Highlights from a summer full of views, wildlife and adventures in Alaska

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As the termination dust sets in and the sun reflects off the snow, we reflect on another successful summer season. More than 900 travelers explored the Last Frontier by land, air and sea with John Hall’s Alaska this summer. Customization and handcrafting of each trip based on client needs makes every excursion one-of-a-kind, which is why more 200 alumni guests returned this season.

First-time visitors and alumni alike had the chance to celebrate Denali National Park’s centennial year with our revamped Denali Explorer Tour. Concluding in two weeks, including travel time, this package accommodates even the busiest of travelers with six days on land and seven at sea. Guided by highly knowledgeable and professional staff, visitors ventured 95 miles deep into the heart of Denali for coveted views of Wonder Lake. Travelers embarked on a Backcountry tour to Kantishna, visited the Wolf Den Kennels and soaked in the pristine views of glaciers and fjords across southeast Alaska.  Adventure seekers experienced the thrill of the world’s largest zip line in Icy Strait Point while those looking for relaxation went wildlife watching on board a small boat cruise.

“My entire family had a great time touring with John Hall’s Alaska! We encountered sheep, bears, elk, moose, wolves and more. Walking through Native villages, whale watching and meeting a local who was carving a totem pole were a few of the highlights. We highly recommend John Hall’s Alaska and would travel with them again,” said a visitor.

Summer visitors also experienced the new 11-day Untamed Alaska Tour, which travelled along the scenic Denali Highway and down to the coast of Cordova for action packed excursions. Travellers chose from exciting activities including kayaking trips, deep-sea fishing, glacier sightseeing and intimate wildlife watching.

As the only place in the U.S. with wild Polar Bears, travellers on the Three Bears of Alaska Tour witnessed the majestic animals in their natural habitat, sailed under the Lion Gate Bridge and relaxed at Chena Hot Springs Resort in Fairbanks.

“It was spectacular to see the Kodiak Brown, Grizzly and Polar Bears in their natural habitat. John Hall’s Alaska takes you off the beaten path with small groups for intimate excursions. We shared a river delta with more than 15 bears as they searched for spawning salmon. Later we saw Grizzly Bears in Denali and finally Polar Bears in Kaktovik. It was a fantastic trip,” said another visitor.

We love to share the beauty of Alaska with each visitor and this summer was no different. As the snow starts to fall and the Northern Lights start to shine, we look forward to our next season of winter travelers!

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