• Credit Jackie Appleton

Alaska by road, rail and ferry

The State of Alaska is the largest in the United States, and this itinerary offers an adventure into this vast and wonderful wilderness. Having few paved roads, the route follows a loop using road, rail and ferry. Start and finish in Anchorage on this adventure in Alaska.

Summary

Alaska by road, rail and ferry

The State of Alaska is the largest in the United States, and this itinerary offers an adventure into this vast and wonderful wilderness. Having few paved roads, the route follows a loop using road, rail and ferry.

Day 1: Anchorage
Day 3: Homer (Kenai Peninsula)
Day 6: Homer to Seward
Day 9: Valdez
Day 10: Copper Centre
Day 12: Fairbanks
Day 14: Denali
Day 16: Anchorage
Day 17: Depart Anchorage

Description

Description

The State of Alaska is the largest in the United States, and this itinerary offers an adventure into this vast and wonderful wilderness. Having few paved roads, the route follows a loop using road, rail and ferry.

Day 1: Anchorage
Fly to Anchorage for a two night stay.
2 nights in Anchorage.

Day 3: Homer (Kenai Peninsula)
Drive along the Cook Inlet – pods of Beluga Whales are often spotted here. A stop off at Mount Alyeska is well worthwhile. Then drive on to Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. Homer has great halibut fishing.
3 nights in Homer.

Day 6: Homer to Seward
Follow the Peninsula northeast today to Seward. Seward is located on the beautiful Resurrection Bay and is the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park. The Alaska Sealife Centre is a major attraction here.
3 nights in Seward

Day 9: Valdez
Drive through the Toll Tunnel before arriving at the little port of Whittier. From here, take the ferry across beautiful Prince William Sound to Valdez.
1 night in Valdez

Day 10: Copper Centre
Drive to Copper Centre, 14 miles south of Glenallen on the old Richardson Highway. The Wrangell Mountains are to the east.
2 nights in Copper Centre

Day 12: Fairbanks
Follow the Richardson Highway, bringing you to Fairbanks and the gateway to the Arctic Circle.
2 nights in Fairbanks

Day 14: Denali
Take the train this morning to Denali. Denali National Park has North America’s highest mountain – Mount McKinley. Stay either outside the Park, or take the transfer to Kantishna and have two or three nights at the Denali Back Country Lodge.
2 nights

Day 16: Anchorage
Take the train south to Anchorage for an overnight stay.
1 night in Anchorage

Day 17: Depart Anchorage
Return home or perhaps join an Inside Passage cruise southbound to Vancouver.

Denali Wonder Lake

Credit Helen Wibley

Katchemak Bay - kayaking

Credit Helen Wibley

Alaska coast

Credit Helen Wibley

Little Gems

Little Gems

***This is the land of the mid-night sun.  Plan your journey for mid-summer and take a light aircraft flight into the Arctic Circle to experience 24 hour daylight***

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