Unique Anchorage Tours

Unique Anchorage ToursWith so much natural beauty in and around Anchorage, it may be hard to decide where to begin to see it all. Luckily, there are several specialized tours that do the more difficult legwork for you. All you have to do is show up, purchase your ticket, and let the drivers and tour guides do the more involved task of pointing out the area's highlights and noteworthy points of interest. Bring your camera, because you won't want to miss a minute of the action on any of these impressive tours of Anchorage.

Portage Glacier Cruises
Portage Glacier Cruise makes it possible for you to get up close and see a glacier from a vantage point that would otherwise be nearly impossible. Get ready to visit the sheer, crystalline surface of an Alaskan glacier. This one-hour cruise has many highlights, including the opportunity to stand just 300 yards from a relic of the Ice Age. The water is quite calm even though you may see pieces of the glacier break off and drift away. The guides are well-informed and friendly and they also allow you time between their descriptions for you to just take in the natural beauty of these majestic, icy works of art. Tours must be booked at least 7 days in advance.

Address: 1500 Byron Glacier Trail, Girdwood, AK 99587 - MAP
Phone: (800) 544-2206
Web: www.portageglaciercruises.com

Phillips 26 Glacier Tour
The Phillips 26 Glacier Tour is nearly as formidable and impressive as a glacier itself. This incredible seven-hour tour allows you to get really up close and enjoy views that you may not get on any other tour. The tour travels over 135 miles into Prince William Sound where you will see 26 named glaciers as well as many more unnamed ones. You encounter these glaciers from the vantage point of a three-deck catamaran which allows you to cover many miles of scenery on this incredible, unforgettable tour.

Address: 519 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501 - MAP
Phone: (907) 276-8023
Web: www.26glaciers.com

Alaska Rail Tour
Alaska's railroads played a pivotal part in the state's history and economic development. To get a more dramatic picture of how it all came to be, get on board for the Denali Park Train Tour. The tour is operated by Gray Line of Alaska and along the way you'll stay informed thanks to the professional narration that's powered by a sophisticated GPS device. Meals are served in the lower level of each rail car as the tour progresses. The upper level of each rail car is a seating area with a small bar, assuring your comfort as this tour progresses through some of Alaska's most picturesque scenery.

Address: 720 West 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 - MAP
Phone: (907) 264-7983
Web: www.graylinealaska.com

Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Anchorage
For a more low-key and intimate tour while in Anchorage, opt for the impressive Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Anchorage. This tour features guides who have obviously done their homework, and it shows as their extensive knowledge and casual demeanor make for a relaxed, friendly tour that is as entertaining as it is informative. You'll be taken back to the city's beginning as a railroad town in 1915 and from there learn how that industry to form the city's economic, social, and industrial identities.

Address: Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 277-4321
Web: www.alaska.org

The Wings
Sometimes, a bird's eye view is the best way to get a look at an area as picturesque and expansive as Alaska. The Wings tour allows you to get that perspective on a flying tour of the area. Some of the many highlights include soaring over Mt. McKinley, Prince William Sound, Kenai Fjords, glaciers, mountains and valleys. You'll see all of these natural wonders and more from the comfort of an Alaskan Floatplane. Don't forget to look for some of the area's incredible wildlife like Dall sheep, moose, bears, birds, marine wildlife and more among the many rivers, lakes and dense forests.

Address: 12901 Gail St, Anchorage, AK 99515 - MAP
Phone: (907) 345-7121
Web: www.wingsaerotours.com