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Comfort and Convenience While there are many people who are fine with hiking Alaska’s backcountry with a tent and a backpack, those who choose package tours tend to prefer to travel in a little more comfort. “We’ve had phenomenal growth over the past couple of years—Baby Boomers have the income to travel and want to www.akbizmag.com

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Toller, adding that they will also transport passengers from cruise ships. Alaskan Tour Guides, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, prides itself on offering multi-day, multi-adventure trips that span multiple generations and offer something for all activity levels. “One of the things that make us unique is that—because we drive smaller coaches and have smaller groups—we are able to get off the beaten path a little more,” says Toller. “We can go where larger coaches or groups can’t, like Indian Valley Mine, the Matanuska Glacier, Eklutna, Hatcher Pass, and Wrangell St. Elias. Our destinations set us apart.” The Tollers pride themselves on providing an authentic experience, using Alaskan guides and scheduling activities at Alaskan-owned operations. “We look for smaller, local suppliers that have good safety records and can provide a personalized experience,” says Toller. “They need to provide excellent service and be very conscientious and connect with our guests personally, which is what our customers love. “For example, we’ve been working for years with Dream a Dream Kennel, owned by Mat-Su Mayor Vern Halter,” she continues. “He provides a very intimate experience for our guests; they get to have lunch with a musher and spend some one-on-one time. They get to meet real Alaskans and learn what life is like up here.” Alaskan Tour Guides guests appreciate that they don’t have to battle for attention as well. “In a smaller group, people are able to do more in the time that they have,” says Toller. “Of course, everyone wants to do everything, but the size of Alaska won’t accommodate that. But they do get to see more because they don’t have to wait for fifty or one hundred people to get on and off a bus, have lunch, or use the restroom. We can include more because we have more time.”

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