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Bear Viewing Tours in Alaska

By Viator, July 2018

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One thing that drives travelers to visit outdoor destinations is wildlife spotting. This is especially true for Juneau, as the bear viewing in Alaska is world-renowned. Juneau specifically is in the heart of bear country, and is home to numerous salmon streams that attract these animals. To help you make the most of your time in bear viewing Juneau, here are some tips.

One popular spot for bear viewing in Alaska near Juneau is the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area on Admiralty Island. The protected wildlife area is home to the highest concentration of brown bears in the world -- about 1,600 -- and you’ll be able to see them interacting, playing, catching salmon and swimming in their natural habitat.

An Exclusive Pack Creek Bear View Tour from Juneau is a great option for those who want a well-rounded experience and a knowledgeable guide. Moreover, the tour, which is available July through September, allows you to not have to worry about obtaining necessary permits. The excursion begins with a scenic floatplane ride over Alaska’s Inside Passage and Tongass National Forest to Windfall Island. From here, you’ll kayak through Windfall Harbor to the mouth of Pack Creek for a once-in-a-lifetime Grizzly watching experience.

You can also head to Admiralty Island on your own. The most inexpensive way to get to the island is via the Alaska State Ferry system to Angoon for $24 one way, although you can also take a floatplane which costs about $75. Keep in mind that during the summer you will need to obtain a permit, and they become very limited between peak season from July 5 to August 25. You can obtain a permit, which is $50 during peak season and $20 otherwise, through the Admiralty National Monument. Along with bears, visitors to Admiralty Island can view sea lions, seabirds, harbor seals, sea lions, otters, whales and Sitka black-tail deer.

Visiting Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau provides chances to view black bears, especially when hiking on the trails surrounding the natural attraction. Salmon swim in the nearby waters, so this is where you’ll likely to see them hanging out, as well as foraging in the berry bushes. Along with hiking the trails around Mendenhall Glacier you can explore it by kayaking, glacier trekking, rafting and cruising. Safety Tip: As bears are prevalent it’s a good idea to wear bear spray as well as make a lot of noise on trails so the bears know you’re there and make themselves scarce.

For an array of quintessential local experiences including bear viewing in Alaska, opt for a tour that includes an array of activities. One example is the Bears, Whales and Glaciers by Land, Sea and Air Tour from Juneau. The seven-hour excursion includes bear viewing from the comfort of a van, a scenic flight over the glaciers of the Juneau Icefield and an exciting whale-watching cruise.

Tours are also available from Anchorage, visiting the world-renowned Katmai and Lake Clark national parks. You can even camp for up to 4 nights in the park, right in the heart of bear country! It doesn't get any closer to the action than that.

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Prince of Wales Island Bear-Viewing Tour By Air From Ketchikan, Ketchikan, null
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Prince of Wales Island Bear-Viewing Tour By Air From Ketchikan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

See bears in their natural habitat on this 3 hour tour from Ketchikan.  Take a 20 minute flight west over the inside passage to Prince of Wales Island, one of ...  Read more

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

From USD $369.00
Chichagof Island Tour: Brown Bear Search, Hoonah, Air Tours
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Chichagof Island Tour: Brown Bear Search

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Embark on a small-group, 3-hour land based tour of Chichagof Island. The community of Hoonah, with a year round population of approximately 850, is located in ...  Read more

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

From USD $117.45
Bear Viewing Excursion and Airplane Adventure Tour, Anchorage, Nature & Wildlife
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Bear Viewing Excursion and Airplane Adventure Tour

This 6 to 7 hour Bear Viewing and Airplane Adventure will be the highlight of your Alaska experience. You'll fly to the Lake Clark National Park with your ...  Read more

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Duration: 6 to 7 hrs

From USD $780.00
Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles, Sitka, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road ... 
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Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

Explore the wildlife highlights of Sitka on a 2-hour tour with knowledgeable local guides who share their expertise on this remarkable and beautiful area. Walk ...  Read more

Location: Sitka, Alaska
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Icy Strait Shore Excursion: We're going on a bear hunt!, Hoonah, City Tours
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Icy Strait Shore Excursion: We're going on a bear hunt!

When porting at Icy Strait near Hoonah this is a shore tour ashore you will not forget.  Lets go on a bear hunt, this four hour tour offers you the chance ...  Read more

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

From USD $227.68
Sitka Shore Excursion: Sitka Bears, Raptor Center, and Totem Park Tour, Sitka, Ports of Call Tours
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Sitka Shore Excursion: Sitka Bears, Raptor Center, and Totem Park Tour

This shore excursion is one of the most popular in it shows the best of Sitka, the former "Russian" capital city of Alaska. It includes a wildlife tour ...  Read more

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

From USD $75.03
Alaska Bear Country Day Trip to Katmai or Lake Clark by Airplane, Homer, Ports of Call Tours
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Alaska Bear Country Day Trip to Katmai or Lake Clark by Airplane

Take an unforgettable day tour from Homer, Alaska, into the epicenter of one the world’s largest concentrations of brown bears. Witness wild bears in their ...  Read more

Location: Homer, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $680.00
Alaska Bear Viewing Tour to Wolverine Creek from Soldotna, Alaska, Soldotna, Nature & Wildlife
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Alaska Bear Viewing Tour to Wolverine Creek from Soldotna, Alaska

Fly with us across Cook Inlet to Wolverine Creek, and view the majestic Alaska Range including active volcanoes Mt. Redoubt, Mt. Spur and Mt. Iliamna. Viewing ...  Read more

Location: Soldotna, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $375.00
Flightseeing Wilderness Bear Viewing Tour, Homer, Cultural Tours
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Flightseeing Wilderness Bear Viewing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Take a spectacular flight in a bush plane with a small group and an experienced naturalist guide to the best locations in the world for Alaska bear viewing and ...  Read more

Location: Homer, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $725.00
Alaska Bear-Viewing Day Trip from Homer, Homer, Nature & Wildlife
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Alaska Bear-Viewing Day Trip from Homer

Observe wild Alaskan Bears in their natural habitat on this 6-hour day trip from Homer. Depart by bush plane and fly over volcanoes and glaciers en ...  Read more

Location: Homer, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $695.00

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