Things to do in Anchorage

Our most recommended things to do in Anchorage, Alaska

From Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise with Lunch

1. From Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise with Lunch

Experience up-close views of the glaciers and wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park on this round-trip cruise from Seward. Sail past the majestic Holgate and Aialik Glaciers and enjoy a complimentary deli lunch. Listen as the captain explains the surrounding geology and wildlife. Step aboard a stable, high-speed catamaran for a full day of exploring Kenai Fjords National Park. Start your cruise in Resurrection Bay and learn about the park, the surrounding area, and wildlife from your captain. Allow your captain to take you to the best wildlife viewing areas for the opportunity to see stunning marine life including whales, otters, seals, and thousands of seabirds. Head out into the Gulf of Alaska past Bear Glacier, the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Take advantage of getting up close with 2 active tidewater glaciers, Aialik Glacier and Holgate Glacier as your cruise stops nearby. Watch for calving, where giant chunks of glacier ice break off and crash into the water. Experienced deckhands will secure a chunk of glacier ice to make the most amazing cocktails and glacier margaritas.

Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 6-Hour Cruise

2. Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 6-Hour Cruise

Board a stable, state-of-the-art catamaran and spend a day filled with wildlife, glaciers, mountains, and more. See whales and glaciers in Resurrection Bay and learn the history of the region from your captain. The cruise begins by searching for wildlife in the protected waters of Resurrection Bay. Whales, sea otters, and puffins are often sighted within minutes of leaving the harbor. The captain will provide information on the area's wildlife, glaciers, fjords, and history. Stop at one tidewater glacier that has frequent calving events, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water. A full bar is available for those wanting to enjoy local beers and glacier cocktails. Savor a deli-style lunch on board while you cruise.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Admission Ticket

3. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Admission Ticket

Enjoy an admission ticket that will grant you access to over 200-acres of animal enclosures and stunning nature. Take a self-tour of the scenic 1.5-mile loop, accessible by foot, by bike, or by car, while learning about the resident wildlife via interpretive signs at each animal habitat. Support the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, which is a non-profit sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research, and quality animal care. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is located in Portage Valley and is surrounded by the breathtaking Chugach Mountain Range and Turnagain Arm Inlet. Venture through the AWCC’s 1.5 mile loop which is the perfect adventure for the winter months. Experience unique ways to explore the Center while enjoying the wildlife in the winter include gliding on your cross country skis, riding your fat bike, or utilizing AWCC’s complimentary kick-sled rentals. Relax on board your own vehicle with a picturesque 1.5 mile loop drive around the sanctuary. See orphaned and injured animals taken in by the AWCC that have now been given a forever home.

From Anchorage: Matanuska Glacier Full-Day Tour

4. From Anchorage: Matanuska Glacier Full-Day Tour

Experience the beauty and awe of the Matanuska Glacier on a full-day trip from Anchorage. Drive the Glenn Highway up the Matanuska Valley along the Matanuska River. The glacier is 100 miles from Anchorage, so there are vast open vistas to enjoy along the way when the weather is clear. Check in at the Glacier Park office and take advantage of the indoor restrooms before heading up to the trailhead. Drive to the initial view of the breathtaking glacier. Collect your safety equipment - ice spikes/crampons for your shoes year-round plus helmets in the summer. Then head out with an experienced glacier guide. In winter (late November through April) you will load onto sleds and enjoy a slow, safe snow machine ride out to the magnificent blue ice. In summer (May through early November) experience a longer, more strenuous hike. Go home with a suite of epic photos and fantastic memories. This tour is a full eight-plus hours and operates snow or shine. If the weather in Anchorage is poor, the area near the glacier is often better. Other tours may say they'll deliver an experience of a lifetime, but this one truly does.

From Anchorage: Wilderness, Wildlife, & Glacier Experience

5. From Anchorage: Wilderness, Wildlife, & Glacier Experience

Experience rugged mountains, panoramic ocean views, wildlife, and amazing glaciers, all on this guided trip from Anchorage. Venture deeper into the Alaskan wilderness than a typical sightseeing tour with entry to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Chugach National Forest. Follow the sun and the wind towards the most scenic locations possible for the day of your tour. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and travel into exciting areas of the Chugach National Forest that require special permits. Spot brown bears, wolves, bison, and belugas. Enjoy live commentary and learn about the unique landscapes of Alaska from your expert guide. Discover the rich history and experience the wonders of the Ring of Glaciers. Spend the day alongside highly trained adventure guides whose sole purpose is to leave you with memories lasting a lifetime. Take advantage of complimentary photo lessons from your guide throughout the activity.

From Seward: Half-Day Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise Tour

6. From Seward: Half-Day Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise Tour

Embark on a guided sightseeing cruise from Seward along Resurrection Bay from Seward with guided commentary. Encounter native wildlife like whales, puffins, sea otters, and more before witnessing the natural beauty of the Kenai Fjords National Park. Benefit from a shuttle from the railroad depot or the cruise ship port. Then, head off the beaten track in search of wildlife where they often appear through Resurrection Bay. With the help of binoculars, watch as sea otters carry their pups on their bellies. Marvel at the speed of the Dall's porpoise as they surf the vessel's wake. Be awed by the size and majesty of orcas, humpbacks, and other incredible whale species, and learn about their habitat from the onboard guide. Take in the wild natural beauty of the Kenai Fjords National Park.

Anchorage: Deluxe Trolley City Tour

7. Anchorage: Deluxe Trolley City Tour

Learn about the rich history and natural beauty of Alaska's largest city and ride the trolley to 5+ stops throughout downtown Anchorage. Travel comfortably and take in some of the city's most exciting landmarks such as the Lake Hood small airplane airport. During the tour you will visit iconic locations such as Ship Creek, Earthquake Park, and Point Wornzoff. At each stop you will get the chance to hop-off for a few minutes, take pictures and ask questions to your knowledgeable, passionate, expert local guides.

Anchorage Area: Helicopter and Glacier Dogsled Tour

8. Anchorage Area: Helicopter and Glacier Dogsled Tour

Soar over Alaska on a spectacular helicopter ride above glaciers and icebergs. Search the skyline for moose, black bears, Dall sheep, and mountain goats. Land on a glacier snowfield and enjoy a whole hour with Alaskan sled dogs and their mushers who live here all summer long. Take the dog team for an exhilarating dog sled ride through snow, surrounded by amazing scenery. Overboots so your shoes stay dry, extra jackets and warm gear can be provided. Stand on the runners and mush your own dog team, or sit on the sled and let the mushers run the team. The length of this tour makes it perfect for any traveler. After the dogsled tour, meet the canine athletes that pulled your sled, listen to stories about running sled dog races of over a 1,000 miles long, meet the puppies and take pictures with your favorite dogs. After the dog sled experience, take a helicopter ride over the lower glaciers where you can see the blue melt pools and the crevasses on your way back to the lodge.

Anchorage: 1-Hour Trolley Tour

9. Anchorage: 1-Hour Trolley Tour

Enjoy a fully narrated tour of historic Anchorage from the comfort of an enclosed, heated trolley with panoramic windows. Travel a 15-mile circuit through Alaska's largest city, while a lively and informative Alaskan guide shares the history of the city, their family stories, and more. Departing from the corner of 4th and F Street, the tour includes many highlights, such as the Mysterious Earthquake Park, and Westchester Lagoon, where waterfowl abound, and moose and small mammals forage. See the Alaska Railroad, and float planes departing from Lake Hood and Lake Spenard. Enjoy breathtaking views of mountain ranges, wildlife sightings, and historic neighborhoods In addition, get a coupon book serving more than 20 restaurants, gift shops, tours, and attractions in downtown Anchorage.

Talkeetna: Mountain Voyager with Optional Glacier Landing

10. Talkeetna: Mountain Voyager with Optional Glacier Landing

Check-in at a unique Alaskan log office before hopping on a single-engine, high-wing aircraft to begin your fantastic scenic flight. Enjoy a 1 hour and 15-minute flight winding in and around the Alaska Range's major peaks—Hunter, Foraker and Denali. Follow the massive glacier highways from above while listening to fascinating expert narration from your pilot. Witness Kahiltna Glacier, the longest in Denali National Park, stretching 45 miles with stunning ridges of earth and ice. This tour is perfect for those who want to soak in traditional Denali views while adding additional views from the south and west. The extra time in the air also allows for greater flexibility in finding the best views of the day. Upgrade your tour to include a glacier landing during your flight. Experience the exhilaration of standing among the majestic peaks of the Alaska Range. Play in the snow, take photos or just take it all in. Glacier landings add 30 minutes to the total tour duration.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 569 reviews

This cruise was absolutely amazing. The scenery and wildlife are out of this world, and the boat/crew were fantastic. I would highly recommend this excursion!!

I had a really great time. I like the narration about the area. Staff was friendly and we saw a lot of animals plus the area is beautiful.

Fue una gran experiencia, vimos los Glaciares Y el recorrido fue muy bello Sin duda volvería a repetir la experiencia !!

Lori was so informative and nice! the Glacier itself is breathtaking. we loved everything about this experience.

Great trip! Staff was excellent! Very knowledgeable!