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“A good time overall”

Adventure Kart Expedition
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US$209.00*
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Off-Road Adventure Tour
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US$209.00*
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Alaskan Wilderness Off-Road Tour from Ketchikan
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Owner description: We are an off road tour company located in beautiful Ketchikan, AK. We offer amazing views of the Bhem Canal, Tongass National Forest, and Revillagigedo Island. We utilize specialty, Israeli made, Tomcars for our tour which are a unique vehicle not often seen in the touring industry. They are rugged, reliable, and overall fun!! Come on out and GET DIRTY!!
Reviewed 30 September 2013

We did this adventure on September 26. After reading a few of the recent reviews I must concur on the general opinion; the tour is far too short and far too slow. Just five months ago we did a dune buggy tour in the hills and beaches of Cabo San Lucas so we have some credibility to make a comparison, at the very least for quality. There we were out for two plus hours, stopping only twice for photos and a bottle of water, and on the dry river bed we were able to open it up to about 60mph. The rest of the track had been cleverly developed by the operator so that we could slide around corners and seriously crank it up. The terrain in Ketchikan does not permit a similar experience but the scenery is beautiful and has plenty to offer if properly cultivated by the operator. The young guides are local people who have been born and raised there, it is what it is, tourists aren't taking history notes. Would I recommend it to a friend, absolutely, we still had a fun experience.

Thank TERI S
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Shane A, Manager at Adventure Kart Expedition, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2013

Thanks so much for the feedback! We appreciate your response and hope to see you again in the future!

-Shane Ayrsman
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

I am a twenty year Alaska resident taking a couple of friends back home to see where I once lived in Ketchikan. Took them on several of the tourist offerings in Ketchikan and this one was an embarrassment for someone who knows a little about Alaska. I booked our trip on line and arranged for our party to be picked up at the rain gauge on the cruise ship docks since we weren't on a ship. We arrived early but no one showed up to get us. After talking with the tourist desk, I decided to drive us out to Whipple Creek to the Kart site...about 12 miles out of town.

When we arrived at the Kart site there was a quick apology about the pick up disconnect but no offering to reimburse us for the travel and inconvenience. Bad start. The guides gave us a good safety brief, the helmets and rain gear were passed out (good equipment) and we got on our way. The TomCars are fun and the logging roads a good place to ride. You only go as fast as your least bold driver in line so don't expect a thrill ride unless everyone is a little aggressive. Probably won't happen...it didn't for us.

There were two stops on the way where we got out of the carts and did some sightseeing. Our guides were under the assumption that you can tell a tourist just about anything and they will believe it. Unfortunately, some of the information they gave out was flat wrong which ruined the credibility of just about everything they said. Don't believe what you hear from these guys. At one stop we got a Dixie cup of water and a small power bar for a snack. Not sure why because our total time on the trail was only about an hour and with the stops there wasn't a lot of time in the Karts.

This operation is one that exists only to see how much money you can take from a tourist and how little you can give in return. From that perspective, they are successful. But if you are looking for an informative tour with a kick of excitement, find something else.

3  Thank Allie P
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Shane A, Manager at Adventure Kart Expedition, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2013

Sorry that you had that experience. It is not the goal of our company to deliver anything but a good time. Sometimes conditions warrant extra protection out here and not all folks are Alaskan natives. We DO appreciate your feedback however!

-Shane Ayrsman
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

We chose this tour because of the tour name Adventure Karts, this was a really good tour but could have been a lot better, recent rain had made the old logging tracks fun to drive, plenty of mud in which my wife loved getting me covered in. We shared the driving and had some great times, this tour needed to be longer with more view points,our group was travelling slowly because some of the drivers of the karts shouldn't been there, not the kart companies fault. Would have been nice to wind up the karts a bit to really make it a Adventure Kart tour.

1  Thank MICHAEL D
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Shane A, Manager at Adventure Kart Expedition, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2013

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Reviewed 28 August 2013

This was a lot of fun and the mud puddles made the day. I wish the guide would speed up a little. The path is an old loggers road and you stay pretty safe as long as you don't drive like a moron.

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Shane A, Manager at Adventure Kart Expedition, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2013

Thanks so much for the feedback! We appreciate your response and hope to see you again in the future!

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Reviewed 16 August 2013 via mobile

Long bus ride up the mountain, but they point out sites you see lots of the city. We get the get geared up. Don't wear your best clothes. The Dust kicks up and you get covered in it. You stop along the way it's very scenic, very fun. If you have back injuries don't do this. Lots of jerking around. If you clench your teeth bring a mouth guard or you might bite your tongue off.

Thank R8owner
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Shane A, Manager at Adventure Kart Expedition, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2013

Thanks so much for the feedback! We appreciate your response and hope to see you again in the future!

-Shane Ayrsman
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