Alaska Tourism photos

Historic Riverboat Discovery takes tourists down the Chena River in Interior Alaska’s golden heart city of Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J Endres /

Alaska is a popular tourist destination, and people from around the world visit to take in its grand vistas and abundant wildlife. I feel privileged to live and photograph in this vibrant landscape, home to Denali, North America’s highest peak, grizzly bears, caribou, whales, glaciers, historical sites, and never-ending epic vistas of true wilderness and rugged beauty. Tourism continues to grow in Alaska as more businesses develop and offer gateways to experience wilderness adventure. Photography, flightseeing, wildlife viewing, gold panning, northern lights, dog mushing, skiing, river rafting, hiking and backpacking, sportfishing, and hunting are some of the many popular ways to experience the last frontier. All Alaska tourism photos here are available for license as stock photography or purchase as fine art prints to display in your home or office.

Small bush plane by Kantishna Air takes tourists on a flightseeing tour past the north and south summits of Denali, North America’s highest mountain, view from Eielson Bluffs, Denali National Park, Interior, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres /

Kayakers paddle in Barry Arm, near the face of Cascade glacier, Prince William Sound, Southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres /

Dall sheep rams, Denali Park road, tourists watch from Park buses, Polychrome Pass, Denali National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres /

Riverboat Discovery sternwheeler with tourists, a bush plane on floats takes off from the Chena River, Fairbanks, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres /

Denali’s north and south summits are visible from the Highway pass as a tour bus travels along the Denali Park road, Denali National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres /

Santa Claus House is a popular tourist destination located in North Pole, just 15 miles from Fairbanks, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres /

Tourists enjoy a kayaking excursion alongside a Holland American Cruise ship in Sitka Sound, Sitka, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres /

Young girl pans for gold, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres /

Hikers pause to take in views of the tidewater face of Chenega Glacier, which flows out of the Sargent Ice Field, Nassau Fjord, Chugach National Forest, Kenai Peninsula, Southcentral Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres /

Aerial of the Coral Princess Cruise ship in College Fjord, Prince William Sound, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres /

Whitewater river rafting, Nenana River, Denali National Park, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres /

Cross-country skiing in the White Mountains National Recreation Area. (Patrick J. Endres /

Tourists and motorhome at black rapids glacier turnout along the Richardson Highway in the Alaska Range mountains, Interior. (Patrick J. Endres /

Alaska’s rich history in gold and mining can be found throughout the state. Independence Mine, Hatcher Pass, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres /

King salmon charter fishing in Sitka, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres /

Fly fishing for red salmon on the Kenai River, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres /

The man pauses while hiking at the edge of a blue lake in the Arrigetch Peaks, Valley of Aquarius, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska (Patrick J Endres /

Backpacking is a popular way to explore Alaska’s many out-of-the-way places. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska (Patrick J Endres /

Tourists view and photograph Killer Whales (Orcas) from the bow of a boat in northern Prince William Sound, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres /

Photographer silhouetted against the sky in Denali National Park. (Patrick J Endres /