At Seward Helicopter Tours a dog team escorts visitors on summer and winter tours preceded by helicopter flights. Guests can trek among the icebergs of Bear Glacier, soar above the whales, sea lions, and harbor seals of Resurrection Bay, or rest in a sled as dogs power it through Godwin Glacier. Seward Helicopter Tours' pilots can also drop guests off on half- to multiday kayaking trips or two-hour guided excursions through an ice field's moulins, moraines, and vacationing zambonis.
Operating since 1995, The Ascending Path hiking & climbing guide service based out of Anchorage & Girdwood, Alaska. Accredited guide service by the American Mountain Guides Association. Alaskan owned eco-tourism business. Carbon footprint off-set by Green-tags. We support Eco, Education & Humanitarian efforts.
Nestled in the heart of the spruce-laden wilderness, Diamond M Ranch Resort's 80 acres host both ranch animals and, in cozy quarters such as the Greentree Suite, humans escaping the stress of urban living. The suite’s luxurious bed, with a sheer white canopy, lends itself equally to sleeping and impromptu ghost costumes, and the two showerheads in the double-size jacuzzi offer bathing options galore. Vacationers enjoy verdant views on the 30-foot porch and, on colder nights, snuggle up on the vintage-style floral couch to watch a DVD on the suite’s TV or burn now-unacceptable parachute pants in the electric fireplace. Complete with fluttering lace-trimmed curtains and fresh magnolias, the suite is both a romantic place for a couple and a relaxing one-person getaway.
Racing enthusiasts Travis Beals, set to run the Iditarod this year, and Sarah Stokey care for the energetic and high-speed pups of Turning Heads Kennel. Together they lead dog-sled tours in winter and summer, giving tourists an authentic glimpse into a sled dog’s life before setting them loose on the trails of Seward on unique, custom-build dog sleds. Tours are designed to be easygoing enough for beginners, giving them time to stop for a snack, enjoy the scenery, and take pictures.
According to Malcom Gladwell?s hypothesis from Outliers, it takes 10,000 hours of practice in a field to reach the heights of success achieved by Bill Gates, the Beatles, and other icons. This makes Sheldon Air Service?s David Lee the Paul McCartney of pilots?every time he takes to the air, Lee draws upon experience gained during more than three decades of experience and 12,000 flight hours.
Lee?s carefully honed talent?and his specialization in glacier landings?makes him an ideal guide for the company?s three flightseeing tours. One heads to the Mountain House Shelter, which founder Don Sheldon built, while others glide to Kahiltna Glacier Base Camp or Denali National Park. The air service can also aid arctic adventurers, offering air support to mountaineering expeditions or skyward tracking of the Iditarod?s meandering course.
As the sun crests the mountains that border the Kenai River Valley, sunlight permeates the thin walls of lodge sales manager Chad Carter’s Yukon-style cabin tent, and the surrounding pine forest erupts in a chorus of birdsong. As if that weren’t enough to rouse Mr. Carter from slumber, there’s also the prospect of what he may spy when he looks out his window: a lone moose or perhaps bear cubs.
Mr. Carter, along with the rest of the Alaska Wildland Adventures staff, remain immersed in the Alaskan wilderness for the summer season, which has helped them develop an extensive knowledge of region. But even more significantly, Mr. Carter notes how the secluded environs have helped forge bonds between staff, who enjoy a close-knit community during summer months. “They become your family,” says Mr. Carter. “You go on adventures together—it’s definitely a teamwork approach here.” Guides strive to incorporate guests into that community, limiting expeditions by foot, raft, and kayak to small groups of 10 people. They also empower guests with the tools they need to navigate the region, including maps and safety tutorials. And, after a long day’s journey, they treat overnight guests to communal, home-cooked meals of Alaskan seafood.