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From scenic flights and glacier walks to white water rafting trips, Alaska offers endless possibilities for adventure. Explore the snow-capped mountains in Denali National Park , watch the whimsical Northern Lights dance above Fairbanks , or visit Point Woronzof to see incredible wildlife such as bald eagles, moose, and perhaps even beluga whales. After your first visit to the Last Frontier, you'll find yourself happily returning again and again.

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Alaska Kenai & Denali Adventure Tour

Alaska Kenai & Denali Adventure

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Majestic Alaska (10 Days) Tour

Majestic Alaska (10 Days)

It was an awesome tour. Saw and did so much. I would recommend Trafalgar to tour with. We are booked next year for The Colorful Trails of the SW in September. I want to say our tour director,Tyler Browning, is one of the best guides we have had. He is personable, friendly, caring, very knowledgeable and on top of everything. He is GREAT!
  • €100 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Hike Alaska: Glaciers and Denali Tour

  • Hiking & Trekking

Hike Alaska: Glaciers and Denali

Exceeded expectations, everything was smooth. Great guide.

Alaska Adventure - 20 Days Tour

  • Overland Truck
  • Mountain Hikes

Alaska Adventure - 20 Days

I highly recommend Infinite Adventures in general and this trip particularly. If you want to see the best of Alaska you have to join the team and their bus, In 20 days I have seen more from Alaska than I would ever have expected. Dave and Tory are amazing and I would travel with them any time. 5 stars all the way!!!
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Alaska Denali Expedition - 12 Days Tour

Alaska Denali Expedition - 12 Days

Natalie and Dave go above and beyond to create the best experience possible! If you want luxury and pampering don’t do it! If you are prepared for simple but delicious food, sleeping in a sometimes wet or cold tent that you put up and take down, washing dishes and helping to load unload the bus, squatting in the brush/going days without a shower, and experiencing a variety of personalities, this will be the most memorable trip you ever take! The whole experience was amazing and certainly a bucket list adventure I wouldn’t have wanted to do any other way! Go with an open mind, a great attitude and you will laugh and gape in awe the whole way! I highly recommend!

Nature\'s Best: Alaska Tour

  • In-depth Cultural

Nature's Best: Alaska

Our Tour guide, Wayne, was fantastic! He went above and beyond; to make sure we were comfortable on the bus and on the tours! He also got us as close as he could when there were animal sightings! Lane, our driver, was also an excellent driver; and he kept us safe on the narrow and winding Mountain roads! Hats off to these two!

Alaska: Ocean Wildlife to Interior Wilderness Adventure - 9 Days Tour

  • Ice Trekking
  • Kayak & Canoe
  • Sightseeing

Alaska: Ocean Wildlife to Interior Wilderness Adventure - 9 Days

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. He also shared wonderful photos of all the animals we saw. Bear Mountain Lodge was the highlight of the tour. I couldn't believe how many bears we saw and how close we got to them. It was awesome!

Spectacular Alaska! Tour

Spectacular Alaska!

Enjoyed the tour but was very disappointed at the lack of excursions offer during our free time. Globus prides itself on a variety of excursions so there are many choices for all types of personalities. This is my first tour ever that the excursions were so limited! I had to go online to book my on excursions during my free time. I booked a Northern lights tour and a trolley tour which I do not understand why Globus could not offer them and more, if so, I would not have had to spend my free time online searching for things to do. Brady was an excellent tour director always insuring we were taken care of and there to assist with any issues or concerns we may have had. Our bus driver Rose was a breath of fresh air! I have never had a tour bus driver who was that personal, knowledgeable, involved, and as full of life as Rose! She truly needs to become a tour director! Overall, the only reason I give the tour an 9 over a 10 scale is due to the lack of free time excursions. Thank you Brady and Rose for a great Alaskan experience! Respectfully and sincerely, Rhonda and Robin “Elton” Parker

Alaska Journey National Geographic Journeys Tour

Alaska Journey National Geographic Journeys

We had a wonderful time. The tour was well planned and well managed. The CEO was excellent ..good driver, good communicator, had good knowledge of the local attractions and made great recommendations for restaurants. The group we were with was also a very pleasant group which made the experience that much more enjoyable. That said, would have loved to see the accommodations updated.. most except the Denali cabins were old and "weathered".

11 Day Alaska Interior Explorer Tour Tour

11 Day Alaska Interior Explorer Tour

ALASKA - BEST TOUR EVER!! Sooooo much fun! From the beginning of booking - this was a great experience. Thank you, Bindlestiff and our guide - Marie, for a fantastic trip. Lots of organization goes behind these tours - and this company does a great job. SO many cool spots to see - definitely worth going to Alaska for a longer amount of time - if you can. We unfortunately didn't get to see Denali, she was hiding. But we saw Grizzly Bears! Super neat. The park bus ride was a great-included activity to this trip. Camping in McCarthy was fascinating and different than I expected. So remote and beautiful. Bring good quality gortex rain gear (artery'x) - and listen to the packing list they provide. I loved the commentary all throughout the tour - and interesting gold mining stories our guide told. Native history and exhibits are very well-preserved as well - which we learned about in each location. So great to see this state is really protecting its past, present and future - for travelers to learn about. Thank you Bindlestiff for a fantastic trip. We will certainly book with you again in the lower 48 next time!
  • 5% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

4 day Alaska Seward Camping Adventure from Anchorage Tour

4 day Alaska Seward Camping Adventure from Anchorage

The Final Frontier - Best Tour EVER!!! I have traveled with Bindlesitff before - in the lower 48 - visiting the Utah NP's and Grand Canyon. So cool to see them expanding! Once I saw Alaska tours on the site - I knew I had to come back and travel with them again. This tour is short - but it really includes a lot - and you see a lot. I loved the idea to stay in one location for 4 days - and the camp location they have is great! Happy I listened to the packing list and had my gortex rain gear - this helps, since Alaska weather is crazy at times. The camp meals were fun to cook - and looking out at the bay is fantastic, otters swim right up the shore as you are cooking - so cute! The scenic boat tour was great - we saw whales, glaciers, puffins (my fave) and had a ""glacierita"" - that's a margarita made from the glacier ice! The town is really cute - and Alaska surprisingly had amazing coffee! Thank you to Bindlestiff and our guide, Marie - really fantastic.

Anchorage: Kenai Fjords & Denali National Park 5 Day/4 Night Adventure Tour

Anchorage: Kenai Fjords & Denali National Park 5 Day/4 Night Adventure

We had a terrific experience in Alaska. Some wonderful scenery and animal sightings. Our hosts were very accommodating and thoughtful to enhance our experience. Well worth the visit.

Alaska Discovery  Tour

Alaska Discovery

Grand Alaskan Adventure Tour

Grand Alaskan Adventure

I enjoyed the tour immensely. Sophie was a great tour guide and Mike was an excellent driver. I'm hoping to take another tour next summer as a result of this tour.

Jewels of Alaska (Small Groups, 7 Days, Anchorage Airport And Post Trip Hotel Transfer) Tour

Jewels of Alaska (Small Groups, 7 Days, Anchorage Airport And Post Trip Hotel Transfer)

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Paddleboarder going past hole melted in iceberg on Bear Lake in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Staggering peaks, glacier-fed fjords and epic valleys. In Alaska, the wild still rules. 

Every year a select group of adventurers answers the call of the wild. Our Alaska tours will have you exploring Denali National Park in search of caribou, grizzly bears and wolves. You can also kayak upriver to the far-flung Maclaren Glacier. Spot humpback whales in Resurrection Bay. Hike through the old-growth forest of Wrangell-St Elias National Park while wildflower-munching moose look on. In this vast and remote land, a small group tour allows you to immerse yourself without sacrificing safety. Go on, take a walk on the wild side. 

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Juneau (population approximately 32,000)

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Culture and customs.

The culture of Alaska is indelibly shaped by the environment. The harsh winter, connection to the Arctic Sea and permafrost means life in Alaska is not for the fainthearted. The remote and wild environment fosters both a spirit of independence and a strong community. When there are so few people in such a vast state, it makes sense to share resources and keep your friends close.

Nature-based hobbies like hiking, fishing and snow sports are all popular. The main city of Anchorage has a small but passionate arts scene including the well-curated Anchorage Museum and a number of Native arts and crafts galleries.

Around 18 per cent of Alaska’s population is indigenous, of either Alaskan Native or American Indian descent. Alaska’s Native people consist of dozens of nations and tribes including Aleut, Inupiat and Yupik people. While many indigenous Alaskans live in small rural communities, a growing number now live in urban areas like Anchorage. Climate change has proved particularly devastating for Alaska’s indigenous people and their traditional way of life. As rising temperatures change the landscape and affect animal migratory patterns, hunting and fishing have become more difficult.

History and government

It’s believed that humans first arrived in the area between 12,000 and 15,000 years ago after traveling from what is now known as Russian Siberia. This theory assumes that  Russia  and  North America  were once connected by a land bridge until rising sea levels caused the land between them to submerge and become the Bering Strait.


A detailed history of Alaska has been relatively difficult to uncover due to both the destructive nature of colonialism and the challenges the environment poses to researchers. It’s generally understood that most of the land’s inhabitants were somewhat nomadic until about 5000 years ago when evidence suggests some groups began to build permanent settlements.  


Russian colonization of Alaska began in the early 18th century in pursuit of natural resources and to spread the gospel of Orthodox Christianity. Fur was of particular interest to Russia, and Alaskan Native people were often enslaved and forced to collect otter pelts for Russian companies. Brutal treatment, murder and disease killed an estimated 50 per cent of the pre-Russian population, despite the fact that very few Russians actually settled in the area permanently. 

Russia ‘sold’ Alaska to the  United States  in 1867. Indigenous Alaskans objected to the sale on the grounds that they had never given up the land to Russia in the first place, a fact that would become important in 20th-century legal stoushes. As part of the greater missionary goals of the United States, the systematic eradication of indigenous languages, culture and arts was practiced in Alaska – now a US territory – from the 1860s until the early 20th century.

The late 19th century saw the discovery of gold in  Canada’s  nearby Yukon Territory, known as the Klondike Gold Rush, which brought a wave of prospectors to Alaska because of its transport links to the Yukon. Gold was later discovered in Alaska itself and new cities, such as Fairbanks, were built to support the rush.

Alaska officially became a US state in 1959. In the late 1960s, the discovery of valuable oil reserves became entangled with the Native title movement, as a proposed oil pipeline would run through land that belonged to First Nations Alaskans. Richard Nixon signed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act as a result of this tension, which granted over 44 million acres of Alaskan land to indigenous people, plus almost one billion dollars to be divided among numerous communities and groups. To this day, Alaska continues to be at the center of a battle between the conservation and exploitation of natural resources.

Geography and environment

Alaska is a massive state and its diverse and dramatic landscapes are a big draw for most tourists. It’s bordered by Canada to the south and a third of the state falls within the  Arctic  Circle.

There are rugged mountains throughout the state like the Brooks Range in the north, the highly volcanic Aleutian Range in the southwest, and the Alaska Range in the southcentral, which includes North America’s tallest peak in Denali (20,310 feet).

With over 6231 miles of coastline and a number of islands and inlets, plus a spiderweb of rivers that flow through the state, Alaska is as much a state of water as it is of mountains.

Eating and drinking

In keeping with a way of life that still revolves around hunting, fishing and nature, Alaskan cuisine is big on game, seafood and small amounts of locally grown produce. While traditional Alaskan fare tends to be simple, you’ll find a diverse selection of restaurants in larger towns. Fusion has been particularly popular of late, with plenty of chefs experimenting by marrying fresh Alaskan seafood with  Asian  spice and flavors. 

The food may not be the reason you’re holidaying in Alaska, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing worth sniffing out. Here’s our list of must-try dishes in Alaska:

Salmon Alaska’s wild salmon are iconic. An important part of indigenous diets pre-colonization, salmon today is both a vital part of the state’s economy and a source of pride and identity for locals. Of the five varieties – king, sockeye, coho, pink and keta – each person has their favorite and a preferred way of cooking it.

Reindeer hotdog These wieners aren’t just a novelty for tourists, they are plenty popular with locals too. Grab these strongly flavored sausages – actually a mix of lean caribou meat and pork or beef to bind it together – from food carts in bigger towns like Anchorage, or from supermarkets state-wide for a very Alaskan camp barbecue.

Berries Cold weather and a pristine environment make Alaska a haven for berry production. Late summer is best for blueberries and strawberries, while crowberries taste sweeter after they’ve been ‘burned’ with a little winter frost. While wild berry picking is a popular pastime in Alaska, remember that there are plenty of poisonous and lethal berries that grow in the state too, so be cautious.

Red king crab The king crab more than lives up to its name. It has a body the size of a dinner plate and the males weigh an average of three kilograms (6.6 pounds). You’ll see their spiky legs – which some say is the tastiest part – adorning menus throughout the state, often served with just a little lemon so the soft white meat can speak for itself.

Plant-based options

Vegetarians and vegans have no shortage of options in Anchorage, Alaska’s progressive hub. Vegetarians won’t have to look too hard for options in smaller towns like Homer and Seward either, though vegans may have to make do with fries and a salad. If you’re going truly wild and hitting the backcountry, it’s a good idea to stock up on food at the supermarket before you go. Many small lodges will have a small restaurant attached, but the offerings will likely be whatever the owners managed to bag on their most recent hunting or fishing trip.

Traveling with a local makes this all a lot easier. If you do travel with Intrepid, let your leader know your dietary requirements at the start of the trip and they can make sure you don’t go hungry.

Alaska is an outdoorsy state that’s big on experiences, so the best things to buy are activities. A glacier hike in Wrangell-St Elias or a marine safari on the  Kenai Peninsula  may not be cheap, but they’re sure worth saving for. If you do have some cash leftover, the best Alaskan gifts are still of the practical variety. Remember that it’s a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you can bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand have particularly strict quarantine laws.

Used by indigenous Alaskan women for thousands of years, this curved knife was perfect for tackling the many tasks associated with preparing freshly caught game and fish for dinner. Just remember to put it in your checked luggage.

Jams and preserves

Alaska’s famed berry harvest has led to a strong jam-making tradition. A jar of locally made preserve will travel well and makes a sweet gift in more ways than one.  

Qiviut items

Made from the underwool of musk oxen, qiviut is warmer and softer than wool and can be used to make everything from hats to sweaters. While some qiviut is produced on dedicated farms, it is possible to find collectives and cooperatives of indigenous craftspeople who still do things the old-fashioned way by picking the naturally shed wool from bushes in the spring and knitting it by hand.

Using weaving techniques perfected over thousands of years, craftspeople from the many different indigenous groups create baskets by hand. The Alutiiq people, for example, produce finely woven baskets (and all kinds of useful things) from the seagrass that grows in their ancestral homeland along the southcentral coast.

Festivals and events

The Alaskans may live, and thrive, in some pretty harsh conditions but that doesn't mean they don't know how to let their hair down.

Fur Rendezvous Festival

Affectionately called the ‘Rondy’, the Fur Rendezvous is a winter festival and celebration of all things Alaska. It takes place in Anchorage annually and the irreverent celebrations – which include dog sledding and a fur auction – began in 1935, when one local hero decided that surviving the winter would take one giant party. This 12-day festival is still one of the biggest events in Alaska, drawing folks from all over the state as well as the lower 48.

Alaskan wildlife

Part of the allure of an Alaskan adventure is the chance to see the diverse wildlife that roams the land and fills the waterways. With huge chunks of truly untamed wilderness, Alaska often has more in common with a safari than a walk through a nature reserve. You may just be lucky enough to see some of these:

A modern emblem of freedom in the US, the bald eagle has also traditionally been revered among numerous Native American groups. What’s so special about the bird? It’s a combination of size, speed and style. With females sporting a wingspan that can reach 240 centimeters (eight feet), a dive speed of up to 160 kilometers (99 miles) per hour and an iconic look, the baldie is bad to the bone.

See them:  Look up for a chance to see them in Denali National Park, Resurrection Bay and Anchorage, year-round.

Easily distinguished by their orange beaks, puffins in Alaska come in two varieties – tufted and horned. The tufted kind is all black with yellow feathers on either side of their head, while the horned ones have white bellies.

See them: Around Valdez, Homer and the waterways of Kenai Fjord National Park in summer. 

Grizzly   bears

These creatures are located throughout Alaska though they do tend to spread out, so spotting them is a rare treat. That being said, their impressive size makes them easy to see, even from a distance. Females can weigh up to 360 kilograms (800 pounds), but males really take the salmon-cake with top weights of 770 kilograms (1700 pounds).

See them: It’s possible to see grizzlies from March to September, depending on the area, but the peak time for viewing is generally June to July. The best spots are Kenai Fjords National Park, Denali National Park and Wrangell-St Elias National Park.

Black bears

It’s the face shape and nail length, rather than coat color, that will help you tell black bears from brown bears (like grizzlies). While they can be any color from black to brown, their longer, straighter face (some have called it Romanesque) and short claws make it relatively easy to tell the difference.

See them: Black bears, like grizzlies, hibernate during winter. The best times for spotting them are the warmer months from March to September when they hunt for fish in Kenai Fjords National Park and live in the forests of Denali National Park and Wrangell-St Elias National Park.

It’s the males that have the antlers, which they grow a fresh set of every year, giving new meaning to the phrase ‘grow a pair’. Male moose begin shedding the velvet coating on their antlers around September in preparation for dropping them in the winter months, a very gnarly process that is a real treat, albeit a gross one, to see in real life.    

See them :  Pretty much everywhere throughout the year, though the best spots are in Denali NP, Wrangell-St Elias NP and Anchorage.

You may know caribou by their more whimsical name – reindeer. Santa’s hoofed helpers have natural snowshoes and gorgeous, multi-pronged antlers adorn both males and females.

See them: There’s a fairly large herd that lives inside Denali National Park, and your best chance for catching these active animals is during the summer months.

Dall   sheep

These white sheep sport a wise expression and curved horns, though the males undeniably have a more impressive set. They have the distinct honor of being the northernmost wild sheep in the world and they will eat almost anything to survive, from grass and moss to soil.

See them: As they tend to live in rocky, mountainous areas, your best bet is near rugged environments. Be particularly alert on some of the hiking trails in Denali NP, like the Savage River Loop and the trails around Igloo Mountain.

Sea   otters

With a face that looks adorably stunned at all times, these beautiful weasels are playful and dextrous. Their amazing coats meant they were hunted to the brink of extinction by the 20th century and while numbers are improving, they remain a threatened species in Alaska.

See them: In the waterways around Valdez, Homer and Seward. 

Humpback whales

Humpbacks are big enough to be spotted from land, but there’s nothing quite like seeing one from the water by boat or kayak. Even the runts grow to around 12-metres (40-feet) long and a 10,000-strong pod heads to Alaska every summer.

See them: Resurrection Bay is a reliably great spot for whale watching in the summer months. You can also spot them in Prince William Sound and off the coast of Homer.

The ‘killer whale’ is technically part of the dolphin family. With their glossy black back and striking white bellies, there is little chance of missing these mammals if they are close by, and luckily for you, they tend to travel to Alaska’s waters in large pods.

Health and safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travelers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travelers check with their government or national travel advisory organization for the latest information before departure:

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Further reading

For inspiring stories to prepare you for your Alaska adventure, check out these books:

The Snow Child  – Eowyn Ivey

Ordinary Wolves  – Seth Kantner

Into the Wild  – Jon Krakauer

Ada Blackjack  – Jennifer Niven

Tao of Raven: An Alaskan Native Memoir  – Ernestine Hayes

Coming into the Country  – John McPhee

Two Old Women  – Velma Wallis

ALASKA: a novel  – James A Michener

Alaska travel FAQs

Do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

When is the best time to visit Alaska?

Stuck in a chilly latitude between 50 and 70 degrees north of the equator, Alaska is dark for a lot of the year. Really dark. The exception is from May to late June when the sun shines all day and most of the night. Peak season for Alaska tours is from mid-June to mid-August, when the daytime temperatures are a relatively warm 60–80°F and there’s plenty of daylight for exploring.

Shoulder seasons (April, May and September) are a good time to travel if you prefer to share the wild with fewer people, and May comes with very little rain. It’s generally best to holiday in Alaska with an open mind about the weather: Alaskans have learned that if they don’t like it, they need only wait five minutes.

How do I get to Alaska?

Perhaps fitting with its end-of-the-earth aesthetic, Alaska does have a reputation for being difficult when it comes to finding flights. Anchorage is the state’s main gateway, with flights coming in from other   US   cities like Chicago, Denver, LA, Vegas and Portland year-round. You can also find direct flights in the summer from   Frankfurt ,   Reykjavik   (how’s that for an epic itinerary) or   Vancouver . You can, of course, visit Alaska from anywhere, it’s just a question of stopovers and stamina.

If world-class mountain vistas are your thing you may prefer to drive. The Alaska Highway used to be a bumpy dirt road, but these days it’s a paved vein that pumps adventurers in through the border of   British Columbia . When you touch down and start your Alaska tour, we’ll handle all the internal transfers (in a private vehicle with heating).

Do I need a visa to travel to United States?

It depends on where you’re from. Many countries now operate under the United States Visa Waiver Program, meaning a visa isn’t required for stays of up to 90 days for travel purposes. There are 40 participating countries, including the United Kingdom , Australia , New Zealand, Germany and Spain.

If you're eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, you must obtain a letter of authorization before you travel to the States. This can be obtained by submitting an application through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation ( ESTA ).

If you’re a national from a non-participating country of the Visa Waiver Program, you must apply for a non-immigrant visa. Please see the Department of State website for more information.

If you have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on or after 1 March 2011, you are ineligible and must apply for a non-immigrant visa instead.

People from a participating country who are also citizens of Cuba, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan must also apply for a non-immigrant visa.

Last updated: 6 March 2024 

Is tipping customary in the US?

Tipping is very much a part of the culture in the United States. Tips are expected at restaurants, cafes and diners, as well as by taxi drivers, valet attendants, porters and hotel maids.

People working in the service industry generally receive low wages and therefore rely upon tips as a major source of income.

In general, leave 15 to 20% of the bill at places serving food and a few dollars to bartenders and hotel staff who provide a personal service like carrying bags or cleaning your room.

What is the internet access like in Alaska?

Internet access in urban areas of Alaska is usually good but download speeds will be slower than you are used to.

Internet access may not be available in rural areas and national parks.

We suggest talking the chance to unplug and immerse yourself in the wilderness, but remember to give your friends and family realistic expectations of how often you will be able to communicate with them.   

Can I use my cell phone in Alaska?

Cell phone coverage in Alaska is improving but still patchy. Expect to be able to use your cell phone in towns like Anchorage, Valdez and even in some parts of Denali National Park. Much of the state – including large parts of Wrangell-St Elias and the Kenai Peninsula – still has little or no coverage.

Global roaming can also be activated when traveling through Alaska, but be sure to check with your service provider to find out about any fees you may incur when using this option, as it can sometimes be expensive.

What are the toilets like in Alaska?

Western-style, flushable toilets are the norm in Alaska, though in remote areas and national parks there may be drop toilets outside the main building.

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  • Basic diner meal = USD 15
  • Hotdog from a street cart = USD 5

Can I drink the water in Alaska?

Drinking water from taps in Alaska is considered safe unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water.

What is the weather like in Alaska?

Weather in Alaska is highly variable depending on the region, so check out the guide below for the area/s you’re planning to travel in. Keep in mind that no matter your location or the time of year, the diverse environment and geography of Alaska means the weather can change very quickly.

Southcentral (Anchorage, Seward, Homer, Valdez)

A subarctic climate makes Alaska’s southcentral region cool to cold throughout the year. Even in high June, when the sun is out almost 19 hours a day, expect temperatures to top out at around 65°F and drop to around 50°F in the evening. August and September are the rainiest months of the year with an average of 14 days rainfall in both. In the winter months of December, January and February, expect temperatures to drop below freezing.

Interior (Fairbanks, Denali National Park)

The mountainous interior of Alaska is known for wild variations in temperature, though summers tend to feature average highs of about 70°F and average lows of 1°F in winter. May, June and July all experience over 18 hours a day of sunlight in Alaska’s interior. Summer (June, July and August) is the rainy season, experiencing between two and three inches a month on average.    

What should I wear in Alaska?

Don’t let the word ‘summer’ fool you into filling your suitcase with crop tops and short shorts. While Alaskan weather can be clear and beautiful in the warmer months, the nights still tend to be chilly and cool changes are known to come hard and fast.

The best way to dress for unpredictable weather is in layers. If you’re heading out for a day hike in Denali National Park, for example, think comfortable pants (preferably waterproof), a t-shirt and a lightweight waterproof jacket that can be tied around your shoulders and pulled on if it starts to rain, plus a bag packed with gloves and a beanie. 

Comfortable shoes are essential in Alaska. Most of the activities on our tours involve some level of physical activity, so we recommend worn-in hiking or walking shoes.

Check the ‘Packing’ section of the Essential Trip Information for the tour you’re interested in for a comprehensive packing list.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before traveling?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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What public holidays are celebrated in Alaska?

  • 1 Jan: New Year's Day

2 Jan: New Year's Day Holiday

Third Monday of January Martin Luther King Jr Day

Last Monday in March Seward’s Day

Last Monday of May Memorial Day

4 Jul: Independence Day

First Monday in September Labor Day

18 Oct: Alaska Day

11 Nov: Veterans Day

Fourth Thursday of November Thanksgiving Day

25 Dec: Christmas Day         

Seward’s Day and Alaska Day are the only two Alaska-specific public holidays. Please note, Alaska public holidays may vary.

Is Alaska a safe destination for LGBTQIA+ travelers?

Overall, Alaska is generally a safe destination for LBGTQIA+ travelers.

Same-sex relationships are legal, as is same-sex marriage. However, Alaska has no laws protecting LGBTQIA+ individuals from discrimination based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. While discrimination of employment and housing won’t affect LGBTQIA+ travelers, lack of legal protection can be indicative of higher levels of social bigotry.  

While Alaskans are known for being politically conservative, the majority of people follow a ‘live and let live’ philosophy with a heavy emphasis on freedom. Public attitudes towards LGBTQIA+ people are mixed.

If you identify as LGBTQIA+ and have any concerns about traveling in Alaska, we recommend contacting the   Alaska Pride Foundation , which is run by locals and provides support and information to LGBTQIA+ folks throughout the state.

In Anchorage you’ll find a handful of gay bars, including The Raven, which calls itself the northernmost gay bar in the USA. Outside of Alaska’s progressive capital, the queer scene isn’t particularly visible. Of course, in a vast state of disparate communities and low-population density, that’s not exactly surprising.     

If you are traveling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly. A single supplement is available on some tours for travelers who do not wish to share a room.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting   Equaldex  or the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association’s most recent   report on state sponsored homophobia  before you travel.

Does my trip to the United States support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveler. Trips to the United States directly support our foundation partners, Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance (CHEA) and the Grand Canyon Conservancy.

Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance (CHEA)

Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance (CHEA) create inclusive, equitable opportunities for small Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) tourism businesses in the USA. Donations help CHEA provide access to industry-specific technical assistance, capacity building, and industry networks for small BIPOC travel and tourism businesses through their Diversity Tourism Academy (DTA). Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

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The Grand Canyon Conservancy

The Grand Canyon Conservancy is on a mission to protect the Grand Canyon National Park for future generations. With almost 6 million visitors to the park annually, the Grand Canyon Conservancy runs educational programs and immersive experiences that teach people about the park's cultural and environmental significance. Donations support trail restoration and maintenance, conservation and preservation of native vegetation and wildlife, and educational programs. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

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The 20 Best Alaska Tours

See everything the Far North has to offer during one of these treks.

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a land of stunning beauty. Volcanoes steam, salmon run, bears forage, and craggy mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes. Here, too, local people and culture still depend on the land and water. Venture into the park to become part of the wilderness. The brown bear (Ursus arctos) is a large bear species found across Eurasia and North America. In North America, the populations of brown bears are called grizzly bears, while the subspecies that inhabits the Kodiak Islands of Alaska is known as the Kodiak bear. It is one of the largest living terrestrial members of the order Carnivora, rivaled in size only by its closest relative, the polar bear (Ursus maritimus), which is much less variable in size and slightly bigger on average.  The brown bear's range includes parts of Russia, Central Asia, the Himalayas, China, Canada, the United States, Hokkaido, Scandinavia, Finland, the Balkans, the Picos de Europa and the Carpathian region (especially Romania), Iran, Anatolia, and the Caucasus. The brown bear is recognized as a national and state animal in several European countries. Brown bear cubs stay with the sow mother for 3-4 years.

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Explore Alaska's incredible landscape and learn more about the largest state in the U.S. from experienced guides on a tour.

From its famous glaciers and northern lights sightings to its abundant wildlife and majestic national parks, Alaska offers so much to see. But navigating its vast landscape can be a challenge without the savvy guidance of a local. After consulting traveler opinion and expert input, U.S. News compiled some of the best Alaska tours to consider when planning your bucket list itinerary. Whether you want to try your hand at dog sledding, fly over Denali or observe bears in their natural habitat, there's a tour for you. Plus, many tour operators offer round-trip transportation to the various Alaska cruise ports, making them great options if you're looking for a convenient excursion .

Phillips Cruises & Tours – 26 Glacier Cruise

Price: Adults from $189; kids from $125 Duration: 6 hours

Cruise through Prince William Sound and see more than 26 named glaciers aboard a luxurious catamaran as you enjoy narration from the boat's captain on this tour. With three decks and room for more than 300 people, the catamaran offers both outdoor and indoor viewing options with large panoramic windows. Cruisers also enjoy a hot meal, as well as coffee, tea and water – all complimentary. (Alcoholic drinks are available for purchase.) Reviewers highly recommend this tour, citing the crew's knowledge and attentiveness to safety, as well as the delicious food, beautiful scenery and ample wildlife sightings.

Ticket prices start at $189 for adults and $125 for kids ages 2 to 11. Infants younger than 2 ride for free. Tours depart at 12:30 p.m. between early May and early October and last about six hours. Cruises depart from Whittier, about 60 miles southeast of Anchorage . The company also offers a shorter, four-hour Glacier Quest Cruise that travels through Blackstone Bay and features 10 glaciers.

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Ketchikan Kayak Company – Kayak Eco-Tour

Price: From $139 Duration: 4 hours

On this small-group kayak tour with just six tourgoers, you'll paddle through Clover Pass in Ketchikan, searching for wildlife like humpback whales, seals, sea lions, bald eagles and more. The four-hour tour includes about 2.5 hours on the water. Upon returning to the marina, you'll enjoy smoked salmon and other snacks. Tourgoers say this is a great trip for families to learn about nature, and report seeing lots of amazing animals and sea life. Reviewers also say the kayaking pace is not strenuous.

Ticket prices start at $139 per person; the tour is only open to participants ages 6 and older. Tours run multiple times daily from May through early October. The price includes round-trip transportation between the start of the kayak tour (Clover Pass Resort) and the cruise ship docks in downtown Ketchikan, a city on Revillagigedo Island in southeastern Alaska. This company also runs a combo hike and electric bike tour.

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You'll have the chance to explore a glacier on foot via Alpine Air Alaska's Glacier Landing Tour.

Alpine Air Alaska – Glacier Landing Tour

Price: From $469 Duration: 1 hour

Spend 60 minutes in a helicopter seeing some of the most beautiful sights in Alaska on Alpine Air Alaska's Glacier Landing Tour. Limited to six passengers, the tour takes you over multiple glaciers with the chance to spend 15 to 20 minutes exploring one on foot. The company also has a free shuttle service with pickup and drop-off from Girdwood-area accommodations. (Girdwood is about 40 miles southeast of Anchorage.) Reviewers describe the tour as a once-in-a-lifetime experience and say the scenery is jaw-dropping.

Tickets start at $469 per person, though infants younger than 2 years old can sit on an adult's lap for free. Flights depart daily, year-round at multiple times a day (typically between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.). Alpine Air Alaska offers a variety of flight options, as well as a dog-sledding tour, a tour of Prince William Sound and more.

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Rust's Flying Service – Discover Denali National Park

Price: From $525 Duration: 3 hours

Fly from Anchorage with an Alaska bush pilot to see Denali from the skies before landing for a 15- to 20-minute photo-op (weather permitting). On the three-hour flight, you'll fly over Alaskan wilderness – keeping an eye out for wildlife – to see glaciers, ice falls and lakes. The company also offers a free shuttle to Anchorage-area hotels during the summer months. Tourgoers describe this flight as amazing and highly recommend it, calling it a "must do."

Tickets start at $525 per person, not including transportation and fuel fees. Tours depart daily; exact departure times vary. Rust's Flying Service also offers tours of Prince William Sound, Anchorage and an Alaska Glacier and Wildlife Tour.

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Time your visit for early winter for peak northern lights viewing.

Alaska Wildlife Guide – Northern Light & Arctic Circle Tour

Price: From $290 Duration: 14 hours

Along this 14-hour tour, you'll cross the Arctic Circle, take in Alaskan scenery and wildlife, and possibly see the northern lights as you make your way to and from Fairbanks aboard a small passenger van. The tour offers pickup and drop-off from Fairbanks or North Pole accommodations and includes a bag lunch and a "Cross the Circle" certificate. Reviewers call this tour amazing and praise their tour guides, describing them as knowledgeable and fun.

Tours are offered for $290 per person and run between late August and early April. They depart most days (except Sundays) at 2 p.m. and return around 4 a.m. This outing is not recommended for children younger than 10. The company offers a variety of northern lights tours, as well as dog sledding tours, snowmobile excursions and more.

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Rod's Alaskan Guide Service – Fairbanks Snowmobile Tour

Price: From $149 Duration: 1 hour

Explore Fairbanks' wilderness on a snowmobile on this guided small-group trip. Keep an eye out for wildlife like moose, caribou, lynx and more, which you can best spot in the morning hours. Reviewers say that the snowmobiling is lots of fun and that guides are informative and safety conscious.

Ticket prices for one-hour tours start at $149 for single riders or $199 for double riders; you can also opt for a two-hour tour (tickets start at $279). Participants must be at least 5 years old to ride and must have a valid driver's license to operate the vehicle. Prices include heated helmets, gloves, gaiters, jackets and boots. Tours run seasonally, from November through mid-April, at multiple times through the morning and afternoon. This company also offers guided ice fishing tours and dog sled tours.

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Passengers on daycruise catamaran watching pod of orca from open deck

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Keep your eyes peeled for orca whales on Major Marine Tours' Kenai Fjords National Park cruise.

Major Marine Tours – 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

Price: Adults from $199; kids from about $100 Duration: 6 hours

On Major Marine Tours' most popular cruise, travelers spend six hours in Kenai Fjords National Park, visiting an active tidewater glacier, whale watching, and spotting wildlife like seals, puffins and sea lions. A sandwich lunch is included on the narrated cruise, along with round-trip transportation from Anchorage by train or coach bus. Tourgoers report spotting lots of wildlife and describe the captain and crew as insightful and helpful.

Tickets cost $199 for ages 12 and older and $99.50 for ages 2 to 11; children younger than 2 can tour for free. Tours depart at 8 or 11:30 a.m. daily May through mid-September (exact times vary by month). Major Marine Tours operates a variety of cruises within the national park ranging from four hours to more than eight hours.

1st Alaska Tours – 1-Hour Dog Sledding

Price: From $125 Duration: 1 hour

On this one-hour tour, you'll see the Alaskan wilderness by dog sled, riding with a musher who competed in the Iditarod. Tourgoers describe the experience as fantastic, and highly praise the guides, who ensure participants feel safe. Reviewers also note that they have time to pet and interact with the huskies.

Optional round-trip transportation from Fairbanks accommodations is available for a fee. Tickets for tours without transportation start at $125; tours with transportation cost approximately $170. Both tours include use of a blanket. Tours run several times a day in the morning and afternoon December through March, though specific times vary depending on the month and season. Short on time? You can also book a 30-minute tour.

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Kenai Fjords National Park has a wide variety of rock formations.

Kenai Fjords Tours – Kenai Fjords National Park Tour

Price: Adults from $189; kids from about $95 Duration: 6 hours

Cruise through Alaskan waterways and glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park, spotting wildlife as you go, on this six-hour tour with lunch included. Passengers describe it as a once-in-a-lifetime experience and praise the reasonable rates and boat amenities. This is a popular trip, so the company recommends securing your spot well in advance.

Tickets cost $189 for participants ages 12 and older and $94.50 for children 2 to 11. Discounts are available for tickets purchased online in advance. Tours, which depart from Seward, operate daily between early May and late September at 8 or 11:30 a.m., depending on the season. The company also offers a northwestern fjord tour and Resurrection Bay tour, among others.

Juneau Tours & Whale Watch – Juneau Whale Watch Tour

Price: Adults from $145; kids from $130 Duration: 3.5 hours

Spend two hours on the water in search of whales, both humpback and orca, in Auke Bay. The tour, which runs for a total of 3.5 hours, also includes transportation from Juneau (at the Mount Roberts Tramway ) to the harbor. Boats are limited to either 24 or 49 people and are equipped with heated cabins, large windows and open decks. Reviewers say they appreciate being in a small boat, love seeing the whales and give the staff high praise.

Tickets start at $145 for ages 13 and older, and $130 for ages 2 to 12. Infants younger than 2 can tour for free. Tours run daily from April through early October in the morning and afternoon. In addition to private whale watching tours, the company also operates seasonal shuttles to Mendenhall Glacier.

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Above & Beyond Alaska Wilderness Adventures – Mendenhall Glacier Guided Hike

Price: From about $209 Duration: 8 hours

Avid hikers may want to consider this eight-hour tour with Above & Beyond Alaska, which passes through Tongass National Forest to the Mendenhall Glacier . Upon reaching the glacier, you'll walk along the edge, where ice formations, tunnels and tubes form (for preservation purposes, visitors are not allowed to walk on the glacier). The company warns that this is a strenuous 8-mile hike with steep, uneven terrain. The tour includes round-trip transportation from Juneau as well as all gear, such as trekking poles (note that participants must provide their own boots). Reviewers praise the tour, especially the knowledgeable, safety-conscious guides, and describe the experience as the highlight of their trip.

Tickets cost approximately $209 per person; participants must be at least 10 years old. Tours depart every morning from May through mid-September; exact departure times vary by day. This company also offers a Glacier Paddle Canoe & Trek tour, as well as animal-themed tours.

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With the right guide and proper precautions, bear viewing in Alaska is a safe activity.

Alaska Bear Adventures – Classic Day Trip

Price: From $935 Duration: 7 hours

Did you know that roughly 98% of brown bears in the United States live in Alaska? If getting close to bears and observing them in their natural habitat is a bucket list adventure for you, consider this tour with Alaska Bear Adventures. The Classic Day Trip departs from Homer Airport with a 45- to 60-minute flight over the Alaskan wilderness before landing on the coast of Katmai and Lake Clark national parks. You then hike to a viewing point and spend up to three hours viewing the bears in the wild. Trips last up to seven hours total. Tour-takers say both the flight and the bear viewing is amazing and absolutely worth the cost. They also highly praise their guides.

Tickets cost $935 per person. Groups of four or more receive a slight discount of $885 per person. Participants must be at least 10 years old. Tours are offered daily from mid-May through mid-September typically in the early morning and afternoon based on tides. Alaska Bear Adventures also operates tours through Brooks Falls and the McNeil River areas.

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Alaska Tales – Mendenhall Glacier Tours & Whale Watching

Price: Adults from $175; kids from $145 Duration: 4.5 hours

This 4.5-hour tour starts with a trip from Juneau to Mendenhall Glacier, where you have 45 minutes to explore the area, possibly taking a hike, visiting Mendenhall Lake or seeing a waterfall. Afterward, you'll spend two hours whale watching with a naturalist who will explain whale behaviors and answer questions. Reviewers say the tour is amazing, with plenty of time to see everything. What's more, participants describe guides as excellent and engaging.

Tickets, which include complimentary snacks and drinks, cost around $175 for participants ages 12 and older and $145 for ages 2 to 11; tickets are free for children younger than 2. Tours run daily May through early October in the morning and afternoon (exact times vary by day). If you're short on time, you can book the 3.5-hour whale watching tour.

Seavey's Ididaride Dog Sled Tours – Wilderness Dog Sled Ride and Tour

Price: Adults from $99; kids from about $50 Duration: 1.5 hours

Have you ever wondered how dogs who compete in the Iditarod race stay in shape in the offseason? Find out on this 1.5-hour dog sled tour through the Seward wilderness. You'll ride on one of the company's summer sleds, which are outfitted with wheels since there's no snow. As you mush across 2 miles of scenic rainforest, you'll hear stories from your guide about competing in the legendary race and caring for the animals. Afterward, spend some time in the dog kennels playing with husky puppies. Tourgoers highly praise this excursion, calling the guides experienced and the puppies adorable. They also point out there are many great photo-ops.

Tickets start at $99 for ages 13 and older and $49.50 for ages 2 to 12; children younger than 2 ride for free. Tours run mid-May through mid-September daily at a variety of times from 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. (though times may vary by month). The company also offers a day tour of Alaska.

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Kayaking on the crystal clear waters of Resurrection Bay is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, according to travelers.

Sunny Cove Kayaking – Resurrection Bay Kayak Tour

Price: From $110 Duration: 4 hours

This four-hour trip includes 2.5 hours of paddling through the turquoise waters of Resurrection Bay, with an opportunity to see otters, harbor seals, eagles and salmon. Depending on the time of year, you may also stop for a short walk on the beach at Tonsina Creek to view spawning salmon (typically between mid-July and early September). Reviewers recommend this trip, assuring it's suitable for novice kayakers. They also describe the scenery as fantastic and say guides are well-versed in Alaskan wildlife. Many also report spotting whales during their tours.

Tickets cost approximately $110 per person and include round-trip transportation from Seward. Participants must be at least 8 years old. Tours run from mid-May through mid-September at 7:20, 9:20 and 11:20 a.m. daily. Sunny Cove offers many kayaking tours, which include a Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise & Glacier Kayak Combo tour and a Caines Head Kayak and Hike, among others.

K2 Aviation – Denali Experience Flightseeing Tour

Price: Adults from $255; kids from $205 Duration: 1 hour

On this hourlong flight through Denali National Park, tourgoers fly past the snow-capped summit of Denali (depending on weather conditions), see multiple glaciers, icefalls and other Alaskan scenery. Keep in mind: The plane is small, with seating for 10 or fewer passengers. Reviewers highly praise the staff at K2 Aviation and say the plane ride is smooth with beautiful scenery.

This flightseeing tour costs approximately $255 per person ages 13 and older, $205 for kids ages 3 to 12 and $182.50 for infants ages 2 and younger. Tours run daily year-round with multiple departures in the morning and afternoon from the village of Talkeetna, which sits about 115 miles north of Anchorage. K2 Aviation also offers this flight with a landing on Denali, as well as other routes through the park, including the Denali Flyer and Denali Grand tours.

Whitewater rafting in Denali, Alaska

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Enjoy spectacular views as you raft down the Nenana River with Denali Raft Adventures.

Denali Raft Adventures – Canyon Whitewater Run

Price: From $125 Duration: 2 hours

Raft down rapids like Razorback, Coffee Grinder and Ice Worm on this approximately two-hour tour. If you're a first-timer, consider an oar raft, meaning you can sit, hold on and enjoy the view while the guide paddles. If you'd rather be a more active participant, choose the paddle raft, which means you'll have to follow the guide's instructions on when and how to paddle. Tourgoers say this is one of their favorite whitewater trips and note that the company emphasizes safety. They also say guides are fun and adept at navigating the rapids.

Tickets cost approximately $125 per person and include pickup from select Denali accommodations. Participants must be at least 12 years old. Tours run daily from mid-May through early September several times a day. Denali Raft Adventures also operates full-day rafting tours and scenic floats ideal for families.

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Anchorage Trolley Tours – One Hour Trolley Tour

Price: Adults from $25; kids from $12.50 Duration: 1 hour

On this one-hour trolley tour of Anchorage, guides will share information about the city while taking you by some of the most scenic views and top attractions like the Alaska Railroad, Earthquake Park and Lake Hood. They'll also help you keep an eye out for moose. Riders say the tour is a great way to learn about the top sights and the history of the city.

Tickets cost approximately $25 for ages 13 and older, $12.50 for ages 3 to 12 and are free for children younger than 3. Tours run hourly from 9 a.m. to as late as 8 p.m. (depending on the month) from mid-May through approximately the third week of September. If the hourlong ride isn't enough, the company also operates 1.5-hour and two-hour trolley tours.

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Admire the backcountry wilderness of the Kenai Peninsula on the Coastal Classic train route.

Alaska Railroad – Coastal Classic

Price: Adults from $92; kids from $46 Duration: 15 hours

Traveling what is often considered the most beautiful section of the Alaska Railroad , the Coastal Classic train departs from Anchorage, making its way to Seward, passing through the wilderness of the Kenai Peninsula and along Resurrection Bay. With a seven-hour layover in Seward, passengers can spend the time exploring the bay or Kenai Fjords National Park. Reviewers highly recommend the experience, praising the gorgeous scenery and the tasty onboard meal. Many travelers also recommend upgrading to the GoldStar Service fare for the chance to sit in the train cars with glass-dome ceilings and access to the upper level outdoor viewing platforms.

The train runs between mid-May and late September. Fares range from $92 to $203 for adults and $46 to $102 for children ages 2 to 11, depending on the route and whether you choose a round-trip journey. Children younger than 2 travel free when sitting on an adult's lap. Alaska Railroad has five different trains, operating routes between Seward and Fairbanks.

Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour

Price: Adults from $209; kids from $129 Duration: 3 hours

Learn about crab fishing in Alaska from a crew who appeared on "Deadliest Catch" on this three-hour tour. Aboard the Aleutian Ballad, you will get to watch the crew pull in crabs, get a glimpse of the sea creatures that they release back to the ocean and spot wildlife on nearby land. You can even purchase red king crab on board. Tourgoers say this experience is tons of fun and worth the price. They also report seeing lots of bald eagles.

Tickets, which include complimentary beverages, cost approximately $209 for participants ages 13 and older and $129 for kids ages 5 to 12. Travelers must be at least 5 years old to participate. Tours are available most days late April through early October at varying times in the morning and afternoon. Trips depart from Ketchikan. The Aleutian Ballad is docked at the same pier as the cruise ships, meaning additional transportation isn't necessary if you're in town with a cruise.

Frequently Asked Questions

Travelers can tour Alaska in a variety of ways, including by cruise ship, tour boat, snowmobile, guided hike, dog sled and more. Visitors can also opt for specialized tours to enjoy some of Alaska's top things to do , like see the northern lights and explore various national parks. Read on to see some of the best ways to tour Alaska.

  • Cruise: Alaska cruises are one of the most popular ways to tour The Last Frontier, and you can choose the best time to visit based on your interests (such as wildlife viewing, fishing and more). Take a look at our best Alaska cruises and read up on the best time to cruise to Alaska before booking your trip. You can also check out our picks of the best Alaska cruise deals to get the most bang for your buck.
  • Dog sled: Hop aboard a dog sled tour to traverse the Alaska wilderness for an adventure you won't soon forget.
  • Helicopter: Seeing Alaska from above offers incomparable views of snow-capped mountains, glaciers and other breathtaking scenery.
  • Tour boat: A sightseeing tour aboard a small passenger boat promises wildlife sightings (think: whales and birds), gorgeous views and manageable crowds.
  • Train or trolley: Explore the quaint cities of Alaska on a train or trolley tour; the ability to hop on and hop off at your leisure is a great way to see the sights at your own pace.
  • Northern lights: There are a variety of tours and places to see the aurora borealis in Alaska. Check out the best times and places to see the northern lights in Alaska to get your timing exactly right.

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Welcome to the Land of the Midnight Sun ! We belong to the most trusted Alaskan tour operators and tour experts and we are operating with competence and integrity for many years within the Alaska Tourism Industry. Our licensed and registered tour operator company provides year-around travel services and expert advise for individual customers, tour groups and travel agencies.

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Scenic Alaska's Nature beyond Imagination

Visit Alaska's top National Parks such as Glacier Bay, Denali, Wrangell, Lake Clark, Katmai and Kenai Fjords. Our Alaska tour and vacation program features an extensive array of daily sightseeing activities, pre | post destination cruise tour packages from 3-7 days for individuals and groups, active and supported wilderness adventure tours as well as first-class hotels, wilderness lodge or resort accommodation.

Alaska Vacation and Custom Travel Packages


We plan your Alaska Holiday and Vacation Packages

You may customize any Alaska Tour or Alaska Vacation Package from our portfolio to match your travel requirements: Experience world-class salmon fishing, cruise the Inside Passage or Prince William Sound, observe brown bears at Katmai or on Kodiak Island, take a rafting tour on a scenic river, discover the back-country during a guided hiking trip, or observe whales at Glacier Bay - the possibilities are endless.

Alaska Northern Lights Viewing Tours and Iditarod Sled Dog Race


Alaska Winter Adventure, Fairbanks Aurora Viewing Tours and Winter Activities

During the fall and winter months, Alaska is one of the worlds top destinations for some spectacular Aurora Borealis | Northern Lights viewing in Fairbanks, Bettles Lodge or Chena. You may ski at the Alyeska Resort, ride a snowmobile along the Alaska Mountain Range, cross the Arctic Circle or mush your own dog team or observe the world-class Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March.

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Adventure to the Heart of

Over 25 years of small-group adventure tours

Featured Expeditions

Grand discovery (10 days).

Departures: May, Jun, Jul, Aug

Our premium deluxe adventure, this tour gives you the very best of our Alaska land tours along with a few extra days to spend at your leisure.

Best of Alaska (8 Days)

This tour ventures deep into Alaska’s scenic backcountry, bringing you close to awe-inspiring landscapes and wildlife.

Travel with Us

Join us for an authentic, life-changing Alaskan encounter.

Alaska Adventure Unlimited provides guided Alaska land tours to individuals and groups of all ages and ability levels. Our 6-14 day activity-driven scenic journeys offer all-inclusive small group adventures. Families, couples, and groups experience Alaska like a local, guided by longtime Alaskan guides. Benefit from our decades of local expertise and our passion for this wildly beautiful state. Our thoughtfully designed multi-day land tours invite you to discover the essence of Alaska by traveling through its untamed wilderness and learning about its rich culture. You’ll make unforgettable memories to last a lifetime!

No Lines, No Crowds—Just Adventure

Signature experiences, denali flightseeing.

Approach Denali’s summit by air as you soar over the Alaska Range and miles of breathtaking wilderness.

River Rafting

Voyage down a scenic river at a relaxed pace or opt for the exhilarating adventure of white-water rapids.

National Parks

Every tour visits at least one and up to five stunning national parks.

Scenic Alaska Railroad

Hop aboard the train for one of the most spectacular rail trips in North America.

Cultural Tours

Explore the rich history and heritage of Alaska’s Native people.

Glacier Trekking

Get close—real close—to Alaska’s majestic glaciers as you walk along this otherworldly terrain.

Wildlife Viewing

On land and in the sea, observe incredible wildlife: whales, sea lions, moose, caribou, eagles, bears, wolves, Dall sheep, and more.

Dog Sledding

Meet an experienced musher and tour the kennels of Iditarod champions, then go for your own dog sled ride through the Alaskan wilderness.

Guided Fishing

Enjoy an unforgettable experience as you fish for halibut or salmon with a professional Alaskan guide.

Sea Kayaking

Look for salmon, otters, and eagles as you navigate Alaska’s rugged coastline. 

“Much better tour package than a cruise/tour I took a few years ago!!! Accommodations and excursions were excellent, food options great, and the benefits of a small group vs big cruise ship are priceless.”

“we had the best time on our adventure. everything was taken care of for us including all activities. we had a blast we had the best guide. by the time the trip was done, we felt like family.”, “aau created the most amazing trip for our family – accommodating our group of 26 our guides were friendly and highly knowledgeable. the schedule was jam packed with tours and adventures, we could have never organized such a trip. thanks again for the vacation of a lifetime”, —michael m., “we had an awesome time on our alaskan adventure excursion. traveling by large van was the way to go. we were able to see so much more of the backcountry of alaska than we would have on a cruise.”, “our first visit to alaska was a huge success. we did so much in 10 days and the memories created will last forever. the natural beauty of alaska is reason enough to visit but experiences like white-water rafting, ziplining, flightseeing, and glacier walks made this trip extra special.”, “we just finished a week-long tour through alaska with aau. it was our best vacation ever we appreciated the variety of activities and excursions that were arranged. taken together, they gave us an overall feel for the history, culture, and abundant natural beauty of the state.”, —carlton h., read more 5-star reviews, get the latest news & updates, book a relaxing alaskan retreat, please confirm you are a person..

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Alaska Vacation Packages

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Top Alaska Vacation Packages

Alaska Tour & Travel has over 300 base vacation packages. Some of our trips are three days long, while others are three weeks . You can travel by train , bus , rental car , or all of the above. You can stay at top hotels , simple cabins , or remote wilderness lodges . We also have activities for nearly every interest. See wildlife , visit glaciers , or get active with hiking , kayaking , rafting , and biking tours.

This page has 25 or so of our very best vacation packages. These tours receive rave reviews from our guests year after year. If you already have an idea of the type of trip you are looking for, we have broken down our most popular vacation packages even further.

  • How to Travel. Our train and bus packages are always very popular with our guests, with well-planned transportation that lets you sit back and relax while traveling. If you like the flexibility that comes with a rental car, or plan to travel a bit off the beaten path , we have a number of self-drive vacation packages as well.
  • Trip Duration. Another good starting point is to visit our sample itineraries page for some of the most popular land tour lengths including five-day , seven-day , and ten-day itineraries .
  • Escorted or Self-Guided. Folks looking to travel with a guide and the same group of fellow passengers should check out our selection of fully escorted or guided tours .
  • Cruise Convenient. If you plan to take a cruise to or from Alaska, visit our cruise tours page for pre- and post-cruise land tours .

Be sure to also try our Alaska Trip Finder feature. This tool allows you to search and filter our vacation packages based on popularity, destination, travel mode, length, and interests.

Lastly, don't worry if you can't find exactly the trip you are looking for, we can customize any of these tour packages to meet the exact needs of your party.

Best of Alaska Highlights - Tour 160

Spend nine eventful days rafting, flightseeing, wildlife viewing, and train riding from Fairbanks to Seward with stops in Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Denali Park. Learn More >

Best of Denali & Kenai Fjords - Tour 120

Travel by railroad and motorcoach between Anchorage, Seward, Talkeetna, and Denali Park for seven days of unforgettable Alaska adventuring. Learn More >

Denali & Kenai Fjords Favorites - Tour 110

Travel between two of Alaska's spectacular national parks, with time for many adventures in and around them, on this popular seven-day package out of Anchorage. Learn More >

Premium National Parks Adventure - Tour 122

Explore more of Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park on this eight-day Alaska travel package. Learn More >

Seward & Kenai Fjords Essentials - Tour 150

Even travelers with just three days to spare can fill their brief time in state with big Alaska experiences on this quick three-day trip to Seward. Learn More >

Alaska's First-Time Favorites - Tour 130

Over five days visit two of Alaska's most beloved places, Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park. The trip is a favorite among first-time Alaska travelers. Learn More >

Best of Denali Park - Tour 141

Land on a glacier and raft the wilder water of the Nenana River on this five-night Alaska travel package to Denali National Park from Anchorage. Learn More >

Northern Exposure Alaska Sampler - Tour 169

Made for active adventurers eager to get out and explore Alaska, this seven-day rental car package includes exciting outdoor excursions in Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Denali National Park. Learn More >

Alaska Glaciers & Wilderness Adventure - Tour 181

Enjoy the freedom to travel Alaska's remote highways on this 13-day vacation package featuring adventures in Anchorage, Seward, Valdez, Fairbanks, and Denali National Park. The package includes a 4x4 rental car. Learn More >

Denali Essentials to Whittier - Tour 144

Before joining a cruise from Whittier, explore the boundless landscapes of Denali National Park on a five-day land package that includes flightseeing, sightseeing, and a splashy raft trip. Learn More >

Alaska Iconic Parks from Seward - Tour 125

After cruising from Vancouver to Seward, embark on this five-day land package to Denali National Park to see an entirely different side of Alaska. Learn More >

Alaska Active Adventure - Tour 123

An eight-day package that provides active travelers plenty of adventures, from a glacier hike in Seward to glacier flight in Denali National Park. The trip starts and ends in Anchorage. Learn More >

Alaska Kayak Exploration - Tour 180

A paddler's dlight! Road trip from Kachemak Bay and the fjords of Seward to the heart of Denali National Park with stops for several guided kayaking trips on the way. Learn More >

Grand Alaska Escorted - Tour 900

Enjoy the ease of travel on an escorted tour package that includes destinations like Valdez, Fairbanks, and beautiful Denali National Park. The eight-day trip is fully guided. Learn More >

Alaska Explorer Escorted - Tour 910

Travel with a guide and a group of fellow Alaska adventurers on this escorted six-day vacation package with stops in Fairbanks, Denali National Park, and Anchorage. Learn More >

Classic Denali Experience - Tour 140

Spend four days experiencing Denali National Park to its fullest on this shorter Alaska vacation package. The trip includes three hotel nights and travel by rail and motorcoach. Learn More >

Coast to Coast Arctic Explorer - Tour 170

Traverse more than 700 miles of Alaska from Seward north to the Arctic Ocean on this expansive 11-day vacation package. Learn More >

Both Sides of Denali Self-Drive - Tour 148

Cruise by rental car from Anchorage to the Denali National Park area for five days of Alaskan adventures. The trip includes flightseeing, rafting, and a Denali Park Road tour. Learn More >

Fairbanks to Seward Rail Adventure - Tour 162

Travel exclusively by Alaska Railroad on a pre-cruise land package that includes a full day of activities in each destination: Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Seward. The eight-day trip ends in Seward. Learn More >

Maximum Denali & Kenai Fjords - Tour 121

With two full days to spend in Denali National Park, this eight-day tour package gives travelers more time to discover its abundant wonders. Trip destinations also include Seward, Anchorage, and Talkeetna. Learn More >

National Parks Escorted - Tour 920

Travel alongside an experienced guide on an eight-day escorted group tour to Denali National Park and Seward. The trip runs roundtrip from Anchorage. Learn More >

North to South Alaska Explorer - Tour 161

Enjoy six days traveling from Fairbanks to Anchorage with stops in Denali National Park and Talkeetna for rafting, wildlife viewing, and a once-in-a-lifetime flightseeing trip with glacier landing. Learn More >

Northern Highlights from Whittier - Tour 164

The waters of Whittier mark the jumping off point for this six-day post-cruise land package to Denali National Park, Fairbanks, Talkeetna, and Anchorage. Learn More >

Paddle Alaska Road Trip - Tour 128

Travel by rental car on this seven-day vacation package featuring iceberg kayaking, river rafting, a coastal day cruise, and Denali Park bus tour. The trip begins and ends in Anchorage. Learn More >

Ultimate Alaska National Parks - Tour 185

Over 20 days travel by rental car and railroad to 10 distinctive Alaska destinations from as far south as Seward to as far north as the Arctic Circle. Learn More >

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Authentic, Exclusive & Off-the-beaten path Guided Tours

Thank you for visiting wild alaska travel we specialize in guided, personalized alaska iditarod tours, alaska polar bear tours, alaska northern lights tours and custom alaska excursions., our unique itineraries revolve around exclusive, authentic and off-the-beaten path adventures.  from our alaska iditarod tours in nome to our alaska polar bear tours along alaska’s arctic coast, you will take part in unique experiences in parts of alaska that most people only read about in adventure magazines. our goal is to create alaska travel memories that will last a lifetime., we look forward to seeing you in alaska soon.

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What makes us different?

Best price and value.

We believe in providing you the best value for your money. Price is nothing without service and that’s something we guarantee from the moment you arrive. We have a solid reputation for going well above-and-beyond the call of duty when it comes to your tour needs. Our goal is to exceed your expectations!

Small Group Size

Our small group size allows us to focus more on you, thereby providing a highly personalized and intimate experience. One of the most fundamental elements of all of our tours is to have an extremely small group (usually no more than six guests, except Alaska Iditarod Tours: 11 guests). It may cost a little more, but in the end we know that we would not be able to provide the level of quality experience to a larger group.

Top Notch Guides

The most important aspect of any guided adventure is the quality of the guide. The combined Alaska experience of our guides spans more than 50 years! Our reviews speak for themselves. We know Alaska intimately, and look forward to sharing our knowledge of Alaska with you!
We are owner-operated and we have safely traveled across Alaska for over 25 years. Thank you for considering Wild Alaska Travel and answering the call of the Wild! Laurent Dick, Owner/Operator

Most Popular Tours

Alaska Photo Tour

Alaska Photo Tour: Bears, Glaciers and Marine Mammals

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Alaska Brown Bear Viewing Tour


Alaska Polar Bear & Northern Lights Tour

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2024 Iditarod Start Tour

Alaska Northern Lights

Alaska Northern Lights Tour

2019 Iditarod Tour package in Nome with Wild Alaska Travel

Iditarod Finish & Northern Lights Tour


Alaska Polar Bear & Northern Lights Tour with Denali Add-on

Alaska Polar Bear Tour with Wild Alaska Travel

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Don't take our word for it - our guests say it best, iditarod start tour.

John Casseb, Texas Iditarod Start Tour

“The Iditarod Start Tour was fantastic! The small group size was a huge plus. I highly recommend this trip for anyone who has any desire to see true Alaska. If you want to get up close and personal with Alaska, Wild Alaska Travek will take you there.”  John Casseb, Texas

David Waldman & Jantina Tuthill, Wyoming Alaska Polar Bear & Northern Lights Tour

“Many, many thanks for providing us with such a wonderful experience of a lifetime. We thoroughly enjoyed sharing the time with you and enjoying the moments which will now last a lifetime. We look forward to seeing you again soon on another adventure!”  David Waldman & Jantina Tuthill, Wyoming

Lucy & Susan Yarnell, Washington, D.C.Alaska Northern Lights Tour

“We so loved our time with you this trip. Traveling up north and seeing the Northern lights was a dream come true, and completely magical. Thanks for sharing your passion for the Alaskan wilderness and your love of adventure. We had a blast!”  Lucy & Susan Yarnell, Washington, D.C.

Nancy Milner, Arizona, Alaska Polar Bear & Northern Lights Tour

“I always wanted to see the Northern Lights but this trip also included seeing Polar Bears in their natural habitat. What a bonus! You will not get 5 star hotels, so don’t expect that. But you will experience the real life of those wonderful people that live in the very extreme northern Alaska. I have traveled a lot and all over the world. And have a lot of stories to tell about guides, but Laurent is up there in my top two. I will travel with Wild Alaska Travel again.”  Nancy Milner, Arizona

Andra Haviland, TexasIditarod Start Tour

“The Iditarod Start Tour was a once in a lifetime experience I will never forget. It was the most wonderful experience in my life.”  Andra Haviland, Texas

Sara & Thomas McElroy, Washington, Iditarod Finish & Northern Lights Tour

“Thank you so much for an incredible adventure in Nome for the end of the Iditarod and for making our first trip to Alaska so much fun. Laurent was so knowledgeable and we loved having the opportunity to explore Alaska with him. We definitely recommend this trip to others.”  Lucy & Susan Yarnell, Washington, D.C.

Explore Alaska's Arctic and Denali

Arctic circle: one-day and overnight adventures across the arctic circle, arctic ocean: one-day and overnight adventures reaching the shore of the arctic ocean, aurora: aurora season august 21 - april 21, denali: one-day adventures in and around denali national park, undiscovered arctic: adventures to remote alaska villages, polar bear:, yukon river: one-day and overnight tours to the mighty yukon river.

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What do you want to see?

Choose Your Alaska Adventure

Arctic Circle

Arctic Ocean

Undiscovered Arctic

Yukon River

Northern Alaska Tour Company pioneered Arctic Circle touring on Alaska's Dalton Highway. Today we take pride in being the operator of choice for those traveling in Alaska's Arctic. Our one-day and multi-day excursions, available both during summer and winter, allow the traveler to experience this region in a comprehensive yet economical way.

Travel in Alaska’s Arctic is always an adventure. Much of the region is accessible only by air, while the only land route through the region is the Dalton Highway. The Dalton Highway leads north from Fairbanks, crossing over the Yukon River and the Arctic Circle, traversing the Brooks Mountain Range, and passing over the Arctic Coastal Plain before terminating on the shores of the Arctic Ocean at Deadhorse, the service community for Prudhoe Bay. This is a rugged land route through extremely remote country.

The communities visited are situated in areas where many of the amenities common in today’s modern world are nonexistent.  Whether flying into a remote village or traveling the rugged Dalton Highway, it is the spirit of the traveler which is unquestionably the key to making the most of a travel experience in Alaska’s Arctic.

The remoteness of Alaska’s Arctic often makes it too expensive and time consuming for the Alaska traveler to visit independently.  Our one-day and multi-day adventures allow the traveler to explore this remarkable region in a comprehensive yet economical way.

We are currently taking reservations for the 2023 - 2024 Aurora Season and the 2024 Midnight Sun Season.

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We invite you to join us as we explore the wonders of Alaska's Arctic!

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Experience Some of Alaska's Best

Experience Some of Alaska's Best

Alaska Land Tours - Small Group Travel

Explore the World of Whales

Explore the World of Whales

Explore Kenai Fjords National Park

Celebrate Nature's Bounty

Celebrate Nature's Bounty

Celebrate Wilderness and Wildlife

Enjoy Amazing Alaskan Adventures

Enjoy Amazing Alaskan Adventures

Up-close and Personal Alaska Experiences.

Small Group Alaska Land Tours

Alaska Group Tour

Join a small group land tour of Alaska to visit Kenai Fjords National Park, Denali National Park, in-between and beyond. Explore glaciers, watch for wildlife, and take part in many activities with an informative Alaska tour guide from thrilling to mild — up close and personal.

Be 1 in a group of 13 rather than a group of 100 or more. Small group travel allows more time for your personal Alaska experience.

Dates are available for 7 day scenic Alaska tours to 12 day inclusive land tour packages, with custom options. Trips feature deluxe transportation, lodging, several excursions and meals.

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Fully Guided Family Vacations

Alaska Family Tour

Privately guided,  family vacation packages are custom-designed, multi-day trip packages with adventures for all ages. Plan the perfect family trip allowing each member the opportunity to experience their ultimate Alaska vacation!

Our Alaska tour and travel resident agents use local knowledge to help you plan, coordinate and execute the best vacation experience for your family.

Alaskan Tour Guides works closely with many Alaskan outfitters who provide expertise in each of their adventures for your family’s safety and enjoyment.

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Custom Guided Tours – VIP Service

Alaska Rowing

Private escorted Alaska trip packages are available to parties of 9 or more travelers. Experience custom first-class travel and VIP service for your exclusive, up close and personal enjoyment of Alaska highlights.

Destination and adventure options are available to meet varied interests for individual travelers. Choose from Alaska nature tours and wildlife viewing, scenic tours, National and State parks, glacier treks, flight tours, and many more special experiences in Alaska.

Deluxe transportation, longtime Alaska resident guides, best-quality lodgings and activities, Alaska dining choices are all provided for the best Alaska tour.

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Discover Alaska with Alaskans for an up close and personal experience.

Alaskan Tour Guides uses over 40 years of resident Alaskan experience toward making your touring of Alaska a favorite lifetime memory. As your trusted Alaska tour company, we give special attention to details so each traveler has the opportunity to fully enjoy and appreciate the adventure, the spectacular views, the rich culture and loads of fun. Benefits of small group travel along with our company’s extensive knowledge and understanding of travel in Alaska is the key to our ability of making the most of your Alaska tour experience.

Small group travel provides greater flexibility in allowing us to accommodate individual interests within the tour schedule. The smaller buses allow our groups to stop more easily, where most large coaches cannot. Wildlife viewing is made possible at every opportunity. It also allows us to access some special destinations and activities away from those larger group tours.

Our guides are year-round residents who use their experience to educate and entertain throughout your travels. They have interesting stories to share about growing up or living in Alaska. Many of our reviews highly regard our guides’ knowledge and hospitality.

Don’t just come to see Alaska, discover, participate, and learn more about this magical place with Alaskan Tour Guides.

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Alaska Wildland Adventures

Lodge-based adventure.

Ready for your

Dream Trip?

Alaska Wildland Adventures has operated Alaska vacation packages, adventure tours and wilderness lodges for more than 45 years. Founded with the goal of sharing Alaska's wilderness and wildlife with travelers seeking a high-quality, authentic adventure for their vacation, we are proud to continue this tradition as one of Alaska's award-winning leaders in small group trips. Alaska Wildland Adventures is committed to the values of ecotourism, expressed through our beliefs and guiding principles .

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Quality experiences – large and small – set us apart..

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Alaska is our passion

We can make it yours too – spring, summer, fall, winter..

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Exploring, loving, and sharing alaska for over 40 years., life is measured in moments like these.

For travelers with a desire to experience Alaska at its most authentic and meaningful levels, join us for an experience unlike anything else in the industry.

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Behind-the-scenes access, attentive service, exclusive activities, immersive cultural experiences, and personal engagement in local communities – some of the many benefits of small group travel with John Hall’s Alaska.

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Alaska Is Our Passion

We take our love for real, authentic Alaska, add in nature’s goodness, and give you only the best – in experience, service, lodging, activities, and transportation.

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Elevated Alaska Experiences

Go beyond the imaginable. John Hall’s Alaska leads the way when it comes to quality, experience, knowledge, and the ability to take guests to places few ever see.

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As travel pioneers for over 40 years and across three generations, we welcome you into our extended family for an Alaska exploration unlike any other.

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Alaska’s most unique and inclusive, small group 7-18-day packages explore the wilderness, culture, and history of The Great Land’s most remote reaches.

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Untamed Alaska

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Alaska’s Winter Wonders

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1898 Alaska & Yukon Gold Rush

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Alaska Bears & Bering Sea

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National Parks of Alaska

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Grand Slam Alaska

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Iditarod & Aurora Adventure

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Alaska’s Arctic Aurora

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Denali Explorer

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Fall Colors Alaska & the Canadian Rockies

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Upcoming Seminars

Join us in person at one of our informative presentations and learn more about planning your John Hall’s Alaska experience.

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We travel the globe for industry events and would love to meet you! Look for us at motorcoach, agent, and receptive tradeshows.

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Meet In Person

We love one-on-one visits! Stop by any time at one of our office locations: Anchorage, AK, Lake City, MN, or The Villages, FL.

Alaska Shore Excursions

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  • Alaska Railroad
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  • Day Cruises and Boat
  • Denali Star Train
  • Dog Sledding
  • Flightseeing
  • Float Plane and Seaplane
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  • Kayaking and Canoe
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  • Sitka National Historical Park
  • Taiya River
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  • Tongass National Forest
  • Turnagain Arm
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Top Destinations

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Juneau is the Capital city of Alaska and is surrounded by ocean, glaciers, ice fields, and mountains. The area is abundant with whales and other wildlife.

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Skagway is a formerly lawless town that was once the start of the legendary Chilkoot Trail to the Klondike Goldrush.

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Ketchikan is home to the famous Misty Fjords National Monument, which is a labyrinth of glacier carved mountains towering 3,000 feet high over canals.

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Beautiful Sitka is located on Baranof Island and is surrounded by a maze of bays, islands, and waterways.

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Icy Strait on Chicagof Island offers true wilderness for great wildlife viewing and adventures. Highlights of Icy Strait include bear viewing, salmon fishing, and whale watching.

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Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska and is known as The Gateway to Denali. Nearby mountains and wilderness provide access to the interior of Alaska.

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Seward is a coastal town located about 125 miles south of Anchorage. It is home to the Kenai Fjords National Park which provides a great variety of tours!

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Whittier is only accessible by ocean or through a 2 mile one-lane tunnel under Maynard mountain. This coastal Alaskan town is home to only 200 year-round residents!

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Juneau Glacier Dog Sledding & Helicopter Tour

$661.00 / Person

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Skagway White Pass Railroad Summit Excursion & Train Tour

$146.00 / Person

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Juneau Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier Tour

$219.00 / Person

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Icy Strait Premier Whale Watching Adventure

$180.00 / Person

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Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour

$359.00 / Person

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Skagway Glacier Helicopter Tour

$399.00 / Person

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Deluxe Misty Fjords National Monument Tour

$375.00 / Person

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Our unique style of touring allows your guests to experience Alaska and not just pass through. Each program features a local Alaskan tour director who is knowledgeable about Alaska’s people, culture and destinations. They may discuss catching a barn-door sized halibut in the salty Alaska waters or tell stories of watching the aurora borealis dance above their heads on crisp cold evenings. Whether they take an active role or a behind the scenes approach on tour is entirely up to you.

As the largest Alaskan owned and based receptive tour operator, we pride ourselves in offering the best values in Alaska travel. We allow our clients to control their Alaska tour programs by doing things off of the beaten path. We partner with other tour operators and Alaskan owned businesses who realize the value in long-term partnerships. Deluxe, moderate or first class lodging can be selected for most cities statewide.

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7 Best Cruises to Alaska, According to Travel Experts

Book a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see glaciers, national parks and wildlife!

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While some travelers dream of lounging on a beach in the Caribbean, others might be itching to put on hiking shoes and explore the great outdoors. If glaciers, wildlife and picturesque coastline have long been on your bucket list, consider booking a cruise to Alaska. The northernmost American state offers an activity for everyone's interest and level of adventure. You can take a thrilling helicopter flight to explore a glacier on foot or observe miles of Alaska’s lush scenery and spy whales from a comfortable seat on a boat.

Princess Cruises

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A top choice for multi-generational families and larger groups seeking on-board experiences for a wide age range, Princess will sail seven ships to Alaska in 2024 — more than any other line. Princess also offers the most departure cities , potentially saving you money on airfare. Alaska sailings range from 4 to 22 days, though a week is the sweet spot. The line is also only one of seven permitted to enter the magnificent Glacier Bay National Park (shown); check out the tips at the end of the story for details.

Good Housekeeping Contributing Travel Editor Karen Cicero and her daughter recently sailed on Majestic Princess, a Family Travel Awards Winner , and raved about the ship's amenities, especially the Hollywood Pool Club. She described it as “an indoor space with a heated pool, plush loungers, and cabana-like spots that are free for all guests to use.” Cicero was also impressed with the entertainment and activities suitable for all ages, the excellent dining options and a supervised kids’ club for ages 3 to 12. "We saw grandparents and grandkids on the dance floor, at the shows, on the excursions — bonding moments were everywhere," Cicero said.

In 2024, Majestic Princess and Discovery Princess, the line's newest Alaska ship, will both sail roundtrip from Seattle. "You can't beat Princess if you're looking for an experience that will please all ages," said Cicero.

Departure Cities: Los Angeles; San Francisco; Seattle; Vancouver; Whittier, Alaska Cruise Ships: Crown Princess (2024 only); Grand Princess, Caribbean Princess (2025 only), Royal Princess, Sapphire Princess, Discovery Princess, Majestic Princess (2024 only), Crown Princess, Coral Princess (2025 only)

Norwegian Cruise Line

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Passengers are loyal to Norwegian for its beautiful ships, top-notch service and innovative amenities. The cruise line pioneered the concept of “freestyle cruising," which includes a flexible dining time. Flexible cruising continues to be a major selling point , according to our testers who recently sailed roundtrip from Seattle to Alaska on the Norwegian Encore (pictured). "We enjoyed not having to rush back to the ship after an excursion because we had a dinner reservation," said our tester who sailed with her spouse.

They also frequented the Encore’s Observation Lounge, where they were able to cozy up and spend hours searching for marine life from floor-to-ceiling windows. Activities and entertainment, like go-karting, slides and laser tag, are abundant. For a premium experience, consider booking a stateroom in The Haven. The Encore's most luxurious accommodations feature spacious rooms — the bathrooms are nearly double the size of those in standard staterooms — a private sundeck and a concierge.

The variety of sailings to Alaska is also another reason to choose Norwegian. "If Hawaii is also on your bucket list, Norwegian is one of the only cruise lines to offer a 16-day cruise departing from Honolulu that sails through both Hawaii and Alaska so you explore two dreamy destinations on one vacation," said Cicero. She added that Norwegian sails to Alaska until late October — about a month longer than most cruise lines.

Departure Cities: Honolulu; Seattle; Seward, Alaska; Vancouver; Whittier, Alaska (2025) Cruise Ships: Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Jewel (only in 2024), Norwegian Spirit (only in May 2024), Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Jade (only in 2025), Norwegian Joy (only in 2025)


Disney Cruise Line

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Disney lovers will have the time of their lives sailing roundtrip from Vancouver to Alaska aboard the Disney Wonder. "It was the best experience ever," said a mom of two young adults who sailed on the ship in May 2023. "We felt like it was a great combination of Disney and Alaska."

On-board experiences brilliantly align with the destination. For instance, Disney characters are dressed in special outfits for Alaska and are on deck during the days at sea. "We were able to get incredible photos with the glaciers behind the characters," said the mom, who also noted that you can order Mickey Mouse ice cream bars from room service. Cicero added, "Disney has the best kids' and teen clubs of any cruise line. They're enormous, filled with epic activities like superhero training and are a great place for kids and teens to make friends."

If you want an equal dose of Disney and Alaska, this is the cruise for your crew. Sailings range from five to nine nights. All routes head to Stikine Icecap so guests can observe stunning glaciers, cliffs, waterfalls and wildlife.

Departure City: Vancouver Cruise Ship: Disney Wonder

Royal Caribbean International

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Royal Caribbean doesn’t only sail to the Caribbean. This global cruise line whisks passengers to Alaska from popular ports such as Seattle and Vancouver. You can choose a classic seven-night itinerary or a 13-night land-and-sea getaway.

Cruise enthusiasts at the Good Housekeeping Institute are fans of Royal Caribbean for its state-of-the-art ships, exceptional service and high-quality entertainment. "Royal Caribbean had the first rock-climbing wall and ice-skating rink on a cruise ship," said Cicero. "Since then, they've brought so many other epic activities to sea." For instance, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class, which includes Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas, offers skydiving, a surf simulator and a robot bar. "This line is an especially good fit for families with tweens, teens and young adults ," said Cicero, who sailed on Royal Caribbean with her teen daughter.

Departure Cities: Seattle; Seward, Alaska; Vancouver Cruise Ships: Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas (only in 2024), Ovation of the Seas (only in 2024), Serenade of the Seas (only in 2025)

National Geographic Lindblad Expeditions

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For an incredible small-ship experience, look no further than the Lindblad Expeditions–National Geographic team-up. The largest of its ships that sail to Alaska can accommodate no more than 138 passengers — just a sliver of the 4,900 or so that Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas can hold. " Being on a smaller vessel means that you’ll be able to sail right up to less frequented glaciers, waterfalls and fjords, " said Cicero.

Of course, an intimate experience comes at a higher price tag — its eight-day Alaskan adventure starts at about $6,200 per person, though you won't need to pay extra for excursions. "Voyages tend to be themed and stress the educational component," said Cicero. For instance, one focuses on coastal wildlife while another explores native cultures. A Good Housekeeping staff member who sailed the line to the Galápagos Islands (a providence of Ecuador) raved, "The ship was beautiful! I was super impressed with the staff and the service felt above and beyond.”

Departure Cities: Juneau, Alaska; Ketchikan, Alaska; Seattle; Sitka, Alaska Cruise Ships: National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Sea Bird, National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Resolution

Holland America Line

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Holland America has a well-earned reputation for bringing guests to new destinations for more than 150 years. Its ships tend to be mid-sized — larger than Lindblad's offerings but smaller than the Quantum ships from Royal Caribbean. While Holland attracts an older demographic, its Alaskan cruises are often filled with multi-generational families.

One of the cruise line’s most popular itineraries is the Seven-Day Inside Passage, which takes you through Glacier Bay National Park, the Inside Passage, Tracy Arm Inlet and several must-visit port towns. But for adventure seekers curious to see as much of Alaska as possible, you’ll find tons of extended itineraries including a robust 28-day voyage that crosses the Arctic Circle.

Holland America is the only cruise line permitted to serve glacier ice, using it for cocktails like the Blue Iceberg and Juneau Gin & Tonic. The line also launched a new Alaskan-themed brunch menu offered once per cruise.

Departure Cities: Anchorage, Alaska (for land-sea tours only); Fairbanks, Alaska; Seattle; Vancouver, Whittier, Alaska Cruise Ships: Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Zuiderdam, Zaandam

Celebrity Cruises

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Celebrity is popular with adults and couples looking for a premium onboard experience, including delicious cuisine, luxurious staterooms and a high-end spa . We can’t imagine a better way to rest and relax after spending a day exploring the Alaskan wilderness. Our travel experts suggest choosing one of Celebrity's many Alaska itineraries that sail through the Inside Passage and up to Dawes Glacier or Hubbard Glacier, two of the state’s gems.

Of the three Celebrity ships that sail to Alaska, we recommend the Celebrity Edge for those new to cruising or seeking a more contemporary experience. Launched in 2018, the ship features standout innovations like Eden, a multi-level bar with panoramic views, and the Magic Carpet, a multi-purpose floating space suspended directly above the sea.

Departure Cities: Seattle; Seward, Alaska; Vancouver Cruise Ships: Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Summit, Celebrity Edge

Tips for booking your cruise to Alaska

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✔️ Check your itinerary. The itinerary you choose is key on an Alaskan cruise. If you have your heart set on visiting Glacier Bay National Park, make sure that your cruise line has it listed on the schedule. "Only seven lines were awarded the Glacier Bay contract by the National Park Service ," Cicero said. If you're not sure whether the cruise you have in mind will go through Glacier Bay, double-check with the cruise line or your travel agent.

✔️ Book shore excursions well in advance. Alaskan cruises generally sail from April to October. Because of the shorter season, your ship will likely be close to capacity and several ships may overlap in ports. Excursions will book up quickly. To secure your spot, book excursions well in advance or as soon as they're available.

✔️ Focus on family. Alaskan cruises are best for kids who are at least 5 years old. "Keep in mind that cruise lines don't allow kids who aren't potty-trained to be in pools, even if they're wearing a swim diaper," Cicero said. It's also worth noting that most cruise lines don't permit babies under 6 months or pregnant passengers who are 24 or more weeks along. Cicero advises families with school-age children to look for on-ship amenities, such as an indoor heated pool, a supervised kids' club and a variety of family-friendly nighttime entertainment. "Before you sail, you should also find out which non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary," Cicero said. "Many cruise lines charge extra for soft drinks, but milk and juice are usually included." Free room service is another big perk for families, she notes, so see if that's offered on the line you're considering.

✔️ Check your passport. Even if your cruise starts and stops in a U.S. port like Seattle, there's a high chance your ship will dock in Canada at some point throughout your trip. Also, " some of the excursions in Alaskan ports venture into Canada and will require a passport," explained Cicero. For instance, you may take the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway from Skagway into Yukon, a Canadian territory. Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months following the cruise.

✔️ Pack layers. This is especially crucial if you're traveling in Alaska's shoulder season — May and September. While May tends to be drier, temperatures remain relatively chilly. Likewise, September marks the end of the summer season and welcomes cooler temperatures and more rainfall. Because you'll be spending a lot of time outdoors, it's important to prepare for all weather scenarios, including windy conditions common to sailing cruise ships.

✔️ Book next summer's cruise soon. To get the best staterooms and excursions, start looking for a 2025 cruise in 2024, Cicero said, noting that many ships start to fill up at least 6 months in advance. And don't forget about major sale days. "Last year, cruise lines had fantastic Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals," she said.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?

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Good Housekeeping Institute Writer and Product Analyst Olivia Lipski covers everything from tech to travel, fitness, outdoor, home and more. Not only does she have years of product review experience under her belt, but she’s also a travel enthusiast who has been on more than 20 cruises (and counting)!

The former travel editor at Parents magazine, Karen Cicero specializes in travel, children's book, lifestyle and food coverage. She manages the experience portion of the Good Housekeeping Family Travel Awards. She has sailed on four cruise lines with her family and toured several others. She recently was a featured speaker at several travel industry conferences, including PRSA, Mid-Atlantic Tourism Alliance and the Family Travel Association.

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Seat belt 'saved' life of passenger on Boeing 737 Max flight that lost panel, lawsuit says

Two alaska airlines flight 1282 passengers were sitting a row behind the gaping hole left in the boeing 737 max 9 jet when a door plug panel blew off. they have now sued the companies for negligence..

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A seat belt apparently saved the life of a passenger on the Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 jet that lost a door-sized panel of its fuselage just after takeoff on Jan. 5 from Portland, Oregon.

Cuong Tran, of Upland, California, who said the suction from the blowout took away his shoes and socks and pulled him toward the opening and injured his foot, is one of seven passengers on Flight 1282 that day who filed the lawsuit Thursday in Washington state's King County Superior Court in Seattle.

He and six other passengers – including five members of a Claremont, California, family – charge Alaska Airlines, Boeing, and Spirit Aerosystems with negligence, construction and manufacturing defect liability, and failing to protect passengers from harm.

The passengers have suffered physical and psychological trauma from the event, said attorney Timothy Loranger, who filed the lawsuit for the passengers. “Our clients – and likely every passenger on that flight – suffered unnecessary trauma due to the failure of Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems, and Alaska Airlines to ensure that the aircraft was in a safe and airworthy condition,” Loranger said in a press release announcing the lawsuit.

Suction lifted Tran's body off his seat "and his legs were pulled towards the opening all while the aircraft climbed through 16,000 feet above Portland," but the seat belt "saved him," he said. "Tran’s leg was jerked so violently that his foot was injured when it got trapped in the seat structure in front of him."    

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When asked for comment about the lawsuit Thursday by The Associated Press, Boeing said, “We have nothing to add.” Alaska Airlines and Spirit AeroSystems did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

This is the second lawsuit filed in the incident. Last month, 22 other passengers on the flight filed a lawsuit accusing Boeing and Alaska Airlines of negligence . That suit was also filed in King County Superior Court.

In that suit, the passengers said after hearing a "whistling sound" emitting from "the vicinity of the door plug,” they told flight attendants about it. The suit alleges that a pilot was “reportedly informed,” but the pilot found the plane's instrument readings to be normal and no further action was taken.

What happened to the Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 on Jan. 5?

Shortly after Flight 1282 took off from Portland and headed for Ontario, California, a midcabin door plug separated from the fuselage at about 16,000 feet. The plane made an emergency landing and some passengers required medical attention.

A 15-year-old boy on board had his shirt "sucked off" after the mid-cabin door plug separated from the fuselage, one passenger said.

The Federal Aviati on Administration grounded all Max 9s in the U.S. the day after the incident. Three weeks later the FAA allowed the planes to return to the air after inspections of the door plugs . On some planes the bolts meant to help secure the door plug were loose, airlines discovered.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report last month the aircraft was missing four bolts that keep the door plug in place. The bolts were removed during other repair work and were not replaced before the interior wall panels were reinstalled, the agency said. The repairs were done by contractors working for Boeing supplier Spirit AeroSystems.

Alaska Airlines flight graphic: A Boeing 737 MAX 9 lost a panel midair, terrifying passengers. Here's how it happened.

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into the  Boeing jetliner incident . The probe would assist the DOJ’s review of whether Boeing complied with a 2021 settlement resolving a federal investigation into the 737 Max aircraft's safety after two deadly crashes in 2018 and 2019, which killed 346 people.

In the lawsuit, the defendants allege the aircraft's bolts were either not installed or installed incorrectly. The lawsuit also lists 10 unnamed defendants – John Does 1-10 who they allege were involved in the design, manufacture, upkeep, inspection and testing of the aircraft – with negligence and liability in the incident.

“The level of apparent negligence and disregard for safety protocols is astonishing and terrifying,” said Loranger, senior partner at LA-based Wisner Baum and a one-time aircraft mechanic in the Marine Corps.

What do the passengers say happened when the Boeing blowout happened?

Cuong Tran and friend Huy Tran, of Garden Grove, California, who began shooting video when the incident occurred, were seated in row 27 right behind the row where the door plug blew out.

They say a "deafening explosion" was followed by "an immediate and rapid decompression, exposing the passengers to the noise of the wind and the freezing outside environment," Loranger said in the release. 

The Claremont, California, family, made up of father Ket Tran, mother Tram Vo, and their three young sons, "also feared for their lives," he said. The parents and Cuong Tran and Huy Tran have been friends since middle school, the law firm says.

The family is now in counseling to address the trauma they experienced, Loranger said.

“This lawsuit isn’t only about the unimaginable fear and suffering of the passengers on that plane, it is about a failure that should have never occurred,” said Ari Friedman, partner at Wisner Baum, in the release. “We’re talking about a gaping hole ripping open mid-flight in the side of a commercial jet. Properly installed bolts are the difference between safety and disaster, so there is no excuse for why those would be left out, or why quality control checks and routine inspections would miss them.”

Contributing: Zach Wichter and The Associated Press.

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Live Updates: Strong Taiwan Quake Kills 9, Injures Hundreds

The earthquake was the most powerful to hit the island in 25 years. Dozens of people remained trapped, and many buildings were damaged, with the worst centered in the city of Hualien.

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Here’s what you need to know about the earthquake.

Taiwan was rocked Wednesday morning by the island’s strongest earthquake in a quarter century, a magnitude 7.4 tremor that killed at least nine people, injured more than 800 others and trapped dozens of people.

The heaviest damage was in Hualien County on the island’s east coast, a sleepy, scenic area prone to earthquakes. Footage from the aftermath showed a 10-story building there partially collapsed and heavily leaning to one side, from which residents emerged through windows and climbed down ladders, assisted by rescuers. Two hikers were killed after being hit by falling rocks on a hiking trail in Taroko National Park, according to the state-owned Central News Agency.

By late afternoon, officials said rescue efforts were underway to try to rescue 127 trapped, many of them on hiking trails in Hualien.

One building in Changhua County, on the island’s west coast, collapsed entirely. The quake was felt throughout Taiwan and set off at least nine landslides, sending rocks tumbling onto Suhua Highway in Hualien, according to local media reports. Rail services were halted at one point across the island.

The earthquake, with an epicenter off Taiwan’s east coast, struck during the morning commute, shortly before 8 a.m. Taiwanese authorities said by 3 p.m., more than 100 aftershocks stronger than magnitude 5 had rumbled through the area.

In the capital, Taipei, buildings shook for over a minute from the initial quake. Taiwan is at the intersection of the Philippine Sea tectonic plate and the Eurasian plate, making it vulnerable to seismic activity. Hualien sits on multiple active faults, and 17 people died in a quake there in 2018.

Here is the latest:

The earthquake hit Taiwan as many people here were preparing to travel for Tomb Sweeping Day, a holiday across the Chinese-speaking world when people mourn the dead and make offerings at their graves. Officials warned the public to stay away from visiting tombs in mountain areas as a precaution, especially because rain was forecast in the coming days.

TSMC, the world’s biggest maker of advanced semiconductors, briefly evacuated workers from its factories but said a few hours later they were returning to work. Chip production is highly precise, and even short shutdowns can cost millions of dollars.

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Taiwan’s fire department reports that nine people have died and 882 others have been injured in Taiwan. In Hualien County, 131 people remain trapped.

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Footage shows rocks tumbling down one side of Guishan Island, a popular spot for hiking known as Turtle Island, off the northeast coast of Taiwan. Officials said no fishermen or tourists were injured after the landslide.

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The death toll has risen to nine, according to Taiwan government statistics.

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Officials in Taiwan warned residents to not visit their relatives' tombs, especially in the mountains, this weekend during the holiday, known as Ching Ming, meant to honor them. There had already been 100 aftershocks and the forecast called for rain, which could make travel conditions on damaged roads more treacherous.

Crews are working to reach people trapped on blocked roads. As of 1 p.m. local time, roads were impassable due to damage and fallen rock in 19 places, according to the Ministry of Transportation. At least 77 people remain trapped. A bridge before Daqingshui Tunnel appeared to have completely collapsed.

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Taiwan’s worst rail disaster in decades — a train derailment in 2021 that killed 49 people — took place on the first day of the Tomb Sweeping holiday period that year, in the same region as the earthquake.

The earthquake hit Taiwan as many people here were preparing to travel for Tomb Sweeping Day, or Ching Ming, a day across the Chinese-speaking world when people mourn their dead, especially by making offerings at their graves. Now those plans will be disrupted for many Taiwanese.

The holiday weekend would typically see a spike in travel as people visit family across Taiwan. Currently, both rail transport and highways are blocked in parts of Hualien, said Transport Minister Wang Guo-cai. Work is underway to restore rail transportation in Hualien, and two-way traffic is expected to be restored at noon on Thursday, he said.

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Taiwan’s preparedness has evolved in response to past quakes.

Taiwan’s earthquake preparedness has evolved over the past few decades in response to some of the island’s largest and most destructive quakes .

In the years after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in central Taiwan killed nearly 2,500 people in 1999, the authorities established an urban search-and-rescue team and opened several emergency medical operation centers, among other measures .

And in 2018, after a quake in the eastern coastal city of Hualien killed 17 people and caused several buildings to partially collapse, the government ordered a wave of building inspections .

Taiwan has also been improving its early warning system for earthquakes since the 1980s. And two years ago, it rolled out new building codes that, among other things, require owners of vulnerable buildings to install ad-hoc structural reinforcements.

So how well prepared was Taiwan when a 7.4 magnitude quake struck near Hualien on Wednesday morning, killing at least seven people and injuring hundreds more?

Across the island, one building collapsed entirely, 15 others were in a state of partial collapse and another 67 were damaged, the island’s fire department said on Wednesday afternoon . Structural engineers could not immediately be reached for comment to assess that damage, or the extent to which building codes and other regulations might have either contributed to it or prevented worse destruction.

As for search-and-rescue preparedness, Taiwan is generally in very good shape, said Steve Glassey, an expert in disaster response who lives in New Zealand.

“ The skill sets, the capabilities, the equipment, the training is second to none,” said Dr. Glassey, who worked with Taipei’s urban search-and-rescue team during the response to a devastating 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. “They’re a very sharp operation.”

But even the best urban search-and-rescue team will be stretched thin if an earthquake causes multiple buildings to collapse, Dr. Glassey said.

Taiwan has options for requesting international help with search-and-rescue efforts. It could directly ask another country, or countries, to send personnel. And if multiple teams were to get involved, it could ask the United Nations to help coordinate them, as it did after the 1999 earthquake.

Pierre Peron, a spokesman for the United Nations, said on Wednesday afternoon that no such request had yet been made as a result of the latest earthquake.

Meaghan Tobin contributed reporting.

At least seven people have died and 736 have been injured as a result of the earthquake, according to Taiwan’s fire department. Another 77 people remained trapped in Hualien County, many of them on hiking trails. Search and rescue operations are underway, said the fire department.

Siyi Zhao

Aftershocks of magnitudes between 6.5 and 7 were likely to occur over the next three or four days, said Wu Chien-fu, director of the Taiwanese Central Weather Administration’s Seismology Center, at a news conference.

As of 2 p.m., 711 people had been injured across Taiwan, the fire department said, and 77 people in Hualien County remained trapped. The four who were known to have died were in Hualien.

Victoria Kim

Hualien County is a quiet and scenic tourist destination.

Hualien County on Taiwan’s east coast is a scenic, sleepy tourist area tucked away from the island’s urban centers, with a famous gorge and aquamarine waters. It also happens to sit on several active faults , making it prone to earthquakes.

The county has a population of about 300,000, according to the 2020 census, about a third of whom live in the coastal city of Hualien, the county seat. It is one of the most sparsely populated parts of Taiwan. About three hours by train from the capital, Taipei, the city describes itself as the first place on the island that’s touched by the sun.

Hualien County is home to Taroko National Park, one of Taiwan’s most popular scenic areas. Visitors come to explore the Taroko Gorge, a striated marble canyon carved by the Liwu River, which cuts through mountains that rise steeply from the coast. The city of Hualien is a popular destination as a gateway to the national park.

According to the state-owned Central News Agency, three hikers were trapped on a trail near the entrance to the gorge on Wednesday, after the quake sent rocks falling. Two of them were found dead, the news agency said. Administrators said many roads within the park had been cut off by the earthquake, potentially trapping hikers, according to the report.

Earthquakes have rattled Hualien with some regularity. In 2018, 17 people were killed and hundreds of others injured when a magnitude 6.5 quake struck just before midnight, its epicenter a short distance northeast of the city of Hualien.

Many of the victims in that quake were in a 12-story building that was severely tilted, the first four floors of which were largely crushed, according to news reports from the time. The next year, the area was shaken by a 6.1-magnitude earthquake that injured 17 people.

The area has some of the highest concentrations of Taiwan’s aboriginal population, with several of the island’s Indigenous tribes calling the county home .

The county government in Hualien released a list of people that had been hospitalized with injuries, which stood at 118 people as of midday Wednesday.

Across Taiwan, one building fell down entirely, in Changhua County on the west coast, and 15 buildings partially collapsed, Taiwan’s fire department said. Another 67 buildings were damaged. One of the partially collapsed structures was a warehouse in New Taipei City where four people were rescued, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency. Another 12 were rescued at a separate New Taipei City building where the foundation sank into the ground.

Peggy Jiang, who manages The Good Kid, a children’s bookstore down the street from the partially collapsed Uranus Building in Hualien, said it was a good thing they had yet to open when the quake struck. The area is now blocked off by police and rescue vehicles. “Most people in Hualien are used to earthquakes,” she said. “But this one was particularly scary, many people ran in the street immediately afterward.”

Lin Jung, 36, who manages a shop selling sneakers in Hualien, said he had been at home getting ready to take his 16-month-old baby to a medical appointment when the earthquake struck. He said it felt at first like a series of small shocks, then “suddenly it turned to an intense earthquake shaking up and down.” The glass cover of a ceiling lamp fell and shattered. “All I could do was protect my baby.”

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The earthquake damaged buildings and a highway in Hualien.

The magnitude 7.4 earthquake that struck Taiwan on Wednesday damaged many buildings and a major highway in Hualien, a city on the eastern coast, and it knocked out power as it rocked the island.

Across Taiwan, the quake and its aftershocks caused one building to completely collapse and 15 others to partially collapse, according to Taiwan’s fire department. Sixty-seven other buildings sustained damage.

Two tall buildings in Hualien that sustained particularly extensive damage were at the center of the rescue efforts there. Most damage across the city was not life-threatening, said Huang Hsuan-wan, a reporter for a local news site.

Where buildings were reported damaged in Hualien City

“A lot of roads were blocked off. There are a lot of walls toppled over onto cars,” Derik du Plessis, 44, a South African resident of Hualien, said shortly after the earthquake. He described people rushing around the city to check on their houses and pick up their children. One of his friends lost her house, he said.

One of the damaged buildings in Hualien, a 10-story structure called the Uranus Building that housed a mix of homes and shops, was tilted over and appeared to be on the verge of collapse. Many of its residents managed to flee, but some were missing, said Sunny Wang, a journalist based in the city. Rescuers were trying to reach the basement, concerned that people might be trapped there.

Photographs of the initial damage in Hualien showed another building, a five-story structure, leaning to one side, with crushed motorcycles visible at the ground-floor level. Bricks had fallen off another high-rise, leaving cracks and holes in the walls.

The quake also set off at least nine landslides on Suhua Highway in Hualien, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, which said part of the road had collapsed.

Taiwan’s fire department said four people had been killed in the earthquake.

John Yoon

Across Taiwan, 40 flights have been canceled or delayed because of the earthquake, according to Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Center.

President Tsai Ing-wen visited Taiwan’s national emergency response center this morning, where she was briefed about the response efforts underway by members of the ministries of defense, transportation, economic affairs and agriculture, as well as the fire department.

Paul Mozur

TSMC, the world’s biggest maker of advanced semiconductors, said all personnel are safe after the morning earthquake, and that those evacuated from its factories were beginning to return to work. The company said it had suspended work at construction sites for the day and would resume work only after further inspection.

Sui-Lee Wee

Sui-Lee Wee

Authorities in the Philippines have canceled all tsunami warnings, saying that their monitoring stations have not detected any significant sea level disturbances.

A look at Taiwan’s strongest earthquakes.

The magnitude 7.4 earthquake that hit Taiwan on Wednesday morning was the strongest in 25 years, the island’s Central Weather Administration said.

At least four people died after the quake struck off Taiwan’s east coast, officials said.

Here’s a look back at some of the major earthquakes in modern Taiwanese history:

Taichung, 1935

Taiwan’s deadliest quake registered a magnitude of 7.1 and struck near the island’s west coast in April 1935, killing more than 3,200 people, according to the Central Weather Administration. More than 12,000 others were injured and more than 50,000 homes were destroyed or damaged.

Tainan, 1941

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake in December 1941, which struck southwestern Taiwan, caused several hundred deaths, the United States Geological Survey said.

Chi-Chi, 1999

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake in central Taiwan killed nearly 2,500 people in September 1999. The quake, which struck about 90 miles south-southwest of Taipei, was the second-deadliest in the island’s history, according to the U.S.G.S. and the Central Weather Administration. More than 10,000 people were injured and more than 100,000 homes were destroyed or damaged.

Yujing, 2016

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake in February 2016 caused a 17-story apartment complex in southwestern Taiwan to collapse, killing at least 114 people . The U.S.G.S. later said that 90 earthquakes of that scale or greater had occurred within 250 kilometers, or 155 miles, of that quake’s location over the previous 100 years.



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