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Alaskan Fjord Discovery Trip

Wildlife to wilderness, Denali to Kenai Fjords, Alaska is made for exploring. Our Alaska adventure vacations take you into the heart of it all.

Alaska is a land best experienced by doing. Alaska adventure tours invite you to hike craggy mountains, kayak pristine waters, and cruise next to a calving glacier, waiting for the sharp glacial “crack!” that will echo in your memories for years to come. An ideal destination for families or adults, Alaska is America’s last great frontier and primed for exploration and discovery.

Top Alaska Adventure Tours for Adults

North America

Kenai Fjords Adventure

4.90

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

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      I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings.

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 ADULT ONLY

Experience the wonders of Alaska’s wilderness. Hike to the base of Bryon Glacier, kayak the coves of Resurrection Bay, bike the Johnson Pass trail, relax on a cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park, and enjoy plenty of fresh, local food.

Trip Start: Anchorage, Alaska Trip End: Anchorage, Alaska

North America

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure

4.80

  • Duration 8 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

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      I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings.

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 ADULT ONLY

Seek out epic scenery, thriving wildlife, and untamed beauty on this true Alaskan adventure. Cruise the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park, raft the Kenai River Canyon, hike to Exit Glacier, and explore the Denali wilderness.

Trip Start: Anchorage, Alaska Trip End: Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska Trips for Families

North America

Kenai Fjords Family Vacation

4.86

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

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      I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings.

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 FAMILY VACATION

Spend six days exploring the Kenai Peninsula at a comfortable pace. Embark on your dream Alaska family vacation where you’ll enjoy a scenic train ride, kayak Resurrection Bay, hike Exit Glacier, cruise Kenai Fjords, and more!

Trip Start: Anchorage, Alaska Trip End: Anchorage, Alaska

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What guests say about our Alaska Adventure Tours

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Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - August 2023

Like Summer Camp for Grownups!

"The Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure has an excellent mix of activities (hiking, rafting, kayaking, wildlife viewing). Our friendly and knowledgeable guides Jessi and Liz took care of all the planning, logistics, toting luggage, and other headachy parts of travel so our small group (initially strangers, now friends) just could focus on enjoying the day.

Being able to unplug from my computer and get into the great wilds of Alaska was so refreshing. The wildlife was amazing - we saw caribou, bears, ptarmigan, eagles, spawning salmon, and more (including a super pod of 100 orcas!). We tasted wild blueberries and salmon berries and saw the beautiful subarctic climates - marshes to black spruce forests to glacial fields.

Our guides were excellent planners and cheerfully answered the many questions from the group about all things Alaska. They were able to provide meal options to those of us with dietary issues, and the food was all plentiful and tasty.

The smaller group format was very comfortable. It was a personalized experience instead of the cruise ship tourists I saw in a couple locations who always traveled in huge busses and just seemed like names on a spreadsheet to…

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"The Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure has an excellent mix of activities (hiking, rafting, kayaking,… read more

"The Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure has an excellent mix of activities (hiking, rafting, kayaking, wildlife viewing). Our friendly and knowledgeable guides Jessi and Liz took care of all the planning, logistics, toting luggage, and other headachy parts of travel so our small group (initially strangers, now friends) just could focus on enjoying the day.

Being able to unplug from my computer and get into the great wilds of Alaska was so refreshing. The wildlife was amazing - we saw caribou, bears, ptarmigan, eagles, spawning salmon, and more (including a super pod of 100 orcas!). We tasted wild blueberries and salmon berries and saw the beautiful subarctic climates - marshes to black spruce forests to glacial fields.

Our guides were excellent planners and cheerfully answered the many questions from the group about all things Alaska. They were able to provide meal options to those of us with dietary issues, and the food was all plentiful and tasty.

The smaller group format was very comfortable. It was a personalized experience instead of the cruise ship tourists I saw in a couple locations who always traveled in huge busses and just seemed like names on a spreadsheet to their organizers.

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5 Stars (18 reviews)

J Jennifer | August 2023

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - August 2023

Alaska Aug 2023

"This was an amazing trip from beginning to end! The weather was good, the guides the best ever, schedule couldn't be better and all guests were amazing!!!!

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"This was an amazing trip from beginning to end! The weather was good, the… read more

"This was an amazing trip from beginning to end! The weather was good, the guides the best ever, schedule couldn't be better and all guests were amazing!!!! read less

5 Stars (18 reviews)

V Virginia | August 2023

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - August 2023

Alaska 2023

"Amazing trip in Alaska in the summer 2023! Our guides Jessi and Liz were great, super attentive to all our needs.
Right balance between activities, stretching us outside of our comfort zone while maintaining a vacation spirit.
We were extremely lucky with the weather and able to see a lot of wildlife. The dynamic of the group was perfect and we had a lot of fun.
Really recommend it!!

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"Amazing trip in Alaska in the summer 2023! Our guides Jessi and Liz were great,… read more

"Amazing trip in Alaska in the summer 2023! Our guides Jessi and Liz were great, super attentive to all our needs.
Right balance between activities, stretching us outside of our comfort zone while maintaining a vacation spirit.
We were extremely lucky with the weather and able to see a lot of wildlife. The dynamic of the group was perfect and we had a lot of fun.
Really recommend it!!
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5 Stars (18 reviews)

M Muriel | August 2023

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - August 2023

Great adventure to the Northern Frontier!

"What a beautiful and amazing adventure to Alaska's National Parks! We had the best time exploring Resurrection Bay, rafting, hiking, kayaking and flightseeing over Denali (Mount McKinley) and landing on a glacier! Oh and those grizzlies and caribou and killer whales and puffin were really cool, not to mention the red sockeye salmon. We learned a lot by exploring a lot. Great guides and smooth following itinerary!

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"What a beautiful and amazing adventure to Alaska's National Parks! We had the best time… read more

"What a beautiful and amazing adventure to Alaska's National Parks! We had the best time exploring Resurrection Bay, rafting, hiking, kayaking and flightseeing over Denali (Mount McKinley) and landing on a glacier! Oh and those grizzlies and caribou and killer whales and puffin were really cool, not to mention the red sockeye salmon. We learned a lot by exploring a lot. Great guides and smooth following itinerary! read less

4 Stars (18 reviews)

T Tamara | August 2023

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - August 2023

Trip Exceeded Expectations

"Liz and Jessi were terrific, competent, knowledgeable guides that made my trip to Alaska unforgettable. The itinerary was perfect - the strenuous hikes were sprinkled among more chill days, so nothing felt overwhelming or unsafe. The kayaking and rafting were a nice contrast to the spectacular hikes. We were fortunate to see a lot of wildlife - eagles, bears, caribou, a moose, ground squirrels, ptarmigans, and more. I highly recommend this trip with Austin Adventures!

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"Liz and Jessi were terrific, competent, knowledgeable guides that made my trip to Alaska unforgettable.… read more

"Liz and Jessi were terrific, competent, knowledgeable guides that made my trip to Alaska unforgettable. The itinerary was perfect - the strenuous hikes were sprinkled among more chill days, so nothing felt overwhelming or unsafe. The kayaking and rafting were a nice contrast to the spectacular hikes. We were fortunate to see a lot of wildlife - eagles, bears, caribou, a moose, ground squirrels, ptarmigans, and more. I highly recommend this trip with Austin Adventures! read less

5 Stars (18 reviews)

M Millicent | August 2023

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - August 2023

Justin and Olivia were wonderful!

"My husband and I are both in our 60’s, and we just had an amazing trip with Olivia and Justin. They each took turns with leading, driving, and guiding us on numerous adventures. We took 4 hikes—approximately 9, 7, 3.5, and 3 miles long. Three of the four hikes included rain, but we still had a great time! We kayaked across a beautiful lake that was mostly empty, except for the salmon, and a few other kayakers. We went on a raft trip and shared the space with countless salmon and 25 eagles! We took a ship out into the ocean near Kenai Fjords and saw puffins, sea otters, Stellar sea lions, kittiwakes, a mountain goat, cormorants, orcas, and humpback whales. There were also amazing glaciers calving, and lots of mini icebergs. Yes, it was hard work at times, but the feeling of completing hard things is worth it! And we took breaks to catch our breath and take photos. They kept us fed and there were snacks available at all times in the car. It was an amazing trip!

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"My husband and I are both in our 60’s, and we just had an amazing… read more

"My husband and I are both in our 60’s, and we just had an amazing trip with Olivia and Justin. They each took turns with leading, driving, and guiding us on numerous adventures. We took 4 hikes—approximately 9, 7, 3.5, and 3 miles long. Three of the four hikes included rain, but we still had a great time! We kayaked across a beautiful lake that was mostly empty, except for the salmon, and a few other kayakers. We went on a raft trip and shared the space with countless salmon and 25 eagles! We took a ship out into the ocean near Kenai Fjords and saw puffins, sea otters, Stellar sea lions, kittiwakes, a mountain goat, cormorants, orcas, and humpback whales. There were also amazing glaciers calving, and lots of mini icebergs. Yes, it was hard work at times, but the feeling of completing hard things is worth it! And we took breaks to catch our breath and take photos. They kept us fed and there were snacks available at all times in the car. It was an amazing trip! read less

5 Stars (18 reviews)

C Carey Sullivan, | August 2023

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - July 2023

Alaska adventure

"Just back from an amazing trip to Alaska organized by Austin Adventures. I cannot fault the amazing team for the journey that they took me on and it was my best holiday ever! Austin Adventures are definitely a slick operation.

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"Just back from an amazing trip to Alaska organized by Austin Adventures. I… read more

"Just back from an amazing trip to Alaska organized by Austin Adventures. I cannot fault the amazing team for the journey that they took me on and it was my best holiday ever! Austin Adventures are definitely a slick operation. read less

5 Stars (18 reviews)

T Tracey | July 2023

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - July 2023

ALASKA THE LAST FRONTIER

"The Kenai Fjords and Denali Adventure exceeded my expectations. The guides: Jessia and Liz catered for and covered all aspects of our needs to ensure maximum enjoyment. The highlight was the plane trip to Denali and walking on Ruth Glacier - surreal.

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"The Kenai Fjords and Denali Adventure exceeded my expectations. The guides: Jessia and Liz… read more

"The Kenai Fjords and Denali Adventure exceeded my expectations. The guides: Jessia and Liz catered for and covered all aspects of our needs to ensure maximum enjoyment. The highlight was the plane trip to Denali and walking on Ruth Glacier - surreal. read less

5 Stars (18 reviews)

B Bernadine | July 2023

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - July 2023

A trip of a Lifetime

"What a beautiful trip- Alaska has been on my bucket list for years. The variety of activities we enjoyed along our journey was truly amazing. The hiking challenged me on a personal level, but that was what my goal was. I loved kayaking so much, and the rafting trip was exceptional. Liz and Jessi truly went out of their way to make us feel safe at all times as well as encouraged us through our journey. I can honestly say I would not have encountered a polar plunge on my own, let alone 3 polar plunges. Liz and Jessi had a gentle persuasion in challenging ourselves both on the hiking trails and our extra-curricular activities. Their personalities were so fun and they worked well together. Both of them were so professional. I appreciate all that they did to make this a trip of a lifetime for me!!

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"What a beautiful trip- Alaska has been on my bucket list for years. The… read more

"What a beautiful trip- Alaska has been on my bucket list for years. The variety of activities we enjoyed along our journey was truly amazing. The hiking challenged me on a personal level, but that was what my goal was. I loved kayaking so much, and the rafting trip was exceptional. Liz and Jessi truly went out of their way to make us feel safe at all times as well as encouraged us through our journey. I can honestly say I would not have encountered a polar plunge on my own, let alone 3 polar plunges. Liz and Jessi had a gentle persuasion in challenging ourselves both on the hiking trails and our extra-curricular activities. Their personalities were so fun and they worked well together. Both of them were so professional. I appreciate all that they did to make this a trip of a lifetime for me!! read less

5 Stars (18 reviews)

B Brenda | July 2023

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - July 2023

Two primary ingredients to a Fantastic Trip to Alaska

"A company with years of experience and commitment in designing and delivering an adventure with lots of variety in activities.
- whale watching (the likes of which we and the captain had never seen before), rafting down a beautiful river with many eagle sightings, hiking through beautiful forests with amazing views, serene kayaking on a beautiful lake, a safe view of a grizzly mama bear with her three cubs, and an awe inspiring flight around Denali.
Two exceptional guides who "deliver the goods" for the group of travelers. Justin and David left little to chance in making sure that we enjoyed sights, challenged ourselves with hikes and other adventures, learning much about the region, wildlife, and history of Alaska and most of all - had a great experience. Their choice of restaurants and provisioners allowed us to interact with locals and appreciate what it was like to live in a region so different from our own. Our guides looked out for our safety and even had back up plans when a power outage threatened to close our dinner choice. They were creative in making sure that our experience resonated with each…

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"A company with years of experience and commitment in designing and delivering an adventure with… read more

"A company with years of experience and commitment in designing and delivering an adventure with lots of variety in activities.
- whale watching (the likes of which we and the captain had never seen before), rafting down a beautiful river with many eagle sightings, hiking through beautiful forests with amazing views, serene kayaking on a beautiful lake, a safe view of a grizzly mama bear with her three cubs, and an awe inspiring flight around Denali.
Two exceptional guides who "deliver the goods" for the group of travelers. Justin and David left little to chance in making sure that we enjoyed sights, challenged ourselves with hikes and other adventures, learning much about the region, wildlife, and history of Alaska and most of all - had a great experience. Their choice of restaurants and provisioners allowed us to interact with locals and appreciate what it was like to live in a region so different from our own. Our guides looked out for our safety and even had back up plans when a power outage threatened to close our dinner choice. They were creative in making sure that our experience resonated with each of us in our own ways with reflective and meditative perspectives.
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5 Stars (18 reviews)

L Leslie | July 2023

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - July 2023

Phenomenal 8 Day Tour of Alaska

"My family had the pleasure of experiencing the 8 day tour of Alaska which included Denali National Park. The trip organization was excellent, the sites and activities were fantastic, and our guides - Justin, Liz, and David were phenomenal! Our group was aged between 20's-80; so there were different levels of activity capability. Our patient and engaging guides helped everyone feel confident in their achievements at any level. The scheduled activities were top grade, and we were able to experience and see Alaska at its best!
We were fortunate to have excellent weather which improved the views. We were very impressed with the silver platter and red carpet treatment from Austin Adventures. We were 6 of a large group of 18; and yet Justin, Liz, and David took the time to get to know each one of us and pulled all of us together as a travel family. We cannot thank them enough for the excellent adventure in "America's Last Frontier" and giving my family new knowledge, appreciation, and wonderful memories of the great state of Alaska!!

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"My family had the pleasure of experiencing the 8 day tour of Alaska which included… read more

"My family had the pleasure of experiencing the 8 day tour of Alaska which included Denali National Park. The trip organization was excellent, the sites and activities were fantastic, and our guides - Justin, Liz, and David were phenomenal! Our group was aged between 20's-80; so there were different levels of activity capability. Our patient and engaging guides helped everyone feel confident in their achievements at any level. The scheduled activities were top grade, and we were able to experience and see Alaska at its best!
We were fortunate to have excellent weather which improved the views. We were very impressed with the silver platter and red carpet treatment from Austin Adventures. We were 6 of a large group of 18; and yet Justin, Liz, and David took the time to get to know each one of us and pulled all of us together as a travel family. We cannot thank them enough for the excellent adventure in "America's Last Frontier" and giving my family new knowledge, appreciation, and wonderful memories of the great state of Alaska!! read less

5 Stars (18 reviews)

M Misty | July 2023

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - July 2023

Amazing Alaska

"What an AMAZING trip!!! This was my first organized tour and Active Adventures has set a very high bar! We had the most UNBELIVEABLE guides. Liz, Justin and David were very accommodating, knowledgeable and FUN!! They made sure that they met all my expectations. All their selections for hotels, restaurants, cooked meals and excursions were off the charts. I cannot wait to go on my next Active Adventures vacation. I HIGHLY recommend them for your next vacation!!!

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"What an AMAZING trip!!! This was my first organized tour and Active Adventures has set… read more

"What an AMAZING trip!!! This was my first organized tour and Active Adventures has set a very high bar! We had the most UNBELIVEABLE guides. Liz, Justin and David were very accommodating, knowledgeable and FUN!! They made sure that they met all my expectations. All their selections for hotels, restaurants, cooked meals and excursions were off the charts. I cannot wait to go on my next Active Adventures vacation. I HIGHLY recommend them for your next vacation!!! read less

5 Stars (18 reviews)

D Donna | July 2023

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - July 2023

Kenai Fjords & Denali

"The trip was fantastic. I got to experience so many things that are probably once in a lifetime. The guides were fantastic. Traveling with Austin Adventures is an incredible experience . Thanks so much.

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"The trip was fantastic. I got to experience so many things that are probably once… read more

"The trip was fantastic. I got to experience so many things that are probably once in a lifetime. The guides were fantastic. Traveling with Austin Adventures is an incredible experience . Thanks so much. read less

5 Stars (18 reviews)

M Mary | July 2023

Kenai Fjords Adventure - July 2023

Incredible Alaska.

"It sounds silly, but I had no idea that Alaska would be so beautiful. I kept forgetting how splendid it was, and then I would look up suddenly and see the snow covered mountains off in the distance and marvel again at what a great place I’d come to. The guides (Jessie, Steve and Olivia) were phenomenal. I could never do that job. They always had a smile on their face and their enthusiasm was contagious. The weather did not always cooperate but the benefit of being with the group was we got up and did the activities anyway. Afterwards, we were glad we did. We saw humpback whales bubble netting, saw a bear in a tree, saw a sea otter with a baby on her belly and had some splendid bike rides and hikes. All and all I am very glad I went to Alaska with the wonderful people in my group.

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"It sounds silly, but I had no idea that Alaska would be so beautiful. I… read more

"It sounds silly, but I had no idea that Alaska would be so beautiful. I kept forgetting how splendid it was, and then I would look up suddenly and see the snow covered mountains off in the distance and marvel again at what a great place I’d come to. The guides (Jessie, Steve and Olivia) were phenomenal. I could never do that job. They always had a smile on their face and their enthusiasm was contagious. The weather did not always cooperate but the benefit of being with the group was we got up and did the activities anyway. Afterwards, we were glad we did. We saw humpback whales bubble netting, saw a bear in a tree, saw a sea otter with a baby on her belly and had some splendid bike rides and hikes. All and all I am very glad I went to Alaska with the wonderful people in my group. read less

5 Stars (116 reviews)

J John | July 2023

Kenai Fjords Adventure - July 2023

Unforgettable Trip to Kenai Fjords!

"This was my first Austin Adventure and it did not disappoint! The train to Seward with Gold Star service was the perfect way to begin this journey. The ride was so scenic and amazing. We saw a bear a tree, a moose and bald eagles! The hikes were challenging at times but so worth it to see the ice fields and bay. Kayaking in the bay was so peaceful and we saw sea otters swimming around too! The wilderness cruise was a fantastic experience and we were lucky enough to witness humpback whales using the bubble netting technique to feed several times. The glacier margaritas was a nice touch to end the cruise. Biking the various trails was so scenic. Since it was my first time on a bike ride since I was a kid, it was a bit hard but I pushed through and it was soooo worth it! Great way to see Alaska and all its beauty. Our guides (Jessi, Steve & Olivia) were incredible! They took us to delicious local cafes/restaurants, took care of every little detail and were so knowledgeable and friendly. The guides love for the outdoors and their energy was infectious. This was a…

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"This was my first Austin Adventure and it did not disappoint! The train to Seward… read more

"This was my first Austin Adventure and it did not disappoint! The train to Seward with Gold Star service was the perfect way to begin this journey. The ride was so scenic and amazing. We saw a bear a tree, a moose and bald eagles! The hikes were challenging at times but so worth it to see the ice fields and bay. Kayaking in the bay was so peaceful and we saw sea otters swimming around too! The wilderness cruise was a fantastic experience and we were lucky enough to witness humpback whales using the bubble netting technique to feed several times. The glacier margaritas was a nice touch to end the cruise. Biking the various trails was so scenic. Since it was my first time on a bike ride since I was a kid, it was a bit hard but I pushed through and it was soooo worth it! Great way to see Alaska and all its beauty. Our guides (Jessi, Steve & Olivia) were incredible! They took us to delicious local cafes/restaurants, took care of every little detail and were so knowledgeable and friendly. The guides love for the outdoors and their energy was infectious. This was a memorable trip that I would recommend to everyone looking for an adventure vacation. Can't wait to do another Austin Adventure! read less

5 Stars (116 reviews)

S Shanti | July 2023

Kenai Fjords Adventure - July 2023

Our unexpected adventure

"People always talk about places that are on their "bucket list." Alaska was never on out bucket list. It was only by happenstance and a scheduling issue with another trip, that we ended up in Alaska.
Everyone should put Alaska on their bucket list.
The scenery is beautiful, the air is clean, there is so much for everyone of all ages to do.
Austin Adventures took us to places we never would have gone.

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"People always talk about places that are on their "bucket list." Alaska was never on… read more

"People always talk about places that are on their "bucket list." Alaska was never on out bucket list. It was only by happenstance and a scheduling issue with another trip, that we ended up in Alaska.
Everyone should put Alaska on their bucket list.
The scenery is beautiful, the air is clean, there is so much for everyone of all ages to do.
Austin Adventures took us to places we never would have gone. read less

5 Stars (116 reviews)

L Linda | July 2023

Kenai Fjords Adventure - July 2023

Best trip ever

"The guides, the curating and execution of the adventures, everything was wonderful, I could go on and on and on

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"The guides, the curating and execution of the adventures, everything was wonderful, I could go… read more

"The guides, the curating and execution of the adventures, everything was wonderful, I could go on and on and on read less

5 Stars (116 reviews)

L Lia | July 2023

Kenai Fjords Adventure - July 2023

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"We had an absolutely fantastic time! Alaska is a vast and beautiful place. It should be its own country and we are so fortunate it is part of the good ole USA. No matter where you are, you have these amazing, breathtaking views everywhere. Our Austin guides were simply amazing. So knowledgeable about the locale and always so accommodating. It was so great to see guides we have been with on previous Austin trips, that was a real treat. Shout out to Olivia and Jesse, who are awesome and so nice to meet Steve and thank him for his patience and good humor. Kenai Fjords was our 5th trip with Austin and we are looking forward to the next one (already booked)!

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"We had an absolutely fantastic time! Alaska is a vast and beautiful place. It should… read more

"We had an absolutely fantastic time! Alaska is a vast and beautiful place. It should be its own country and we are so fortunate it is part of the good ole USA. No matter where you are, you have these amazing, breathtaking views everywhere. Our Austin guides were simply amazing. So knowledgeable about the locale and always so accommodating. It was so great to see guides we have been with on previous Austin trips, that was a real treat. Shout out to Olivia and Jesse, who are awesome and so nice to meet Steve and thank him for his patience and good humor. Kenai Fjords was our 5th trip with Austin and we are looking forward to the next one (already booked)! read less

5 Stars (116 reviews)

R Regina | July 2023

Kenai Fjords Adventure - July 2023

Kenai Fjords Alaska Adventure

"The entire trip was one WOW moment after another!

Alaskan Train to Seward spotting a bear in a tree and a moose, dinners at yummy local restaurants, challenging hikes to see amazing glaciers, kayaking and watching sea otters play, Marine cruise to watch humpbackwhales bubble net feed, biking in the most gorgeous locations, lunches at sweet cafes, and of course incredible guides who take care of every detail so the guests can enjoy every moment.

Alaska and Austin Adventures did not disappoint!

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"The entire trip was one WOW moment after another!

Alaskan Train to Seward spotting a bear… read more

"The entire trip was one WOW moment after another!

Alaskan Train to Seward spotting a bear in a tree and a moose, dinners at yummy local restaurants, challenging hikes to see amazing glaciers, kayaking and watching sea otters play, Marine cruise to watch humpbackwhales bubble net feed, biking in the most gorgeous locations, lunches at sweet cafes, and of course incredible guides who take care of every detail so the guests can enjoy every moment.

Alaska and Austin Adventures did not disappoint! read less

5 Stars (116 reviews)

S Susie (Zsuzsanna) Brown, | July 2023

Kenai Fjords & Denali Adventure - June 2023

Our First trip to Alaska

"This trip exceeded our expectations. Our guides, Justin and Liz went over the top to make sure the entire group has a wonderful experience.
When rain caused us unable to to take the flight to see Denali from the air they checked the weather and adjusted our plans for 8 of us to have the flight of a lifetime.
Every day was filled a new adventure on the water or hiking and some days both.
Both Justin and Liz both were knowledgeable and it was evidenced by their actions that they truly cared that each member of our group had their greatest Alaskan trip!! They worked really well together.

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"This trip exceeded our expectations. Our guides, Justin and Liz went over the top… read more

"This trip exceeded our expectations. Our guides, Justin and Liz went over the top to make sure the entire group has a wonderful experience.
When rain caused us unable to to take the flight to see Denali from the air they checked the weather and adjusted our plans for 8 of us to have the flight of a lifetime.
Every day was filled a new adventure on the water or hiking and some days both.
Both Justin and Liz both were knowledgeable and it was evidenced by their actions that they truly cared that each member of our group had their greatest Alaskan trip!! They worked really well together. read less

5 Stars (18 reviews)

K Kristine | June 2023

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Alaska Hotels & Dining

All guests booked on land tours visiting the Kenai Peninsula will stay at the Harbor 360 Hotel in Anchorage and the luxurious Alyeska Prince Hotel in Girdwood with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

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When is the best time to visit Alaska?

While each of the four distinct seasons offer their own special surprises (even the short “shoulder” seasons of spring and fall), the months of May and September are the best times to visit Alaska for adventure travel because you can advantage of the longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures. 

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Packing for your Alaska Adventure Tour

Packing for Alaskan adventure vacations can be tough because no matter what time of year you travel, you need to prepare for sunshine, rain, wind, and maybe even snow – sometimes all in the same day! Don’t worry, we’ve got a few great tips below for packing efficiently for your adventure.

If it’s waterproof, pack It.

We are not exaggerating when we say it can rain anytime on your Alaska vacation. This big, beautiful state is a true adventure destination and the weather (both the sun and the rain) is a big part of that! We recommend bringing along your waterproof hiking boots and a waterproof/breathable rain jacket and pants. Also, extra socks are a good idea – you very well could go through two pairs in a day if they get soaked early (nobody likes to hike in wet socks)!

Layers are ideal.

It may sound like you need to pack your entire wardrobe to prepare for unpredictable Alaska weather, but a handful of layers ought to keep you warm or cool, depending on the temperature. You will want to bring both pants and shorts (it can get quite warm in Alaska) as well as a variety of tops for layering. Bring multiple undershirts but just one or two of the following tops to layer: moisture-wicking long sleeve shirt, heavyweight fleece pullover or jacket, and a waterproof rain jacket or shell. A pair of long underwear is nice to have too. You’ll want to refer to the Packing List you’ll receive before your trip for further recommendations on what to pack.

Leave the formal wear at home.

Alaska restaurants are pretty casual and there’s no need to pack along your tuxedo or fancy clothes. In most restaurants, you can wear just about anything you would have worn on the trail that day (assuming it’s not dirty or wet!). Jeans and a button-up or polo shirt are perfect for an Alaskan dinner.

You’ll need protection from the elements.

We already discussed protection from rain, but you’ll also want to bring along a lightweight, brimmed hat (for sun and rain), sunscreen, as well as sunglasses with UV protection. On the flip side, it can also be very cold (especially when you’re on any kind of boat moving at a brisk pace), so we recommend packing a warm hat, gloves, and some sort of scarf or balaclava for face protection.

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Travel Tips for your Alaska Adventure Tour

Our Alaska adventure tours are among our best-selling vacations and rightfully so! Alaska has earned its reputation as an adventurer’s paradise because it has everything a traveler looks for in a vacation destination: mountains, wildlife, ocean, a wide variety of activities, and friendly locals.

When you head “Up North,” a few travel tips from your travel professionals at Austin Adventures may come in handy:


Watch for wildlife around every corner.

Alaska is a wildlife mecca, and if you keep your eyes peeled, you’re sure to spot many of the fauna that call this big state home. Not only can you spot Alaska’s typical land creatures such as bears, moose, mountain goats, bald eagles, and more, but you also have a wide array of ocean life to spot like whales, otters, sea lions, puffins, seals, etc. Your guides will teach you about the wildlife you spot and will help you see, photograph, and observe (at a safe distance!) the exemplary range of species that Alaska is famous for.

Zero in on your ideal vacation destination

Alaska is an enormous state (over twice the size of Texas), and it can be difficult to know what you should see and do on your Alaska vacation. Because Alaska is so huge, it’s much easier to focus on small regions that deliver tremendous adventure potential. We can help pick what’s best for you!

Prepare for unpredictable weather

We can’t emphasize enough to prepare yourself for any kind of weather (sun, wind, rain, sleet, even snow!). While this can be tough since you can’t pack your whole closet; packing layers that you can pile on or take off will allow you that extra room in your suitcase for some much-needed accessories (like a hat, gloves, and long underwear). You’ll want to remember your waterproof gear (coat, pants, boots, and extra socks) as it can rain at any time of the summer!

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Secure Your Spot Now, Pay the Rest Later

As members of the Active Adventures family, Austin Adventures offers booking assurance that allows you to secure your spot with a deposit now and pay the rest later. Plus, if your plans change or you can’t travel, you can transfer your booking or request a refund on any additional funds paid (less deposit) up to 90 days (180 days for Africa and Himalayas trips) from your original trip start date.  

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Take 10% off the trip price when you book a trip and pay in full

By paying in full we are able to pass on savings to our guests, but please note that by opting for this payment plan, your booking becomes non-refundable, non-cancellable, and non-changeable. This offer is only valid for reservations where the trip is no sooner than 180 days from the departure date at time of booking.

We highly recommend that you purchase Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance. We recommend Redpoint Insurance – you can find details here.

T+Cs Apply. Read more here.

 

Meet Your Alaska Adventure Guides

FAQs About Alaska Adventure Tours

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Austin Adventures traveler, it’s highly recommended you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of travel delays, missed connections, medical expenses or injury, or lost baggage for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Protection page for more in-depth information and our recommended insurance provider.

What's included on your North America trips?

Accommodation

We've spent years finding places to stay that are quaint, perfectly-located, and comfortable when we take you to the most amazing parts of North America. We offer a wide variety of accommodations on our trips ranging from locally run inns and first-class hotels to resorts, dude ranches and historic national park cabins. Accommodations are selected for their location, unique charm and history, and offer a true feel for the region. We strongly believe in the value of a good night's sleep and our accommodation reflects this. We also like to have somewhere comfortable to relax after the day's activities.

Transport

We're really focused on ensuring that we spend as little time as possible sitting in vehicles, and that we optimise your vacation for adventuring in the great outdoors. Our average driving time is just over two hours a day, and we make plenty of stops for bathroom breaks and sightseeing along the way. We use modern, comfortable 15-passenger vans for all of our transfers and a second van is added to most departures to provide more flexibility and more room to spread out while seeing the sights! Make no mistake - our trips are not typical bus tour vacation packages! Picture more of a road trip with family complete with good music, tasty snacks, and plenty of guide-supplied fun facts along the way to keep you entertained!

Meals

Just about all your meals are included when you travel with Austin Adventures in North America. We provide a wide variety of cuisine - breakfasts are typically eaten at your hotel on your own time in the morning before meeting up with the group. Lunches feature everything from elaborate picnics to roadside cafes to sandwiches trailside. Dinners are usually eaten at our hotel's dining room or a local restaurant with plenty of options to choose from. We easily cater to vegetarians, picky kids, and people with particular dietary needs. All our guides have food safety certificates and are well-practiced in the art of food prep and serving while on-the-move. You'll find the meals are a real highlight of your trip!

All Guiding Services

Each trip features two or three incredible guides and our average guest to guide ratio is 6:1. Our guests are often drawn to North America by the beautiful scenic landscapes, promise of wilderness and clean air - and there's no doubt you'll find all that, though what you may not be expecting is to forge real, genuine friendships with your fellow tripmates, including our wonderful guides. They're hands-down the BEST guides you'll ever come across.

Activities

Any activity described in our itinerary, such as hiking, rafting, horseback riding, kayaking and biking, are included in your trip cost. Our itineraries are pretty jam-packed to maximize our time spent exploring in these amazing places, and your guides will make it clear if there are additional activities available (at your expense).

How many people are there on each of our North America trips?

We generally take up to 18 people per trip, although this can vary, and all our trips have at least two of our guides to look after you (apart from the occasions we have a small group). We have found that our trips tend to attract a particular kind of person and many people have commented that the social scene was one of the highlights of their trip!

Our adult-only departures require a minimum age of 16 years and our family departures require a minimum age of 6 years to join (7 years on our Alaska Family Adventure) and are a great way to meet other like-minded families who like to get outside.
Please note child rates apply to children 12 years and under.

Do you charge a forced single supplement if I'm a solo traveller?

We welcome many solo travelers on our trips – in fact, we get so many solo travelers and they always say it’s a great way to travel alone, but not actually by themselves. You’ll have an incredible adventure sharing your experiences with other like-minded travelers, and the best part is we don't charge extra for solo travelers, providing you don’t mind sharing a room. However, for bookings within 90 days of your chosen departure, a forced single supplement will apply if there is no other guest of the same gender already booked to share with.

If you prefer not to share a room at all, you can upgrade to a single room, if one is available. 

If I book a trip with my children, will I be sharing a room with them?

Active Adventures & Austin Adventures family vacations are naturally about spending time with family and as such, most families opt to share rooms on our trips. At time of booking, families consisting of four guests with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at the guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

What if I need a special diet?

We’re accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • pescatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • no pork (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)
  • picky kids (send us a list of what your child will eat and we'll make sure to have it!)
You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in your travel wallet. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online travel wallet.

 

How much luggage can I bring on the North America trips?

You are allowed one piece of luggage on your trip, plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage should not exceed 50 pounds (23 kilograms) and can be anything from a duffle bag to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase. You’ll also want a good quality backpack sized 25-30 liters (2000 cubic inches) to use throughout the days.

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get cash?

You'll be able to find a reliable ATM once you arrive to start your trip, within the township or at the airport you land in, as national park ATM locations are sparse at best. Aside from tips for your guides, you could bring $200 and go home with change though some people like to bring some cash to cover a round of drinks, a few souvenirs, and dinner on "night on your own", although you could just as easily use a credit card for these purchases too.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size) and we recommend $15-25 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

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Why travel with us

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Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading average 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience.

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Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

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You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. All you need to do is show up!

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Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted partners and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides.

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Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

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"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience.