Published: Jul 16, 2018
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2023
Land tours give you a chance to experience everything Alaska has to offer. Alaska land tours typically range from motor coach and train tours to walking trails, wildlife viewing, sightseeing, and food tasting.
Read on to find our picks for the best land tours in Alaska:
Tour Type: Train Tour, Land Tour, Dog Sled Tour, Flightseeing Tour
Points of Interest: Talkeetna, Denali, Alaska Range, National Wild River Park, Devil's Gorge, Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward Windsong Lodge, Exit Glacier
On this 5-day train tour, you'll experience the 'Taste of Alaska' as you take the Coastal Classic, Glacier Discovery, and Denali Star trains on an unforgettable journey. During your trip, you'll experience a glacier & wildlife cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park, a Talkeetna jet boat tour, an Alaska dog sledding tour, and a flightseeing tour of Denali.
Tour Type: Train Tour, Land Tour
Points of Interest: Summit of the White Pass, Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point, Dead Horse Gulch, Klondike Trail of 1898
Experience our most popular Skagway excursion. It's a fully narrated train excursion to the White Pass summit, which is 2,865-feet in elevation. Along the way, you'll pass Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point, and Dead Horse Gulch. Along the White Pass Railroad, you see breathtaking views of mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, gorges, tunnels, and trestles, as well as the original Klondike Trail of 1898.
Tour Type: Land Tour, Train Tour
This tour will take you on what many consider to be the most scenic rail route, the Coastal Classic. This train trip is ideal for day trips from Anchorage to Seward. Starting in Anchorage, this train ride winds along Turnagain Arm, where you'll experience the steep mountains of the Chugach Range. After a brief stop in Girdwood, you'll continue to the end of Turnagain Arm and into the backcountry wilderness. You'll finally travel into Seward, arriving on the shores of Resurrection Bay.
Type: Land Tour, Food Tour
Points of Interest: Tracy's King Crab Shack, Deckhand Dave's, Alaska Knifeworks, Panhandle Provisions, V's Cellar Door, SALT, Alaskan Hotel & Bar, Chef Stef, Taku Lodge
Get ready to indulge in a variety of classic Alaskan flavors on this Alaskan tasting tour. This tour will take you to several of the best local eateries. If you like food, and who doesn't, this tour is an absolute treat.
Tour Type: Horseback Riding Tour, Land Tour
Points of Interest: Dyea, Klondike Gold Rush National Park, Dyea Valley
This tour will give you a chance to travel as the Gold Rush stampeders did, on horseback. Your journey out to our ranch in Dyea begins with a narrated tour by van through the historic town of Skagway and continues through the beautiful backcountry wilderness and part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Park. Open to riders of all experiences, this relaxed horseback ride will take you through the heart of Dyea Valley as you enjoy the scenery and deep-rooted history of the land.
Tour Type: Driving Tour, Walking Tour, Hiking Tour, Land Tour
Points of Interest: Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, Herring Cove, Alaska Wildlife Foundation, Herring Bay Lumber Company Sawmill
This tour will take you on an eight-mile scenic coastal drive out to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. While there, you'll have a chance to observe wildlife, see and photograph live eagles up close, interact with reindeer, and watch a master native totem pole carver. This family-friendly tour is great for those interested in learning more about the animals of the great state of Alaska.
Port: Icy Strait
Tour Type: Fishing Tour, Land Tour
Points of Interest: Chichagof Island
This fishing expedition will give you a few hours away from the crowds to relax and enjoy the renowned salmon and trout fishing of Chichagof Island. Depending on the time of year, you'll have the opportunity to catch Cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden trout, Pink (Humpy) salmon, Coho (Silver) salmon, Chum (Dog) salmon, and Steelhead.
Tour Type: Land Tour, Sled Dog Tour (Homestead)
Points of Interest: Iditarod Champion Jeff King's Husky Homestead
On this tour, you'll get to visit the Iditarod Champion Jeff King's Husky Homestead. Jeff King, who is regularly recognized as the 'Winningest Musher in the World,' holds four championship titles. During your visit, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at training a championship team. Activities include meeting the sled dogs, cuddling with puppies, and viewing the summer training.
Tour Type: Wildlife Tour
Points of Interest: Chilkoot Lake State Park, Chilkoot River
This wildlife viewing tour gives you a chance to experience the fantastic wildlife at the Chilkoot Lake State Park. An expert naturalist guide will drive through the park, stopping at the best scenic viewpoints along the way. You may even have a chance to view brown bears feeding along the Chilkoot River.
Want to see more tours? Check out our list of the best Alaska tours.