Check These Alaska’s National Parks For Manorville

Complete GuideTrip To Alaska

 

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 sights from a float plane, there is lots of adventure to be found in Alaska. Take a look at some of them here.

1 . Get on the water.

The state is full of whitewater, and Denali National Park is one of the easiest places to access it. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Road by the national recreation area entrance, and operators typically run two trips on it: the mellow, scenic McKinley Run, and the quicker Canyon Run, which includes 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 certainly another popular on-the-water activity. There are trout in the streams, trout in the lakes, and creature halibut and cod out at sea.

A wildife/glacier-viewing day cruise out of Seward is also enjoyable. The Ak Native-owned Kenai Fjords Tours offers some 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 Bay.

 

Rafting the Nenana River
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Denali Raft Adventures
Kenai Fjords Tours

2. Hike with a guide.

Alaska is a land of backcountry, settled by people who hiked out, found a piece of ground that looked good and built a family vacation cabin on it. You can get a feeling 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. You will find endless opportunities pertaining to shorter hikes in southcentral and interior Alaska as well.

Regardless of how long you’re for the trail, it’s all set with a guide. Having a company like Ak Nature Guides, you’ll be led by a local, someone who blazed their own path and made a home in the bush. Their insights about the property, its history and it is flora and fauna will add layers of meaning to a walk you won’t obtain otherwise.

ANG is one of few companies with Gold Level Certification in the Adventure Green Alaska system, which recognizes them as an industry leader in environmentally and culturally sustainable methods. They run guided hikes in Denali State Park (east of and next 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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Alaska Nature Guides
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 curves from the southeastern border 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, may be the area surrounding Denali, North America’s highest peak at six, 193. 5 meters, and its two neighbours, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).

Catching the view is certainly nice; one of the best places to do so is through the back deck area 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 businesses run “flightseeing” excursions out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation becoming the biggest. It’s also possible to fly in from the Denali area. Whoever you fly with, sign up for a glacier landing for the full effect.

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

A drift plane in Ak

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Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
K2 Aviators
Denali National Recreation area Mountaineering Resource Page

4. Stay in 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 8 cabins (each with capacity for a family of four) lined up between the rocky beach as well as the back tidal lagoon. Package overnight remains that feature a time cruise on flying 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 several night.

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On the opposing side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Gulf Lodge has an much 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 whole area features cold peaks and Sitka spruce-covered ridges that run right into the ocean. The villa is set back on a 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 villa building and 6 luxury cabins of varying size. The Eagle’s Nest Chalet (sleeps five) most likely has the best watch.

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Rates start $1, 300 per night 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, nature walks, and cooking classes.

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