Anchorage is Alaska's largest city and home to 280,000, roughly 40% of the state's population. Embraced by six mountain ranges and warmed by a maritime climate, Anchorage is alive year round with adventure, recreation, seasonal festivities, sporting events and more. From biking the coast line to shopping for the latest trends, this city offers spectacular views along with some of Alaska's favorite summer time activities. Backpacking, biking, hiking trails and fishing are just a few of the adventures available at your doorstep.
Local attractions available to guests visiting Anchorage include:
For many of our guests Denali National Park is the highlight of their trip. At over six million acres Denali is about the size of Massachusetts and is the home of North Americas highest peak, Mount McKinley. At 20,320 ft, Alaskans refer to the mountain as Denali, meaning the high one or great one in the native Athabascan language.
Denali's dynamic glaciated landscape supports a diversity of wildlife with grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep and moose. Summer slopes are graced with birds and over 650 species of flowering plants, as well as many species of mosses, lichens, fungi and algae.
While in Denali our guests are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities including: white water rafting, hiking, flightseeing and Cabin Nite Dinner Theater.
Coined the Golden Heart City for its residents and location in the heart of the state, Fairbanks is known for its rich gold mining history. It is a place of extremes, where the temperature rises into the 90s in the summer and can drop to 60 below in the winter. Covered by a blanket of snow in the winter and by rich green trees and foliage in the summer, it's hard to believe Fairbanks is a near desert, with just eleven and a half inches of precipitation a year.
While in Fairbanks, guests have the opportunity to visit downtown with fine eateries and quaint shops, take in a variety of optional excursions including a flight to the Arctic Circle. Guests may also visit the following attractions:
The historic town of Girdwood, located 40 miles south of Anchorage, started as a mining community at the turn of the century. Originally known as Glacier City because of its picturesque location surrounded by majestic glacier covered mountains, it is a small community with a population of just over 2000. Girdwood boasts fine restaurants, quaint shops and the perfect environment for outdoor activities.
Our guests stay at The Hotel Alyeska, the largest ski resort in Alaska, featuring the Alyeska Aerial Tramway. A year round resort and a favorite stop amongst our guests, hotel highlights include a luxury spa, top of the line fitness center, salt water pool and some of the best dining in the state.
While in Girdwood guests can participate in activities, such as canyoneering, kayaking, glacier hiking, and visiting the Alaska Wildlife and Conservation Center.
Known as the Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park and located on Resurrection Bay, approximately 127 miles south of Anchorage, Seward is one of Alaska's oldest and most scenic communities. This small fishing community is a picturesque town with a bustling harbor and historic downtown district filled with quaint shops, art galleries, and delicious seafood restaurants.
In this historic coastal community our guests may visit the Alaska Sea Life Center, Alaska's only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center. Seward also offers numerous opportunities to take in its breathtaking scenery:
A small community of about 800 residents, Talkeetna is nestled 60 miles south of the majestic Mount McKinley. Talkeetna got it's modern start as a railroad town in 1915 when the Alaska Railroad began the long push north. Today, Talkeetna is known as the "Gateway to Denali" and is the jumping off point for thousands of men and women who try to climb North America's highest peak each summer. The town's proximity to North America's tallest peak makes it a prime climbing/mountaineering destination for adventurers from around the world.
The picturesque downtown of Talkeetna offers visitors a glimpse into what small town Alaskan life is truly like. While staying in Talkeetna, guests have the opportunity to take part in a variety of local adventures, such as flightseeing, jetboating, hiking and rafting.
Valdez is located in South Central Alaska on the northeast tip of Prince William Sound. It is home to three historical events: an earthquake, registering 9.2 on the Richter Scale, struck 45 miles west of Valdez in 1964, which resulted in several tremendous waves that washed away the Valdez waterfront; thousands of people moved to Valdez in 1973 after Congress approved it to be the terminus of the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline; and in 1989 the tanker Exxon Valdez struck Bligh reef, approximately 25 miles outside of Valdez, causing the largest oil spill in North American history.
Valdez is one of Alaska's major ports, offering commercial and sport fishing, along with freight and oil shipping. Guests can enjoy the Valdez Small Boat Harbor and and explore Crooked Creek, a natural spawning area teaming with so many Pink and Chum salmon in July and August there is hardly room for the fish to swim upstream. This pond and stream area situated on the Valdez tidal flats (Duck Flats) allows residents and visitors alike to view the salmon spawning process up close.
The adventure doesn't stop in Alaska when you work for Premier Alaska Tours. Guests have the opportunity to extend their vacation to Canada's Yukon Territory.
Tours stop in Dawson City, heart of the world-famous Klondike Gold Rush. Dawson City is an historic gold rush town where one can step back in time and experience what it was like over 100 years ago. Today, tourism and gold mining are the major industries, both taking place during the summer months.
Guests also enjoy a trip to Whitehorse, a modern, thriving city which has not forgotten its gold rush past. Visitors can expect a full service community with pristine wilderness in its backyard. Whitehorse also offers a multitude of trendy cafes, impressive art galleries, interesting museums, the SS Klondike and the vaudeville style entertainment of the Frantic Follies.