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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 15 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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Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier

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No visit to Juneau is complete without a close-up look at the Mendenhall Glacier, one of Alaska’s most popular attractions. The 13-mile-long (19-kilometer-long) glacier ends at Mendenhall Lake and is easily viewed from the historic Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The glacier is beautiful on sunny days but arguably even more impressive on cloudy, drizzly afternoons when the ice takes on a deeper shade of blue.More
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Tongass National Forest

Tongass National Forest

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Encompassing some 17 million acres (70,000 square kilometers of Southeast Alaska, the Tongass National Forest is the largest forest in the US and the world’s largest temperate rain forest. Named after the Tongass clan of the Tlingit Indians, the park is home to the Alaskan capital (Juneau as well as the Mendenhall Glacier.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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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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Mt. Roberts Tramway

Mt. Roberts Tramway

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Rising 1,800 feet (550 meters) above sea level from the Juneau waterfront up Mt. Roberts, the Mt. Roberts Tramway is a favorite for those visiting the Alaska state capital. The ride itself provides views of Chilkat Range, Gastineau Channel, downtown Juneau, and Douglas Island, while the summit area features outdoorsy and cultural things to do.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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Dalton Highway

Dalton Highway

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The Dalton Highway runs for 414 miles to Alaska’s northernmost mountains in the Brooks Range and nearly all the way out to the Arctic Ocean. Running through valleys surrounded by jagged peaks, the highway connects Interior Alaska to the Prudhoe Bay oil fields and is technically part of the northernmost highway in the U.S. Also one of the most remote, the Dalton Highway parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Visitors who take the drive themselves will need to note that much of the road is still mostly gravel. Unless you’ve appeared on Ice Road Truckers, you might want to skip the ride in winter.Public access ends at the small town of Deadhorse, just before the Arctic Ocean, and if you want to reach those last 8 miles of private road out to the coast, it’s possible to join private tours from Deadhorse. At the Coldfoot truck stop, 250 miles north of Fairbanks, the Arctic Interagency Visitor Center gives details on road and backcountry conditions along the Dalton Highway, as well as information on recent wildlife spottings of the likes of grizzlies, black bears, and dall sheep. There’s also a picnic area and sign showing where the road crosses the Arctic Circle.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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Fortress of the Bear

Fortress of the Bear

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Black and brown bears are the main attraction at this wildlife rescue site. Here, animals that are unable to return to the wild have free access to playgrounds and open space to roam. It’s one of the best places in Alaska to safely see a black bear or grizzly from a short distance away.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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Gold Rush Cemetery

Gold Rush Cemetery

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The Gold Rush Cemetery is a fascinating place, allowing a glimpse into the past of the area’s people. The dates listed on the stones date back to 1897, and one of the most famous is that of Jefferson “Soapy” Smith, a notorious con artist and Old West gangster, known for opening businesses where he quietly robbed his customers and for manipulating political campaigns. Visitors will also find the graves of many individuals involved in the Gold Rush, while an informative entrance display provides even more insight into the cemetery and its inhabitants.If you enjoy hiking, continue past Gold Rush Cemetery to Lower Reid Falls, a popular trekking route that’s about two miles (3.2 km) each way. The actual falls are gorgeous, a gushing narrow cascade gliding over rock and mountainside. To better understand the trails—especially if you want to explore more of the area—head to the Skagway Visitor Information Center before visiting the cemetery and pick up a trail map.More
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Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint

Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint

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The Trans-Alaska Pipeline traverses 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) through the Alaska wilderness from the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay to Valdez where it is shipped to refineries. Built between 1974 and 1977 and requiring over 28,000 people to build, the pipeline is considered one of the world’s most amazing engineering marvels and the viewpoint outside of Fairbanks is one of the best places to view it.More
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Alaska Raptor Center

Alaska Raptor Center

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What started out as an effort to save one injured bald eagle in a Sitka local’s backyard, the Alaska Raptor Center is now Alaska’s largest bird center and rehabilitates between 100-200 eagles, falcons, owls, and other birds of prey each year. Visitors are drawn to the center to see raptors up close, hear their stories, and watch them re-learn how to fly.More
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Misty Fjords National Monument

Misty Fjords National Monument

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Just 22 miles (35 kilometers) outside of Ketchikan lies the vast and remote Misty Fjords National Monument—a collection of sea cliffs, deep-cut fjords, glacial valleys, thick rainforests, and roaring waterfalls. Accessible only by boat or floatplane, Misty Fjords is an outdoor playground for hikers, kayakers, and day cruisers.More

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Top activities in Alaska

Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching

Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching

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Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour
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Denali Experience Flightseeing Tour from Talkeetna
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Juneau's Premier Whale Watching! - More time on the water!
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Ketchikan All In One

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Canyon Wave
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Recent reviews from experiences in Alaska

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Great introduction to Alaska - made us want to see more.
Julie_D, Jun 2022
Valley of Glaciers Experience with Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Tour
We saw some wonderful scenery and got to see some of the native wildlife too.
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Alaskan Tales (Glacier & Whale Watching)
SKELAM73, Jun 2022
Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier
We got to see a baby whale breach the water.
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Great tour!
Donna_B, Jun 2022
Ocean Raft Alaska
This was an amazing way to see wildlife and also have a high speed adventure!
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Great way to spend the day
Shelly_O, Jun 2022
Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
Wonderful way to see Alaska.
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Best Tour in Anchorage
Ann_S, Jun 2022
Anchorage Trolley's Deluxe City Tour
My favorite place to see & learn about was earthquake park.
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Fun for all
David_P, Jun 2022
Ocean Raft Alaska
Got to see a number of bald eagles, a seal and a sea lion.
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Worth the trip
Cynthia_T, Jun 2022
Arctic Circle Day Trip from Fairbanks with Transportation
It was a long day but worth it to see the wonderful wilderness in Alaska.
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Great way to visit the...
Terri_B, May 2022
Mahoney Lake Off-Road UTV Tour
Great way to visit the Alaskan wilderness!
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A slice of natural Alaska
SUSAN_C, May 2022
Wilderness, Wildlife, Glacier Experience, add upgrade to Portage Glacier Cruise
This was a great way to see the area south of Alaska: the scenery is breathtaking and the animals at the Sanctuary were magnificent.
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Great sunset tour!
Deb_C, Apr 2022
Sunset City Tour
Taken to the best spots to see the sunset, photography tips, excellent information on history and Anchorage today, many wildlife sightings, and opportunities to learn about Alaska.
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Two thumbs up!
Mark_V, Mar 2022
Northern lights and Aurora Photgraphy with Warm Geodesic Dome
We had attempted to see the Northern Lights a few times during the week with no success.
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Greatest tour and tour guide ever
kelly_k, Mar 2022
Wildlife and Glaciers with a walk in the Rainforest
That your is exactly what I wanted her to see and MATT is the BEST ever !!!
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First timers from Az
Tisha_L, Mar 2022
Prince William Sound Tour with Glacier Landing from Girdwood
We will be back in the summertime for another tour!
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Spectacular show and relaxing hot spring
PoonamChaudhari, Mar 2022
Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks
It was a entertaining ride to the hot springs, she made sure everyone was comfortable and enjoyed the tour.
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Great tour, great guide!
Jason_T, Feb 2022
Wilderness, Wildlife, Glacier Experience, add upgrade to Portage Glacier Cruise
Played some music at the end as well a game to see if we were paying attention/know our stuff!
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Excellent Tour
Sieggs_H, Feb 2022
Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks
Do to the snowstorm, we miss the opportunity to see the Northern Lights.
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Safe, epic, knowledgeable
Steven_C, Feb 2022
Matanuska Glacier Walk
His stories of the state made me fall in love with this area even more.
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Highly Recommend!
Stephanie_B, Feb 2022
Winter - Wildlife & Turnagain Arm Tour
We were very lucky that day and were even able to see a brown bear and black bear at the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation despite it being winter!!
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Great tour, fantastic guide
Scott_L, Jul 2022
Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
We were fortunate to see all of the wild animals out in full display, with the brown bears being the highlight at the wilderness center.
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Best Excursion in Ketchikan!!!
Jennifer_W, Jun 2022
Ketchikan All In One
Not only did we get to see wildlife & cool places, but we got an Alaskan history lesson along the way!
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AKDT (UTC -10)
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