3 Days in Alaska: Suggested Itineraries

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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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Matanuska Glacier Hike from Anchorage

Embark on a moderate, 2-hour hike in Matanuska-Susitna Valley on this full-day tour from Anchorage. During your trek along Matanuska Glacier, pass dramatic blue meltwater pools and ice formations. Capture incredible views of the Alaska Range, the Talkeetna Mountains and the Chugach Mountains, and gain insight into the local geology from a seasoned guide. Finish the hike with a relaxing Alaskan lunch overlooking the glacier. This Matanuska glacier hike comes with gear, safety equipment and hotel transport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Anchorage Shore Excursion: Pre-Cruise Transfer and Tour from Anchorage to Whittier

Before you board your ship at Whittier port, get picked up from your Anchorage hotel or the airport and spend time at Mt Alyeska and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. On this 6-hour tour, explore Alaska’s only mountaintop museum, capture glacier views and see the center’s rescued bears, moose, elk and other Alaskan wildlife. Then enjoy convenient transport to Whittier port to catch your cruise in plenty of time. Make the most of your time in Alaska!
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Turnagain Arm and Alaska Wildlife Tour from Anchorage

Catch sight of moose, sheep and maybe even wolves on this road trip along the Seward Highway to the Turnagain Arm. On this 3.5-hour guided tour from Anchorage, you’ll travel along a National Scenic Byway and soak up breathtaking Alaskan landscapes, and then visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Among the rescued bears, elk and caribou you see, you might just meet one you want to adopt!
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Mt Denali Flightseeing Tour from Anchorage with Glacier Landing

Enjoy aerial views of Denali National Park’s glaciers, granite peaks and icefalls on this flightseeing tour from Anchorage. Snap memorable shots of Mt McKinley and fly high over the Great Gorge of Ruth Glacier, which is even deeper than the Grand Canyon! Then land on a glacier for up-close views of the dramatic ice formations. A guided tour of Talkeetna and round-trip hotel transport from Anchorage are included in this full-day tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$575.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Lunch

Journey to the Arctic Circle from Fairbanks for a first-hand experience of the Earth’s northernmost circle of latitude in one of our climate-controlled vans. Here, in the summer and winter, the sky is completely dark or light for 24 hours a day! Travel along the famous Dalton Highway and spot wildlife (no guarantee) as you cross the Yukon River. When you arrive, learn about the area’s indigenous culture, take a walk with your guide, snap photos of the arctic landscape, and enjoy a free delicious warm stew amidst the incredible surroundings. You’ll take home an official Arctic Circle certificate to commemorate this amazing Alaska experience. Make sure to dress weather appropriate and we recommend to wear some sturdy shoes to be able enjoy this trip.This small-group tour is limited to eight people, ensuring you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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Alaskan Heritage Tour in Fairbanks

Get to know Alaska’s past and present on this 5.5-hour tour in Fairbanks led by an informative guide. Enjoy the Museum of the North’s story of Alaska’s natural and cultural heritage, and admire the art installations at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center. Browse dog-mushing memorabilia at the Yukon Quest Log Cabin, before exploring Pioneer Park (seasonal) that features attractions celebrating Alaska’s notable historical hallmarks, including the Gold Rush. Visit all these sites as part of a small-group or private tour — your choice!
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Chena River Canoe Adventure from Fairbanks

Want to experience the Alaskan outdoors in an exciting but safe adventure? On this full-day guided canoe tour from Fairbanks, paddle along the gentle currents of the Chena River. Pass forests of spruce and catch sight of bald eagles, moose and foxes. Make stops along the sandbanks to capture more views of the beautiful landscapes, and enjoy coffee and a lunch break along the way. This small-group outing ideal for families and beginners includes hotel transport.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$237.50 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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