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    Octopus Encounter

    What's an octopus's favorite Beatles song? I want to hold your hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand! Come on down to the Alaska Sealife Center to get an inside look at the resident octopuses and all eight of their amazing "hands!" You'll get to join the animal care team to see how they train, feed, and care for these incredible invertebrates. It's the perfect opportunity to see what goes on in the animals' lives behind the scenes. Since the groups are limited to 5 people, you'll have the opportunity to ask all the questions you want of the knowledgeable keepers. There's no doubt about it, this encounter is gonna be tenta-cool!
    Octopus Encounter

    301 Railway Ave, Seward

    • See how the animal team trains, feeds, and cares for octopuses
    • Shake tentacles with a giant Pacific octopus
    • Ask the experienced keepers any and all questions you may have
    • Experience an intimate encounter with marine wildlife that you'll never forget
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    Scenic City Tour

    "What's cookin' good looking?" Hey, we weren't talking to you (although you're not so bad yourself)! We were talking about the beautiful city of Anchorage. Have you visited lately? It's lookin fiiiine. Get your fill of the incredible beauty of this Alaskan city by taking this Salmon Berry Tour. Your day will start with a complimentary ride to the Port of Anchorage and Ship Creek area, where Anchorage was born. You'll learn about the city's colorful pioneer history, its early tent-form, and what life was like before modern conveniences. Then you'll head to Bootleggers Cove, stopping for a visit at Earthquake Park, where you'll get the scoop on what life is like on the Pacific Ocean's "Ring of Fire". Hint: It's never boring. You'll see the remnants of the 2nd largest earthquake in worldwide history -- yikes! Then to Lake Hood, the busiest seaplane base in the world, where your neck will surely get a work out from all the comings and goings. Finally, to the Chugach Mountains, the go-to location for stunning vistas, exotic animal encounters, and relaxing scenery. Anchorage has never looked better.
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    Scenic City Tour

    515 W 4th Ave, Anchorage

    • Take a tour of scenic Anchorage, one of the prettiest cities in the United States, contiguous or not
    • Learn about the founding of this fair city, including its historic port and Ship Creek area, and what life was like before modern conveniences
    • See the remnants of one of the biggest earthquakes in world wide history, which included liquified earth and massive mudslides
    • Explore the Chugach Mountains, home to not only stunning views, but also Giant Moose!
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    Turnagain Turn Tour

    "Turn... again?" Yes, again! Trust us, you'll want to when you see the incredible panoramic views at the top of Mt. Alyeska. In fact, you might catch yourself spinning about for some time, as you try taking in all there is to see. In one direction, beautiful glaciers and foothills -- in the other, meltwater pools -- in yet another, more foothills, and beyond! But let's take it from the beginning: first you'll get picked up at your hotel and head down the aptly named Turnagain Arm, to the aerial tram. Then you'll enjoy a relaxing tram ride up the mountain, where you'll be treated to the aforementioned view. After you're through turning and taking it all in, you'll get to check out the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, home to bears, musk ox, wood bison, and other critters of note! Lunch is included, in case looking at any of those delicious animals makes you hungry. That was a joke. Don't eat the animals.
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    Turnagain Turn Tour

    515 W 4th Ave, Anchorage

    • Ride a tram to the top of Mt. Alyeska and gaze incredible 360 degree views
    • Bring a camera along so you can snap some shots of gorgeous glaciers, meltwater pools, and foothills
    • Head into the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for a chance to spot elk, bison, buffalo, oxen, and more!
    • Enjoy lunch at an established eatery in Girdwood, experiencing the local culture
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    Hummer Adventures' Surf & Turf Safari

    Can't bear another boring day indoors? Well get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! This amazing tour with Alaska Hummer Adventures begins on the Ketchikan cruise ship dock and gives you an intimate view of the area. You'll learn about a city known as the "Salmon Capital of the World" that boasts the world's largest collection of standing totem poles. And don't forget about the bears! Lead by a knowledgeable Alaskan guide, you'll view bears from a boat along Margaret Creek. Maybe you should leave those salmon-colored boat shorts at home. It's about time you toured in rugged luxury.
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    Hummer Adventures' Surf & Turf Safari

    5191 Borch St, Ketchikan

    • Enjoy a 5-6 hour tour of Ketchikan from the comfort of Hummer
    • Hop on a boat to Margaret Creek to see bears in the wild
    • Use provided binoculars to spot wildlife
    • Learn about the area from a knowledgeable Alaskan tour guide
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    Glacier Turn Tour

    Glaciers, Glaciers! Who wants a glacier! Get em while they're hot. Err... that came out wrong. But that does get to the heart of the matter here -- the world's getting hotter, and that doesn't exactly accommodate humongous prehistoric slabs of ice. These beauties won't be around forever, so come and check them out while you still have the chance. You'll start the trip with a complimentary ride from your hotel to Mt. Alyeska, where you'll take a tram up half a mile to the viewing decks of the Roundhouse Museum. Weather permitting, you'll be able to see several glaciers from there. Then you'll take the tram back down the big hill to one of the finest eateries in the very-northern United States; bottomless soup, sourdough bread, desserts, beverages, and a cozy atmosphere all await you. Then a quick stop at the Conservation Center, where you can see all types of animals, including bears, eagles, elk and bison, before heading off on a 1 hour cruise across Portage Lake to look at more glaciers. While you inspect Portage Glacier, on-board naturalists will tell you all about the ecosystem and the geology of this incredible area. So hop on this tour while you still can.
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    Glacier Turn Tour

    515 W 4th Ave, Anchorage

    • Spend a busy day seeing incredible Alaskan sites, including Mt. Alyeska, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and Portage Glacier
    • Hop on a 1 hour cruise alongside a naturalist who will show you what to look for with glaciers
    • Spot rare and exotic animals like grizzly bears, eagles, elk, bison, lynx and others
    • Enjoy relaxing tram rides up and down Mt. Alyeska
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    Juneau Walking Excursion

    Juneau the best way to see a city? On a walking tour of course! This walking tour of Juneau will not only bring you the little nuggets of history between the nooks and crannies that make up the wonderful capital city of Alaska, but will teach you the power of storytelling and hopefully send you home with a few tools to relay your trip to all your friends. Every corner of Juneau holds bits of history, and you will get a taste of what life is like in the last frontier. On your path around town you will hear all the little stories that make life here unique. Whether it is a bear walking into the bar, the miners lives in the nearby mountains, or a town vying to keep its capital -- there is plenty to interest anyone! This excursion gives you a real feel for the city and its inhabitants and will leave you with a greater appreciation for Juneau and Southeast Alaska. Now Alaska ya again...do you know the best way to see a city?
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    Juneau Walking Excursion

    490 S Franklin St, Juneau

    • Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour that highlights the history of the Alaskan capital
    • Learn the power of storytelling as you hear mesmerizing tales of bears walking into bars, and the unique lives of miners living in the mountains
    • Discover all the best nooks and crannies of the last frontier
    • Get a day or relaxing exercise as you collect stories and memories to bring back home
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    Glacier, Forest, and Falls Smart Photo Hike

    When it comes to beautiful scenery, the region around Juneau is pretty much picture perfect. That's what makes it such an exciting landscape for a photo shoot ... If you know where to go! This guided escape takes all the guesswork out of the equation, making capturing memorable photographs a cinch. You'll trek alongside a local guide to some of the most breathtaking overlooks near Alaska's remote capital. Highlights of this 4-hour escape include temperate rainforest terrain, glacial moraine, and views of the Mendenhall Glacier. Your guide is also there to help you get the most out of your camera and will help with advice on composition, lighting, filters, editing, and other elements of photography. The end result will be a series of photographs designed to tell an evocative story. Get the picture?
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    Glacier, Forest, and Falls Smart Photo Hike

    490 S Franklin St, Juneau

    • Embark on a 4-hour guided photography escape near the Juneau area
    • Visit isolated rainforest locations and a great overlook of the Mendenhall Glacier
    • Pick up photography tips from your guide and set up for epic photoshoots
    • Enjoy a leisurely escape designed to help you get the most out of your camera
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    Channel Islands Marine Park Kayaking

    Juneau what the best park around is? Alask-ya again ... well, do ya? It's Channel Islands Marine Park of course! This trip combines a boat transport to an uninhabited island, sea kayaking, and wildlife viewing for the ultimate eco-adventure! You will be picked up near your cruise ship or hotel and taken to the six passenger vessel. From there you will head out of the harbor into the waters of the Inside Passage to one of the Channel Islands, where you will trade in the boat for some kayaks. The next two hours will be spent paddling along the forested shore-line, searching for whales and other wildlife and enjoying the scenery. While on the water you may see humpback whales, harbor seals, steller sea lions, dall's porpoise, harbor porpoise, orca, numerous bird species (including bald eagles), and deer or river otters along the shore. Throughout this trip your expert guides and boat captain will share their local knowledge of the area, plus interesting information about the wildlife and their behavior.
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    Channel Islands Marine Park Kayaking

    2767 Sherwood Ln, Juneau

    • Explore the wilderness of Channel Islands Marine Park in a kayak
    • Paddle along the forested shoreline in search of whales and other wildlife
    • Enjoy the local knowledge and information provided by an expert guide
    • Bring along your camera to snap photos of seals, porpoise, bald eagles, and more
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    Adventure Kart Expedition

    Life will always have its little bumps in the road. So why not take advantage of it? This mountain adventure will help you do just that as you tackle backcountry roads in a high-performance off-road cart! Prior to setting out from basecamp, you'll receive all the instruction you need to safely maneuver your kart. Next thing you know, you'll be flying down winding mountain trails surrounded by lush Alaskan wilderness. You'll travel in a caravan of karts led by an experienced guide at a comfortable pace that lets you easily navigate steep curves and rocky inclines, though not so slow as to hinder the adrenaline rush! Along the way, you'll stop to soak in views of the Tongass National Forest, Behm Canal, and the Inside Passage. Snacks and beverages are provided, and there will be roundtrip motorcoach transport to base camp during which you'll learn about the history and culture of the area. Prefer that your recreational life takes you a little off the beaten path? This off-road expedition will get you there in style.
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    Adventure Kart Expedition

    4085 Tongass Ave, Ketchikan

    • Explore forested mountain roads during an off-road kart adventure
    • Drive your own kart around winding trails while following a local guide
    • Stop to check out incredible views of the Behm Canal and Tongass National Forest
    • Treat yourself to an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride that's sure to put a smile on your face
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    Classic Misty Fjords Flightseeing

    If you can't decide on an art museum or a scenic outdoor adventure -- may we suggest viewing works of "art" forged by the very hands of nature? The Misty Fjords National Monument "exhibits" some of the most dramatic scenery in Alaska. Boasting 2.3 million acres, it's almost four times the area of Rhode Island. But only by air can you fully appreciate the aesthetic beauty of this land, slowly crafted by the hands of nature over time -- specifically, the hands of glaciers. Massive glacier action created the ice-rimmed wilderness before you, built across the span of tens of thousands of years. Really puts things into perspective, right? So keep an eye out for the glaciers' masterpieces, including majestic fjords, cascading waterfalls, and jewel-like lakes, all of which, you will find, are dotted with abundant wildlife. Marvel at sheer walls of granite plunging over 3,000 feet into the fjords, lush forests of spruce, hemlock and cedar clinging to snow-capped peaks, in this land of incredible natural beauty and rugged grandeur. Best accessed by air, this vast untouched wilderness was first identified in the journals of explorer Captain George Vancouver in 1793. See New Eddystone Rock, a striking remnant of early geological activity, at the entrance to spectacular Rudyard Bay. This will serve as your introduction to the monument. Your pilot will be sure to point out glacier-carved fjords, beautiful river valleys, and pristine mountain lakes, identifying the scenic wonders for your viewing pleasure as you fly overhead. As mentioned, the dramatic Misty Fjords terrain is home to a multitude of wildlife. The astute observer may be rewarded with sightings of brown and black bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, wolves, moose and bald eagles. There will be plenty to view and learn about as your expert bush pilot flies over this paradise. Visible only from the air, see the splendid 1,000 foot waterfall flowing from Big Goat Lake, which was named for the region's concentration of mountain goat. Colonies of these marvelous high mountain creatures can be spotted and photographed from the air. So the next time you're looking to see some REAL art, refer to Exhibit "A": Alaska, by air!
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    Classic Misty Fjords Flightseeing

    4085 Tongass Ave, Ketchikan

    • Discover magnificent Misty Fjords National Monument in an impeccably maintained DeHavilland Beaver floatplane, the world's most famous bush plane
    • View some of the most spectacular scenes in Alaska from the comfort of your window seat
    • Enjoy a personal pilot narration with individual headsets on this once-in-a-lifetime experience
    • Follow along on the provided detailed map and guide to track your flight route
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