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Wildlife Tours

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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.

What You See

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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