Where you go
Wildlife tours are available in a number of places
across Alaska. Among the most famous and popular tours are bear
viewing tours to Katmai National Park or Redoubt Bay, on the Alaska
Peninsula. Whale watching tours are available along the coastal
sections, though they are limited to the times that whales are
migrating through the area. Tours in the national parks, such as
Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park offer great
opportunities for wildlife viewing. Guests on glacier tours in Prince
William Sound regularly see a tremendous variety of land and marine
wildlife. Bird watchers take guided and unguided tours across the
state, looking for migratory and indigenous birds.
Bear viewing tours allow guests to see bears
fishing in streams for salmon. In addition, other wildlife is
often seen when flying to and from the Alaska Peninsula, and
while at the bear viewing area. Tours through the national parks
offer a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities. Denali offers
opportunities to see bears, moose, caribou, wolves, dall sheep,
foxes and golden eagles, to name a few.
Kenai Fjords National
Park offers opportunities to see whales, sea otters and seals,
porpoises, and thousands of marine and shore birds.
What You Eat
Each wildlife tour will be different, so you should
talk with your travel consultant or tour operator about any meals
provided with your tour. Some tours are quite lengthy, and no meals
are provided, so knowing what your options are in advance is
important. Other tours, especially those for whale watching and
glacier and wildlife cruises provide snacks or meals on board the boat
as a part of the tour.
What You Bring –
Viewing wildlife requires getting out to where the
animals are, so guests should be prepared for the weather. Quality
raingear is a must, since tours are rarely cancelled for bad weather,
and you may be out in the rain for an extended period of time.
Additionally, in places like Denali National Park, the elevation is
quite high, and so what starts out as a warm sunny day can transform
itself into a cold, miserable rain, hail or snowstorm in short order.
Bringing an extra jacket or sweater is always a good idea. Many areas
have an abundance of insects, so some sort of insect repellent is a
good idea. In areas where bug concentrations are high, a head net and
a hat are a good choice, too.
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