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Alaska’s Great Interior

Credit Helen Wibley. Drive Alaska’s interior on this trip, or combine with more. This 2 week circular self drive tour from Anchorage is just one idea for exploring Alaska’s vast interior.

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Alaska’s Great Interior

This 2 week circular self drive tour from Anchorage is just one idea for exploring Alaska’s vast interior. The route covers some of the most amazing natural wonders of Alaska. Should you prefer not to drive, part of this trip may be taken by rail.

Day 1: Anchorage
Day 4: Knik River
Day 6: Talkeetna
Day 7: Denali
Day 9: Fairbanks
Day 11: Valdez
Day 13: Anchorage
Day 14: Depart Anchorage

Description

Description

This 2 week circular self drive tour from Anchorage is just one idea for exploring Alaska’s vast interior. The route covers some of the most amazing natural wonders of Alaska. Should you prefer not to drive, part of this trip may be taken by rail.

Day 1: Anchorage
Fly to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Explore the city on foot, or rent bikes and cycle along the Tony Knowles 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 3 nights

Day 4: 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 6: Talkeetna
Continue up the Park Highway. For unsurpassed views of Mt Mkinley, an overnight stop at Talkeetna is highly recommended. From here take a spectacular Flight seeing tour.
1 night Talkeetna

Day 7: 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 9: Fairbanks
Continue on to Fairbanks, the gateway to the Arctic. Visit the wonderful University of Alaska Museum of the North to take a gold mining tour, visit Chena Hot Springs. If time allows include a trip into the Arctic Circle
Fairbanks 2 nights

Day 11: Valdez
Drive the scenic Richardson Highway from Fairbanks to Valdez. Take a cruise into Prince William Sound by ship or sea Kayak. (For a great adventure, add on 2 days in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. Visit the historical mining towns of McCarthy & Kennicott)
Valdez 2 nights

Day 13: Anchorage
Relaxing cruise on the Alaska Marine Highway from Valdez to Whittier. Drive back to Anchorage for your final night.
Anchorage 1 night

Day 14: Depart Anchorage

Prince William Sound

Credit Helen Wibley

Knik River Lodge Chalets

Credit Knik River Lodge

Knik River Lodge Helicoptor Tours

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***Knik River Lodge – just a short distance from Anchorage gives a lovely sample of Alaskan hospitality and a great opportunity for your first taste of wild and remote Alaska***

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