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Alaskan Adventure

A truly beautiful route through Alaska. Explore Alaska’s stunning landscapes – rugged mountains, alpine meadows, crystal lakes, glaciers, diverse and abundant wildlife.

Summary

Alaskan Adventure

Explore Alaska’s stunning landscapes – rugged mountains, alpine meadows, crystal lakes, glaciers, diverse and abundant wildlife. With more scenic highways that any other US state, this is the ultimate driving destination. Incorporate Alaska’s Marine Highway, where whales, rare birds, sea-otters and sea lions can be viewed from the deck, to make this a truly memorable trip.

Day 1: Arrive Anchorage
Day 3: Knik River
Day 5: Talkeetna
Day 6: Denali
Day 8: Fairbanks
Day 10: Valdez
Day 12: Seward
Day 14: Homer
Day 16: Anchorage
Day 17: Depart Anchorage

Description

Description

Explore Alaska’s stunning landscapes – rugged mountains, alpine meadows, crystal lakes, glaciers, diverse and abundant wildlife. With more scenic highways that any other US state, this is the ultimate driving destination. Incorporate Alaska’s Marine Highway, where whales, rare birds, sea-otters and sea lions can be viewed from the deck, to make this a truly memorable trip.

Day 1: Arrive Anchorage
Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city; at least 2 nights here to relax after your flights and explore the city. Hire a bike and cycle along the coastal trail; with views of Cook Inlet and six mountain ranges, the odd moose is often spotted along the way. Find out about Alaska’s indigenous people at the wonderful Alaska Native Heritage Centre.
Anchorage 2 nights

Day 3: Knik River
Pick up your hire car and drive the short distance into the wild and beautiful Mat-Su Valley. Spend at least 2 nights in the spectacular wilderness setting of Knik River Lodge. Glacier treks, dog sledding, air boat and helicopter tours of the magnificent Knik Glacier are on offer here.
2 nights Knik River Lodge

Day 5: Talkeetna
Continue up the Parks Highway. For unsurpassed views of Mt Mckinley, a night (or two) at Talkeetna is highly recommended. From here take a spectacular flight seeing tour or enjoy a jet-boat wilderness adventure along the river. Along the way look out for bald eagles, beavers or moose then visit a replicated native Alaskan encampment to learn about the indigenous culture.
1 night Talkeetna

Day 6: Denali
Spend a couple of days in Denali; if possible, get out to the Back Country Lodges for a true wilderness experience. Or stay near the entrance and take a full day guided tour into the park. Sweeping landscapes and incredible wildlife including bears, wolves, caribou and moose are often spotted.
Denali 2 nights

Day 8: Fairbanks
Continue on to Fairbanks, the gateway to the Arctic. For a great insight into the Aurora Borealis, visit the museum at the University of Alaska. If budget allows, consider taking a day trip by air and road to Coldfoot in the Arctic Circle – a chance to experience the Tundra. You might also consider either a day trip, or possibly an overnight stay at Chena Hot Springs.
Fairbanks 2 nights

Day 10: Valdez
Drive the scenic Richardson Highway from Fairbanks to Valdez. Two nights here with the opportunity to take a cruise into Prince William Sound by ship or sea Kayak.
Valdez 2 nights
(For a great adventure, add on 2 days in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. Visit the historical mining towns of McCarthy & Kennicott)

Day 12: Seward
Relaxing cruise on the Alaska Marine Highway from Valdez to Whittier, then drive to Seward on the Kenai Peninsular for a two night stay. Seward is located on the beautiful Resurrection Bay, backed by abrupt mountain slopes often topped with snow. The town is gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park, one of Alaska’s treasures with abundant wildlife and spectacular glacial scenery. Marine wildlife thrives in the Fjords – sightings of orca and humpback whales, sea otters and sea birds are common.
Seward 2 nights

Day 14: Homer
Then on to Homer on the western side of the Kenai Peninsula for a two night stay. Homer has a picturesque setting, mild climate and great halibut fishing. It is also home to a large artist community, with handcrafted art available in the local shops and galleries.
Homer 2 nights
Across the water from Homer is Hallo Bay, an excellent place from which to see brown bears in the wild. If your time and budget allows, there is a day trip by light aircraft that takes you over, with an expert guide.

Day 16: Anchorage
Back to Anchorage along the Cook Inlet (Turnagain Arm) – pods of Beluga Whales are often spotted here. A stop off for coffee at Mount Alyeska, Alaska’s premier ski resort, is well worthwhile – a trip up on the lift offers wonderful views on a clear day.
Anchorage 1 night

Day 17: Depart Anchorage

Flightseeing Mt Mckinley

Credit Helen Wibley

 

Denali Wonder Lake

Credit Helen Wibley

 

bear Denali NP

Credit Alaska Tourism

 

Knik River Lodge Helicoptor Tours

Credit Knik River Lodge

 

Prince William Sound

Credit Helen Wibley

 

Moose

Credit All Alaska Tours

Little Gems

Little Gems

***For some of the world’s best Halibut fishing, visit the little town of Homer***

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