Alaska's wild landscapes provide healthy habitat for bears. In fact, there are so many bears in Alaska, the odds are good you'll be able to catch a glimpse — especially when the salmon are running! The easiest (and safest) way to view bears in the wild is on a guided tour by small plane or boat that lands you and your expert guides near an isolated camp. Human behavior in these bear viewing camps is strictly controlled, with the goal of making you part of the scenery and letting the bears go about their business undisturbed.
Many tour options are available to view Alaska’s brown bears and black bears in the Inside Passage, Southcentral, Interior, and Southwest regions of Alaska. Some of the most popular bear viewing tours depart from communities such as Anchorage, Kodiak, Homer, and Juneau, visiting top bear viewing destinations like Brooks Falls at Katmai National Park, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Clark National Park, Denali National Park, and Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area. If you’re looking for an even bigger adventure, multi-day polar bear viewing trips are available in Alaska’s Arctic region.
Embark on a half-day or full-day bear viewing trip where you will travel by plane, boat, or bus to top bear viewing destinations with experienced guides. Or, spend a night in bear country at a bear viewing lodge and go on personalized, guided bear viewing treks by day. Overnight bear viewing packages typically include lodging, meals, guide fees, and transportation.
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