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3 Days in Alaska: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, July 2014

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Put down the crampons! You don’t need to buy specialist equipment or join an Arctic expedition to the get the best out of Alaska.

Day 1: Anchorage

Start in the largest city of the largest state. Spend the morning exploring the highlights of Anchorage, including Alaska Native Heritage Center and learn about the fascinating history of this dynamic city. All of this in an amazing natural setting between Cook Inlet and the mountains which form a dramatic backdrop to the city’s modern office buildings. More stunning scenery awaits at Portage Glacier, southwest of the city. Combine your cruise with a tour of the local landscape or put it all together in a full day’s exploration which combines the best of urban and natural sights.

Day 2: Mount McKinley

Head north out of Anchorage to Talkeetna, from where you can take a breathtaking “flightseeing” tour which will take you around Mount McKinley, America’s tallest mountain. Soar above see the world’s deepest gorge and get a spectacular view of McKinley’s south face. Alternatively, circle the mountain and see more of Denali National Park. With all flights there is the option to add on a thrilling glacier landing.

Day 3: Juneau or Skagway

Juneau may be entry-level Alaska, but it isn’t short on impressive natural attractions. Like Mendenhall Glacier, for example, on a lake dotted with icebergs. Or the majestic sight of humpback whales, seals and sea lions on a whale-watching cruise of Auke Bay. Head out to Amalga Harbor and you might get even closer to the whales on a kayaking adventure, with the added possibility of seeing noble bald eagles in flight.

Or perhaps you’d prefer to explore the Yukon? Using Skagway as a base, you can try hiking and mountain-biking with a route that takes you past the vivid waters of Emerald Lake, combine land and water by hiking along the Chilkoot Trail followed by rafting on the River Taiya or relive the Klondike Gold Rush. But to really bring back the pioneer spirit, saddle up and take off on an incredible horseback Yukon adventure.

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Juneau Whale Watching Adventure and Mendenhall Glacier Tour, Juneau, null
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Juneau Whale Watching Adventure and Mendenhall Glacier Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 150 Reviews

Escape to the Alaskan Wilderness on a small group Whale Watching Adventure from Juneau. This is your chance to see humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and sea ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.00
Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 39 Reviews

Journey to the Arctic Circle from Fairbanks for a first-hand experience of the Earth’s northernmost circle of latitude. Here, in the summer and winter, the sky ...  Read more

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $200.00
Whale-Watching Cruise with Seafood Lunch or Dinner atop Mt Roberts, Juneau, Day Trips
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Whale-Watching Cruise with Seafood Lunch or Dinner atop Mt Roberts

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Combine whale watching with a tram and salmon lunch or dinner on this exciting Juneau tour! Choose from a selection of tour times, and start with a ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.00
Alaskan Heritage Tour in Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Alaskan Heritage Tour in Fairbanks

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Immerse yourself in Alaska’s intriguing culture and history on this small-group or private tour in Fairbanks. Browse interesting art exhibits and ...  Read more

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $98.75
Mt McKinley Flightseeing Tour from Anchorage with Glacier Landing, Anchorage, Full-day Tours
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Mt McKinley Flightseeing Tour from Anchorage with Glacier Landing

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Take a breathtaking journey into the unspoiled Alaskan wilderness on this flightseeing tour of Mt McKinley! Soar high above the granite peaks, glaciers and ...  Read more

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $530.00
Seward Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise Transfer and Tour from Seward to Anchorage, Seward, Air Tours
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Seward Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise Transfer and Tour from Seward to Anchorage

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Combine a tour with your cruise ship transfer to make the most of your Alaska vacation! After docking at the Seward cruise terminal, your guide will take you ...  Read more

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $249.00
Alaskan Wilderness Off-Road Tour from Ketchikan, Ketchikan, Port Transfers
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Alaskan Wilderness Off-Road Tour from Ketchikan

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Experience the Alaskan wilderness from the driver’s seat of a Tomcar off-road utility vehicle on this Ketchikan adventure tour. In the dense rainforest 30 ...  Read more

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $209.00
Juneau Sightseeing and Mendenhall Glacier Tour and Mt. Roberts Tramway and Salmon lunch/dinner, ... 
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Juneau Sightseeing and Mendenhall Glacier Tour and Mt. Roberts Tramway and Salmon lunch/dinner

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See the best of the Juneau area on this sightseeing and nature tour that combines historical landmarks with stunning natural wonders. Start with a narrated ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Turnagain Arm and Alaska Wildlife Tour from Anchorage, Anchorage, Half-day Tours
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Turnagain Arm and Alaska Wildlife Tour from Anchorage

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Admire epic scenery and spot Alaskan wildlife on this tour from Anchorage, which takes you along the Seward Highway to the Turnagain Arm and the Alaska ...  Read more

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Matanuska Glacier Hike from Anchorage, Anchorage, Half-day Tours
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Matanuska Glacier Hike from Anchorage

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

For a unique Alaskan adventure, take a guided hike along the ancient Matanuska Glacier, the largest glacier in Alaska accessible by car! Explore blue ...  Read more

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $249.00

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