Where you go
There are wonderful eco-tours available across the
state. Anchorage offers guided bird watching, heli-hiking and fly-in
wildlife viewing concessionaires. In addition, there are opportunities
for bird watching, wildlife viewing, hiking and photography for guests
that want to explore Anchorage and its environs on their own.
National Park offers tremendous opportunities to see wildlife
and see spectacular mountains, glaciers, river and tundra.
Guests can choose to take guided tours or explore on their own.
Great camping and backpacking opportunities exist in the park.
Some may choose to stay overnight at one of the
lodges located within the park at Kantishna. Guests who want to
experience the far north and arctic regions of the state can take any
one of a number of tours to explore the Brooks Range, Gates of the
Arctic National Park, and the arctic coast. On the Kenai Peninsula,
there are numerous opportunities to explore
Kenai Fjords National Park
and Prince William Sound. Most guests do this from a boat or a
kayak. Just getting around in Southeast Alaska offers fantastic
opportunities to see wildlife and the fantastic scenery of the inside
passage. Photo safari opportunities abound just about anywhere you go.
Moose are common in most wooded areas across
the state. Caribou travel in herds, and can be seen in areas at
or above the tree line in a few areas of the state. Dall sheep
occupy the high, rocky ridges of most mountain ranges in
mainland Alaska. Wolves are especially elusive and have large
ranges, so finding wolves is mostly a matter of luck.
Kayak and wildlife and glacier cruises offer opportunities to
take in some of Alaska’s most spectacular scenery and wildlife.
Whales frequent local waters at specific times of the year, and
whale watch cruises are offered in a number of areas. Thousands
of sea and shore birds can be seen in rookeries and on the water
from these tours. Also, sea mammals such as sea otters, seals,
porpoises and orcas are seen on these tours.
What You Bring –
Each tour will be different, and guests should
consult with their travel consultant or tour host about the equipment
provided on each tour. In almost every case, a camera is a great idea,
to record the animals and scenery you encounter. However, some tours
may not be conducive to having a camera or other electronics along, if
the risk of damage is high.
Guests should always be aware of the weather and
prepare for a variety of conditions. Most tours are not cancelled
because of rain, and for your comfort and safety, raingear is a must.
Select gear that will allow you to be outside and comfortable in
significant rain for hours at a time. Be aware that winter-like
conditions can occur on any day of the year, especially in the far
north and above the tree line. Warm, sunny days are quickly
transformed into wet, miserable and potentially dangerous situations.
When trekking in undeveloped areas, bring enough
food and water for several multiples of your intended stay. Every
year, independent hikers are delayed, injured or become lost on their hikes, and end up
spending days out on their three hour hike. For more information on
what to bring with you, check out our "What to
Bring to Alaska" page.
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