Our local guides provide insight not only into the history of Anchorage and Alaska but what it is like to live and play in our great city!
Jody Best was born to tour guide. With a name like Best, she is sure to wow you and show you what Alaskan hospitality is all about. A 3rd generation lifelong Alaskan and member of the Anchorage City Trolley tours for the last eight years, she knows her way around a trolley. When she isn’t showing you the best that Anchorage has to offer, Jody enjoys running half marathons, hiking mountains, fishing out on one of Alaska’s over three million lakes or rivers and of course, teaching, her other passion which gets her through the long winter months before trolley season starts. With a voice like an angel, Jody will sing you back into the trolley depot and surely put a smile on your face.
Cyrus’ family came to Alaska in 1917 in search of Dairy Gold. That’s right, his family were Dairy farmers up until the late 50’s until they realized how many people were moving to Alaska and needed land. Cyrus was never old enough to see the farms but he grew up on the remaining homestead in Wasilla. However, his father is the founder of Anchorage Trolley, and Cyrus learned at an early age what work ethic meant. Cyrus has been working for Anchorage Trolley for the past 15 years and since taken over the company. His love for Anchorage’s history and passion to be the best city tour of Anchorage has made his family proud. You will see Cyrus working every day helping visitors to have the best experience they can in Anchorage.
I’m Jaden McCarrey! I was born and raised right here in Anchorage, Alaska. A typical Alaskan, I spent most of my free time playing hockey, exploring the wilderness, and trying not to freeze doing either one. As a second generation Alaskan, I’ve grown up learning about Anchorage’s rich history and hearing the stories of the of the rugged settlers that made it what it is today. My experiences here, as well as my family’s long-lasting connection with the land, have helped me to gain a deep love of Alaska–it’s beauty, it’s culture, and most of all, it’s people. It will be my honor to be your guide through this part of the last frontier and to join you as you discover what makes this place the “Great Land”.
Coltan’s family has a long history in Alaska. His Grandfather and family came up right after the territory received statehood. Grandpa Bohman worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was based in the Mat-Su Valley and surrounding areas. Coltan’s mom came up to Alaska in her late teens and early twenties to help her uncle cook food in the bush for firefighters. His parents met at college and moved to Alaska soon after. Certified high school Spanish teacher and is currently working on a master’s degree in Human Resources and another master’s degree in Business Administration. Coltan has loved his time working with tourism. He started when he was 16 as a customer service representative for the cruise line companies Holland America and Carnival. When he was 19 he started driving and giving tours. He loves to share his family’s stories and the beauty that he has loved since childhood. “I love getting to know the stories that our guests bring with them and I really love to share my life with them as they come on board!”
How do you get more Alaskan than Jamie Fairbanks! Jamie was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and has worked as a professional tour guide for 10 years. Jamie is raising 4 little Alaskans and attributes her youthful looks to the lack of sun exposure from the long winters! Jamie’s favorite thing about our visitors is hearing about their hometowns and Alaskan adventures.