Best Alaska Adventure Tours

Published: Jan 01, 2021
Last Updated: Nov 30, 2023

Some people prefer to experience Alaska from a bit of a distance, sticking to the more passive sort of tours. Then there’s the other people, those who appreciate seeing a glacier from afar - but who’d really prefer to be right on top of it! We’ve got several tours just for these people, and the first does indeed get you on top of a glacier.

Read on for our picks for the best Alaska adventure tours:


1. Juneau Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure

Port: Juneau

Highlights: Glacier Tour, Mendenhall Glacier, Best Alaska Tours

medenhall glacier ice adventure

Our Juneau Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour starts of with paddling across Mendenhall Lake, which is brimming with icebergs, in a native-style canoe while learning all about the glacier and Alaska. Then your knowledgeable guide will lead you on top of the ice, where you’ll hike and possibly even discover one the the brilliant blue Alaska ice caves which will take you inside the glacier. Now that’s hands-on!


2. Skagway River Float

Port: Skagway

Highlights: Dyea, Chilkoot Trail, Taiya River

 skagway river float

Skagway has a fascinating history, which you’ll enjoy learning about at the first segment of our next adventure; on your way to the historic site of Dyea, a once-thriving gold rush town that nature has reclaimed. Then float down the Taiya River by raft, watching for eagles, otters, and otherwildlife.


3. Ketchikan Adventure Cart Expedition

Port: Ketchikan

Highlights: Adventure Kart Tour, Tongass National Forest, Behm Canal, Inside Passage

ketchikan aventure tour

Our Ketchikan adventure tour takes you on the off-road adventure of a lifetime! You’ll explore the remote back country along several miles of forest trail by specially-designed off-road adventure kart. You’ll traverse through the wilderness, the Ketchikan Adventure Kart Expedition taking you higher, revealing stunning views of the Tongass National Forest, Behm Canal, and Alaska’s fabled Inside Passage.


4. Denali Park Zipline Adventure 

Port: Denali

Highlights: Denali National Park, Alaska Zipline Tour

zipline tour

The Denali Park Zipline Adventure brings you to the top of the rainforest canopy after a scenic three mile trail ride. Then the thrills begin! You’ll soar through the trees and over the tundra on over half a mile of ziplines and six sky bridges. And to complete this adventure, challenge your friends and family with a dual racer finale.


5. Skagway White Pass Mountaineering Adventure

Port: Skagway

Highlights: Hiking, Skagway White Pass

White Pass

Gear up and spend the day surrounded by the snow-capped peaks that line the skies of Skagway on this challenging adventure in the Alaskan wild! Take off on the 6 mile, 3,000 feet gain in elevation to the summit of Feather Peak or Mount Cleveland at 5,500 feet and soak up the incredible views. If you are looking to immerse yourself in the true ruggedness of Alaska, the jagged mountain peaks, wildlife, and wilderness of the White Pass is just what you are looking for.

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