5 Anchorage Excursions & Activities on a Cruise

Anchorage, the vibrant heart of Alaska, serves as a gateway to some of the state’s most spectacular landscapes and adventures. Embarking on a cruise is a great way to experience this, with each journey offering unique experiences and wonder. But with plenty of excursions available shoreside, which activities should you choose for your stop in Anchorage? 

Let Alaska Trail Guides’ expertise help you find the perfect excursions in Anchorage as you prepare to discover the Last Frontier. As local outdoor enthusiasts, we love sharing the unique geographical location of our hometown with visitors on active biking tours in and around Anchorage.

Keep reading for our top five Anchorage excursions and activities that will elevate your cruise experience or get in touch if you have any questions about our Guided Bike Tours of Anchorage.

1. Take the Alaskan Railroad on a Cruise Shore Excursion

One unmissable excursion on a cruise to Anchorage is a trip on the historic Alaskan Railroad. This scenic rail journey offers breathtaking views of Alaska’s pristine wilderness and towering mountain ranges. Departing from Anchorage are several routes, including a coastal journey, discovering glaciers, an outing to Fairbanks, and more.  

Once you have found a train that suits your timeline, you will wind through the rugged terrain and along the shores of turquoise-blue lakes and rivers. So sit back and relax in the comfort of your railcar as you traverse iconic landmarks such as Hurricane Gulch and Spencer Glacier, marveling at the untamed beauty of the Alaskan landscape unfolding outside your window. Keep your camera ready to capture glimpses of native wildlife, including eagles soaring overhead and moose grazing, as you travel the tracks in style.

With its nostalgic charm and unparalleled views, a journey on the Alaska Railroad offers a memorable way to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Alaska’s wilderness.

2. Discover Anchorage by Bike on a Cruise Shore Excursion

Perhaps you’re keen to get the blood pumping on an excursion from your Alaska cruise? Discover the wonders of our city’s unparalleled landscape on our Anchorage Coastal Cruise Bike Tour. Across three hours of leisurely cycling, you’ll experience views of five different mountain ranges and plenty of photo opportunities of local wildlife. 

Led by one of Alaska Trail Guides’ professional tour guides, you can encounter bald eagles, moose, and bears that live along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. With groups of up to 8 riders, the gentle pace of the Coastal Cruise Bike Tour is a great way to make new friends and learn about the fascinating natural and human history of the area.

Group on city bike tour in Anchorage Alaska.

3. Helicopter Over Alaska’s Glaciers on a Cruise Shore Excursion

We’ve covered sea and earth, but what about experiencing Alaska by air on your cruise excursion? For an awe-inspiring journey into the heart of Alaska’s icy wilderness, there is nothing better than a glacier helicopter tour. Board a helicopter and soar high above the rugged terrain, tracing the path of ancient glaciers as they carve through the landscape.

Marvel at the sheer magnitude of towering ice formations and azure-blue crevasses as you touch down on a glacier landing site, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the surreal Arctic landscape on foot. Feel the crunch of pristine snow beneath your boots and breathe in the crisp, fresh air of the Alaskan wilderness as you walk where few people ever will.

From panoramic views of snow-capped peaks to intimate encounters with ancient ice, a glacier helicopter tour promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

4. Meet Alaska’s Wildlife on a Cruise Shore Excursion

Once you reach the shores of Anchorage, you can embark on a guided tour of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Here you’ll have the opportunity to observe native Alaskan wildlife up close, including bears, moose, lynx, and more. Learn about the center’s conservation program and the importance of preserving Alaska’s precious ecosystems.

Tour more than 200 acres of animal enclosures by foot on the scenic 1.5-mile loop as you contribute to the conservation of Alaska’s majestic animals. Located 47 miles from Anchorage, south of Girdwood, you can rent a car to complete this hour-long journey.

5. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center on a Shore Excursion

Another fantastic shore excursion from Anchorage is a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, located just a short drive from downtown Anchorage. Anchorage Trolley Tours also offers a shuttle service. Delve into the rich tapestry of Alaska’s indigenous cultures as you explore authentically recreated village sites representing Alaska’s diverse Native peoples, from the Inupiat of the Arctic to the Tlingit of the Southeast.

Engage with Native artisans as they demonstrate traditional crafts such as basket weaving, beadwork, and carving, and gain insight into the cultural traditions and lifeways that have sustained Alaska’s indigenous communities for millennia.

Through interactive exhibits, storytelling, and dance performances, the Alaska Native Heritage Center offers a window into the vibrant heritage and living cultures of Alaska’s Native peoples, providing a deeper understanding of the land and its people.

Anchorage offers many excursions and activities to enhance your cruise experience and provide unforgettable memories! From wildlife encounters and glacier exploration to cultural immersion and outdoor adventures, each excursion offers a unique opportunity to connect with Alaska’s natural and cultural wonders, ensuring that the shoreside of your cruise is nothing short of extraordinary.
If you’d like to learn more about our Biking Tours in Anchorage, take a look at our website or get in touch if you’re interested in something customized to your specific adventure requirements.

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