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1. Fairbanks tour operator announces seasonal Mount McKinley flights

Northern Alaska Tour Company has long provided travelers with flightseeing and driving excursions for every season in Alaska’s Interior. The tour operator has now expanded its offerings to Alaska visitors by offering a chance to view the summit of Mount McKinley and experience soaring aerial views of Denali National Park and Preserve. Northern Alaska Tour Company will offer six daily departures from Healy, located just north of the park entrance, to Mount McKinley, May 14 – Sept. 21. Each guest will have a window seat aboard the oxygen-equipped, multi-engine aircraft as it climbs to nearly 21,000 feet for a dramatic birds-eye view of North America’s tallest peak and the surrounding wilderness. The flight, lasting approximately 90-minutes, gives guests unmatched visuals for photographic opportunities.
Media contact:
Contact: Kathy Hedges, Northern Alaska Tour Company

Phone: (907) 474-8600

Facebook: NorthernAlaskaTourCompany

Photo credit: Northern Alaska Tour Company
2. New wilderness photography opportunity for visitors to Anchorage

Through The Lens Alaska is a new tour operator offering guided wilderness photography excursions for all ability levels. Travelers to the Anchorage area can enjoy the Anchorage PhotoWalk, a daily two-hour morning tour that covers downtown Anchorage on foot. The group starts at a historic photo shop and ventures around town learning about the history of the city before descending the hill to Elderberry Park for a chance to photograph the iconic Mount Susitna, which is locally known as the “Sleeping Lady.” Another option for visitors is the evening Sunset Photo Safari that takes off by van in search of the best of Anchorage’s daylight hours near sunset, with possible stops along the waters of Turnagain Arm or in the mountains of nearby Chugach State Park. In addition to helping guests capture the best photos of their Alaska vacation, Through the Lens Alaska also offers workshops to help hone photography skills at some of Alaska’s most iconic and scenic locations.

Media contact:
Contact: Jody Overstreet, Through the Lens Alaska
Phone: (907) 229-7095
Facebook: ThroughTheLensAlaska
Twitter: TTLAlaska
URL: TTLAlaska

Photo credit: Jeff Schultz/
3. Love and adventure in the Last Frontier

From special tour offerings focusing on quality time with that special someone to packages accommodating those looking for an unforgettable romantic adventure, couples have much to discover in the Last Frontier. Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn and Above & Beyond Alaska in Juneau have partnered to offer a new tour for couples. “Jug of Wine, Loaf of Bread and Thou” is a specially guided kayaking trip for honeymooners and romance travelers. The trip consists of a short flight to a nearby remote island and a sea kayaking excursion to a second remote beach location for a private lunch featuring pristine scenery and numerous wildlife viewing opportunities ( Alaska Sea Adventures provides couples an opportunity to customize their trip and pair with other passengers who have similar desires for a themed trip focusing on such activities as photography, kayaking, fishing and whale watching, just to name a few. For a completely secluded experience, couples can rent an entire boat just for them ( Locals and visitors alike can book the royal suite at world-renowned Alyeska Resort for a romantic weekend getaway any time of year. The suite includes a two-level parlor with panoramic views of Turnagain Arm, the Chugach Mountains and glaciers through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests can then book a variety of activities offered through the resort, including couples massages at the Spa at Alyeska, a guided hike on Alyeska Glacier, dog sledding, mountain biking and hiking (

Media contact:
Contact: Jennifer Thompson, Thompson & Co. PR
Phone: (907) 561-4488
Facebook: Alaska Travel News

Twitter: @alaskatravlnews


Photo credit: State of Alaska/Brian Adams
4. Exploration abounds in Seward’s waters

Travelers to Alaska who are seeking an up-close experience with the state’s vast marine wilderness can venture into unchartered territory with Liquid Adventures out of Seward. The locally owned company is one of the first to offer stand-up paddleboard trips in Alaska. The Big Time Bear Glacier adventure takes guests either by helicopter or water taxi to the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park where they will slip on a dry suit and stand-up paddleboard at the face of Bear Glacier. Stand-up paddling lets visitors navigate the water and get close to glaciers and wildlife that are otherwise restricted to boats of a larger size ( Visitors who prefer to surf rather than paddle can do so with Seward’s Alaska Surf Adventures. The operator has half-day or full-day trips specializing in surfing sessions, with full-day trips permitting additional time for fishing, sightseeing, kayaking and beach combing on Alaska’s shoreline (
Media contact:
Contact: Cindy Clock, Seward Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (907) 224-8051

Photo credit: Liquid Adventures
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