Tourism is becoming one of the world’s largest industries. In Alaska, tourism is already the third-largest private sector employer and is expected to play an even more dominant role in the state’s economic growth and development in coming decades. In many parts of rural Alaska, tourism represents one of the few opportunities for economic development. The challenge is to manage tourism so that it benefits local communities while conserving the very natural resources in this unique state that visitors come to see: Alaska’s mountains, glaciers, forests, oceans, wildlife, Native American cultures and authentic Alaskan communities.
For over 20 years, the Alaska Wilderness Recreation & Tourism Association (AWRTA) has been the environmental and cultural “conscience” of the Alaska tourism industry. Composed of primarily smaller, wilderness-dependent businesses, AWRTA members package top-notch outdoor adventure experiences and services with sustainable operating practices which promote environmental protection and wildlife conservation. AWRTA helped create Adventure Green Alaska, an ecotourism certification program that helps Alaska visitors identify sustainable tourism businesses. AWRTA also supports small and rural tourism companies by offering free or discounted marketing on www.visitwildalask.com.
AWRTA actively engages in Alaska’s most critical environmental issues bringing to ecotourism debates an environmental protection and wildlife conservation perspective as well as an economic development and a business perspective. AWRTA is a vocal opponent of the following environmentally-damaging Alaska projects and practices:
- Developing the Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay
- Drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
- Wildlife predator control policies that are not dictated by science and sound management principles
Visit AWRTA online at www.awrta.org to learn more about AWRTA’s advocacy for Alaska environmental protection and wildlife conservation.
ABEC's Alaska Adventures
P.O. Box 10791, Fairbanks, AK 99710
We have all levels of Alaska Brooks Range trips into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or Gates of the Arctic National Park. With over 25 years of experience our Alaskan Guides provide a safe and a fun, "once in a lifetime trip." We have custom, base camp, backpack, and river trips into the vast wild Alaskan Wilderness. You can see pictures of these trips in our Gallery on line at www.abecalaska.com or call 907-457-8907.
PO Box 1426, Kodiak AK 99615
www.mvsinglestar.com; Exclusive Wildlife Cruise where Bears, Birds and Whales are our guides! Join us as we meet the Kodiak Bear on its own turf, visit rookeries with thousands of Puffins, Kittiwakes and Bald Eagles. Enjoy whale watching for Humpback, Orca and Fin whales so close you can smell their blow. Photograph the Coastal Brown Bear on our bear viewing cruise. Guided wildlife photography and ecotours around Kodiak Island and the Katmai Coast. Watch the Sea Otters, Sea Lions, fox and rare waterfowl and ducks. Alaska Wild Salmon fill the streams. Exclusive fly fishing in remote areas for Silver Salmon and Steelhead by FFF certified casting instrutor and registered guide. Cruise with us in luxiury into the Alaskan Wilderness. Photograph glaciers, volcanoes, snow capped mountains, tide flats overflowing with wildlife and wildflowers. Return to the boat for a gourmet home cooked meal and hot shower. Watch the last bear as he walks along the beach at the end of his day.
We leave behind only our tracks in the sand until the next tide...
PO Box 1696, Tahoe City, CA 96145
Your big ship cruise alternative! Cruise Alaska up close aboard a selection of over 25 small ships and yachts carrying 6-138 travelers. We are award winning
Alaska travel experts specializing in travel by small ships, yachts and wilderness lodges away from tourist crowds. Speak with our professional crew who has lived, worked and traveled at length throughout
Alaska. With over 50 years combined experience in
Alaska travel we will answer your questions quickly and accurately. AdventureSmith Explorations is a company founded by guides and we believe that a professional, knowledgeable and personable guide is the key to a successful adventure travel and small ship cruise experience. We are committed to sustainable tourism and contributing positively to the individuals, communities and environments encountered by every AdventureSmith traveler. Call our experts today to plan your Alaska small ship cruise today.
Alaska Alpine Adventures
2133 Dahl Lane, Anchorage, AK 99503
Since 1998, Alaska Alpine Adventures has been leading guided Alaska backpacking, alaska hiking trips and adventure vacations throughout Alaska's spectacular national parks and wildlife refuges. Recognized by National Geographic as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth in both 2008 & 2009, Alaska Alpine Adventures takes adventure seekers on multi-day and multi-sport Alaska hiking tours, rafting trips, Alaska backpacking trips, kayaking trips, and skiing vacations throughout the Last Frontier. Guided Alaska tours include adventure trips to Lake Clark National Park, Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, Kenai Fjords, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gates of the Arctic National Park and beyond. Our brand of sustainable travel has been recognized by Adventure Green Alaska - Alaska's highly regarded sustainable tourism certification program. Take a trip with Alaska Alpine Adventures and experience the Alaska vacation of a lifetime!
Alaska Sealife Center
P.O. Box 1329 Seward, AK 99664
The Sealife Center, Alaska's only Public Aquarium, is committed to understanding and maintaining the integrity the Marine Ecosystem in Alaska through education, conservation, research & rehabilitation.
Alaska Ultra Sport
PO Box 1125, Chickaloon AK 99674
Alaska Ultra Sport offers guided wilderness trips throughout Alaska. We are based out of Chickaloon, Alaska and have guided trips all over the state.This business has been owner-operated since 2001. If you book a trip with us you will be on a trip with Bill and Kathi Merchant.We offer guided multi day rafting, sea-kayaking, mountain biking and backpacking trips. We operate in many National Parks, State Parks,the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Katmai National Park and more. We speak english, german and some french and italian. 2-6 people.
P.O. Box 80562, Fairbanks, AK 99708
Arctic Wild: Alaska Adventures with Latitude!
Explore the mountains, tundra, rivers, and coast of arctic Alaska with our professional wilderness guides. Enjoy wildlife and scenery in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and Gates of the Arctic National Park. Visit sub-arctic destinations like Katmai National Park and Yukon Charley. We specialize in multi-day, wilderness fly-in adventures. Whether hiking, rafting, canoeing or enjoying a wildlife base camp, the scenery, ecology, and quality service will impress even the most seasoned Alaska travelers. Find out why our clients return year after year and enthusiastically reccommend us for our small groups, local guides, minimum impact ethics, and great food! Custom trips and references available. Call 888/577-8203, or visit www.arcticwild.com.
Camp Denali - North Face Lodge
P.O. Box 67, Denali National Park, AK 99755
Camp Denali and North Face Lodge provide active learning vacations in Denali National Park. Situated in full view of the Alaska Range, ours are the only in-park lodgings with views of Mount McKinley. These unparalleled views are complimented by days of naturalist-led backcountry hiking and wildlife observation, exquisitely crafted meals, educational evening programs presented by our naturalist staff or guest speakers, and the opportunity to enjoy the park independently.
Camp Denali and North Face Lodge have been Alaskan family-owned and operated since 1952, ensuring the same quality and attention to detail at both lodges, despite their different styles of accommodations. We look forward to introducing you to Denali from our point of view.
P.O. Box 111853. Anchorage, AK 99511
Booking agency, backpacking, guiding, hiking, kayaking and canoeing,lodging, organization, rafting and river trips, wildlife viewing, winter activities.
P.O. Box 688, Whittier, AK 99693
Alaska's finest wilderness cruise- multi-day voyages, naturalist guided, small groups, onboard cabins, shore hikes, kayaking, wildlife viewing, custom voyages. Charter boats, bird watching, cruiseships and tourboats, fishing, hiking, natural and cultural history interpretation, photography. Prince William Sound, Copper River Delta.
Good River Bed and Breakfast at Glacier Bay
Box 37, Gustavus, AK 99826
Spectacular GLACIER BAY, ALASKA. Sixteen tidewater glaciers, whales, kayaking, nature walks, wilderness. Elegant log house, comfy beds, handmade quilts, fresh bread ... quality accommodations - reasonable rates.. Custom packages - best value for the lowest cost
Iniakuk Lake Wilderness Lodge, LLC
P.O. Box 80424, Fairbanks, AK 99708
Luxury accommodations for the body, remote wilderness for the spirit. Powered by the sun, wind and friendly, long-time Alaskans, this exclusive hideaway offers elegance and comfort 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska's Brooks Range and Gates of the Arctic National Park. Fly-in only. Since 1974. Remote. Exceptional. Unforgettable.
Kayak Adventures Worldwide
P.O. Box 2249 - 328 3rd Ave. Seward, AK 99664
We are a small, personal shop that concentrates solely on sea kayaking in Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords, with emphasis on environmentally friendly practices and local education. Our professional guides/naturalists are extensively trained, and small groups enhance your intimate experience with the magical surroundings and wildlife. We offer a wide range of trips: from 1/2-day trips to multi-day excursions, so we're sure we'll have something that will be just right for you. No experience is necessary - all you need is a desire to paddle and the enthusiasm to learn and explore! Check out our photos, descriptions, and pricing at www.KayakAK.com.
We also run Bear Paw Lodge, in Seward... our own cozy, welcoming log home that we rent out to travelers. This is the true Alaskan experience - hand crafted beauty with all the comforts of home! www.SewardBearPawLodge.com
We worked with Travel Channel in 2003 & Discovery Channel in 2008 to produce informational documentaries about the local area and overall climate change.
PO Box 16545, Portal AZ 85632
Arctic Alaska: A Naturalist Along the Dalton! July 31-Aug. 7, 2010
Join us for an incredible week ! Explore two crown jewels of the Arctic: Gates of the Arctic National Park and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Tundra biologist Dan Wetzel of Fairbanks shares 30+ years of expertise. Search for Muskoxen, Caribou, ptarmigan, jaegers, Red Fox, songbirds from Asia, wildflowers & some of Earth's finest scenery.: Brooks Range, Antigun Pass & more. www.naturalistjourneys.com 866 900 1146
Orca Island Cabins
P.O. Box 1815, Seward, Alaska 99664
Orca Island Cabins, owned and operated by long-time Alaskans Dennis and Susan Swiderski, offers comfortable and stylish overnight accommations (yurts) on a private island in scenic Humpy Cove, Resurrection Bay, 9 miles SE of Seward, Alaska. View wildlife from your private deck; kayak; explore tide-pools and a nearby salmon stream and waterfall; fish from the island or its dock; or just sit back and relax.
The Boat Company, LLC
P.O. Box 1839, Poulsbo, WA 98370
The Boat Company has been operating small ship ecotours in Southeast Alaska every summer for thirty years. Our cruises are typically one week long and feature visits to remote wilderness areas throughout the region's scenic protected waterways.
On any given day, guests of The Boat Company have the opportunity to participate in an abundance of activities. We offer fishing, shoreline walks with trained naturalists, early morning and late evening kayaking, wildlife and glacier viewing, and everything from leisurely beach combing or gentle strolls to vigorous hikes through virgin rainforests.
Wilderness Birding Adventures
5515 Wild Mountain Road. Eagle River, AK 99577
Wilderness Birding Adventures is dedicated to exploring, conserving and sharing Alaska’s rich natural world with those who like to add a splash of adventure and spontaneity (balanced with careful planning and safety) to their vacation in the Great Land. Since 1986, we have been offering our guests the best in Alaska birding, rafting, sea kayaking, hiking and wildlife viewing trips from birding tours in the Pribilofs, Gambell and Nome, to wilderness expeditions like paddling the Kongakut and Canning rivers in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, photographing Spectacled Eiders on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta – to name just a few of the possibilities!