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Below are a few 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 float plane, there is plenty of adventure to be found in Alaska. Take a look at some of them here.

1 . Can get on the water.

The state is full of whitewater, and Denali State Park is one of the simplest places to access this. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Road 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 3 and IV rapids. You can raft the Canyon with Denali Raft Adventures ($89, 2 hours) — you’ll appreciate the supplied drysuit.

Fishing is definitely another popular on-the-water activity. There are salmon in the rivers, trout in the lakes, and creature halibut and cod out at ocean.

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

 

Rafting the Nenana River
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Kenai Fjords Tours

2. Hike with a instruction.

Alaska is a land of backcountry, settled by folks who hiked out, found a piece of ground that looked good and built a family vacation cabin on it. You can get a sense of the vastness of the land by going on your own backcountry trek. Denali is a great place for it – the National Park covers more than 2 million hectares and has relatively few established trails. There are endless opportunities to get shorter hikes in southcentral and interior Alaska as well.

Regardless how long you’re for the trail, it’s all set with a guide. With a company like Alaska Nature Guides, you’ll be led by a local, someone who blazed their own trail and made a home in the bush. Their information about the land, its history and its flora and fauna will add layers of meaning to a hike you won’t get otherwise.

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

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View of Denali National Park
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Experience Green Alaska

3. Fly to the mountains; climb if you can.

The Alaska Range identifies 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 on the mouth of Make Inlet. The section most people know and visit, though, is the area surrounding Denali, North America’s highest peak at six, 193. 5 meters, and its two neighbors, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).

Getting the view can be nice; one of the best locations to do so is from your back deck part of the Talkeetna Alaskan Villa. 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 need a plane.

A handful of companies run “flightseeing” travels out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation becoming the biggest. It’s also possible to soar in from the Denali area. Whoever you fly with, sign up for a glacier landing for the full impact.

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

A drift plane in Alaska

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Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
K2 Aviators
Denali National Park Mountaineering Resource Page

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

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 eight 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 day cruise on flying day start can be found. Kayaking and fishing trips are available at extra cost for overnighters; they’re part of the offer if you stay several night.

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On the reverse side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Gulf Lodge has an even more remote feel to it, accessed simply by water taxi in the Homer Spit or sea plane. Tutka is one of the fjords cut into the southern side 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 substantial 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 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 guided 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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