2020 Travel Trade Planner

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THE OFFICIAL TRAVEL TRADE PLANNER

ANCHORAGE and Southcentral Alaska

WHAT’S INSIDE? Itinerary Ideas pg. 10 Map of Activities pg. 15 Accommodations pg. 19 tourism@anchorage.net

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This publication is produced by Visit Anchorage, specifically for domestic and international travel trade. Use this planner to build basic destination knowledge and assist with client itinerary planning.

WHO IS VISIT ANCHORAGE?

WHY ANCHORAGE?

Visit Anchorage is the official tourism bureau and destination marketing organization for Alaska’s most populous city.

Anchorage boasts many of the best aspects of Alaska. Highlights include:

Anchorage offers so many Alaska experiences in one place. Towering mountains, sparkling glaciers, and amazing wildlife – all accessible from the comforts of Alaska’s largest city. For travel trade resources, training, and assistance, the Visit Anchorage Tourism Development team is ready to help. Stay in touch!

• There are 60 glaciers within an hour’s travel of Anchorage. • Wildlife viewing – Anchorage hosts 1,500 resident moose, as well as eagles, fox, beluga whales, bears, and more! • Fascinating museums exploring local history.

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• Diverse cultures and Alaska Native peoples.

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• Culinary delights abound. Highlights include Alaska-grown vegetables and fresh Alaska seafood.

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• The Chugach Mountains, framing Anchorage’s city skyline, Dutch Harbor are a natural wonderland with trails, peaks, rivers, glaciers, and abundant wildlife.

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• Transportation and vacation hub for mainland Alaska adventures and activities.

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BECOME AN ANCHORAGE WILD EXPERT!

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Visit Anchorage wants YOU to become an Anchorage Wild Expert (AWE). For travel trade resources, visit Anchorage.net/travel-trade. There you will find: • Anchorage destination training • Travel trade e-newsletter sign-up • Sales materials to order • High-resolution photos • Live training schedules • Itinerary solutions • FAM opportunities

Anchorage Summer

Winter

Year-round

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Look for these three symbols throughout the guide. They will help you identify activities that are single-season only, or offered year-round. You may be surprised to find many visitor favorites can be enjoyed in more than the popular summer season.

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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS ANCHORAGE? • Anchorage is in the heart of Southcentral Alaska, located between Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains. • With almost 300,000 residents, Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, with 41% of the state’s population.

CANADA

• Alaska is the northwest boundary of the United States, separated from the contiguous 48 states by Canada.

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• The Anchorage Municipality is 1,961 sq. miles (3,156 sq. km) from Portage Glacier to Eklutna – about the size of the state of Delaware.

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REGIONS OF ALASKA

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Because Alaska is so large, it’s easier to understand when addressedFairbanks by regions.

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Includes the Kenai Peninsula Homer Seward and Matanuska Valley.

• Southwest – Includes the Aleutian Islands and Kodiak the island of Kodiak.

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• Interior – Includes Denali National Park and Fairbanks, Alaska’s third-largest city.

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Much of the Southeast, Southwest, and Arctic regions of Alaska are only accessible by boat or plane.

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SOUTHEAST

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• Arctic – Above the Arctic Circle. Includes Nome, the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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HOW BIG IS ALASKA?

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• Alaska is bigger than the U.S. states of Texas, California, and Montana combined. Attu | San Francisco

• Alaska has more than 50% of the entire U.S. coastline, or 6,640 miles (10,686 km).

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• Alaska is so big it has its own time zone – Alaska Standard Time, one hour behind Pacific Standard Time.

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HOW TO GET TO ANCHORAGE

CRUISE, FLY, DRIVE

Getting to Anchorage is much easier than many think. Cruising to Southcentral Alaska is very popular. Flying into Anchorage’s INTERIOR international airport is also easy and allows for more time in mainland Alaska, discovering the vast mountains, wildlife, and glaciers.

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Turn the transfer into a tour. Many transportation companies offer cruise transfers that include a tour of Turnagain Arm attractions. See page 21 for listings.

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SOUTHEAST Sitka

CRUISING ALASKA

Alaska cruises are a comfortable way to tour the Last Frontier. When booking clients on an Alaska cruise, take a minute to review these tips to ensure your clients get the most out of the experience.

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• Choose to book your clients on a cross-Gulf cruise option. This cruise itinerary travels between Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and the Southcentral Alaska ports of Seward or Whittier.

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• Cross-Gulf cruises allow your clients a chance to experience the mainland of Alaska with either a pre- or post-cruise land tour. • The port cities of Whittier and Seward connect to the road system and the Alaska Railroad rail network.

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GOOD TO KNOW • Multi-day cruising in Alaska happens in the summer season, May to mid-September. • Cross-Gulf cruises depart Vancouver, Canada, requiring all passengers to have a passport. • Most cross-Gulf cruises are 7-days long and one-way. • Adding four extra nights in Anchorage or Southcentral Alaska to a 7-day cruise allows clients to take an easy 2-week vacation and offers more Alaska experiences. • Embarking or disembarking in Seward or Whittier connects easily with the Alaska Railroad, which offers not only transportation but full independent Alaska land tours. • Most cross-Gulf cruisers will have a full day in Anchorage before departure. Pre-book a tour to maximize their Alaska experience. 3 | OFFICIAL TRAVEL TRADE PLANNER

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FLY/DRIVE ALASKA LAND TOUR

More visitors are asking for a land-based itinerary. There are many fly/drive options to accommodate clients wanting an independent land excursion. Anchorage is home to many tour operators who can help arrange packaged Alaska vacations for your clients. See page 18 for listings.

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DOMESTIC AIR SERVICE Alaska Airlines Allegiant American Airlines Delta Airlines Sun Country United Airlines

• TSAIA is located 6 miles (10 km) from downtown Anchorage (10 – 15 minute ride).

INTERNATIONAL AIR SERVICE Air Canada Condor Airlines Eurowings Icelandair Yakutia

• Airport transfers are quick and easy. Uber, Lyft, and taxi services are available.

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• The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (TSAIA), located in the heart of Anchorage, serves over 5 million people annually.

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• All major car rental agencies are located at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. See page 21 for more information. • Fly/drive land tour itineraries are available year-round. You can create one for your clients using this planner or book with a local package tour operator. See page 18 for listings.

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Many Anchorage hotels offer complimentary airport shuttle service. See Accommodations on page 19.

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ALASKA RAILROAD

The Alaska Railroad operates on 500 miles (800 km) of track, as far south as Seward and as far north as Fairbanks. The Alaska Railroad offers transportation, day tours, and packages with multiple daily departures. Destinations available via the Alaska Railroad:

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GOING SOUTH • Whittier – 1.5 hours • Spencer Glacier – 1.5 hours • Seward – 4 hours

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ANCHORAGE IN ANY SEASON

OPEN YEAR-ROUND

Anchorage is a year-round destination with a robust selection of authentic Alaska adventures and attractions in any month of the year. Enjoy train trips, wildlife viewing, flightseeing tours, the Anchorage Museum, and glacier visits no matter the date. See pages 15-16 for more ideas in each part of Southcentral Alaska.

SUMMER (mid-May to mid-September)

FALL (mid-September through October)

GOOD TO KNOW

GOOD TO KNOW

• Summer shoulder season is mid-May through the first week in June

• Value pricing for airfare, lodging, activities, and car rentals

• Summer shoulder season offers more tour and lodging availability

• Fall northern lights viewing features nice dark skies but typically no snow on the ground

• Mid-June, July, and August are peak summer pricing

• Glacier and wildlife day boat cruises available out of Whittier and Seward

• All summer activities are operating by mid-May • For peak summer options, 3 – 6 month advance booking is recommended for best availability

SELLING POINTS

• Many direct flights are available into Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

• Autumn leaves and vibrant fall colors

• Glacier viewing is excellent all summer

• Stunning sunrises and sunsets from Anchorage

SELLING POINTS Early Summer

• Fewer visitors • Fall northern lights viewing • Excellent dining and entertainment options

• Snowcapped peaks • Long daylight hours and midnight sun

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES & DAYLIGHT HOURS

• Newborn moose and other wildlife

Peak Summer • Summer solstice celebrations, June 20

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• Lush green landscapes

63˚F/17˚C 22:00 daylight

• Great salmon fishing in Ship Creek • Warmest temperatures • Activities include kayaking, hiking, glacier day cruises, local markets, and festivals

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65˚F/18˚C 21:36 daylight

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• Beginning of fall colors • Big wildlife are more active and visible • Morning and evening golden hour of light • Evening sky returns to see northern lights • Aurora season begins mid-August

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Summer solstice in Anchorage brings 22 hours of functional daylight, along with many celebrations and special events. For more information on local solstice events: Anchorage.net/solstice

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MARCH

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34˚F/1˚C 13:10 daylight

40˚F/5˚C 11:34 daylight

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WINTER (November to March)

SPRING (April to mid-May)

GOOD TO KNOW

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• Value pricing for airfare, lodging, activities, and car rentals • Most tour operators provide transportation and outdoor gear • Long winter nights are prime for northern lights viewing • Fur Rondy festival is the last 10 days of February • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has a ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage on the first Saturday of March with the official start on Sunday in Willow, Alaska (subject to change depending on snow) • Winter temperatures are moderate in Anchorage, influenced by maritime weather • Many non-stop and one-stop flights into Anchorage

SELLING POINTS • Snow-covered peaks, alpenglow colors during extended sunrise and sunset, and a warm, golden glow during daylight hours due to low horizon sun – great for photographers

• Long daylight hours and moderate temperatures • Northern lights season continues through April • Value season pricing and availability • Snow melting around town • Still snow in the mountains but it feels warm due to long days

SELLING POINTS • Activities include spring skiing until 7 p.m., earlyseason fishing, gray whale day boat tours, Prince William Sound glacier day cruises, spring festivals • Migratory birds return – viewing areas throughout Anchorage • Newborn moose, musk oxen, and reindeer • Fewer visitors

• Activities include photo tours, dog sledding, cross-country and downhill skiing, flightseeing, winter glacier trekking, day boat cruises, snowmobiling, and northern lights viewing • Winter solstice celebrations, Dec. 21 • New Year’s Eve fireworks • Fur Rondy festival and Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race offer fun activities and local events for the whole family • Gray whale watching tours begin in Seward early March

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Seeing the aurora (mid-August through April) can be a magical, ethereal experience. For more information on seeing the northern lights in Anchorage: Anchorage.net/aurora

WHAT TO PACK Anchorage’s informality makes casual wear welcome virtually everywhere. In addition to regular clothing, add the following to your packing list, depending on season and planned activities. As a rule, it’s best to wear layers.

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Light hat, gloves

Winter hat, gloves

Winter hat, gloves, scarf

Hiking shoes

Waterproof shoes/boots

Warm winter boots

Warm socks

Warm socks

Heavy socks

Layers, fleece jacket or vest

Warm layers, fleece jacket or vest

Warm layers, down vest, fleece jacket

Rain jacket

Warm waterproof jacket

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Shorts and hiking pants

Long pants

Snow pants

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ITINERARY BUILDER – ANCHORAGE & SOUTHCENTRAL

MAKE IT YOUR OWN

Alaska Wish List Anchorage and the greater Southcentral region of Alaska have many beautiful places and exciting activities that add value to your clients’ holiday, no matter when they visit. When building a client itinerary, it’s important to determine what’s on their “Alaska Wish List.” An Anchorage-based itinerary can include all the top things your clients want to experience. Year-round, Anchorage-based itineraries can range from an extra day in Anchorage at the beginning or end of an Alaska cruise, to a multi-day stay any time of the year. Multi-day stays can include sights and experiences both north and south of Anchorage.

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A DAY IN ANCHORAGE

Depending on your clients’ interests, there are plenty of ways to spend a day in the Anchorage area.

ACTIVE ADVENTURE PARKS AND TRAILS – Anchorage has over 223 municipal parks and 135 miles (217 km) of trails for your clients to explore on foot, by renting a bike, or on a guided tour. FLIGHTSEEING – Seeing Alaska’s beautiful mountains, glaciers, and wildlife by air is an incredible experience any time of year. DOG SLEDDING – Mush on a wheeled cart or on a glacier in the summer months, or in an authentic sled when the snow flies. HIKING, SKIING, SNOWBOARDING – Alyeska Resort in Girdwood (40 miles/64 km from downtown Anchorage) is an adventure playground with scenic tram rides, hiking, downhill mountain biking, and winter season cross-country ski trails, downhill skiing, and snowboarding.

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HISTORY AND CULTURE MUSEUMS AND CULTURE CENTERS – Anchorage has a diverse selection of museums and cultural experiences. Some of the most popular include Anchorage Museum, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Aviation Museum, Alaska Veterans Museum, Alaska Law Enforcement Museum, and the Alaska Jewish Museum. NATURAL HISTORY – For nature lovers, learn more at these locations: Eagle River Nature Center, Alaska Public Lands Information Center, and Alaska Museum of Science and Nature.

SHOPPING AND DINING Visitors enjoy Anchorage’s diverse and abundant dining scene, fresh seafood, local craft breweries, and distilleries. Local shopping is a top vacation activity and includes unique Alaska Native arts and crafts, local artisans, galleries, and souvenirs galore. Anchorage has no sales tax!

MULTI-DAY ANCHORAGEBASED VACATION Using Anchorage as your client’s basecamp is an ideal way to create the perfect Alaska vacation. Headquartering your clients in one of Anchorage’s many hotels and then filling their days with exciting day tours to the surrounding areas north and south of downtown allows your clients to experience all the top highlights of a quality Alaska vacation, year-round. AREAS GOING NORTH • Eagle River • Eklutna • Hatcher Pass • Matanuska Glacier • Talkeetna

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AREAS GOING SOUTH • Girdwood • Portage • Whittier • Seward

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WILDLIFE, MOUNTAINS, & BREWERIES

ANCHORAGE SEASON: Year-round FOCUS: Sightseeing and adventure Morning Guided Fat Tire Biking or Hiking Tour: Enjoy Anchorage’s fresh air and trails on a guided fat tire biking or hiking tour. No experience necessary. Activity level is moderate. Duration: 4 - 8 hours

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Check the Alaska Zoo schedule upon arrival for daily “Critter Chats.”

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Alaska Zoo: Visitors love the Alaska Zoo for its wide variety of Alaska land and marine animals. The zoo is a non-profit dedicated to conservation and care of Alaska’s wildlife. Duration: 2 - 4 hours Afternoon Anchorage Brew Tour: Craft brew aficionados and novices alike will enjoy the sightseeing, beer tasting, and narration of a tour through Anchorage’s breweries. Must be 21. Duration: 3 - 4 hours Evening Photo Tour: Evening light and incredible sights in Anchorage make for some spectacular photos. Book your clients on an evening photo tour for amazing scenery and sunset shots. From mid-August through April, photo tours include the northern lights. Duration: 3 - 6 hours

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Many Anchorage galleries, cafes, and other shops host local artwork on the first Friday of each month. Most offer refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artist.

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CITYWIDE ADVENTURE

ANCHORAGE SEASON: Summer (May - September) FOCUS: Sightseeing and adventure Morning City Tour: The Anchorage Trolley and Segway Tours of Anchorage will tour your clients to some of the hidden gems of the area. Duration: 1 - 3 hours Afternoon Alaska Native Heritage Center: An immersive experience of Alaska Native culture, arts, and crafts. View replicas of traditional village sites and lodgings. Duration: 2 - 3 hours Ship Creek salmon fishing or hatchery visit: From downtown it’s a short walk to Ship Creek, Anchorage’s salmon stream. Watch or participate in salmon fishing. Or stroll upstream to visit the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery.

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Salmon fishing in Ship Creek, in downtown Anchorage, offers a chance to catch a wild Alaska salmon. The Bait Shack rents equipment, sells fishing licenses, and processes fish.

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Alaska Botanical Garden: Located in the Chugach Mountains foothills, view gorgeous native Alaska landscapes and gardens. Free shuttle from the Log Cabin Visitor Information Center. Duration: 1- 2 hours Chugach State Park: Drive or take a shuttle up to Glen Alps Trailhead to take in the sweeping views of Anchorage. For a more strenuous adventure, climb Flattop Mountain. The trail is 3.3 miles and moderate to difficult skill level.

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Visitors can enjoy both the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Anchorage Museum with the purchase of the Alaska Culture Pass. alaskaculturepass.org

Evening Flightseeing: Evening in Anchorage is one of the best times of the day. Enjoy wide open vistas with a flight tour over Cook Inlet, the Chugach Mountains, and glaciers. Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours OR

Distillery tasting: Uber, Lyft, or cab to a midtown distillery for creative cocktails made with Alaska flavors.

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SNOW MUCH FUN

ANCHORAGE SEASON: Winter (November - March) FOCUS: Snow adventure Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding Duration: Half-day, full-day Anchorage has several well-established ski mountains to choose from: • Hilltop Ski Area is close to downtown, offering beginner and moderate ski runs, ski and snowboard rentals, and food service. • Arctic Valley is located on the northern outskirts of Anchorage and offers mainly moderate ski runs. The road leading to Arctic Valley can be challenging and an AWD vehicle is recommended. Bar and food service is available. Arctic Valley also offers a liftsupported snow tubing hill, which is fun for all ages. • Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, 40 miles (64 km) away, is also within the Anchorage municipality. Alyeska Resort is a full-service ski/snowboard resort with runs for all abilities, a snowboard park, on-slope bars and dining, spa, and equipment rental.

WINTER EVENTS:

• Winter solstice celebrations (Dec. 21) • New Year’s Eve fireworks • Anchorage International Film Festival • Fur Rondy • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race • Spring Carnival and Slush Cup (Alyeska Resort) For more info: anchorage.net/winter/events

Additional Anchorage Snow Adventures Duration: 1 hour - full-day • Cross-country skiing on local trails • Sleigh rides • Snowshoeing • Fat tire biking Other Sightseeing and Snow Adventure Tour Options:

Southbound Adventures Duration: Half-day, full-day adventure • Snowmobile, snowshoe, and helicopter tours • Glacier and wildlife cruises • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Northbound Adventures Duration: Half-day, full-day adventure • Northern lights viewing • Snowmobile and dog sled tours • Matanuska Glacier trekking • Musk Ox Farm • Brewery tours via rail 13 | OFFICIAL TRAVEL TRADE PLANNER

TIP!

Many winter tour operators can provide appropriate gear and clothing for winter adventure.

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ITINERARY IDEA

SOUTHBOUND SIGHTSEEING & ADVENTURE

POINTS SOUTH OF ANCHORAGE SEASON: Summer (May - September) FOCUS: Sightseeing and adventure South of Anchorage day tours typically include transportation, ideal for clients who don’t have their own transportation but are also easy for those who rent a car or RV. The activities listed below can be done with or without included transportation and offer a full day of scenery, sightseeing, and adventure.

Turnagain Arm and Prince William Sound Duration: 6 - 10 hours Girdwood: • Alyeska Resort Aerial Tram • Guided hiking • Glacier dog sledding • Gold panning • Helicopter and flightseeing tours

TIP!

Girdwood Forest Fair is in early July. Music, arts, and food make good fun for the whole family.

Portage: • Portage Glacier and Begich, Boggs Visitor Center • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center • Spencer Glacier rafting, ice climbing, kayaking tours Whittier: • Prince William Sound day boat glacier tours • Prince William Sound kayak or jet ski tours

__________________________________________ Kenai Peninsula and Seward Duration: Full-day adventure (8 - 12 hours) Kenai/Soldotna/Cooper Landing: • Kenai Peninsula whitewater rafting • Kenai River guided salmon fishing Seward: • Kenai Fjords National Park day boat wildlife and glacier tours • Resurrection Bay guided kayaking tours • Exit Glacier and Visitor Center • Alaska SeaLife Center tourism@anchorage.net

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SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

EAGLE RIVER & EKLUTNA

Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge

Year-Round • Eagle River Nature Center – visitor center and trails • Eklutna Lake • Thunder Bird Falls trail

Yukon River

Kuskokwim River

• Historic Iditarod Trail access

Summer Only *

TRAVEL TIMES FROM ANCHORAGE Car

Train

Airplane

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2.5 hrs

Talkeetna

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Hatcher Pass

2 hrs

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1.5 hrs

Summer Only • Food and farm tours

Wasilla

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Wasilla Palmer Denali National Park

1 hr

• Rafting and float trips

Eklutna

20 min

Eagle River

Wood-Tikc State Pa

Bristol Bay

Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge

Winter Only • Snowmobile tours

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45 min

• Fat tire bike and snowshoe rentals

Year-Round • Matanuska Glacier trekking • Knik Glacier and tours access • Iditarod Trail Headquarters • Musk Ox Farm • Sled dog and kennel tours

4 hrs Denali National Park Talkeetna

Winter Only PALMER, WASILLA, & MATANUSKA VALLEY

NORTH 3 hrs

Togiak National Wildlife Refuge

• Eklutna Lake bike and kayak rentals

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TALKEETNA Year-Round • Views of Denali • Historic main street • Flightseeing • Alaska Railroad depot • Sled dog and kennel tours

ANCHORAGE 30 min

Beluga Point

45 min

Girdwood

1 hr

Girdwood Homer

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Portage

Summer Only • Jet boat tours • Zipline tours • River fishing charters

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1.5 hrs

Whittier Portage

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2 hrs

Whittier

2.5 hrs

Seward

SEWARD & KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK

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Soldotna Kenai

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4 hrs

Anchor Point Seward

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5 hrs

Homer

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Year-Round • Alaska SeaLife Center Summer Only • Glacier and wildlife cruises • Saltwater fishing charters • Alaska Railroad depot • Exit Glacier Nature Center • Sea kayaking • Small boat harbor • Cruise ship port • Zipline tours

KENAI PENINSULA Year-Round • Eclectic arts communities • Saltwater fishing charters • Kachemak Bay State Park access Summer Only • Kenai River sport fishing • Rafting and float trips WHITTIER & PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND Year-Round • Glacier and wildlife cruises • Portage Pass Trail • College and Harriman fjords • Whittier World War II history museum Summer Only • Cruise ship port • Sea kayaking • Saltwater fishing charters • Alaska Railroad depot • Glacier jet ski tours anchoragewildexperts


Innoko National Wildlife Refuge

Denali National Park

Denali

Denali State Park

SOUTHWEST

Talkeetna

SOUTHCENTRAL Wasilla

Anchorage

Nushagak River

chik ark

Girdwood Portage Whittier

Kenai Soldotna

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Homer Cook Inlet

Katmai National Park and Preserve

Palmer

Kenai Fjords National Park

Glacier

Eklutna Chugach Eagle River Mountains

Kennicott Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

Valdez

Prince William Sound

Seward

St. Elias Range

Gulf of Alaska Inside Passage

ANCHORAGE Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge

Kodiak Island

Kodiak

GIRDWOOD & TURNAGAIN ARM Year-Round • Alyeska Resort • Chugach State Park and Chugach National Forest access • Alyeska Resort Aerial Tram • Fine dining • Helicopter flightseeing • Sled dog and kennel tours • Winner Creek trail

Summer Only • Beluga whale viewing • Turnagain Arm bore tide • Crow Creek Gold Mine • Hiking • Berry picking • Mountain biking

Winter Only • Downhill skiing and snowboarding • Cross-country ski trails • Snowmobile tours • Heli- and snowcat skiing

tourism@anchorage.net

Summer Only

Year-Round • 135 miles (217 km) of multi-use trails • 1,500 resident moose • Chugach State Park and Glen Alps Trailhead • Helicopter and fixed-wing flightseeing tours • Anchorage Museum – state’s largest • Diverse dining • Wide range of accommodations – economy to upscale • Exciting arts and entertainment scene • 13 breweries, two distilleries • Alaska Railroad’s main depot • Alaska Zoo • City tours • Photography tours • Guided hiking • Bike tours • Tax-free shopping • Art galleries • Alaska Botanical Garden

• Downtown salmon fishing and viewing • Golf with tee times until 10 p.m. • Alaska Native Heritage Center • Fly-out fishing • ATV tours • Horse adventures • Kayaking

Winter Only • Northern lights tours (mid-August through April) • Cross-country skiing • Fat tire biking • Snowshoeing • Sled dog and kennel tours • Downhill skiing and snowboarding • Ice skating • Iditarod Sled Dog Race ceremonial start • Anchorage Fur Rondy winter festival • Lift-supported tubing park • Sleigh rides

PORTAGE Year-Round • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center • Trail of Blue Ice • Byron Glacier • Chugach National Forest

Summer Only • Float trips • Portage Glacier cruise • Begich, Boggs Visitor Center • Salmon viewing • Alaska Railroad depot for Spencer Glacier activities ANCHORAGE.NET/TRAVEL-TRADE | 16


ITINERARY IDEA

NORTHBOUND SIGHTSEEING & ADVENTURE

POINTS NORTH OF ANCHORAGE SEASON: Summer (May - September) FOCUS: Sightseeing and adventure North of Anchorage day tours are great for fly/drive clients with a rental car or RV. For those clients who opt not to rent a vehicle, there are many day tour operators that offer guided tours in these areas including transportation.

Eagle River, Eklutna, Hatcher Pass Duration: 3 - 12 hours Eagle River: A visit to the Eagle River Nature Center is an easy 25-minute drive from downtown Anchorage. An interpretive center, the ERNC offers public nature programs and has several trails to enjoy in Chugach State Park. Eklutna Lake: This area is extremely scenic and ideal for independent travelers with their own transportation. Explore, hike, or rent bikes and kayaks at the campground. Matanuska-Susitna Area (Mat-Su): Full of majestic mountain views, the Mat-Su area is home to glaciers, rich agriculture heritage, and historic mining. • Alaska Farm Tours – Learn the history of agricultural development in the Mat-Su. • Musk Ox Farm – Tour a farm dedicated to raising musk oxen and learn how their precious underfur, qiviut, is collected by combing. • Hatcher Pass and Independence Mine – Hatcher Pass is full of hiking trails and the historic Independence Gold Mine.

Matanuska Glacier

Willow and Talkeetna

Duration: 10 - 12 hours

Duration: 6 - 12 hours

Matanuska Glacier:

Willow:

• Matanuska River rafting • Glacier ice climbing • Matanuska Glacier trekking

• Sled dog and kennel tours • Fishing Talkeetna: • Jet boat tours • Denali flightseeing tours • Shopping and dining on historic main street • Sled dog and kennel tours

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PACKAGE TOUR OPERATORS

Summer

Winter

Year-round

These package tour operators offer various types of land-based Alaska vacations that include Anchorage in their itineraries. Each of these companies offer commissionable, pre-planned, and customizable land-based itineraries for your clients who are looking for an independent land tour experience. This includes pre- or post-cruise programs and land-only programs in all seasons.

(A & P) AMERICA & PACIFIC TOURS, INC.

ALASKA SKYLAR TRAVEL LLC

ALASKA ADVENTURE UNLIMITED, LLC.

ALASKA TOUR & TRAVEL

aexak.com info@aexak.com (360) 359-2136 Alaska tours with your premier Chinese receptive and tour operator. Custom programs, guaranteed departure, and FIT offered.

ALASKA TRAVEL CONNECTIONS LLC

gondwanaecotours.com info@gondwanaecotours.com (877) 587-8479 Wildlife and glacier package tours.

aptoursalaska.com aptours@alaska.net (907) 272-9401 Japanese year-round tour operator.

alaskaadventureunlimited.com info@alaskaadventureunlimited.com (907) 373-3494 Eco adventure tour packages (summer only), chalet rentals year-round.

ALASKA ALPINE ADVENTURES

alaskaalpineadventures.com info@alaskaalpineadventures.com (877) 525-2577 Eco adventure tour packages to remote locations.

ALASKA COLLECTION BY PURSUIT

alaskacollection.com info@alaskacollection.com (907) 777-2800 Pre-packaged and custom Alaska tours, featuring iconic Alaska lodges and tours.

ALASKA LATIN TOURS, LLC

alaskalatintours.com sales@alaskalatintours.com (907) 599-0500 Tours and transfers, group or solo, in Spanish.

ALASKA PRIVATE TOURING

alaskaprivatetouring.com experts@alaskaprivatetouring.com (907) 375-6582 Designing unique and highly personal experiences throughout Alaska including private guides, transportation, behind-the-scenes excursions, deluxe lodge stays, and private shore excursions.

ALASKA RAILROAD

alaskarailroad.com reservations@akrr.com (907) 265-2494 See Alaska by rail. One call to the Alaska Railroad books a complete travel package: lodging, activities, and day tours, linked across Alaska by train. Ask about our premium glass-dome railcars.

tourism@anchorage.net

5ialaska.com skylarjiang@skylartravel.com (907) 274-8884 Mandarin-speaking tour operator. alaskatravel.com info@alaskatravel.com (907) 245-0200 Custom vacation packages. alaskatravelconnections.com info@alaskatravelconnections.com (907) 315-3026 Customized Alaska vacations for independent travelers, couples, families, and small groups.

ALASKA TRAVEL SERVICES

alaskatravelservices.net info@alaskatravelservices.net (907) 599-0500 Anchorage-based tour operator offering customizable land based tours in English, Spanish, and Portugese.

ALASKA WILDLAND ADVENTURES

alaska-wildland.com (800) 478-4100 Alaska eco adventure tour packages.

ALASKAN TOUR GUIDES, INC.

alaskantour.com info@alaskantour.com (907) 746-1438 Alaskan-guided tours for small groups and families.

ALASKATOURS.COM

alaskatours.com mytrip@alaskatours.com (907) 277-3000 Statewide travel planning, packages, and tours.

ALL ALASKA TOURS

allalaskatours.com info@allalaskatours.com (907) 272-8687 Trip planning for group or individual travelers.

AURORA EXPEDITIONS

GONDWANA ECOTOURS

GONORTH ALASKA TRAVEL CENTER gonorth-alaska.com travel@gonorth-alaska.com (907) 479-7271 Full-service statewide trip planning. Full-range program including self-drive tours, great selection of accommodations of all types, activities, and a variety of transportation options.

GRAY LINE ALASKA

graylinealaska.com info@graylineofalaska.com (800) 544-2206 Alaska tours by railcar, coach, and boat.

GREATLAND ADVENTURES

greatlandadventures.com info@greatlandadventures.com (907) 980-8179 Local guide for the best tours to the best places in Alaska. Offering day tours and multi-day packages. Everything is customizable.

HAI SHIROKUMA TOURS, LLC

haishirokuma.com hai4690@haishirokuma.com (907) 258-4690 Anchorage-based Japanese small group tour and receptive operator. Tours in Japanese.

NEW WORLD TRAVEL & TOURS, INC.

alaskatour.co.kr nwtalaskatour@gmail.com (907) 276-7071 Anchorage-based Korean tour and receptive operator. Serving international, domestic, and charters.

NORTH POLE TOURS

aknpt.com jchung.npt@gmail.com (907) 274-8585 Anchorage-based Korean tour and receptive operator, offering guaranteed departures, customized itineraries, and private tours in Korean.

PLANET EARTH ADVENTURES, LLC

discoverak.com info@discoverak.com (907) 717-9666 Guided eco adventure package and custom tours throughout Alaska.

PREMIER ALASKA TOURS, INC.

premieralaskatours.com sales@touralaska.net (907) 279-0001 Custom group itineraries, escorted land tours, motorcoach charters, and deluxe dome rail packages.

RUBY RANGE ADVENTURE

rubyrange.com info@rubyrange.com (867) 322-8600 Offering more than 30 unique itineraries, ranging from remote fly-in expeditions to comfortable hotelbased road trips. With expert guides and helpful staff fluent in English, French, and German.

SALMON BERRY TOURS

salmonberrytours.com reservations@salmonberrytours.com (907) 278-3572 Numerous day tour and package tour options. All fully guided and include transportation.

WILKINSON EXPEDITIONS

alaskatrips.com alaskatrips@gci.net (907) 783-4332 Private, customized, guided Alaskan eco adventure packages.

XPERIENCE ALASKA

xperiencealaska.com info@xperiencealaska.com (907) 278-7878 Offering customized Alaska vacations specializing in upscale wilderness lodging. Guaranteed departures. Tours in English and Italian. ANCHORAGE.NET/TRAVEL-TRADE | 18


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S T A T E

P A R K

Wi-Fi

Breakfast included

Free parking

Breakfast available

Airport shuttle

Anchorage accommodations are available in many styles and prices, with a range of amenities. All the lodging options listed offer commissionable rates to travel trade.

DOWNTOWN Hilltop Ski Area

Flattop Trail

Flattop Mountain

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GUESTHOUSE ANCHORAGE INN ghalaska.com (907) 276-7226 •

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ANCHORAGE UPTOWN SUITES

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hiltonanchorage.com (907) 272-7411 • Indian i

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Peratrovich Park

Trooper Museum << E 5th Ave <<

Town Square

Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall

People Mover Transit Center

D St

E St

F St

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H St

Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center

<< C St < <

N St

Anchorage Museum

W 7th Ave >> I St >>

Glenn Hwy

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>> W 6th Ave >>

K St

Pioneer School House

Fire Station

<< W 5th Ave <<

<< L St < <

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<< E 4th Ave >>

<< W 4th Ave >>

Egan Center

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Ben Crawford Memorial Park

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RV Parking

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Martin Luther King Memorial

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Delaney Park (Park Strip)

Delaney Park (Park Strip)

E 10th Ave

M St

P St

W 10th Ave

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Ted Stevens International Airport and Lake Hood

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Eagle St

Delaney Park (Park Strip)

Veterans Memorial

Frontierland Park E 11th Ave

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<< Gambell St <<

DOWNTOWN ANCHORAGE

Salmon Viewing Platform

Port of Anchorage

Byron Glacier

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Elderberry Park

Twentymile Glacier

captaincook.com (907) 276-6000 • Hope

CLARION SUITES DOWNTOWN

Oscar Anderson House Museum

Alyeska Resort

Girdwood

historicanchoragehotel.com (907) 272-4553 •

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WESTMARK ANCHORAGE HOTEL

wyndhamhotels.com/ramada (907) 272-7561 •

Williwaw Lakes

Huffman Rd

marriott.com/ancdt (907) 279-8000 • Se

RAMADA ANCHORAGE DOWNTOWN

copperwhale.com (907) 258-7999 •

Williwaw lll Lakes Trail

ANCHORAGE MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN Huffman Rd

COPPER WHALE INN

thevoyagerinn.com (907) 277-9501 •

<< C St < <

Hillside Dr

Wolverine Peak Trail

<< N A St << >> A St Bridge >>

Upper O'Malley Rd

O'Malley Rd

THE VOYAGER INN

merrillfieldinn.com (907) 276-4547 •

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anchoragegrand.com (907) 929-8888 •

MERRILL FIELD INN

comfortinnanchorage.com (907) 277-6887 •

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Alaska Botanical Garden

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Goose Lake

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Cheney Lake

Baxter Rd

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Russian Jack Springs Park Boniface Pkwy

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Glenn Hwy

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HYATT PLACE HOTEL

LA QUINTA INN & SUITES ANCHORAGE AIRPORT

anchorage.embassysuites.com (907) 332-7000 •

AMERICA’S BEST VALUE INN & SUITES abvianc.com (907) 243-6366 •

FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT ANCHORAGE MIDTOWN

ASPEN SUITES HOTEL

marriott.com (907) 222-9000 •

aspenhotelsak.com (907) 770-3400 •

hamptoninn3.hilton.com (907) 550-7000 •

bestwesternanchorage.com (907) 561-1522 •

marriott.com/ancri (907) 563-9844 •

HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON

alyeskaresort.com To Palmer, Wasilla & • (907) 754-1111

hyatthouseanchorage.com (907) 992-2200 •

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Northern Lights Blvd

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Chugiak

Eagle EAGLE RIVER MICROTELRiver INN & SUITES

ANCHORAGE BOWL Alaska Railroad Depot

Mirror Lake

EAGLE RIVER microtelinn.com (907) 622-6000 •

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Denali Park

marriott.com/ancsh (907) 562-3247 •

HYATT HOUSE ANCHORAGE

crowneplaza.com/anchorageak (907) 433-4100 •

ALYESKA RESORT

SPRINGHILL SUITES BY MARRIOTT ANCHORAGE MIDTOWN

anchorage.homewoodsuites.com (907) 762-7000 •

CROWNE PLAZA ANCHORAGE – MIDTOWN

GIRDWOOD

RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT ANCHORAGE MIDTOWN

anchoragemidtown.home2suites.com (907) 561-5618 •

marriott.com/anccy (907) 245-0322 •

marriott.com/ancat (907) 334-8000 • Eklutna

qupq.com (907) 563-5633 •

HOME2 SUITES

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT ANCHORAGE AIRPORT

TOWNEPLACE SUITES ANCHORAGE MIDTOWN

QUPQUGIAQ INN

anchoragehie.com (907) 248-8848 •

choicehotels.com/hotel/ak026 (907) 243-8080 •

MY PLACE EXTENDED STAY HOTEL

millenniumhotels.com/anchorage (907) 243-2300 •

puffininn.net (907) 243-4044 •

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ANCHORAGE AIRPORT

COMFORT SUITES ANCHORAGE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

THE LAKEFRONT ANCHORAGE

PUFFIN INN

hgihotelanchorage.com (907) 729-7000 •

coasthotels.com (907) 243-2233 •

MICROTEL INN & SUITES ANCHORAGE AIRPORT

myplacehotels.com (907) 929-3500 •

HILTON GARDEN INN ANCHORAGE

COAST INTERNATIONAL INN

ihg.com/staybridge/hotels (907) 644-6000 •

microtelanchorage.com (907) 245-5002 •

HAMPTON INN ANCHORAGE

BEST WESTERN GOLDEN LION HOTEL

STAYBRIDGE SUITES ANCHORAGE

laquintaanchorage.com (907) 276-8884 •

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marriott.com/ancum (907) 751-6300 •

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alexhotelalaska.com (907) 243-3131 •

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SPRINGHILL SUITES BY MARRIOTT ANCHORAGE UNIVERSITY LAKE

hyattplaceanchoragemidtown.com (907) 562-1235 •

Glenn Hwy

dimondcenterhotel.com (907) 770-5000 •

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MIDTOWN

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Seward Highway (Anchorage-Sterling Highway)

Hilltop Ski Area

GIRDWOOD O’Malley Rd

Flattop

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TRANSPORTATION

Summer

Winter

Year-round

All transportation options listed are based in Anchorage and offer commissionable services. Many offer transportation statewide.

BUS & MOTORCOACH CHARTERS

AK SUPERIOR TOURS

aksuperiortours.com aksuperiortours@gmail.com (907) 885-3881 Private group bus charters for up to 36 people.

BAC TRANSPORTATION, LLC

bactrans.com reservations@bactrans.com (907) 222-2600 Sedan, bus, limousine charters.

GRAY LINE ALASKA

graylinealaska.com info@graylineofalaska.com (800) 544-2206 Alaska tours by railcar, coach, and boat.

MAGIC BUS

themagicbus.com info@themagicbus.com (907) 230-6773 Daily cruise ship transfers. Limo buses, sedans, vans, motorcoaches available.

PREMIER ALASKA TOURS, INC.

premieralaskatours.com sales@touralaska.net (907) 279-0001 Offering full-size motorcoach charters year-round and rail coach charters May-September.

CAR & VAN RENTALS

ALASKA 4X4 RENTALS

alaska4x4rentals.com reservations@alaska4x4rentals.com (907) 290-0064 4x4 vehicle, camper, and Alaska accessory rentals.

ALASKA AUTO RENTAL

alaskaautorental.com info@alaskaautorental.com (907) 457-7368 Cars, SUVs, trucks, van rentals. One-way rentals. Shuttle service.

AVIS RENT-A-CAR

avisalaska.com reservations@avisalaska.com (907) 277-4567 2 locations, free shuttle. One-way rentals available.

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BUDGET RENT A CAR

budget.com (907) 243-0150 Cars, SUVs, trucks rentals.

DOLLAR RENT A CAR OF ANCHORAGE

dollar.com info@dollaralaska.com (907) 248-5338 New cars, mini vans, SUVs, trucks. Free shuttle. 2 locations.

THRIFTY CAR RENTAL OF ANCHORAGE

anchorage.thrifty.com info@thriftyalaska.com (907) 276-2855 New cars, mini vans, SUVs, trucks. Free shuttle. 2 locations.

MOTORHOME RENTALS

ABC MOTORHOME & CAR RENTALS abcmotorhome.com rvalaska@alaska.net (907) 279-2000 Car, truck, camper, motorhome rentals.

ALASKA FAMILY MOTORHOMES

alaskafamilymotorhomes.net alaskachoices@alaska.net (907) 223-9351 RV and van rentals, free airport pickup, and miles.

ALASKA MOTORHOME RENTALS

alaskatraveladventures.com/rv-rentals

info@bestofalaskatravel.com (907) 277-0877 Late model Class C motorhomes. Locations in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Skagway, and Seattle. One-way rentals available. Free shuttle.

CLIPPERSHIP MOTORHOME RENTALS, INC.

clippershiprv.com clippershiprv@hotmail.com (907) 562-7051 Current model RV rental.

GONORTH CAR & RV RENTAL

gonorth-alaska.com wheels@gonorth-alaska.com (907) 479-7272 Camper, motorhome, 4x4 SUV, and truck rental. Gravel roads permitted. One-way rentals between Anchorage, Fairbanks, Whitehorse, and Seattle.

GREAT ALASKAN HOLIDAYS, INC. greatalaskanholidays.com

reservations@greatalaskanholidays.com

(907) 248-7777 Largest, newest facilities, fleet.

RV CONCIERGE & RENTALS

yourrvconcierge.com ksmith@unifiedops.com (907) 357-4678 RV concierge service for RV rentals.

SCHEDULED BUS SERVICE

ALASKA PARK CONNECTION MOTORCOACH

alaskacoach.com info@alaskacoach.com (907) 245-0200 Scheduled motorcoach service between Anchorage, Denali, Talkeetna, Whittier, and Seward.

SCHEDULED RAIL SERVICE

ALASKA RAILROAD

alaskarailroad.com reservations@akrr.com (907) 265-2494 Year-round rail service to Talkeetna, Denali, Fairbanks. Summer service also includes Girdwood, Whittier, Portage, Spencer Glacier, and Seward.

SHUTTLE SERVICE & CRUISE SHIP TRANSFERS

A ALASKA CRUISE TRANSFERS AND TOURS

alaskacruisetransfer.com info@alaskacruisetransfer.com (907) 350-6010 Cruise ship shuttle transfers to and from Whittier, Seward, Anchorage.

FLATTOP MOUNTAIN SHUTTLE

hike-anchorage-alaska.com bicyclealaska@aol.com (907) 279-3334 Roundtrip shuttle between downtown Anchorage and Flattop Mountain.

FOUR SEASONS TRANS GROUP akshuttle.com info@akshuttle.com (907) 602-4056 Private and group shuttle. Statewide service.

SALMON BERRY TOURS

salmonberrytours.com reservations@salmonberrytours.com (907) 278-3572 Offering one-way cruise ship transfer tour between Anchorage and Seward or Whittier.

SEWARD OR WHITTIER CRUISE TRANSFERS

anchorage-transportation.com bearpawtransportation@gmail.com (907) 301-6232 Seward or Whittier to Anchorage, cruise ship private shuttle transfer.

SHUTTLEMAN, LLC

shuttleman.net shuttleman@gci.net (907) 677-8537 Shuttle van. Airport, hotel, cruise ship transfer.

TURNAGAIN ARM SHUTTLE

turnagainshuttle.com turnagainarmshuttle@gmail.com (907) 764-2067 Shuttle transportation along the Turnagain Arm.

AAA GO PURPLE SHUTTLE TOUR

gopurpleshuttle.com reservations@gopurpleshuttle.com (907) 644-8098 Shuttle service around Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska.

ALASKA ELITE SHUTTLES

alaskaelite.com reservations@alaskaelite.com (907) 231-6255 Affordable and reliable cruise ship transfers.

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Mat-Su Area

Provided by operator

Half-day full-day

ATV tours at Knik Glacier. Lunch and shuttle included.

Anchorage

Provided by operator

Half-day full-day

Guided ATV and Quad tours. Turnagain Arm area.

Mat-Su Area

Provided by operator

Half-day full-day

Guided ATV tours, various locations, overnight excursions. Rentals available.

Mat-Su Area

Provided by operator

Half-day full-day

ATV tours. Lunch and shuttle included.

Anchorage

Self-drive or gear delivery available

Various

Outdoor activity gear rental. Delivery available.

Anchorage

Provided by operator

4 - 6 hour evening tour

Photo-centric tours for all levels of photographers.

Anchorage

Self-drive

4 hours full-day

Aurora Winter Train offers rail tours to view the northern lights.

Anchorage

Provided by operator

6 - 8 hour evening tour

Winter northern lights viewing, glacier trekking, fat tire biking, wildlife viewing, sightseeing.

Anchorage

Provided by operator

2 hours full-day

Guided bike tours, e-bikes, and winter fat tire bike tours for all levels. Gear provided.

Mat-Su Area

Self-drive

2 hours full-day

Bike tours and rental at Eklutna Lake, fat tire biking in Hatcher Pass.

Year-round

4-WHEELING 49TH STATE MOTOR TOURS 49smt.com ride@49smt.com (907) 278-0157

ALASKA ATV ADVENTURES

alaskaatvadventures.com akatvadventures@gmail.com (907) 320-0007

ALASKA BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE TOURS

youralaskavacation.com reservations@alaska.global (907) 745-2505

ALASKA GLACIER EXPERIENCE

alaskaglacierexperience.net info@alaskaglacierexperience.com (907) 795-5841

ADVENTURE GEAR RENTAL ALASKA OUTDOOR GEAR RENTAL

alaskaoutdoorgearrental.com info@alaskaoutdoorgearrental.com (907) 830-0232

AURORA VIEWING ALASKA PHOTO TREKS

alaskaphototreks.com info@alaskaphototreks.com (907) 350-0251

ALASKA RAILROAD

alaskarailroad.com reservations@akrr.com (907) 265-2494

GREATLAND ADVENTURES

greatlandadventures.com info@greatlandadventures.com (907) 980-8179

BIKE TOURS ALASKA TRAIL GUIDES

alaskatrailguides.com info@alaskatrailguides.com (907) 317-5707

LIFETIME ADVENTURES

lifetimeadventure.net info@lifetimeadventure.net (907) 746-4644

tourism@anchorage.net

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Anchorage

Located in downtown Anchorage

1 hour

Narrated trolley tour with highlights of Anchorage.

Anchorage

Self-drive

2 hours

Guided and narrated Segway tours of downtown Anchorage and Lake Hood area.

Anchorage

Located in downtown Anchorage

Half-day full-day

Scheduled small group day tours to the best wildlife, glaciers, and scenery. Custom tours available.

Anchorage

Provided by operator

Half-day full-day

Northern lights viewing, glacier hiking, fat tire biking, wildlife viewing, sightseeing.

Anchorage

Provided by operator

Half-day full-day

Guided city tours, area day tours, and multi-day packages.

Anchorage

Provided by operator

Full-day

Alaska wildlife and glacier tours with wine and beer.

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Guided kayak and jet ski day and package trips in summer. Guided winter snowmobile excursions.

Year-round

What else you should know

CITY TOURS ANCHORAGE TROLLEY TOURS

anchoragetrolley.com sales@anchoragetrolley.com (907) 276-5603

SEGWAY TOURS OF ANCHORAGE

segwaytoursofanchorage.com info@segwaytoursofanchorage.com (907) 277-4545

DAY TOUR OPERATORS 907 TOURS

907toursalaska.com reservations@907toursalaska.com (907) 947-9425

GREATLAND ADVENTURES

greatlandadventures.com info@greatlandadventures.com (907) 980-8179

SALMON BERRY TOURS

salmonberrytours.com reservations@salmonberrytours.com (907) 278-3572

ECO ADVENTURE TOURS ADVENTUROUS WINOS

adventurouswinos.com akhuntress@gmail.com (213) 880-8907

ALASKA WILD GUIDES

alaskawildguides.com alaskawildguides@gmail.com (907) 250-4250

Prince William Sound Area

Talkeetna Area

Self-drive

3 hours

Fully guided and outfitted, 3-hour zipline canopy adventure with views of Denali. 9 ziplines, 3 sky bridges, and 1 rappel traverse.

Prince William Sound Area

Self-drive or shuttle option available

Half-day

Guided jet ski glacier viewing tours.

Seward Area

Self-drive

3 hours

Big adventure with 8 ziplines, 3 sky bridges, and 2 rappels.

DENALI ZIPLINE TOURS

denaliziplinetours.com info@denaliziplinetours.com (855) 733-3988

GLACIER JETSKI ADVENTURES

glacierjetskiadventures.com glacierjetski@gmail.com (907) 830-4001

STONEY CREEK CANOPY ADVENTURES stoneycreekca.com info@stoneycreekca.com (907) 224-3662

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Anchorage

Located in downtown Anchorage

Various

World-class performances and attractions all year.

Anchorage

Located in downtown Anchorage

1 hour

Interactive one-hour adventure mystery game. Groups up to 10.

Anchorage

Located in downtown Anchorage

30 minutes

1964 earthquake exhibit, Alaska films, and events.

Anchorage

Located in downtown Anchorage

1 hour

Northern lights film. Located at Performing Arts Center. Open daily mid-May – first week in September.

Anchorage

Self-drive

Various

Local live theater performances.

Talkeetna

Self-drive

1 hour

Talkeetna birch syrup tours, gift shop featuring locally made products.

Mat-Su Area

Self-drive or shuttle option available

Half-day

Behind-the-scenes farm tours in Mat-Su and Talkeetna. Includes lunch.

Anchorage

Provided by operator

Half-day full-day

Guided craft brewery tours in Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska.

Mat-Su Area

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Guided full- and half-day salmon fishing charters.

Seward Area

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Halibut and salmon fishing charters from Seward.

Talkeetna Area

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Fishing, gold panning, cabins, wilderness tours.

Year-round

What else you should know

ENTERTAINMENT ALASKA CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS alaskapac.org fdesk@alaskapac.org (907) 263-2900

ALASKA ESCAPE ROOMS

alaskaescaperooms.com trapped@alaskaescaperooms.com (907) 444-6975

ALASKA EXPERIENCE THEATRE

alaskaexperiencetheatre.com theatre@anchoragedowntown.org (907) 272-9076

AURORA FILM – ALASKA NATURALLY thealaskacollection.com auroracollection@alaskan.com (907) 263-2993

CYRANO’S THEATRE COMPANY cyranos.org info@cyranos.org (907) 274-2599

FARM & FOOD TOURS ALASKA BIRCH SYRUP & WILD HARVEST

alaskabirchsyrup.com dulce@alaskabirchsyrup.com (907) 373-1309

ALASKA FARM TOURS

alaskafarmtours.com info@alaskafarmtours.com (907) 519-7067

BIG SWIG TOURS

bigswigtours.com info@bigswigtours.com (907) 268-0872

FISHING ACORD GUIDE SERVICE

acordguideservice.com gacord@acordguideservice.com (907) 376-0692

ALASKA COASTAL EXPLORER

alaskacoastalexplorer.com captainjasonmulloy@gmail.com (808) 757-4090

ALASKA EDGE TOURS

alaskaedge.com nugent.fred@gmail.com (907) 733-7774

tourism@anchorage.net

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Self-drive

Full-day

Halibut, sightseeing, and hunting charters out of Whittier.

Cooper Landing Area

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Drift boat fishing for salmon and trophy trout. Hiking and rafting tours available.

Seward Area

Self-drive

Full-day

Fishing charters out of Seward. April - September.

Year-round

What else you should know

FISHING (CONTINUED) ALASKA GOOD TIME CHARTERS, LLC

alaskagoodtimecharters.com agtc.david@gmail.com (907) 373-7447

ALASKA RIVER ADVENTURES

alaskariveradventures.com info@alaskariveradventures.com (907) 595-2000

ALASKA SALTWATER CHARTERS aksaltwatercharters.com aksc@arctic.net (907) 224-7254

ALASKAN ANGLING ADVENTURES LLC.

alaskananglingadventures.com alaskananglingadventures@gmail.com (907) 595-3336

DESHKA LANDING CHARTERS & LODGE deshka.com jim@deshka.com (907) 495-5873

DRIFTER’S LODGE

drifterslodge.com info@drifterslodge.com (907) 595-5555

FISHHOUND EXPEDITIONS

fishhoundexpeditions.com fishhoundexp@gmail.com (907) 382-1802

KENAI CACHE OUTFITTERS kenaicache.com kenaicache@cs.com (907) 268-4849

KENAI RIVERSIDE FISHING

kenairiversidefishing.com/acvb info@kenairiversidefishing.com (907) 783-2928

LAKEVIEW OUTFITTERS

lakeviewoutfitters.com info@lakeviewoutfitters.com (907) 595-2046

SEWARD FISHING CLUB

sewardfishingclub.com info@sewardfishingclub.com (907) 224-8300

Prince William Sound Area

Cooper Landing Area

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Drift boat and wade-in fishing for multiple salmon and trout species from Cooper Landing. May - October.

Mat-Su Area

Self-drive

6 hours

Fully guided, remote river salmon fishing.

Cooper Landing Area

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Guided fishing for multiple species of fish. Year-round cabin rentals on Kenai River.

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Fly fishing for trout and salmon. Day trips and multi-day packages. Ice fishing in winter.

Cooper Landing Area

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Kenai Peninsula salmon, trout fishing. Specializing in both fly fishing and conventional.

Cooper Landing Area

Self-drive or shuttle option available

Full-day

Guided Kenai River salmon, rainbow trout, and Dolly Varden. Gear included.

Cooper Landing Area

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Guided fly fishing for trout, salmon, and scenic wine floats.

Seward Area

Self-drive

6 hours

Salmon and halibut charters.

Anchorage

Self-drive

Full-day

Guided women’s fly fishing day trips, classes, and school. Package tours available.

Mat-Su Area

WOMEN’S FLYFISHING

womensflyfishing.com linda@womensflyfishing.net (907) 274-7113

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Self-drive or shuttle option available

1.5 hour full-day

Bear viewing, scenic flightseeing, airplane charters.

Anchorage

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Fly-in fishing, scenic flightseeing, year-round backcountry access. Charters available.

Talkeetna Area

Self-drive

1 hour full-day

Denali flightseeing from Talkeetna. Glacier landings and day hikes.

Anchorage

Self-drive or provided by operator

1 hour full-day

Flightseeing, bear viewing, glacier landing, and fishing. Shuttle provided.

Anchorage

Self-drive

2 hours full-day

Customized scenic flightseeing via float plane and fixed-wing.

Talkeetna Area

Self-drive

1 hour 2 hours

Denali flightseeing from Talkeetna, specializing in glacier landings.

Anchorage

Self-drive or shuttle option available

30 minutes full-day

Scenic flightseeing over Denali, Kenai Fjords NP, Prince William Sound, bear viewing, and fly-in fishing.

Self-drive or shuttle option available

1 hour full-day

Denali flights, heli-glacier landings, summer glacier dog sledding, year-round custom adventures.

Year-round

FLIGHTSEEING – FIXED-WING ALASKA AIR SERVICE

flyakair.com info@flyakair.com (907) 694-8687

Anchorage

ALASKA BY AIR

akbyair.com fly@akbyair.com (907) 331-4042

K2 AVIATION

flyk2.com info@flyk2.com (907) 733-2291

RUST’S FLYING SERVICE flyrusts.com info@flyrusts.com (907) 243-1595

SKYDANCE AVIATION LLC

skydanceaviation.com scott@skydanceaviation.com (907) 301-6118

TALKEETNA AIR TAXI

talkeetnaair.com info@talkeetnaair.com (800) 533-2219

WINGS

wingsaerotours.com wings@gci.net (907) 441-5736

FLIGHTSEEING – HELICOPTERS ALASKA HELICOPTER TOURS

anchoragehelicoptertours.com peter@anchoragehelicoptertours.com (907) 272-7777

ALPINE AIR ALASKA

alpineairalaska.com seward@alpineairalaska.com (907) 783-2360

MARATHON HELICOPTERS

marathonhelicopters.com info@marathonhelicopters.com (907) 224-3616

Anchorage/ Talkeetna Areas

Girdwood/ Seward Areas

Self-drive

Year-round flightseeing and heli adventures from 30 minutes Girdwood, summer heli-glacier full-day dog sled tours, flightseeing, heli adventures out of Seward.

Seward Area

Self-drive

30 minutes 1 hour

Wildlife and glacier heli-flightseeing.

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Kenai Fjords NP wildlife and glacier cruise. Salmon bake lunch included.

GLACIER & WILDLIFE CRUISES KENAI FJORDS TOURS

kenaifjords.com info@alaskacollection.com (888) 478-3346

tourism@anchorage.net

Seward Area

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Seward Area

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Kenai Fjords NP wildlife and glacier cruise, with park ranger and hot lunch. Gray whale cruises in March.

Seward Area

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Kenai Fjords glacier and wildlife cruises. Private charters. Up to 6 people.

Prince William Sound Area

Self-drive or shuttle option available

Half-day full-day

Glacier and wildlife cruises in Prince William Sound. Narration by Forest Service ranger. Hot meal included.

Portage Area

Self-drive or shuttle option available

1.5 hours

Glacier cruise on Portage Lake.

Girdwood/ Alyeska Area

Self-drive

2 - 3 hours

Authentic gold panning at functioning gold mine.

Talkeetna Area

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Day hikes and multi-day tours with naturalist guides in Talkeetna and Denali State Park.

Girdwood/ Alyeska Area

Self-drive, then Alaska Railroad or helicopter

Half-day full-day

Guided Spencer Glacier ice climbing and kayaking. Access remote glacier area via train or helicopter.

Seward Area

Self-drive or shuttle option available

2.5 hours full day

Glacier hikes, ice climbing, helicopter glacier tours.

Anchorage

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Professionally guided day hikes and overnight trips.

Mat-Su Area

Self-drive

Full-day

Matanuska Glacier treks and ice climbing.

Mat-Su Area

Self-drive

1 hour full-day

Horseback tours in Anchorage and Mat-Su area. Winter sleigh rides.

Year-round

What else you should know

GLACIER & WILDLIFE CRUISES (CONTINUED) MAJOR MARINE TOURS

majormarine.com info@majormarine.com (907) 274-7300

NORTHERN LATITUDE ADVENTURES

northernlatitudeadventures.com info@northernlatitudeadventures.com (907) 422-0432

PHILLIPS CRUISES AND TOURS/ 26 GLACIER CRUISE 26glaciers.com info@26glaciers.com (907) 276-8023

PORTAGE GLACIER CRUISES graylinealaska.com info@graylinealaska.com (800) 544-2206

GOLD PANNING CROW CREEK HISTORIC GOLD MINE

crowcreekmine.com crowcreekmine@yahoo.com (907) 229-3105

HIKING & ICE CLIMBING ALASKA NATURE GUIDES

alaskanatureguides.com info@alaskanatureguides.com (907) 733-1237

ASCENDING PATH – GUIDE SERVICE ascendingpath.com info@ascendingpath.com (907) 783-0505

EXIT GLACIER GUIDES

exitglacierguides.com exitguides@gmail.com (907) 224-5569

HIKE ALASKA

gohikealaska.com contactus@gohikealaska.com (907) 444-9008

MICA GUIDES

micaguides.com info@micaguides.com (907) 351-7587

HORSE ADVENTURES ALASKA HORSE ADVENTURES LLC

alaskahorseadventures.com akhorseadventures@gmail.com (907) 229-4445 27 | OFFICIAL TRAVEL TRADE PLANNER

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Mat-Su Area

Self-drive

Half-day

Airboat adventures to the face of Knik Glacier.

Talkeetna Area

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Narrated and guided river jet boat tours from Talkeetna.

Eklutna Area

Self-drive

2 hours full-day

Guided kayaking and kayak rentals at Eklutna Lake.

Seward Area

Self-drive

3 hours full-day

Guided sea kayak trips out of Seward.

Self-drive or shuttle option available

Open year-round

Vintage planes, flight simulator, theater, gift store.

Anchorage

Self-drive or shuttle option available

Open daily in summer, and select days in winter and spring

Alaska Native cultural center, sharing heritage of Alaska’s 11 major culture groups.

Anchorage

Self-drive or shuttle option available

Open year-round

Alaska’s largest museum. Art, history, Alaska Native cultures, and Smithsonian Institution collection.

Anchorage

Provided by operator

Half day full-day

Photo-centric tours for all levels of photographers.

Anchorage

Located in downtown Anchorage

2 - 5 hours

Photography day tour from Anchorage. No experience necessary.

Anchorage

Provided by operator

6 hours full-day

Educational tours with expert photographer guides.

Year-round

What else you should know

JET BOAT TOURS KNIK GLACIER TOURS

knikglacier.com knikglacier@mtaonline.net (907) 745-1577

MAHAY’S JET BOAT ADVENTURES mahaysjetboat.com mahays@mahaysjetboat.com (907) 733-2223

KAYAKING LIFETIME ADVENTURES

lifetimeadventure.net info@lifetimeadventure.net (907) 746-4644

SUNNY COVE SEA KAYAKING, LLC sunnycove.com info@sunnycove.com (907) 224-4426

MUSEUMS & CULTURE CENTERS ALASKA AVIATION MUSEUM

alaskaairmuseum.org tours@alaskaairmuseum.org (907) 248-5325

Anchorage

ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CENTER alaskanative.net info@alaskanative.net (907) 330-8000

ANCHORAGE MUSEUM

anchoragemuseum.org museum@anchoragemuseum.org (907) 929-9200

PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS ALASKA PHOTO TREKS

alaskaphototreks.com info@alaskaphototreks.com (907) 350-0251

PICTOURS ALASKA

pictoursalaska.com bob@pictoursalaska.com (907) 441-2274

SSP STUDIO & GALLERY

sspstudioandgallery.com ssp@sspstudioandgallery.com (907) 231-7373

tourism@anchorage.net

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Prince William Sound Area

Self-drive

Client preference

Custom boat-based adventures and charters around Prince William Sound.

Prince William Sound Area

Self-drive or shuttle option available

Full-day

Custom glacier and wildlife cruises. Beach landings. Water taxi, kayak rental available.

Girdwood/ Alyeska Area

Self-drive, then Alaska Railroad or helicopter

Full-day

Guided Spencer Glacier rafting, kayak, day, and package trips via train or helicopter.

Hope Area

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

Class 4 and 5 whitewater rafting on Sixmile Creek.

Mat-Su Area

Self-drive

Half-day full-day

River raft trips, glacier hikes, guided hikes, and ice climbing.

Anchorage

Self-drive to Anchorage Depot

Full-day

Summer day tours from Anchorage via rail: Kenai Fjords, Talkeetna, Spencer Glacier.

Mat-Su Area

Self-drive or provided by operator

1.5 hours full-day

Puppies, dog sled rides, and mushing school.

Talkeetna Area

Self-drive or shuttle option available

3 hours

Dryland sled dog rides, puppies, and Iditarod racing kennel tours.

Mat-Su Area

Self-drive or shuttle option available

2 hours

Sled dog tours with Iditarod mushers.

Mat-Su Area

Self-drive

2 hours

Iditarod champion, Martin Buser’s kennel tours and dog sled rides.

Seward Area

Self-drive

1.5 hours full-day

Year-round dog sled rides and learn about the Iditarod.

Year-round

What else you should know

PRIVATE BOAT CHARTERS BABKIN CHARTERS LLC.

babkin.com alex@babkin.com (907) 272-8989

LAZY OTTER CHARTERS, INC.

lazyotter.com info@lazyottercharters.com (907) 694-6887

RAFTING CHUGACH ADVENTURES

alaskanrafting.com alaskanrafting@gmail.com (907) 783-1860

CHUGACH OUTDOOR CENTER, INC.

chugachoutdoorcenter.com info@chugachoutdoorcenter.com (907) 277-7238

NOVA ALASKA GUIDES

novalaska.com info@nova-alaska.com (907) 746-5753

RAIL DAY TOURS ALASKA RAILROAD

alaskarailroad.com reservations@akrr.com (907) 265-2494

SLED DOG & KENNEL TOURS ALASKA MUSHING SCHOOL

alaskamushingschool.com mushingschool@gmail.com (907) 793-0647

ALASKA SLED DOG TOURS

aksleddogtours.com info@alaskasleddogtours.com (907) 947-4210

DREAM A DREAM SLED DOG TOURS dreamadreamsleddog.com vhalter@mtaonline.net (907) 495-1197

MARTIN BUSER’S HAPPY TRAILS KENNEL buserdog.com martin@buserdog.com (907) 315-4647

SEAVEY’S IDIDARIDE SLED DOG TOURS ididaride.com info@ididaride.com (907) 224-8607

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SLED DOG & KENNEL TOURS (CONTINUED) SNOWHOOK ADVENTURE GUIDES OF ALASKA snowhookadventures.com snowhookkennel@gmail.com (907) 414-4547

SUMMER SLED DOG ADVENTURE alyeskatours.com glaciercity@acsalaska.net (907) 783-5566

TURNING HEADS KENNEL

turningheadskennel.com turningheadskennel@gmail.com (907) 362-4354

Mat-Su Area

Self-drive or shuttle provided by operator

2 hours full-day

Year-round dog sled and helicopter adventures.

Girdwood/ Alyeska Area

Self-drive

3 hours

Sled dog ride and kennel tour. Free shuttle in Girdwood.

Seward Area

Self-drive

1 hour full-day

Year-round dryland and glacier dog sledding day tours and multi-day winter tours.

Anchorage

Self-drive or shuttle option available

Various

Full-service, year-round resort with dining and spa. Winter skiing and snowboarding and summer bike park.

Girdwood/ Alyeska Area

Self-drive or shuttle option available

Full-day

Day and multi-day heli-skiing adventures based out of Girdwood.

Girdwood/ Alyeska Area

Self-drive

Half-day

Snowmobile tours to glaciers or gold mine. Family friendly.

Mat-Su Area

Self-drive or provided by operator

Half-day full-day

Half-, full-, or multi-day snowmobile tours.

SKI/SNOWBOARD/HELI-SKI ALYESKA RESORT

alyeskaresort.com info@alyeskaresort.com (907) 754-1111

CHUGACH POWDER GUIDES

chugachpowderguides.com info@chugachadventureguides.com (907) 783-4354

SNOWMOBILE TOURS GLACIER CITY SNOWMOBILE TOURS snowtours.net glaciercity@acsalaska.net (907) 783-5566

ALASKA BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE TOURS

youralaskavacation.com reservations@alaska.global (907) 745-2505

WILDLIFE VIEWING ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER

alaskasealife.org visitaslc@alaskasealife.org (800) 224-2525

ALASKA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER

alaskawildlife.org info@alaskawildlife.org (907) 783-0058

MUSK OX FARM, MUSEUM AND GIFT SHOP muskoxfarm.org info@muskoxfarm.org (907) 745-4151

tourism@anchorage.net

Seward Area

Self-drive

2 - 3 hours

Aquarium featuring only Alaska sea animals. Close encounters with select marine life available.

Portage Area

Self-drive

2 - 3 hours

Wildlife sanctuary for Alaska animals.

Mat-Su Area

Self-drive

2 - 3 hours

Experience and learn about the prehistoric musk ox.

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COVER: Doug Lindstrand BACK COVER: Jody Overstreet PHOTOGRAPHY: Accent Alaska: 29b; Alaska Center for the Performing Arts: 10e; Alaska Stock: 1a; Alaska Stock/Kevin G. Smith: 3a; Alaska Stock/Michael DeYoung: 7f; Alpine Air:5a/6a, 25a, 26e, 29e; Arctic Valley Ski Area: 13c; Ascending Path: 27d; Ashley Heimbigner: 8e, 17c, 22b, 22c, 24f, 28f, 29a; Brian Adams: 28d; Carl Johnson: 11c, 26c; Chugach Powder Guides: 30b; Clark James Mishler: 10g; David Kasser: 27b; Donna Dewhurst: 23a, 30d; Frank Flavin Photography: 25b, 25d, 26a; Glacier City Snowmobile Tours: 13d, 30c; Glacier Jetski Adventure: 23e; iStock: 1b, 14e, 24g; Jeanette Anderson Moores: 25e; Jody Overstreet: 7a/8a, 7d, 8f, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10c, 10d, 10f, 11a, 11d, 12a, 12d, 13b, 17e, 22e, 23b, 23c, 24a, 24d, 24e, 27c, 27e, 28b, 30a; Juno Kim: 8b, 12b, 13e, 14d, 17a, 22d, 23d, 26d, 28e, 30e; K2 Aviation: 26b; Lilly Kelly: 12e; Mark Kelley: 2a; Matt Hage: 17d, 28a; Matt Hage/Anchorage Museum: 28c; Matt Hage/ATIA: 22a; Michael DeYoung: 6b, 7c, 8c, 8d, 14b, 14c, 17b; Nicole Geils: 7e, 13f; Oscar Avellaneda Cruz: 10a; Patrick Endres: 3b; Paul Kolnik: 24b; Ralph Kristopherson: 7b, 13a; Roy Neese: 11b, 26f, 27a; Savanah Evans: 27f, 29d; Slava Stepanov: 3c; State of Alaska/Chris Arend: 14a; State of Alaska/Michael DeYoung: 4a; Tara Storter: 27g; Teri Hendricks: 11e, 29c; The Piano Guys: 24c; Wayde Carroll: 12c, 25c NOTE: a, b, c, etc., identifies photos in order of appearance on page moving clockwise from left.

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