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Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Anchorage and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Anchorage activities? We have 43 tour ideas.


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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Bear Viewing Excursion and Airplane Adventure Tour

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Priced From: USD 780.00


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 guide/pilot in a small group to watch bears. Enroute you'll see some of the most wild of Alaska country including, mountains, glaciers, tundra, and volcanoes. After landing in the Park you'll spend literally hours viewing these amazing animals in their natural habitat. A... Read More

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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

ATV Glacier Adventure Tour

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 7 to 9 hours
Priced From: USD 385.00


Our full-day ATV Glacier Adventure Tour with lunch is about 7-9 hours and we'll cover about 45 miles of varied terrain, such as sand, mud, gravel, wooded trails, and rock fields. Expect breathtaking sights and thrilling wildlife encounters regardless of the season. The ride will reward and the sights will delight well beyond your expectations. <br>We have easy to operate single-seat and 2-seat 4-wheelers (ATV) and... Read More

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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

ATV Wilderness Tour

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Priced From: USD 240.00


Over the course of this half-day tour, we'll cover about 20 miles of varied terrain - wide-open glacial riverbeds, sand dunes, forest trails, mud and, in the warmer months, lots of water-crossings. <br>Aside from the world-class ride, you also get exactly what you'd expect from an Alaskan wilderness tour: Jaw-dropping scenery. You'll be amazed at the towering mountains, the vast valley, the rivers and the glaciers... Read More

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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Express ATV Tour

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 180.00


Enjoy a sampling of Alaska's best sights and terrain on this two-hour off-road tour. You can drive one of our sporty Can Am ATVs or sideXsides (UTVs) or you can be a passenger to a driver in your party. We specialize in smaller tours so you'll have a more fun, informed and intimate experience. Pick your group's departure time!<br>After gearing up, you'll head into the breathtaking Knik Valley, surrounded by... Read More

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Attraction Tickets

Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward Round-Trip Same Day Return

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 156.00


Departing from downtown Anchorage, the Coastal Classic Train travels south along the rugged coastline of Turnagain Arm, with dramatic views of the Chugach Mountains plunging directly to the sea. At the end of Turnagain Arm, the tracks veer away from the road system into the backcountry... Read More

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Alaska Railroad Aurora Winter Fairbanks to Anchorage One Way

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 12 hours
Priced From: USD 200.00


Experience the splendor of winter in Alaska from the comfort of a warm railcar, complete with comfortable seats, large picture windows and onboard dining. The Aurora Winter Train travels between Fairbanks and Anchorage, making the southbound 12-hour journey on Sundays, as well as select... Read More

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Alaska Railroad Aurora Winter Anchorage to Fairbanks One Way

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 12 hours
Priced From: USD 200.00


Experience the splendor of winter in Alaska from the comfort of a warm railcar, complete with comfortable seats, large picture windows and onboard dining. The Aurora Winter Train travels between Anchorage and Fairbanks, making the northbound 12-hour journey on Saturdays, as well as select... Read More

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Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward One Way

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 98.00


Departing from downtown Anchorage, the Coastal Classic Train travels south along the rugged coastline of Turnagain Arm, with dramatic views of the Chugach Mountains plunging directly to the sea. At the end of Turnagain Arm, the tracks veer away from the road system into the backcountry wilderness – and what many consider to be the most scenic stretch of the Alaska Railroad, accessible only by train. Watch for views... Read More

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Scenic Bike Tour

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 80.00


A local guide will take you on a leisurely bike ride along beautiful Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, beginning at Kincaid Park. Experience the beauty of the Cook Inlet, watch for moose and learn about the history and events that shaped Anchorage!

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City Tours

Biking Turnagain Arm and lunch at Alyeska Tram tour

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 6 to 7 hrs
Priced From: USD 215.00


Snow and glacier covered Chugach and Kenai mountains meet the ocean creating the Turangain Arm, on one of the most scenic drives and bike rides in the area. Your knowledgeable, Alaskan guide will share geologic, natural, and human histories as your group bikes 12 miles along the paved... Read More

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City Tours

Biking Turnagain Arm and Wildlife Conservation Center tour

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Priced From: USD 200.00


Snow and glacier covered Chugach and Kenai mountains meet the ocean creating the Turangain Arm, on one of the most scenic drives and bike rides in the area. Your knowledgeable, Alaskan guide will share geologic, natural, and human histories as your group bikes 12 miles along the paved... Read More

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City Tours

Fat Tire Biking in Chugach State Park Tour

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 155.00


Get off the beaten path with a local to show you the way. With almost 500,000 square miles of park and peaks that average 6,000 feet the Chugach State Park is a must see if you are visiting Anchorage. Ride a fat tire bike back into the Glep Alps Valley and enjoy a day in the mountains.

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City Tours

Anchorage City Tour with Alaska Native Heritage Center

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 99.00


On this guided city tour, see top Anchorage attractions including Lake Hood, Bootleggers Cove, Earthquake Park and the Port of Anchorage. Enjoy views of the city, spot moose and other Alaskan wildlife, and a tour of the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center, where you'll learn about Alaska's... Read More

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City Tours

Winter Scenic City Tour of Anchorage

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 59.00


Enjoy a 2-hour scenic city tour of Anchorage highlighted by stunning city views from atop the Chugach Mountains! Learn about Anchorage's colorful pioneer history, and visit Bootlegger's Cove and Lake Hood.

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City Tours

Anchorage Trolley Tour

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 20.00


Travel by trolley through Earthquake Park and historic neighborhoods on this one-hour Anchorage tour. Take a comfortable seat in one of three regularly operating cable cars for sights such as seaplanes descending on Lake Spenard and Lake Hood, and moose (safely) crossing the road. Guides with family ties to the area provide unique insight into the local history and culture in Alaska's most populous city. Bonus: This... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Top 3 City Attractions in One Tour: Botanical Gardens, Zoo & Museum - May-Jul

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Priced From: USD 70.00


See the Top 3 Anchorage Attractions in one tour. Be safely driven through Anchorage while sightseeing mountain views, visiting our colorful Botanical Gardens, Alaska Zoo and Anchorage Museum.<br>Makes for a great way to our city, its culture and wildlife.

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Cultural Tours

Winter All-In-One

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 6 to 9 hrs
Priced From: USD 199.00


Experience the Land of the midnight sun without the SUN. We cater this adventure to the Alaskan environment. Learn about the history of Anchorage. A Real Alaskan Tour Guide sharing facts and personal experiences.&nbsp;From downtown Anchorage, travel along the Turnagain arm to Portage Valley. Take a trip through a 5K one way tunnel to a former secret military base - now the City of Whittier. Have lunch on us -- fresh... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Bears, Trains, & Icebergs Tour

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 7 to 9 hrs
Priced From: USD 324.61


’ Ride the Glacier Discovery Train<br>’ Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center<br>’ Float by Icebergs on Spencer Glacier Lake &amp; 7 River Miles Down the Placer River Valley on the Most Scenic River Trip in Alaska You won't see more on a day on the AK Railroad than on this trip.&nbsp; Many of our guests tell us it is their best day in Alaska.

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Cultural Tours

2019 Iditarod Race Start

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 10 hours
Priced From: USD 165.00


2019 Iditarod Race Start Tour Package. <br>This tour is designed to let you experience all of the excitement of the race start. We start this tour in Anchorage. We depart early morning and head to Willow.  Watch all the excitement of the Iditarod Race start. This Iditarod Race Tour is a wonderful introduction to the Iditarod and one you will truly enjoy.

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Day Trips

Best of Alaska in a Day Tour from Anchorage

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 140.00


Come explore on this 7-hour, small-group tour with a multi-lingual driver/guide. The best of Alaska in a day tour provides a quintessential sampler of Alaska: mountains, glaciers, and animals. This is one of the favorite trips that never gets old, even for the locals. The group size is limited to 14 people.

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Day Trips

Talkeetna Small-Group Day Tour from Anchorage

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 145.00


Head North for the mountains and a little further into Alaska on your 8-hour small-group guided tour. The quaint village of Talkeetna is the jumping-off point for mountaineers exploring Alaska. Plan your own adventure with a small hike or the ability to self-book a jet boat tour on the river, explore an old native village, take a glacier flight or do a float trip at your own expense. Round-trip transport from your Anchorage... Read More

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Day Trips

Summer Scenic City Tour of Anchorage

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 59.00


Enjoy a 2-hour scenic city tour of Anchorage highlighted by stunning city views from atop the Chugach Mountains! Learn about Anchorage's colorful pioneer history, and visit Bootlegger's Cove and Lake Hood.

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Dining Experiences

Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 32.49


Rock your senses with a prix-fixe menu at the Anchorage Hard Rock Cafe. Classic American cooking comes to the heart of Alaska, where you'll enjoy a 2- or 3-course meal with your choice of theme. Each option comes with a drink (coffee, tea or soda) and dessert. Expect entrees like the classic cheeseburger, a half-rack of hickory-smoked ribs, salmon, steak and even some vegetarian options. Love All - Serve All!... Read More

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Half-day Tours

Anchorage to Whittier Half-Day Transfer Tour with Hotel Pickup

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 60.00


The best way to go from Anchorage to Whittier is on this half-day tour, featuring live commentary and photo stops at Beluga Point and Portage Glacier.  Also includes a 1-hour visit to the AK Wildlife Conservation Center to view Bears, Moose, Muskox, Caribou, and more. Hotel pickup and drop off... Read More

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Historical & Heritage Tours

Alaska Native Heritage Center Tour

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 135.00


Enjoy an exclusive 4-hour tour of the Alaska Native Heritage Center for a rich cultural experience in Anchorage. This tour operates in the fall and winter. Includes entrance fees to the Hall of Cultures, as well as a guided walk around Lake Tiulana, a film presentation, and a traditional tea experience.

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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Talkeetna Wilderness Jet Boat Tour

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 9 to 10 hours
Priced From: USD 275.00


You will start your day in Anchorage with a fully guided tour during the scenic 2.5-hour drive to Talkeetna, Alaska.  Upon arrival you will be treated to a hearty Alaskan meal before you arrive at the Jet Boat. Your 2-hour jet tour will begin aboard an enclosed jet boat, as it whisks you into the heart of the wilderness in comfort. As you travel twenty miles of river wilderness, a Naturalist guide will talk about... Read More

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Multi-day Tours

Arctic Polar Bear & Alaskan Back Country Expedition

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 9 days
Priced From: USD 7695.00


This tour fills up typically by the end of January.&nbsp; Come and join Xpedition Arctic's 9-day all-inclusive small-group adventure where you will experience Polar Bears at eye level, stay at one of National Geographic's Top 10 Wilderness Lodges in the World in Denali National Park, flight... Read More

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Multi-day Tours

Discover Alaska’s wilderness in a converted school bus

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 12 days
Priced From: USD 2040.00


Explore the wilderness of Alaska on this 12-Day adventure camping trip in a converted school bus. The trip gives you the opportunity to enjoy Alaska's wilderness at its best:<br> • See grizzly bears in Denali National Park, hike the wild and see Mount Denali on a clear day. <br>... Read More

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Nature & Wildlife

Alaska Wildlife Tour

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 99.00


Experience the highlights of Turnagain Arm on the scenic Seward Parkway! This road is often considered as one of America's most scenic drives,&nbsp;and this 4-hour tour&nbsp;helps bring you to the&nbsp;gorgeous natural scenery. Stop at lookouts like Beluga Point for to snap a couple of photos, and keep an eye out for dall sheep, eagles, moose, and other wildlife. Learn about animal rehabilitation at&nbsp;the... Read More

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Photography Tours

Anchorage Summer Sunset Photo Safari

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 159.00


Capture the magic of the Midnight Sun! Photograph stunning Alaska landscapes with technical and creative support provided by local, professional photographer guides who know where to be and when. This tour is designed to accommodate picture takers, but non-photographer guests are welcome to join in and enjoy the views. Natural history and historical narratives are provided along the way. Departure is based on sunset to... Read More

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Port Transfers

Anchorage Transfer: Anchorage Airport to Seward Cruise Port

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 78.75


Skip the stress of shared transportation for the long drive from Anchorage International Airport to your cruise ship in Seward. Instead, book this private airport transfer service and enjoy convenient, reliable, comfortable private transportation from the airport to the Port of Seward.

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Private Transfer: Anchorage Airport to Whittier Cruise Port

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 59.06


Skip the stress of shared transportation for the long trip from the Anchorage International Airport to your cruise ship in Whittier. Instead, book this private airport transfer service and enjoy convenient, reliable, comfortable private transportation from the airport to the Port of Whittier.

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Port Transfers

Seward Transfer: Seward Cruise Port to Anchorage Airport

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 66.41


Avoid the stress of waiting for taxis or shuttle transfers and instead book this convenient private transfer from the Port of Seward to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. After your cruise, enjoy comfort and privacy on the long drive to Anchorage. Reach the airport relaxed and with plenty... Read More

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Port Transfers

Anchorage Transfer: Whittier Cruise Port to Anchorage Airport

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 59.06


Avoid the stress of waiting for taxis or shuttle transfers and instead book this convenient private transfer from the Port of Whittier to Anchorage International Airport. After your cruise, enjoy comfort and privacy on the long transfer to Anchorage. Reach the airport relaxed and with plenty of... Read More

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Anchorage Shore Excursion: Pre-Cruise Transfer and Tour from Anchorage to Whittier

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 199.00


Combine a tour with your cruise ship transfer to make the most of your Alaska vacation! Before your cruise departs from the Whittier port -- the main cruise ship port in the Anchorage area -- take a scenic 6-hour journey from Anchorage to Mt Alyeska and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.... Read More

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Rail Tours

Northern Exposure Fat Tire Bike and Rail Tour

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 10 to 11 hours
Priced From: USD 425.00


Board the Alaska Railroad in Anchorage and head north! Sit back, relax and take in the winter wonderland as you ride the rails to Talkeetna. Talkeetna is a small historic town nestled just outside Denali National Park. Your guide will meet you at the depot where you will continue to the Roadhouse for lunch. After, explore the town on foot. Spend time in the museum, walk to the Susitna River for views of Denali, and make sure... Read More

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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Zombie Scavengers Game - Anchorage, AK

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 1 hour
Priced From: USD 20.00


CAN YOU SURVIVE THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE’<br>Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game.<br>With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive. Using your smartphone, your team will be tasked with scavenging the city for food, supplies, weapons, and shelter.... Read More

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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 10.00


Operation City Quest is an open world scavenger hunt, in which you use your smartphone along with a remote guide to seek out 150+ items including monuments, statues, and unique points of interest.  Challenges and trivia from your guide makes Operation City Quest fun for the whole family. . This downtown adventure game is played for two hours while walking about 2 miles.

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Shopping Tours

2 Hour Scenic City Tour of the Greater Anchorage Area

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 70.00


Relax, while enjoying a wonderful 2-hour journey to see sites within Anchorage, Alaska.  Our city is filled with fascinating history and an abundance of beauty found nowhere else in the world.<br>Our tour begins downtown Anchorage and meanders towards our University-Medical District. We... Read More

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Ski & Snow

Matanuska Glacier Hike

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 249.00


On this guided day tour you walk onto the unusual terrain of the Matanuska Glacier. You will see and learn about many glacial features such as seracs, moulons and crevasses. Don't forget your camera! This is an unparalleled, authentic activity. Tour price includes glacier access and guiding. Drive time is two hours each way. After the tour, our lunch stop (not included in tour price) is at a rustic Alaskan lodge... Read More

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White Water Rafting

Talkeetna Backcountry Rail & Float with Transport from Anchorage

Anchorage, United States
Duration: 10 hours
Priced From: USD 395.00


A guided 2.5-hour drive in our comfortable tour vans bring you to the quaint climbing town of Talkeetna.  Take a quick ride on one of the last flag-stop trains in America into the backcountry and then gear up for a relaxing ride along Alaska's Susitna River. Watch for eagles, salmon,... Read More

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Private Arrival Transfer: Anchorage International Airport to Hotel

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 15 minutes
Priced From: USD 30.37


Skip the stress and confusion of finding a taxi upon arrival at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). Instead, book this private airport transfer service and enjoy convenient, reliable, comfortable private transportation from the airport to your hotel in Anchorage or Girdwood.

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Anchorage International Airport

Anchorage, USA
Duration: 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 30.37


Avoid the stress of waiting for taxis or shuttle transfers and instead ensure peace of mind with this convenient private transfer from your hotel to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. This airport transportation service operates from Anchorage and Girdwood accommodations. Reach the... Read More

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