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Welcome to Alaska

Known as America's Last Frontier, Alaska magnetizes travelers with untamed wilderness and the promise of solitude. A region of extremes, Alaska swings between warm summers and demanding winters (when the Yukon River freezes solid); from bustling port cities to outdoor expanses. Fairbanks serves as a gateway to Chena Hot Springs and the Arctic Circle's Northern Lights, while cruises past abundant marine wildlife in Kenai Fjords National Park are best accessed from Seward. Dogsled and pan for gold on the Skagway section of the Yukon River; go white-water rafting on rapids that flow from the Mendenhall Glacier; soar over Denali National Park on a flightseeing tour; or feast on salmon and enjoy easy access to Mt. Roberts from Juneau's historic downtown. If you're looking to cover the highlights of the vast state, take the scenic Alaska Railroad route to popular visitor stops such as Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Whittier, or delve into Gold Rush-era history on a journey to White Pass Summit. At Ketchikan's zipline adventure park, kids and adults alike will love flying over the Alaskan rain forest and observing black bears. With opportunity for adventure at every turn, you're sure to submit to the call of the wild during your time in Alaska.

Top 10 attractions in Alaska

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Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park

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Encompassing 1,047 square miles (2,711 square kilometers), Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park is named after its numerous glacial-carved fjords—beautiful ice valleys that sit below sea level. The fjords run down the mountains into the iconic Harding Icefield, one of the largest ice fields in the United States with 40 tidewater glaciers flowing into it. The stunning landscape is also a wildlife-watcher’s dream, thanks to its abundant marine animals, birds, and other native wildlife.More
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Resurrection Bay

Resurrection Bay

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Resurrection Bay on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula—dotted with glistening glaciers, majestic fjords, and secluded coves set against a backdrop of snowy mountains and dramatic fog—is a haven for those who enjoy striking landscapes. Not only is this pristine wilderness beautiful, it’s also filled with opportunities for outdoors recreation.More
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Portage Glacier

Portage Glacier

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Situated in Chugach National Forest about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Anchorage, Portage Glacier ranks as one of Alaska’s most visited attractions. Icebergs from the glacier bob in the waters of Portage Lake, while at the visitor center, travelers can see live ice worms, explore a simulated ice cave, and touch an iceberg.More
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Alaska Railroad

Alaska Railroad

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Extending from Seward to Fairbanks in the interior, the Alaska Railroad provides travelers access to popular stops, such as Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Denali National Park. While its main line runs for more than 470 miles (750 kilometers), there are also secondary lines providing more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) of extended service.More
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

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Alaska is known for its wildlife, and at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center you can see an array of Alaskan species—bears, bison, moose, elk, musk oxen, and lynx among them—all in one place. Learn about each animal species from knowledgeable staff at this center that works to rehabilitate animals and reintroduce them to life in the wild.More
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Denali

Denali

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For many visitors, a trip to Alaska just isn’t complete without catching a glimpse of the massive, snow-capped centerpiece of Denali National Park. Topping out at 20,322 feet (6,194 meters), Denali (formerly known as Mt. McKinley) is North America’s highest peak. As it’s often completely shrouded in clouds, some say there’s only a 30-percent chance of seeing the peak in any one day.More
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Chena Hot Springs Resort

Chena Hot Springs Resort

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An hour’s drive from Fairbanks, Chena Hot Springs Resort is renowned for its natural hot-springs lake, year-round ice museum, and Northern Lights viewing opportunities. Discovered over a hundred years ago by gold miners who saw steam rising from the Chena River Valley, the curative waters have been soothing weary travelers ever since.More
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Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve

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The tallest peak in North America at 20,310 feet (6,190 meters), Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve in south-central Alaska, an enormous area covering 6 million acres (2.5 million hectares). Founded in 1917, the park protects the native animals who roam free in its remote alpine tundra wilderness.More
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Bear Glacier

Bear Glacier

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Not far from the town of Seward, there are nearly 40 glaciers making up an icefield that spans more than 300 square miles, all contained within Kenai Fjords National Park. The largest of these is Bear Glacier.It's not far from Seward to Exit Glacier, the most easily accessible glacier in the park, but it's also possible to reach Bear Glacier from Seward – if you head out on the water. You can go on cruises that visit the many fjords in the park, and you can even go sea kayaking through the fjords.Sea kayaking up to Bear Glacier gives you a chance to see the glacier and its iceberg-filled lagoon up close. You can also choose an overnight adventure, camping near the glacier. Even if you opt for a day cruise, you'll be treated to incomparable glacier views, plus the chance to see puffins, whales, and sea otters.More
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Matanuska Glacier

Matanuska Glacier

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Originating within the Chugach Mountain Range, the Matanuska Glacier is a 27-mile-long (43-kilometer-long) river of ice and Alaska’s most accessible glacier. A popular day trip from Anchorage, the glacier draws tourists year-round to gaze at the impressive ice formations and trek among glacial crevasses and brilliant blue meltwater pools.More

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Top activities in Alaska

Alaska Helicopter Tour with Glacier Landing - 60 mins
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Incredible Aurora Viewing Adventure

Incredible Aurora Viewing Adventure

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Fairbanks Snowmobile Adventure from North Pole
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Dog Sled Adventure

Dog Sled Adventure

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Matanuska Glacier Walk

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Northern Lights Viewing including Dinner and 1-Hour Dog Sledding
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Sled Dog Discovery in Skagway

Sled Dog Discovery in Skagway

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Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks
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Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Trip from Fairbanks
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Recent reviews from experiences in Alaska

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Brittany_S, Jan 2022
Wilderness, Wildlife, Glacier Experience from Anchorage
We saw amazing animals and views, great short tour to see a glimpse of Alaska.
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Amazing Northern Lights Experience
Julius_L, Dec 2021
Northern Lights Viewing at Murphy Dome
It’s our first time in Alaska and we’re so blessed to have been able to see the Northern Lights on the evening of Winter Solstice 2021.
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Must see tour
Joshua_P, Oct 2021
Anchorage City Tour w/ Taste of Wild Smoked Salmon & Reindeer Sausage
Had a wonderful time got to see a moose and beautiful sights.
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great tour
Laura_S, Sep 2021
Wilderness, Wildlife, Glacier Experience from Anchorage
The wildlife conservation was very interesting and fun to see the animals up close
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Great value
Bohwan_C, Sep 2021
Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks
Although I couldn't see the aurora because of the weather, it was very impressive to see my tour guide, Nate, looking for a seat and trying hard.
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Great Day!
Jodie_H, Sep 2021
Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward Round-Trip Same Day Return
It was a wonderful experience, this is our first time in Alaska & it’s a great way to see how beautiful this place is.
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Comprehensive Tour of the Anchorage Area
Shayne, Sep 2021
Alaska Wildlife Visit, 1-hr. Glacier Cruise Adventure & Anchorage City Tour
We was nice, answered all our questions, and gave us suggestions on further activities to do and places to see in Alaska.
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Beautiful Experience
Jillian_M, Aug 2021
Premier Whale Watch and Mendenhall Glacier Combo
We were able to see an orca, a few humpbacks breech and seals!
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Peggy_D, Aug 2021
Wildlife and Glaciers with a walk in the Rainforest
Great way to see Alaska via land in that area of Alaska.
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Kenai Glacier cruise
puneethreddy_G, Aug 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise
All in all, one of the best things to do in Alaska.
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A great spa experience!
Ronald_T, Aug 2021
Chena Hot Springs Tour
The hot springs were wonderful.
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Great way to see And learn about Anchorage
Catherine_D, Aug 2021
Anchorage City Tour w/ Taste of Wild Smoked Salmon & Reindeer Sausage
We didn’t rent a car due to the high price so this tour was a great way to see Anchorage.
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Fun on the Rapids!
Shawn_H, Aug 2021
Paddle Rafting on the Nenana Gorge
Pat was a great guide and kept us all from falling in.
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Juneau, Alaska Whale Watching
Barbara_S, Aug 2021
Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier
Getting to see the whales.
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Great trip and best with Alaska tours and travel.
satish_a, Jul 2021
Chena Hot Springs Tour
Something to see around Fairbanks.
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Beautiful experience
Lindsay_C, Jul 2021
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward
We were able to see the glacier up close, a bear, a sea otter, puffins, sea lions, seals and a lot of other wildlife.
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Enjoyable tour of places outside of Anchorage
Kim_L, Sep 2021
Wilderness, Wildlife, Glacier Experience from Anchorage
Glad to have had a chance to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
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A great way to start a vacation!
Carinel_G, Nov 2021
Arctic Circle Winter Drive Adventure
This was our first tour in Fairbanks and it was a great way to see the sights.
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Aloha in Alaska Whale Trip!
Ashley_D, Sep 2021
Sitka Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching and Marine Life Tour
We see many whales where we live on Maui, and it was great to see where they feed & call home.
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Experienced alot of Alaska just outside Anchorage
Melanie_K, Sep 2021
Glacier & Wildlife Discovery Tour
Beautiful fall weather helped to make a great day with Lee B.
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