The 6 Best Day Tours in Anchorage, Alaska

Discovering things to do in Anchorage offers endless adventures, especially in the summer when sunlight is abundant. Throughout town, you’ll be able to find plenty of activities that suit your fancy, regardless of your fitness level, interests, or budget.

  • Among our favorite activities in Anchorage are day tours. These tours include Alaska’s famous train system, guided tour buses, airplane rides, and day cruises. These activities let you explore the state’s unparalleled beauty and still return to Anchorage for a scrumptious dinner before the night is up. Best of all, Alaska Tour Jobs employees get discounts for these tours!

    Portage Glacier

    If you’re looking for a fun Anchorage day tour that includes an Alaskan cruise, look no further than exploring Portage Glacier. The nearly six-hour-tour starts on a deluxe motorcoach that whisks you along the scenic Seward Highway to Portage Glacier. After snagging a few lovable Instagram photos of the sweeping Alaskan landscape, you’ll board the MV Ptarmigan. This ship is the only boat operating on Portage Lake. Once aboard the Ptarmigan, you’ll and cruise out into the shimmering water for an unforgettable one-hour cruise across iceberg-dotted Portage Lake while looking at the looming figure of Portage Glacier.

    After you disembark from the Ptarmigan, you’ll visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. There, you can get a personal view of local and endangered wildlife.

    Spencer Glacier Rail & Trail

    This splendid tour gives you an opportunity to enjoy Alaska’s train system and a scenic hike to the cusp of Spencer Glacier. The whole tour takes about 10 hours. You’ll depart from Anchorage by train and then zip along the shore of Turnagain Arm, which is part of Chugach National Forest. The forest is famous among locals as an excellent place to watch salmon swimming up cascading waterfalls in streams that dot the protected wildlands.

    Once you arrive at Spencer Glacier, you’ll get to hop off the train and enjoy a narrated two-mile hike that leads to spectacular views of Spencer Lake and the glacier.

    Explore Anchorage City Tour & Dining

    Whet your appetite while exploring Anchorage on a tour that traces the city’s diverse history. You’ll learn how Anchorage rose from a railroad tent city, survived the devastating 1964 earthquake, and eventually transformed into the iconic city known today. This five-hour tour begins at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, where you’ll browse a fantastic collection of Native Alaskan art and artifacts. After the museum, you’ll get a delectable lunch at a local Anchorage restaurant and shop at the Alaska Wildberry Products store for Alaskan-made chocolates, gifts, and souvenirs. After shopping and tasting your fill in chocolate, your guide will give a one-hour driven tour of Anchorage’s highlights.

    Anchorage Flightseeing Safari

    Alaska is gorgeous by land but beyond stunning by air. This two-hour tour gives an aerial view of Anchorage and its surrounding wilderness. Your plane tour departs from Lake Hood, the world’s largest seaplane base. The flight travels over the awe-inspiring Chugach Mountain range wrapping Anchorage. Throughout the tour, you’ll see magnificent valleys as you soar over Turnagain Arm before eventually having a thrilling water landing.

    Anchorage Trolley

    If you’re looking for a budget-conscious Anchorage tour, this one-hour trolley ride is among your best options. The fully narrated trolley tour costs about $20 and takes you along 15-miles of Anchorage. Throughout the tour, you’ll see cultural and historical sites, capture postcard-worthy photos at scenic viewpoints with mountain and ocean views, and more.

    Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

    If money isn’t a problem, then exploring Kenai Fjords National Park on a 14-hour cruise is among the best Alaskan cruises you can take. On this tour, you’ll adventure to a majestic tidewater glacier and watch as it calves into the sea like roaring thunder. Along the cruise, you’ll also be served lunch as you get to witness the plentiful wildlife along the countline. Certified captains fully narrate the tour.

    These day trips from Anchorage are among our favorite Alaskan tours. Our friends, family, and employees say these trips always make their day.

    If you’re interested in experiencing these tours for yourself, you should! Exploring Alaska by working here as a seasonal worker is an incredible journey. Take a look at our current job openings to see what jobs catch your interest.