7. If you offer more than one type of tour, please describe one that's especially popular, or that's a favorite or signature trip for your company?
Alaska Adventure Tour – This is a hotel-based adventure tour that includes essential Alaskan highlights. While the tour includes a number of exciting activities, no experience is needed. The trip starts in Anchorage, Alaska’s only major city. We head out in the wilds with a scenic drive along Turnagain Arm where the mountains meet the sea. To get to Prince William Sound, we drive through a five mile one-way railroad tunnel before arriving in tiny Whittier. This city is weird even by Alaskan standards and was developed during WWII as a secret supply port for Anchorage.
From Whittier we take a scenic cruise one of the new fast Alaska State Ferry boats to Valdez – looking for whales, sea lions, porpoises, glacier, icebergs, etc. en route. The next day we return to the water for a day of sea kayaking in a protected bay to a glacier, passing by a colony of 20,000 sea birds! Its time to head inland as we drive through water-fall lined Keystone Canyon and up dramatic Thompson Pass. We take a comfort stop at a highway rest stop with a glacier on our way to the large Matanuska Glacier, which we will explore with crampons (foot spikes).
We continue inland and north to Denali to look for North America’s tallest mountain and bountiful wildlife. We head deep into Denali National Park on a wildlife safari to explore the tundra and dramatic mountain scenery, while looking for bears, moose, Dall sheep, and caribou. Then we go whitewater rafting on one of Denali’s wild rivers before heading north to Fairbanks, Alaska’s ‘Golden Heart’ city for the conclusion of our tour.
8. What are some experiences or opportunities available on your tours that would be otherwise difficult (or impossible) for travelers to experience on their own?
-- Sea kayaking, walking on a glacier, experiencing the wilderness, traveling north of the Arctic Circle, getting an ‘off the beaten path’ and locals’ perspective of Alaska.
-- Meeting other gay travelers and meeting gay locals.
9. Do you offer any optional add-ons or pre/post-trips in addition to your set tours?
Yes, day trips to the Arctic Circle (by coach or small plane), Native Village Tours, Bear viewing tours, and flight-seeing. Plus low-cost independent activities like museum visits, exploring Anchorage’s coastal trail by rental bike, etc.
10. If there's anything else you'd care to add about your company and your tours, please do so here:
Our guests are universally ‘wowed’ by their experiences in Alaska. They see and experience things they only thought could be seen on TV and do things they never imagined they could do. Many past guests desire to and do return to travel with us again. Many say they wish they had not waited so long to visit Alaska – its not that far by plane and Out in Alaska makes these incredible experiences possible in a fun LGBT atmosphere.