Flattop Mountain Shuttle allows freewheeling bike-riders to leave their vehicles at the mountain’s base for a day of seamless, scenic downhill cycling. Shuttle service sidesteps the onerous aspects of mountain biking by depositing cyclists at the Glen Alps trailhead, bypassing the need to search for a parking space at the mountaintop, plead with friends for a lift back up, or painfully pedal uphill to the car and drive home with the legs of a jellyfish. At an elevation of 2,200 feet, riders of all experience levels can find a downhill route to suit them, from rough and adrenaline-rousing to serenely scenic. All three trails boast glorious views, including emerald vegetation, crystal-clear creeks, the colorful alpine wildflowers, and glimpses of grazing moose or former unicycling circus bears watching with envy as cyclists fly by.
Salmon Berry Tours’ Chocolate City Circuit is a two-hour small group tour that focuses on the culinary wonders of Anchorage. Start off with some sips of warm drinking chocolate before hopping on the bus to take in camera-friendly Anchorage sights, including views of the city from Bootleggers Cove, a walk along the fault line in Earthquake Park, and a cage match between sentient snowmen in Lake Hood. After the Anchorage jaunt, you'll head to two different chocolatiers to sample artisanal truffles. Enjoy the funky décor at Modern Dwellers and savor the flavors of unusual chocolates, including Asian-inflected candied ginger truffles and purple infusion truffles filled with lavender ganache.
It can be hard to tell the difference between a beautiful dream and an actual tour from Alaska's Finest Tours & Cruises. Participants enjoy surreal experiences such as taking a boat cruise right up to the face of Portage Glacier, or heading to an active mine to learn gold-panning techniques superior to just yelling "Gold!" and hoping it comes when called. Tours also traverse across Alaska's wildlife, giving guests an up-close look at belugas, eagles, and bears.
The outdoor enthusiasts at Alaska Trail Guides give visitors an inside look at Chugach State Park and Anchorage with guided tours and custom bike trips, while equipping riders with bikes, helmets, snacks, and sloshing water bottles. During the three-hour Bike and Brew trek, leaders drive groups through downtown Anchorage, weaving a narrative tapestry about sights before outfitting them with athletic gear at Westchester Lagoon. In the next hour, patrons cycle along eight miles of coastline, where they might see flocking birds and moose, before capping off the excursion with suds at Midnight Sun Brewery.
The Bike and Tram tour spans 5.5 hours, during which navigators steer vans through downtown Anchorage and a particularly scenic stretch of fowl-fringed highway. Riders then launch into a 10-mile journey along Turnagain Arm amid the salmon, anglers, and bears of Bird Creek. Riders then board a tram to the peak of the Alyeska ski resort to soak up views of seven hanging glaciers and the Chugach Mountains, which can usually be seen only by affixing a camera to a migrating Pegasus.
Visitors can opt for private bike expeditions or special activities, such as a cruise that skirts the glaciers of Portage Lake or a round of whale watching at Beluga Point. Alaska Trail Guides also rents bikes and pull-along trailers.
Anchorage City Trolley Tours introduces visitors to multifarious attractions in the City of Lights and Flowers, including the world's busiest floatplane base on Lake Hood, the monuments at Earthquake Park, and the waves of Cook Inlet. While Alaskan-raised trolley drivers dish out useful info and fascinating history about each part of the city, riders will smell Anchorage’s famous flowers and spot majestic moose eating grass and debating their retirement options. Be sure to show up 15 minutes early to nab a seat next to the large, photo-friendly windows inside the heated, enclosed apple-red trolley. Potential passengers should fill out the online seat reservation page to secure a spot.
Southern hospitality dictates that guests be taken into the home, fed, and kept cozy for the night. But up north, the Alaska Travel Adventures team warmly welcomes visitors by urging them to veer far from their front door. They help guests explore the landscape by designing whitewater-rafting adventures, kayaking tours, nature-trail walks, or panning for gold and sharing bits of history. For lunch, riverside campfires grill fillets of wild salmon and inspire stories from the Klondike gold rush. To complete the day, Alaska Travel Adventures keeps a fleet of newer-model RVs for guests to sleep in so they don't have to set up tents or convince a bear to share its cave.
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