by Native totemic carv­ings for access to upper alpine hiking  ...more

3.25 - 5.25 hrs

North­star Trekking oper­ates out of Juneau and caters to all styles of explo­ration. The curi­ous glac­i­er observ­er can sim­ply fly to the glac­i­er and snap pho­tographs from flat or rolling ter­rain. You can also choose to hike on the glac­i­er itself. If you’re very adven­tur­ous, you can even learn how to climb on the ice walls. No mat­ter which option you choose, North­Star Trekking will guide you all the way, mak­ing sure you get the most out of this  ...more

Season: May 01 to Sep 30 $112 3.5 hours

Glac­i­erview Sea Kayak­ing with Alas­ka Trav­el Adven­tures offers the oppor­tu­ni­ty to kayak through Auke Bay while enjoy­ing views of Menden­hall Glac­i­er. You’ll also have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to see wildlife like whales, sea lions, seals, and bald eagles. Kayak­ing offers a much more inti­mate and qui­et expe­ri­ence than oth­er boat tours; at the same time, it is per­fect for trav­el­ers who want an adven­ture. And even if you’ve nev­er pad­dled a kayak before, a  ...more

Season: May 06 to Aug 30

Get great views with some hands-on fun — com­bine a scenic flight­see­ing heli­copter tour with the exhil­a­ra­tion of dog mush­ing on a glac­i­er with a team of huskies! It’s easy to do — just go with North­Star Trekking on their Juneau Glac­i­er Dog Sled Adven­ture. You’ll fly over the Juneau Ice­field for about 35 min­utes and land in a sled camp on the snow-cov­ered mid­dle branch of the Nor­ris Glacier

Season: May 11 to Sep 06 $129+ 1.5 hrs

Hop on a TEM­SCO heli­copter for an Alaskan adven­ture com­bin­ing avi­a­tion, sled dogs and mas­sive glac­i­ers. Get an amaz­ing view of the gor­geous land­scape sur­round­ing Juneau, and then ride along as an ener­getic team of huskies tours you around the ancient, snow-packed Menden­hall glacier.

Season: Apr 24 to Oct 06 $319+ 1 to 1.5 hrs (approximate)

A tour aboard a TEM­SCO heli­copter offers beau­ti­ful views of Alaska’s Cap­i­tal City, and up-close explo­ration of Menden­hall, one of the state’s most acces­si­ble glac­i­ers. Look out on alpine lakes, moraines, and crevass­es before you land and check out the Juneau Ice­field for yourself.

Season: Apr 28 to Sep 30 $235+ 40 min - 3 hrs

Go with Wings Air­ways and you’ll take off from Juneau in a 10-pas­sen­ger DeHav­il­land Otter float­plane and get a lush view of the city as well as the sur­round­ing moun­tains and ice fields. Opt for a 40-minute flight see­ing tour, or book the Flight and Feast Tour,” which takes you to dine at a 1920’s lodge.

Season: May 01 to Sep 30 $149 3.5 hrs

The focus of the 3.5‑hour Menden­hall Glac­i­er Float Trip is great views of the name­sake glac­i­er, which is 1.5 miles wide, 150 feet high, and the most famous part of the mas­sive Juneau Ice­field that even John Muir once raved about. Glide along the ice­berg-stud­ded lake and scope out the glac­i­er, get­ting up-close views of hang­ing glac­i­ers and tow­er­ing peaks. Keep an eye out for birds nest­ing in the rocky cliffs, as well as otters, seals, black  ...more

Season: Apr 24 to Oct 14 $110+ 3.5+ hrs

Juneau’s glac­i­ers pro­duce nutri­ent-dense waters mak­ing the waters a prime feed­ing ground for hump­back whales. Alas­ka Tales’ boats are inti­mate (49 pas­sen­gers max), and they’re super-fast, so you’ll get out to see the whales in no time. You also have the option of adding a stop at the Menden­hall Glac­i­er Vis­i­tor Cen­ter pri­or to your whale watch­ing tour.

$739+ 4 - 7 hrs

Pack Creek Bear Tours offers ful­ly guid­ed adven­tures to Admi­ral­ty Island or Chichagof Island, each home to more than 1,500 brown bears! After a beau­ti­ful 20- or 25-minute float­plane ride, you’ll land on a remote beach. Take a short walk to the bear-view­ing area, where you can watch these mag­nif­i­cent crea­tures for hours in their nat­ur­al environment.

Season: May 01 to Sep 30 $56 1.5-2 hrs

Get a serv­ing of his­to­ry along with a clas­sic Alaskan feast. The Gold Creek Salmon Bake, a two-hour expe­ri­ence out of Juneau, has been run­ning for more than 30 years. It’s a great meal and an Alaskan tra­di­tion. You’re dis­patched from your hotel and brought to a cor­ner of the South­east Alas­ka rain­for­est, which saw lots of activ­i­ty dur­ing Alaska’s Gold Rush.

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Ketchikan View All

$389 3 hours

The lush green Ton­gass Nation­al For­est stretch­es out below as you take a clas­sic Alaskan float­plane ride to Neets Bay, one of the best places in South­east Alas­ka to see black bears fish­ing for salmon. This 3‑hour trip packs in spec­tac­u­lar flight­see­ing, a nature walk, and the chance to watch bears in their nat­ur­al habitat.

Season: May 15 to Sep 15 $200+ per person 4-8 hrs

Ketchikan is known as the salmon cap­i­tal of the world,” and this unique­ly per­son­al tour is your chance to angle for these icon­ic Alaskan fish — as well as huge hal­ibut. You’ll board an inti­mate fish­ing boat — com­plete with top-qual­i­ty fish­ing and rain gear, as well as heaters, snacks, and bev­er­ages — close to the Ketchikan cruise ter­mi­nal. And, since this is a pri­vate char­ter, it will be only your group on board!

$164 per person 4 hrs

Dri­ve your own jeep along pri­vate log­ging roads that wind up into the moun­tains, on your way to an alpine lake. Pad­dle across the shim­mer­ing lake to a shore­line camp for a deli­cious snack over an open fire. Enjoy some sto­ry­telling, then go on a short nature walk through a beau­ti­ful old-growth forest.

Season: May 01 to Sep 30 $115+ 10 - 45 mins

Get a thrilling, bird’s‑eye view of Alaska’s snow-capped peaks, moun­tain lakes, water­falls, and more on an unfor­get­table heli­copter flight­see­ing tour from Ketchikan.

$129 per person 3 hrs

Bike 5 miles along­side a 100-year-old water flume, sur­round­ed by the gor­geous Ton­gass Nation­al For­est, to a salmon-spawn­ing stream at Ward Creek. After a deli­cious snack, hike about ¾‑mile, fol­low­ing a board­walk up into the for­est. You’ll learn all about the plants that thrive in this unique environment.

Season: May 05 to Oct 10 $220 3.25 hours

This exhil­a­rat­ing tour puts you in a rugged Tom­car for a back coun­try ATV adven­ture over 10 miles of old log­ging roads through the Ton­gass Nation­al For­est. The off-road excite­ment is matched by amaz­ing views as you nav­i­gate twist and turns, motor eas­i­ly up hills, and splash through epic pot­holes. It’s sheer fun for the whole fam­i­ly. Get Dirty!

$249+ Day Trips 6+ hrs

Bara­nof Fish­ing Excur­sions offers clas­sic Alas­ka fish­ing expe­ri­ences from their pri­vate mari­na in down­town Ketchikan. They pro­vide every­thing you need from rub­ber boots to expert guides, for an extra­or­di­nary fish­ing adventure!

Season: Apr 25 to Oct 10 $92 2.75 hours

Just out­side Ketchikan, the Alas­ka Rain­for­est Sanc­tu­ary promis­es a close-up view of old-growth for­est, salmon habi­tat, an his­toric lum­ber mill, totem carv­ing, rap­tor exhibits, and chances to see black bear and oth­er wildlife – all in under 3 hours! There’s no bet­ter intro­duc­tion to Alaska’s South­east than this show­case of ecol­o­gy, wildlife, his­to­ry and Native culture.

$147 per person 4 hrs

Board a rigid-hull inflat­able boat for a 20-minute ride out to a seclud­ed island. Weave through a series of small islands with mas­sive cliffs that rise hun­dreds of feet out of the ocean, check out active bald eagle nests and look for sea lions and seabird rook­eries along the way. Once at the island, you’ll climb out on the beach, break out into small­er groups, and set off on a stun­ning hike on a board­walk that snakes through the rainforest.  ...more

$200+ Fishing, $100 Wildlife Viewing 2 hours - Full Day

You’ll find out why Ketchikan is famous for salmon with Cap­tain Jared of Rainy Day Char­ters. Leave the cruise ship crowds behind for an authen­tic Alaskan expe­ri­ence, sur­round­ed by water, wilder­ness and wildlife. It’s a per­fect excur­sion for a half-day in port, even bet­ter if you have more time to fill your entire box with fish.

$102 per person 3.5 hrs

Pad­dle all around a shim­mer­ing lake, look­ing for wildlife on the shore and rev­el­ing in the spec­tac­u­lar moun­tain views that sur­round you. Then stop off at a shore­line camp to enjoy a snack over an open fire. When you’re fin­ished, you’ll go on a short walk through a dra­mat­ic old-growth forest.

Season: Apr 25 to Oct 10 $174+ 3.5 hours

Fly through the upper sto­ries of a tem­per­ate rain­for­est in this thrilling zipline adven­ture. Two excit­ing cours­es, each with 8 zips, are locat­ed with­in the Alas­ka Rain­for­est Sanc­tu­ary – home to spawn­ing salmon, bald eagles, and black bear! Whether you’re a new­bie or an old hand, this is the ulti­mate loca­tion for a zip­ping good time.

Season: Jul 07 to Sep 30 $215 3.25 hours

Ketchikan is black bear coun­try, and just out­side town you can see them in their favorite sum­mer­time activ­i­ty – fish­ing for pro­tein-rich Alas­ka salmon. A walk­ing tour through the lush foliage of the Alas­ka Rain­for­est Sanc­tu­ary reveals prime salmon habi­tat, a cer­tain attrac­tion for hun­gry bears. Wait and watch for this apex species in action – pounc­ing on fish, teach­ing cubs, and chas­ing each oth­er to the feast­ing grounds.

Season: Apr 01 to Sep 30 $159+ per person 3+ hrs

Expe­ri­ence kayak­ing in Alas­ka the way it should be — away from the crowds — with these unique Ketchikan pad­dling tours that make you feel like a true explor­er. Your small group (usu­al­ly just 4 peo­ple) will board the company’s com­fort­able boat and set off from the Ketchikan cruise-ship dock, leav­ing the big ships and the crowds behind. Choose from a 3‑hour tour, or 5‑hour kayak and hike tour.

Season: Apr 25 to Oct 10 $249 2.25 hours

Fly through dra­mat­i­cal­ly beau­ti­ful land­scapes in a DeHav­il­land float­plane for an icon­ic Alaskan expe­ri­ence. In this 2‑hour adven­ture, you’ll vis­it Misty Fjords Nation­al Mon­u­ment, where glac­i­ers carved out the land 17,000 years ago. See an untouched world of deep fjords, lush green for­est and sparkling lakes. Expe­ri­ence a water land­ing and ven­ture out onto the floats to take in the beau­ty – and peace­ful­ness – of remote Alaska.

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Sitka View All

$154 per person 3 hrs

Begin in down­town Sit­ka, where you’ll take a motor­ized, rigid-hull inflat­able on a 15- to 20-minute ride across beau­ti­ful Sit­ka Sound, with the mas­sive vol­cano Mt. Edge­cumbe pro­vid­ing a dra­mat­ic back­drop. Look for marine wildlife on your way to a unique float house in a small, pro­tect­ed bay where you’ll kayak across shim­mer­ing water.

Season: Year Round $5

In the coastal South­east Alaskan town of Sit­ka, marine wildlife typ­i­cal­ly plays out on a big scenic back­drop. At Sitka’s unique Sci­ence Cen­ter, you’ll find a salmon hatch­ery and aquar­i­um. Wildlife fans get an up-close look at the marine crea­tures that make this part of Alas­ka so special.

You’ll look eagles in the eye at this rap­tor rehab and edu­ca­tion cen­ter on the edge of Ton­gass Nation­al For­est. You’ll get a close-up look at a snowy owl, Amer­i­can kestrels, a pere­grine fal­con, a Swainson’s hawk, a West­ern screech owl, and oth­er birds of prey. 

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