Glacier Express sitting in front of Aialik Glacier.

Things to Do By Destination

Know where you want to go in Alaska? Now plan what you’ll do.

Sow bear resting with cubs in Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Things to Do By Destination

Know where you want to go in Alaska? Now plan what you’ll do.

Glacier landing allows for beautiful photo memories.

Things to Do By Destination

Know where you want to go in Alaska? Now plan what you’ll do.

Your experienced ATV guide will lead you through the rocky terrain.

Things to Do By Destination

Know where you want to go in Alaska? Now plan what you’ll do.

Husky Homestead puppies taking a break.

Things to Do By Destination

Know where you want to go in Alaska? Now plan what you’ll do.

There is no lack of things to do in Alaska, with every major destination offering something unique to its locale. As a bayside town, many of the things to do in Seward center on the water. There are kayaking trips that range from family-friendly paddles to longer tours in remote locales. There is also a wide selection of Kenai Fjords day cruises. These boat trips head into Resurrection Bay and beyond into Kenai Fjords National Park to see the area's abundant marine life and tidewater glaciers. Back on land, you can visit a different side of Kenai Fjords on a guided naturalist walk or ice-hiking tour at Exit Glacier.

Because of Anchorage's proximity to Katmai and Lake Clark National Park, bear viewing tours are popular among visitors. These trips fly roundtrip in small bush planes from the Lake Hood Seaplane Base near the Anchorage airport. More local Anchorage activities include biking, city and Turnagain Arm tours, beer tasting, and visits to the Anchorage Museum and Alaska Native Heritage Center.

Even more outdoor adventures are available north toward Talkeetna and the Denali Park area. Talkeetna's closeness to Denali makes it a busy hub for mountain flightseeing tours, while Denali Park is the jumping-off point for bus tours into the national park. You can also zipline, take a tour to a sled dog kennel, get a little dusty ATVing, and get a little wet whitewater rafting.

Alaskan history thrives in Fairbanks where a trip on a classic sternwheeler and a visit to a gold dredge take visitors back in time. The second largest Alaskan city is also a gateway for tours into the Arctic Circle.

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Small communities off the beaten path offer their own special things to do. Glacier cruises are especially fun from Whittier and Valdez where there is an abundance of ancient ice that cascades into the sea.

With their proximity to high mountain glaciers within Chugach State Park, helicopter trips are popular in both Palmer and Girdwood. You can take in the views from the air or drop onto a glacier for some on-ice exploration. There are also summer glacial sled dog training camps to visit and remote ridgelines to hike.

Mild water rafting from Cooper Landing and Copper Center give you a chance to experience two of Alaska's fish-rich waterways, the Kenai River and the Copper River. Farther afield in Homer, more watery pursuits await across Kachemak Bay.

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Things to Do By Destination