Planning a trip to Anchorage, Alaska? Here are nine great tour options to make the most of your visit.
9 Best Anchorage Tours & Trips
For anyone who loves animals or simply has an interest in wildlife but doesn’t like big crowds, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Turnagain Arm Tour is a great choice when visiting Anchorage, Alaska. The maximum group size for this tour is 10 people, and the minimum is 2 people. You won’t have to battle a crowd or strain your neck to see the wildlife at the conservation center or the beautiful glacier-carved shores of Turnagain Arm. Scout the jagged cliffs for Dall sheep and scan waters in search of beluga whales. Then stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center just outside of Anchorage and visit orphaned animals. You can take a walk in a rainforest, visit Portage Valley, Potter Marsh, and Beluga Point. This is more than a tour or attraction—it’s an experience.
For the more active and adventurous type, you can participate in Alaska’s official state sport—dog sledding! You will train at the homestead of four-time Iditarod Champion Dallas Seavey. Here you will learn about the musher lifestyle and jargon while bonding with your dog team. Then it’s time to drive your own 6-mile mini excursion. You’ll have the opportunity to stand on the sled as well as ride on the passenger bench while visiting replicas of official Iditarod checkpoints and other highlights of “The Last Great Race on Earth.”
If culture and history are your passion, you won’t want to miss the Anchorage All Around City Tour. Enjoy watching salmon running upstream at Ship Creek. Watch seaplanes on Lake Hood. Get your fill of goodies and see the spectacular 20-foot chocolate waterfall at Alaska Wild Berry Products. Don’t miss one of Alaska’s largest collections of art at the Alaska Native Medical Center, and be sure to stop by the gift shop. You might also enjoy visiting the ULU Factory, where you’ll see traditional knives being made. You can even watch a demonstration on how to use the ULU knives and bowls. Last but not least, you’ll make a stop at Point Woronzof for a fantastic view of Alaska’s city skyline and the waters of Cook Inlet. If the day is clear, you may even get to see the glacier-capped peak of Denali in the distance.
Meet at the Little Blue Cottage in Anchorage to take a full day hike in Chugach State Park. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while discussing the day’s plan with your guide. Get equipped with all the gear you’ll need for the day, then enjoy learning about local flora and fauna, geology, and history of the area along your hike. Be sure to bring a camera to record your memories, while leaving the area undisturbed.
Leave Anchorage with your tour guide, and as you travel to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, be on the lookout for Dall sheep along with the rugged cliff faces, scan the tops of hemlock and spruce trees in search of bald eagles, and watch for moose with their huge antlers in the meadows. Once at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, you will explore the 700-acre grounds where you will learn how biologists work to provide a safe environment for previously injured animals, as well as animals born at the conservation center. You can also watch educational videos to learn about grizzly bears.
Enjoy riding a fat bike around windy single-track trails in Kincaid Park. Experience the ease of riding a bike with giant-sized tires on sandy paths along the seaside. Cruise through forests of birch, spruce, and cottonwood trees and experience breathtaking views. You may even spot a bear or moose.
With priority seating, you can skip the lines and waiting for a seat, to enjoy lunch or dinner at Hard Rock Café. Enjoy dining surrounded by pop, soul, and rock’n’roll memorabilia from your favorite musicians. Enjoy classic fare from your choice of two different menus: the Acoustic menu or the Electric menu. Both have selections of burgers and salads.
To take this walk, you will need to strap crampons (they look like metal teeth) onto your boots, as well as a walking stick because you will be taking a walk on the 27-mile long Matanuska Glacier. Don’t also forget to grab a walking stick. The crampons will keep you from slipping and the walking stick will help you keep your balance as you walk along the crevices interspersed along the glacier. Pass by deep crevasses and caves of pale blue ice. Learn about the power the glacier’s slow movement has to carve mountains. Capture some photos of the amazing views of the mountains and rivers of the Susitna Valley. Relax during a delectable lunch at a restaurant overlooking Matanuska Glacier before returning to Anchorage in the early evening.
Maybe you delight in the all popular brewing companies and prefer to tour three of Anchorage’s best breweries. You will be accompanied by an ale enthusiast, who will help you discover the ingredients and inspired techniques behind Anchorage’s best brews. Go behind the scenes and interact with the people who make them. You will taste a minimum of 14 brew samples.
As you can see, there are great tours for anyone in the group or family in Anchorage, Alaska. From wine and beer tasting to dog sledding, Anchorage offers an experience you won’t soon forget.