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Adventure Karts Expedition

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3 ¼ Hour Duration
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From pick-up to drop-off
A Stunning Scenic Tour
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With stops for unparalleled views
Drive Your Own Kart
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14 miles in the Tongass Forest
All Gear Provided
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Helmet and rain jacket/pants


There's nothing quite like this tour anywhere else along the Inside Passage cruise route! The Adventure Karts Expedition tour puts you in the driver seat for an off-road adventure through Ketchikan's backcountry. Expert guides lead the way as you wind your Polaris RZR 4X4 vehicle through forested Sitka spruce and western hemlock-laden trails. Hop out of the vehicle at a few stopping points along the way to enjoy a scenic overlook of Ketchikan's waters and a backcountry waterfall nestled in the forested terrain. A high-adrenaline adventure with no previous off-road experience required!

With a convenient pick-up location within walking distance of the cruise ships, a 25-minute bus transfer takes you through Ketchikan while your driver provides a nice overview of this historic port town. Upon arrival, get geared up for this adventure: full pant/jacket combos are provided for you to keep your clothes clean during this wilderness ride. After a quick safety orientation and operating instructions, fire up the ignition and venture off for an hour and a half ride, following your guide who will lead the way.

The first stopping point brings you to a majestic overlook of Behm Canal and the Inside Passage. With the engines off, take a few minutes to enjoy the tranquility of Alaska's backcountry while the informative guides paint a picture of the history and geological backdrop of this scenic area. But don't get too comfortable - there are many more trails to explore.

These capable  vehicles are well equipped to handle this off-road terrain, and feel free to take turns driving or riding as a passenger. Though this isn't designed to be a wildlife viewing tour, keep your eyes peeled for eagles overhead, and deer or bears which frequent this area. A 14-mile round trip brings you back to base camp where you can de-gear before the transfer back to the cruise dock area.

What's Included

Round Trip Transportation
Knowledgable Guide
Equipment & Gear: Helmets and Rain Gear
Guide Gratuities
Food & Beverages

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements/restrictions to participate?

Participants must be at least 57-inches tall and weigh between 40 and 300 pounds. Drivers must be 18 years old with valid driver’s license. This tour is not recommended for those with neck or back problems or expectant mothers.

Do I get to drive the karts?

Yes, the karts are all four-seaters and are equipped for two to four passengers each, and you will be either a driver or passenger on this excursion with opportunities to trade off along the way. Don't worry if it's your first time in this type of vehicle; no previous experience is required! Drivers must be 18 years old with valid driver’s license. 

Is this tour safe?
Absolutely - the tour is not a fast-paced excursion, and you won't be out there to break any new land-speed records. The tempo will always be within your own comfort limits, and the trail is always wide enough for passing vehicles. However, this tour is not recommended for those with neck or back problems or expectant mothers. Additionally, as with most excursions, a liability waiver is required to be signed.
Will we get dirty?
In short, yes, a little. :) Full pants and jackets are available to slip on over your existing clothes to keep the clothes you're wearing clean, but the trail can be dusty and/or muddy depending on weather conditions. With this in mind, footwear is not provided so hiking boots or shoes you don't mind getting dirty are recommended.
What if our cruise ship's schedule is canceled or delayed?
We will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, then you will receive a refund, less any non-refundable fees.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: 5 years old • Minimum Weight: 40 lbs • Maximum Weight: 300 lbs • Minimum Height: 57 inches
This tour is not recommended for guests with neck or back injuries or expectant mothers.
This is rated as a moderate activity and suitable for most with a desire for adventure.
Tour will operate in rain or shine.
Drivers must be 18 years or older.
Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts


3h 15min

Adult Rate

Child Rate

Itinerary • 3h 15min • 5 activities

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Transfer to Adventure Karts Base Camp from either downtown docks at Berth 2 or Ward Cove for cruise ships docking there.

30 minutes
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Safety briefing and gear fitting at the base camp to prepare you for the muddy trail ahead.

30 minutes
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Drive along the mountain trails with stops for photos. This fast-paced tour takes you through the Tongass rainforest in 4-seater karts.

1 hour 30 minutes
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Remove your muddy rain gear then use the restrooms, enjoy a light snack, or check out the shop for souvenirs.

15 minutes
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Back to your cruise ship pier or downtown Ketchikan depending on where you are docked.

30 minutes