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Bear Viewing Tours in Alaska

By Viator, August 2018

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From Sitka to Homer to the famous McNeil River, Alaska ranks among the world’s best places to observe bears in the wild. Here’s what you need to know for the best chance of spotting Alaska’s grizzly, brown, and black bears during your stay.
 
Where to Go
Alaska has dozens of bear-viewing hot spots, offering ample opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts across the state. From Anchorage, it’s possible to take a day trip by airplane to Lake Clark National Park to see bears, while a short flight from Ketchikan takes you to Prince of Wales Island, another excellent viewing spot. Chichagof Island, located outside Hoonah, is home to the largest concentration of bears on the planet. From Homer, take a day trip to either Lake Clark or Katmai National Park for the chance to spot grizzly bears in the wild.
 
Sitka’s Fortress of the Bear gives visitors the chance to observe rescued wild bears in their natural environment—an excellent option for families or cruise ship passengers with limited time in port.
 
When to Go
While you can’t control nature, you can control when to take your trip to optimize your chances of seeing bears. Generally, the best time to see bears is between June and September. During the early summer months, bears tend to converge on the coast, while the salmon run in August and September offers an opportunity for the animals to gorge in Alaska’s rivers.
 
How to Go
Many of Alaska’s best bear-viewing locations are in the state’s wild, remote places. Often, the best way to get there is by bush plane. Luckily, there are bear-viewing day tours from many Alaskan destinations, including Anchorage, Juneau, Sitka, Homer, Ketchikan, Hoonah, and Soldotna.

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Prince of Wales Island Bear-Viewing Tour By Air From Ketchikan, Ketchikan, null
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Prince of Wales Island Bear-Viewing Tour By Air From Ketchikan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

See bears in their natural habitat on this 3 hour tour from Ketchikan.  Take a 20 minute flight west over the inside passage to Prince of Wales Island, one of ...  Read more

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $369.00
Chichagof Island Tour: Brown Bear Search, Hoonah, Air Tours
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Chichagof Island Tour: Brown Bear Search

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Embark on a small-group, 3-hour land based tour of Chichagof Island. The community of Hoonah, with a year round population of approximately 850, is located in ...  Read more

Location: Hoonah, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.45
Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles, Sitka, Nature & Wildlife
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Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

Explore the wildlife highlights of Sitka on a 2-hour tour with knowledgeable local guides who share their expertise on this remarkable and beautiful area. Walk ...  Read more

Location: Sitka, Alaska
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Flightseeing Wilderness Bear Viewing Tour, Homer, City Tours
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Flightseeing Wilderness Bear Viewing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Take a spectacular flight in a bush plane with a small group and an experienced naturalist guide to the best locations in the world for Alaska bear viewing and ...  Read more

Location: Homer, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $725.00
Icy Strait Shore Excursion: We're going on a bear hunt!, Hoonah, Nature & Wildlife
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Icy Strait Shore Excursion: We're going on a bear hunt!

When porting at Icy Strait near Hoonah this is a shore tour ashore you will not forget.  Lets go on a bear hunt, this four hour tour offers you the chance ...  Read more

Location: Hoonah, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $234.31
Sitka Shore Excursion: Sitka Bears, Raptor Center, and Totem Park Tour, Sitka, Ports of Call Tours
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Sitka Shore Excursion: Sitka Bears, Raptor Center, and Totem Park Tour

This shore excursion is one of the most popular in it shows the best of Sitka, the former "Russian" capital city of Alaska. It includes a wildlife tour ...  Read more

Location: Sitka, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $77.21
Sitka Fortress of the Bear, Brew & Scenic Tour, Sitka, Ports of Call Tours
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Sitka Fortress of the Bear, Brew & Scenic Tour

Enjoy a taste of Sitka. This 4 part tour will take you to four (4) amazing Sitka locations, including the Fortress of the Bear and Baranof Island Brewery. ...  Read more

Location: Sitka, Alaska
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Fortress of the Bear, Brew and Totem Tour, Sitka, Ports of Call Tours
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Fortress of the Bear, Brew and Totem Tour

Enjoy a taste of Sitka. This 4 part tour will take you to four (4) amazing Sitka locations, including the Fortress of the Bear and Baranof Island Brewery. ...  Read more

Location: Sitka, Alaska
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.00
Alaska Bear Country Day Trip to Katmai or Lake Clark by Airplane, Homer, Cultural Tours
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Alaska Bear Country Day Trip to Katmai or Lake Clark by Airplane

Take an unforgettable day tour from Homer, Alaska, into the epicenter of one the world’s largest concentrations of brown bears. Witness wild bears in their ...  Read more

Location: Homer, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $680.00
Bears, Brewery, & Totems Historical Tour, Sitka, Nature & Wildlife
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Bears, Brewery, & Totems Historical Tour

    If you prefer land over water, you can enjoy our two-hour historical and wildlife life tour in the comfort of a passenger van. On this tour ...  Read more

Location: Sitka, Alaska
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.00

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