5 of the best day trips from Anchorage

by Cedric Pentonville  |  Published March 11, 2021

As the largest city in Alaska, Anchorage is the perfect place to use as a base for exploring the city itself, as well as for forays deeper into the USA’s wildest state. Expect fractured coastline, wildlife conservation centers, Chugach State Park and a whole host of other excellent nature preserves. Other National Parks – among them Kenai Fjords and Denali – tend to require more than a day trip from Anchorage, but there are plenty of excellent ways to get a taste of the Alaskan wilds without leaving the modern comforts of the city too far behind.

Anchorage day trips vary wildly in terms of duration, itinerary and destination, although all will incorporate some aspect of the city’s surrounding wilderness, which is rugged and inescapable. Large mammals abound in these parts too like caribou and brown bears and the best tours will help you look out for them along the way. Here are five of the best day tours from Anchorage to the surrounding area, taking multiple factors into account, including the value for money, opportunities to see wildlife, comfort of the transportation, and the reviews of previous guests.