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.
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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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.
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.
"We don't judge a successful day on how many miles we rode, but by the smile on your face." With that motto as their driving force, the expert guides at MotoQuest play a role in each step of the tour planning—from manning the phones during initial queries to scouting out routes that's tailored to each group's comfort level. The multilingual team, who are also trained in First Aid and Professional Comedic Stand-Up, amiably lead groups of no more than 10 bikers all around the world, from Alaska to South Africa to Vietnam.
Riders board a fleet including Harley Davidson, Kawasaki, and Yamaha bikes and either follow guides down roads that veer off typical tourist paths, or pick up a road map and carve out their own epic journeys. They may also opt for hourly or weekly rentals of the motorcycles and scooters. Journeys may take riders across scenic landscapes or through bustling towns that acquaint them with the local culture.