Alaska is a vast state and many of its most spectacular wilderness areas and fascinating native communities cannot be reached by road but are easily accessible by plane. Planes are often the best way of traveling within Alaska, providing scenic tours of Alaska’s natural wonders while also being efficient Alaska transportation vehicles, minimizing travel time for you on your Alaska vacation. Jet service is available from Alaska’s “urban hubs,” Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, to some of Alaska’s larger communities.
Smaller villages and many Alaska wilderness vacation destinations can only be reached by chartering a small private plane or “bush plane,” as they are known locally. These small, maneuverable aircraft easily land on dirt strips, sand bars, and even ice fields and equipped with floats, private seaplane charters can land on almost any lake or calm tidal waterway.
Private air charters in Alaska can be easily hired for a short flightseeing trip or a drop-off at a remote location for a week of fishing or backpacking. Some of Alaska’s top vacation attractions, such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Katmai National Park and Preserve, and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, are fly-in destinations. Chartering a bush plane allows visitors to take advantage of unique Alaska vacation itineraries, and there is no better way of getting a sense of authentic Alaska than spending quiet and relaxing time in a remote, beautiful location where there is little or no evidence of civilization.
Plan an Alaska fly-in vacation with an AWRTA member this year:
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 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.
AK Adventures, Inc.
P.O. Box 2828, Homer, AK 99603
Discover the brown bears of Katmai. AK Adventures offers guided trips for bear viewing and wildlife photography into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Our trips give small groups of wildlife viewers a rare personal experience to observe and walk among these fascinating and majestic bears, while learning about them and their habitat.
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 River Adventures
PO Box 725, Mile 48 Sterling Highway, Cooper Landing AK 99572
For over 30 years, Alaska River Adventures has hired 'well seasoned' professionals to guide small groups to wild rivers across Alaska.
Rare permits in Wildlife Refuges and Parks let us show you places few others can -
- Fishing and photo expeditions on Wilderness Rivers
- Drift boat fishing on the Kenai & Kasilof Rivers.
- Rafting - from half day to multi day - mild to wild.
- First class all-inclusive fishing lodge.
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.
Alaskan Alpine Treks
Over 10 years guiding small, customized backpacking trips into remote Alaska, where our knowledge and experience allow us to provide clients with an unparalleled adventure. We offer guided backpacking, hiking, camping and nature photography trips in Alaska, specifically Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Katmai National Park, the Kenai Peninsula and more. Browse our website and find the trip that's right for you.
We offer a diversity of adventures, from the perfect family basecamping vacation, to more adventurous and customized rugged backpacking trips for you and your group. Drop us an email or call Carl at 770 952 4549.
Alaskan Tour Guides
6830 Toller Court, Wasilla, Alaska 99654
Experience a sense of wonder and awe. See Alaska's scenery and wildlife from unique perspectives and discover Alaska with Alaskans. Alaskan Tour Guides, Inc. leads you on a journey that is fun, educational, safe and eco-minded. We take great care to include sights or adventures we feel are distinctive for visitors seeking a more personal connection with nature and wilderness. Choose from a wide range of tours, varying in level of difficulty and inetrests. We are able to provide custom tours for most group sizes.
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.
Best Western Kodiak Inn
236 Rezanof Drive West, Kodiak, AK 99615
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.
200 W. 34th Ave. #82, Achorage, AK 99503
Get out of the van and experience Alaska with our adventures. Kayak, climb, hike, look for wildlife in Denali and more.
Our Alaska Tours offer you the opportunity to get away from the crowds to the real Alaska.
And you'll enjoy the smallest group size in the business with no more than 6 guests on our scheduled trips. Get ready to Expose Yourself to Alaska.
Since 1999. Alaskan owned and operated.
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
Great Alaska Adventure Lodge
33881 Sterling Highway, Sterling, AK 99672
Great Alaska Adventure Lodge. Since 1981 travelers have enjoyed our ground breaking blend of exciting Alaska sport fishing and adventure travel from our riverfront lodge on the Kenai River. Our guests choose from a wide range of itineraries that include world class sport fishing, private fly-in bear viewing, remote sea kayaking, hiking, day cruising, Denali Touring and much, much more. Customized family, group and corporate adventures are our specialty. Our all- inclusive trips include pickups in Anchorage and range from 2-10 days.
Whether your Alaska dream entails double digit Rainbows on your fly rod, viewing wild bears in their native habitat, rafting the Kenai Canyon, hiking the Chugach Forest or catching your first King Salmon (or better yet, all of the above!) Great Alaska Adventure Lodge is just the place to see those dreams come true. Come relish the Great Alaska experience with your family or group this summer.
Gustavus Inn at Glacier Bay
P.O. Box 60, Gustavus, AK 99826
Gourmet ocean and garden harvest dining; historic inn since 1965
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.
3100 Bettles Bay Loop, Anchorage, AK 99515
Island Lodge offers 10 years of experience leading outdoor adventures in the wilderness of Lake Clark National Park. Enjoy fishing, kayaking, hiking and river trips, as well as friendly hospitality and delicious meals in the beautiful Alaskan wilderness. Island Lodge makes an Alaska dream vacation possible for groups, families, singles, couples and business associates.
Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge
P.O. Box 956. Homer, AK 99603
Achingly beautiful ocean and mountain setting. Charming private cabins and accommodations with full bath, decks with view, and lovely furnishings. Expert, experienced naturalist staff for hiking, kayaking, birding, fishing, and marine mammal viewing.
11754 S. Russian Cr. Rd., Kodiak, AK 99615
mall-group (max 6 guests) bear viewing/hiking adventures in the spectacular Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
. Kodiak Treks provides an education-based approach to observing bears with a minimal-impact philosophy.
Comfortable accommodations at the Aleut Island lodge and our out-camp provide the group's base. From there, we travel by boat and afoot to explore bear density areas with great respect for bears' need for minimal human disturbance--truly a delicate balance.
Projects and Achievements
Promoting respect for Alaska's wildlife and remote lands through educational outreach and volunteer efforts in partnership with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game
, the Kodiak Brown Bear Trust, the Kodiak Unified Bear Subcommittee (KUBS), and other local, state, and international organizations.
Gold-level certified for responsible practices from Adventure Green Alaska
, Alaska's first and only sustainable tourism certification program.
Join us for a unique wildlife-viewing experience on stunning Kodiak Island!
Koksetna Wilderness Lodge
1425 5th St, Colusa CA 95932
Koksetna Wilderness Lodge is located in Lake Clark National Park. There are two lakeside log cabins for full service lodging or cabin rentals. Lake Clark is fly in only and the lodge provides a peaceful, isolated setting for fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, hydrocycling and hiking. $2175/person provides for full service lodging/activities for 6 days/5 nights. Cabin rentals start at $200/night for the first two people. Boat/motor rentals are available. Call us at (907) 781-2227 from June through mid-August or at (800) 391-8651 from mid-August through May.
NOVA River Runners
PO Box 1129, Chickaloon AK 99674
Since 1975. Scenic and whitewater river rafting trips from class I to V, glacier hikes and ice climbing instruction on the Matanuska Glacier. Day trips near Anchorage and multi-dat trips statewide. www.nova-alaska.com
Sitka Sound Ocean Adventures
112 Toivo Circle, Sitka AK 99835
Join us for a guided sea kayak adventure to explore "the coast less paddled". Sitka Sound, and the countless passages extending north & south, comprises one of the most spectacular marine wilderness environments in the world. We offer a range of guided trips & outfitting services to match any schedule, budget, ability and preference. Our specialty is designing custom trips for families and private groups of 6-persons or less. Let's go paddling!
500 Lincoln St. Unit B-9, Sitka, AK 99835
Whether you're visiting southeast Alaska to fish for salmon or halibut, or to see tufted puffins, bald eagles, sea otters or humpback whales, join us, and we'll share our secrets!
My husband and I are wildlife biologists, and moved to Alaska in the 1970s, working for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. We share a perspective acquired through years of education, experience, and a love for Alaska's wildlife.
We invite you to check out our website for more information!
Southeast Charters Inc.
P.O. Box 33018, Juneau, AK 99803
Cruise the protected waters of Alaska's Inside Passage. Enjoy whale watching, bear viewing, iceberg and glacier adventures, catching fish, setting crab pots, and exploring fiords with sheer rock walls and misty waterfalls.
4085 Tongass Avenue, Ketchikan, Alaska
Taquan Air provides quality flightseeing and air service in southeast Alaska.
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.
Too-loo-uk River Guides
P.O. Box 106, Denali Park, AK 99755
Extended wilderness raft trips to Alaska's Arctic; Brooks Range, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gates of the Arctic NP, NPR-A
as well as trips in Wrangell-st Elias and the Chugach Mountains. We've been guiding in Alaska's backcountry and on Alaska's remote rivers for over 20 years. We are Alaska owned and operated and specialize in small groups and personal service.
Wild Alaska Travel
1115 D. Street Juneau, Ak. 99801
Wild Alaska Travel itineraries revolve around exclusive, authentic and off-the-beaten path adventure tours and extraordinary travel moments in parts of Alaska that most people will never experience. The tours have a strong experiential and learning component. Our goal is to create a "trip-of-a-lifetime" by taking you to unique locations and provide first-hand opportunities to experience the Alaska you always dreamed about! www.wildalaskatravel.com
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!
Yukon River Lodge
P.O. Box 68049, Ruby, AK 99768
There still remain a few wild places in the world and this is one of them. Nestled at the base of Kokrines Hills, Alaska’s Yukon River Lodge (currently under construction) overlooks the Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge and the Yukon River stretched out before it.