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Here are some recommendations of 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 a few of them here.
1 . Can get on the water.
The state is full of whitewater, and Denali National Park is one of the simplest places to access this. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Freeway by the national park entrance, and employees typically run two trips on it: the mellow, scenic McKinley Run, and the faster Canyon Run, including several class 3 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 trout 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 Alaska Native-owned Kenai Fjords Tours offers some different routes, from four to 9 hours. You’re prone to see sea otters, puffins, bald eagles, seals, sea lions, whales and maybe even a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery islands, and shoreline highs of Resurrection Bay.
Rafting the Nenana River
Denali Raft Adventures
Kenai Fjords Tours
2. Hike with a guidebook.
Alaska is a land of backcountry, settled by people who hiked out, discovered a piece of ground that looked good and built a family log cabin on it. You can get a feeling of the vastness of the land by taking place your own backcountry trek. Denali is a great place for it — the National Recreation area covers more than two million hectares and has relatively few established trails. You will find endless opportunities intended for shorter hikes in southcentral and interior Alaska as well.
Regardless of how long you’re around the trail, it’s good to go with a guide. With a company like Ak Nature Guides, you will be led with a local, someone who blazed their own path and made a home in the bush. Their observations about the land, its history and it is flora and fauna will add layers of meaning to a hike you won’t get otherwise.
ANG is definitely one of few businesses with Gold Level Certification in the experience Green Alaska plan, which recognizes them as an industry leader in environmentally and culturally sustainable practices. They run well guided hikes in Denali State Park (east of and next to the National Park), as well as around Talkeetna Lakes Park, just outside of town.
Watch of Denali Country wide Park
View of Denali National Park
Alaska Nature Guides
Adventure Green Alaska
3. Fly to the mountains; climb if you can.
The Alaska Range describes the topography of the state, a crescent spine that curves from the southeastern boundary with Canada, up to just south of Fairbanks, and down again to the sea at the mouth of Cook Inlet. The section most people know and visit, though, may be the area surrounding Denali, North America’s tallest peak at six, 193. 5 metres, and its two neighbours, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).
Getting the view is nice; one of the best places to do so is from the back deck part of the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. But you get an entirely 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 companies run “flightseeing” trips out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation becoming the biggest. It’s also possible to journey in from the Denali area. Whoever you fly with, subscribe to a glacier landing for the full impact.
This is also how climbers access the forest. For information upon climbing, check the State Park’s mountaineering useful resource page.
A drift plane in Ak
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Denali National Recreation area Mountaineering Resource Page
4. Stay in a boat/plane-accessed resort.
Fox Island is definitely a stop on two Kenai Fjords time 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 your rocky beach as well as the back tidal lagoon. Package overnight stays that feature a time cruise on departure day start can be found. Kayaking and fishing trips are available at additional cost for overnighters; they’re part of the deal if you stay more than one night.
On the opposing side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Bay Lodge has an much more remote feel to it, accessed by water taxi from the Homer Spit or sea plane. Tutka is one of the fjords cut into the southern part of the larger Kachemak Bay, and the entire area features wintry peaks and Sitka spruce-covered ridges that run right into the ocean. The resort is set back on the beach opposite a small 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 hotel building and six luxury cabins of varying size. The Eagle’s Nest Chalet (sleeps five) most likely has the best look at.
Rates start $1, 300 per evening and include three chef-prepared meals a day, a one-hour massage, wines tastings, yoga, and pretty much any well guided activity you can think of — kayaking, hiking to glaciers, mountain biking, local fishing and boat trips, character walks, and food preparation classes.