How to Choose a Seward Day Cruise

Of all the things to do in Seward (and there are many) the most popular is a day cruise. The small town on Resurrection Bay is technically part of southcentral Alaska, but the landscape is quintessentially coastal Alaska in look and feel. Glacially carved mountains flank the bay. Sitka spruce and hemlock blanket the rocky lower elevations, gradually giving way to scrubby alpine brush and dwarf dogwood. In neighboring Kenai Fjords National Park winding inlets abruptly end at the faces of huge tidewater glaciers. All this beauty is best appreciated by boat.

And yet, while the decision to include a boat tour in your Alaska vacation is easy, picking one out of several good options can be more of a challenge. Here’s how to choose your Seward day cruise. (more…)

Alaska Wildlife “Guaranteed” Viewing!

If you are like most travelers to Alaska one of the top reasons for visiting is to see Alaska’s bountiful wildlife. Images of bull moose grazing in misty ponds and shaggy brown bears swiping Alaskan salmon from waterfalls are rightfully iconic. But Alaska is a HUGE state and even though there are over 175,000 moose and 30,000 bears among a multitude of other wildlife they are not always conveniently staged in their local habitats.

Generally speaking, if you come to Alaska and visit one of our national parks—Kenai Fjords National Park, Denali National Park, and Lake Clark National Park among them—you should see wildlife. Your chances are even better if you take recommended tours like the Kantishna Wilderness Trails Tour in Denali or the Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise out of Seward. But with such high expectations to see Alaska wildlife it pays to have a backup plan. Here are a few locations throughout southcentral and interior Alaska that you can be guaranteed to see animals. (more…)

Meet the Huskies Who Call Denali Home

Denali Sled Dog Kennel

Among its many claims to fame (oh, you know, the tallest mountain in North America), Denali National Park is also exceptional in this fun way: It’s home to the only working sled dog kennel in any U.S. national park. (more…)

Why the Kantishna Roadhouse Could Be the Highlight of Your Alaska Vacation

Look at a map of Denali National Park and you’ll see a multitude of mountains and glaciers, webs of snaking waterways, and one single meandering road. Follow that road to its end. That’s where you’ll find the Kantishna Roadhouse.

The Roadhouse is an all-inclusive backcountry lodge tucked within the borders of Denali National Park. It’s closer to the summit of Denali than it is to the entrance of the park, a homey sort of oasis amid a wild landscape. And while staying there is an experience not soon forgotten, it’s also an investment in both time and a good portion of your trip budget.

Knowing that, here’s why a few nights at the Kantishna Roadhouse could just be the highlight of your Alaska vacation. (more…)

Two Ways to Explore the Great Northwestern Fjord

Kenai Fjords National Park is unlike any other park in the country. No roads enter it. Only one established hiking trail wanders within, and that ends after four miles. Some parts of the park are thick with temperate rainforest, while more than half is covered in a thousand feet of ice. And even though it draws upwards of 300,000 visitors a year, very few people ever explore beyond its perimeter.

There’s a good reason, though, and it’s not just because it’s impenetrable. It’s because that perimeter, especially the dramatic mountains and jagged glaciers of the remote Northwestern Fjord, is extraordinary in its own right. (more…)

Talkeetna Eats: Part Two

With so much to experience in Alaska, it’s easy to forget about the food that fuels your travels. Talkeetna puts great eats right alongside the fun of a train ride and thrill of glimpsing big wildlife. It is one our favorite food towns in the state, so much so that we couldn’t limit our recommendations to a single article. So, without further ado, it’s part two of our top Talkeetna eats.

Mountain High Pizza Pie Talkeetna AlaskaFamily recipes rule the menu at Mountain High Pizza Pie. Sauce, dough for subs and crusts, and soups pull from these treasured heirlooms, so it’s no exaggeration to say that everything they offer is yum. If you have time to enjoy a meal out on their covered patio after flightseeing around Denali or ziplining through boreal forests, you can’t beat a Papa Georgio pizza or Ravioli Dinner. If you’re hurrying on to your next excursion, try one of their hot Italian Flatbread Sandwiches to go.

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Seeking Seward’s Magical Temperate Rainforest

Seward Alaska Temperate Rainforest

Seward‘s waters have a way of drawing attention — and rightfully so. The deep blue-green hue, the reflection of snow-tipped mountains, and the potential for spotting some of Alaska’s iconic marine wildlife all draw our state’s many summertime visitors into Resurrection Bay for day tours and cruises alike. But bordering that waterway lies yet another remarkable ecosystem: The temperate rainforest. (more…)

Trip Report: Kayaking Bear Glacier Lagoon

The team at Alaska Tour & Travel is an adventurous bunch, and we don’t take recommending day-trip tours and excursions lightly. That’s why, when we’re not manning the phones at our office in Anchorage, we like to go out and experience what our guests will. Next stop? Paddling among blue giants in Kenai Fjords National Park’s Bear Glacier Lagoon.

Bear Glacier Lagoon Kayak

Paddling in the Lagoon, Bear Glacier capped in clouds in the background

Our trip began on a typical Seward morning: Drizzly, with clouds in shades of grey skimming the green mountains around Resurrection Bay. We met Libby, our Liquid Adventures guide, at their office at the north end of the small boat harbor. With our standard waivers signed, Libby cheerfully got down to the business of briefing and outfitting. We were each issued a dry suit, rubber clogs, dry bag, and waterproof case for our phones. Thus equipped, our group of six paddlers shuffled down the boardwalk and into the harbor to meet the boat. (more…)

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