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Below are a few recommendations of exactly where and how to spend your time in Alaska.
Whether it’s whitewater rafting in Denali National Park or taking in the views from a drift plane, there is lots of adventure to be found in Alaska. Take a look at some of them here.

1 . Can get on the water.

The condition is full of whitewater, and Denali National Park is one of the simplest places to access it. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Motorway by the national park entrance, and operators typically run two trips on it: the mellow, scenic McKinley Run, and the quicker Canyon Run, including several class III and IV rapids. You can raft the Canyon with Denali Raft Adventures ($89, 2 hours) — you’ll appreciate the supplied drysuit.

Fishing can be another popular on-the-water activity. There are salmon in the streams, trout in the lakes, and monster halibut and cod out at sea.

A wildife/glacier-viewing time cruise out of Seward is also enjoyable. The Ak Native-owned Kenai Fjords Tours offers some different routes, from four to 9 hours. You’re more likely to see sea otters, puffins, bald silver eagles, seals, sea lions, whales and maybe a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery destinations, and shoreline highs of Resurrection Gulf.

 

Rafting the Nenana River
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2. Hike with a instruction.

Alaska is a land of backcountry, settled by people who hiked out, discovered a piece of ground that looked good and built a family vacation cabin on it. You can get a feeling of the vastness from the land by going on your own backcountry trek. Denali is a great place for it – the National Park covers more than two million hectares and has relatively few established trails. There are endless opportunities meant for shorter hikes in southcentral and interior Alaska as well.

Regardless how long you’re in the trail, it’s good to go with a guide. Using a company like Alaska Nature Guides, you will be led with a local, someone who blazed their own path and made a home in the bush. Their information about the property, its history and its particular flora and fauna will add layers of meaning to a walk you won’t get otherwise.

ANG is usually one of few businesses with Gold Level Certification in the experience Green Alaska plan, which recognizes them as an industry head in environmentally and culturally sustainable methods. They run led hikes in Denali State Park (east of and adjacent to the National Park), as well as around Talkeetna Lakes Park, just outside of town.

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View of Denali National Recreation area
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3. Fly to the mountains; climb if you can.

The Alaska Range defines the topography from the state, a crescent spine that figure from the southeastern boundary with Canada, up to just south of Fairbanks, and down again to the sea in the mouth of Make Inlet. The section most people know and visit, though, is the area surrounding Denali, North America’s tallest peak at six, 193. 5 meters, and its two neighbors, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).

Getting the view is certainly nice; one of the best areas to do so is from your back deck part of the Talkeetna Alaskan Hotel. But you get a completely different perspective once you’re actually in the mountains, standing on a glacier, looking up and around at a jagged world of white. To do that, you will need a plane.

A handful of businesses run “flightseeing” tours out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation getting the biggest. It’s also possible to take flight in from the Denali area. Whoever you fly with, sign up for a glacier landing for the full effect.

This is also just how climbers access the forest. For information upon climbing, check the National Park’s mountaineering resource page.

A drift plane in Alaska

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Denali National Park Mountaineering Resource Web page

4. Stay at a boat/plane-accessed hotel.

Fox Island can be a stop on two Kenai Fjords day cruises, but you can stay overnight at the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Villa. The property comprises 8 cabins (each with capacity for a family of four) lined up between rocky beach as well as the back tidal lagoon. Package overnight stays that feature a day cruise on reduction day start are available. Kayaking and angling trips are available at extra cost for overnighters; they’re part of the offer if you stay more than one night.

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On the reverse side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Bay Lodge has an even more remote feel to it, accessed by water taxi from your Homer Spit or sea plane. Tutka is one of the fjords cut into the southern aspect of the larger Kachemak Bay, and the entire area features snowy peaks and Sitka spruce-covered ridges that run right into the ocean. The villa is set back on the beach opposite a little headland – you can not see it until you’re almost on top of this. But once you’re there it’s quite expansive, with a massive central deck (with hot tub and sauna), and pathways that connect the main resort building and six luxury cabins of varying size. The Eagle’s Nest Chalet (sleeps five) most likely has the best view.

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Rates start $1, 300 per night and include three chef-prepared meals a day, a one-hour massage, wine tastings, yoga, and pretty much any led activity you can think of – kayaking, hiking to glaciers, mountain biking, local fishing and boat trips, character walks, and cooking classes.

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