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Here 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 . Get on the water.

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

Fishing is certainly another popular on-the-water activity. There are trout in the rivers, trout in the lakes, and huge halibut and cod out at sea.

A wildife/glacier-viewing day cruise out of Seward is also enjoyable. The Alaska Native-owned Kenai Fjords Tours offers a few 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 island destinations, and shoreline peaks of Resurrection Gulf.

 

Rafting the Nenana River
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2. Hike with a guidebook.

Alaska is a land of backcountry, settled by folks who hiked out, discovered a piece of ground that looked good and built a family vacation cabin on it. You can get a sense 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 2 million hectares and has relatively few established trails. There are endless opportunities for 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 Ak Nature Guides, you will be led with a local, someone who blazed their own trail and made a home in the bush. Their ideas about the land, 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 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 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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3. Fly to the mountains; climb if you can.

The Alaska Range defines the topography from the state, a crescent spine that curves from the southeastern border with Canada, up to just south of Fairbanks, and back down to the sea at 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 neighbours, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).

Getting the view is usually nice; one of the best areas to do so is through the back deck part of the Talkeetna Alaskan Resort. 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” tours 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 getting for the full effect.

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

A drift plane in Ak

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Denali National Park Mountaineering Resource Page

4. Stay in 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 Lodge. 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 remains that feature a day cruise on reduction day start can be found. Kayaking and angling 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 contrary side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Gulf Lodge has an even more remote feel to it, accessed 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 hotel is set back on the beach opposite a small headland – you can’t 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 6 luxury cabins of varying size. The Eagle’s Nest Chalet (sleeps five) probably has the best watch.

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Rates start $1, 300 per night time 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 food classes.

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