Top 5 Places To Visit In Alaska On A Guided Photography Tour

Posted on October 23rd, 2023

Alaska, the last frontier, is a haven for photographers, offering a myriad of breathtaking sceneries waiting to be captured through the lens. 

The vast expanses of untouched wilderness, the dramatic play of light and shadow on snow-capped peaks, and the ethereal glow of the northern lights, all make Alaska a canvas of natural artistry. Amidst this wild, untamed beauty, lies a unique venture, Capture Wild Alaska, dedicated to unveiling the photogenic soul of this rugged land through its Guided Photography Tours

Our Alaska Fall Colors tour is a celebration of nature 's vibrant transition, creating a spectacle of colors against Alaska’s pristine landscapes. It's not just a tour; it's an invitation to immerse oneself in a visual journey, capturing moments that resonate with the raw and serene essence of Alaska. 

From the golden hues of autumn in Fairbanks to the ethereal beauty of Denali, every turn is a promise of a picturesque marvel. With Capture Wild Alaska, you're not just observing; you're engaging, learning, and creating under the soft glow of the auroral lights or the warm autumn sun. Our seasoned guides, with a profound understanding of Alaska's light and landscapes, ensure you're at the right place at the right time, to capture the magic unfurling before your eyes. 

Whether you're a budding photographer or a seasoned lensman, the allure of Alaska's fall colors compels the shutter to freeze the timeless beauty. So, as the northern winds whisper the tales of the wild, we invite you to hold those tales in frames with Capture Wild Alaska.

1. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park isn’t just a mere geographical entity; it’s where nature unfolds its grand narrative. Stretching across a staggering area, it stands as the largest national park in the nation, with a landscape that dwarfs even the imagination. This colossal wilderness is where four major mountain ranges converge, weaving a dramatic tableau of peaks and crags. The air here carries the ancient whispers of glaciers that carve through the valleys, narrating the timeless saga of nature's might and beauty. It's a place where every trail leads to a vista unexplored, every dawn paints a sky unseen, and every moment holds a story untold.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The accolade of being a UNESCO World Heritage site isn’t merely a title; it’s a testament to the global significance of the ecological and aesthetic richness harbored within Wrangell-St. Elias. The intertwining rivers, the sprawling tundra, and the silent watch of boreal forests create a living mosaic that beckons to be captured in frames. The park isn’t just a feast for the lenses but a journey for the soul, each photograph a verse in the ode to Alaska’s wild.

Guided Photographic Journey

Capture Wild Alaska takes pride in guiding avid photographers through the visual odyssey that is Wrangell-St. Elias. Our seasoned guides, with their nuanced understanding of light, landscape, and local ecology, ensure that your photography tour transcends the ordinary. From navigating through the Goat Trail to the Southern Traverse, every trail explored is a chapter in mastering the art and science of photography amidst nature’s grand theater. The Skolai Pass Photo Tour is a specially curated experience, designed to unravel the visual poetry etched across the skies and lands of Wrangell-St. Elias. Through the lens, you’re not just capturing images; you’re holding the essence of Alaska, framed in the golden light of dawn or the silvery glow of a moonlit night.

2. Gates Of The Arctic National Park - An Unspoiled Wilderness

Gates Of The Arctic National Park is a realm where nature's majesty unfolds in its purest form. Nestled within the northernmost reaches of the Rocky Mountains, this park is a spectacle of untouched wilderness that stretches as far as the eye can see. The extraordinary Brooks Range acts as a sentinel, guarding the serene beauty of the Arctic landscapes that lie beyond. This is where the sun plays hide-and-seek with the horizon during summer, casting an ethereal glow over the expansive treeless tundra, glorious mountains, and ancient glaciers. Every visit to this park is a homage to the pristine beauty of Alaska, with each trail leading to a new discovery, each day bringing forth a vista that is as wild as it is beautiful.

The Legacy of Bob Marshall

The name 'Gates Of The Arctic' was coined by famed American explorer and wilderness advocate, Bob Marshall, whose love for this wild frontier resonated through his impassioned advocacy. His legacy continues to inspire the preservation of this untouched wilderness, ensuring that the park remains a sanctuary for those seeking solace in nature's lap. The narratives of Bob Marshall echo through the valleys and peaks, urging the modern-day explorer to rekindle the primal bond with nature.

Capturing The Arctic Majesty

With Capture Wild Alaska guiding your way, the photographic opportunities in Gates Of The Arctic National Park are boundless. Our Arrigetch Peaks Trip is a journey into the heart of the Arctic wilderness, curated to provide a unique vantage point for capturing the haunting beauty of the region. Under the expert guidance of our seasoned tour leaders, you'll navigate through landscapes that are as challenging as they are rewarding, ensuring every frame captured is a masterpiece reflecting the soul of the wild.

3. Katmai National Park - A Haven for Wildlife Enthusiasts

Katmai National Park is where the wild heart of Alaska beats strongest. Home to the world’s most spectacular bear viewing, this park is a realm where wildlife roams free against a backdrop of stunning natural beauty. The bear population here is a sight to behold, with around 2000 brown bears calling Katmai home. But the allure doesn't end there; the park is a sanctuary for a rich biodiversity, hosting nearly 30 species of land animals, 6 species of sea mammals, 150 species of birds, and 28 species of fish. Every corner of Katmai is bustling with life, offering endless opportunities for wildlife photography.

Iconic Landscapes

World-famous Brooks Falls, Hallo Bay, Geographic Harbor, and the Valley of 10,000 Smokes are just a few of the iconic landscapes that define the essence of Katmai National Park. The vistas here are nothing short of dramatic, with each daybreak and sunset painting the sky in hues that defy the imagination. It's a place where the wild and the beautiful coexist, offering a canvas for photographers to capture the essence of Alaska’s wilderness.

Specialized Brown Bear Photo Tours

Capture Wild Alaska is your gateway to the unparalleled bear viewing and photography experience in Katmai. Our specialized brown bear photo tours are designed to provide a safe, enriching, and awe-inspiring journey into the heart of bear country. With nearly 15 years of experience in leading photo tours in Katmai, we bring a depth of knowledge and a level of expertise that ensures a rewarding photographic adventure. Whether it’s your first time holding a camera or you’re a seasoned photographer, the sight of Katmai’s majestic brown bears through your lens is a moment of awe that will be etched in your memory forever.

4. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) - The Quintessence of Wilderness

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is a symbol of pristine wilderness, embodying the untouched spirit of Alaska’s frontier. Spanning across 19 million acres, this refuge is a haven for a remarkable array of wildlife. From infinite caribou herds to elusive polar bears, grizzly bears, muskox, and a myriad of avian species, ANWR is a living documentary of nature’s marvel. The refuge’s landscape is a patchwork of five distinct ecological regions, each holding a unique story of evolution, survival, and beauty. The vast expanse of tundra, the transitional forest, and the coastal plains offer an endless canvas for photographers to explore and capture.

A Journey from Continental Divide to the Arctic Coast

One of the unforgettable adventures within ANWR is the Canning River trip, a journey that transcends mere sightseeing. Traversing almost 150 miles from the Continental Divide to the Arctic Coast, this expedition unfolds a spectrum of landscapes. With Capture Wild Alaska, you delve into a photographic journey across tundra, mountains, and the stunning coastal plain, each frame capturing the heartbeats of the wild. Under the guidance of seasoned experts, every moment spent in the refuge is a lesson in understanding the nuanced art of wildlife and landscape photography.

An Undisturbed Haven

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge remains one of the least disturbed natural areas on the planet, offering a glimpse into the world as it existed eons ago. Every curve of the river, every ripple on the pond, and every silhouette on the horizon is a narrative waiting to be captured in your lens. It’s not just about the pictures you take back but the timeless experiences that get etched into your soul.

5. The Chilkat - The Crown Jewel of Eagle Viewing

The Chilkat Eagle Preserve stands as a tribute to the magnificent Bald Eagle, safeguarding the world’s largest concentration of these majestic birds. With over 48,000 acres dedicated to preserving this incredible gathering, the preserve is a mecca for wildlife photographers. The interplay of the mighty Sitka Spruce and Cottonwood trees against the backdrop of the St. Elias Range mountains creates a setting that is nothing short of ethereal.

The Bald Eagle Photo Tour

Capture Wild Alaska’s Bald Eagle Photo Tour is a passage into the heart of the Chilkat Eagle Preserve. The tour is designed to offer photographers a chance to witness and capture the majestic flight and daily endeavors of the Bald Eagles. Under the warm embrace of the autumn sun, the preserve transforms into a theater of nature, where each photograph taken tells a story of survival, elegance, and freedom.

An Unmatched Backdrop

The Chilkat region offers an unmatched backdrop for wildlife photography. The grandeur of the St. Elias Range mountains juxtaposed against the serene flow of the Chilkat, Kleheni, and Tsirku Rivers creates a dramatic setting for capturing the essence of Alaska’s wildlife. It’s a journey that goes beyond mere photography, instilling a deep appreciation for the intricate tapestry of nature that thrives in this region.

Each of these sections is crafted to enthrall readers with the vivid imagery of Alaska's wild landscapes while emphasizing the unparalleled experience offered by Capture Wild Alaska's guided photography tours. Through each narrative, the essence of Alaska's wild beauty and the unique photography opportunities it presents are seamlessly intertwined, beckoning readers to embark on a visual adventure like no other.


Alaska is not merely a destination; it's an ode to the untamed, the wild, and the pristine. Every corner of this majestic land tells tales of nature’s grandeur, waiting to be discovered and immortalized through your lens. Capture Wild Alaska extends an invitation to be part of this visual narrative, to explore, learn, and create amidst the vast expanses of untouched wilderness. Our Guided Photography Tours are more than just a service; they are a gateway to experiencing Alaska’s heart and soul.

As you traverse through the sprawling landscapes of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the untouched wilderness of Gates Of The Arctic National Park, the wildlife haven of Katmai National Park, the pristine expanses of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the eagle paradise of The Chilkat, every moment is an opportunity to capture the essence of the wild. With our seasoned guides by your side, every trail leads to discovery, every dawn brings forth a spectacle, and every frame captured is a memory etched in time.

The allure of Alaska's natural wonders is timeless, its beauty, boundless. The journey with Capture Wild Alaska is not just about photography; it's about forging a bond with nature, understanding the rhythm of the wild, and honing your craft amidst landscapes that inspire awe at every turn. The narrative of Alaska’s wilderness is long, fascinating, and ever-evolving, and through the lens, you get to write your own chapter in this enduring tale.

Our doors are always open for inquiries and bookings. Reach out to us at (907) 799 7876 or [email protected] to embark on a photographic adventure that transcends the ordinary. Discover the unseen, capture the unknown, and let the wild vistas of Alaska fill your portfolio and soul with indelible impressions.

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