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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 sights 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 Country wide Park is one of the simplest places to access it. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Road by the national park entrance, and workers 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 provided drysuit.

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

A wildife/glacier-viewing day 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 more likely to see sea otters, puffins, bald eagles, seals, sea elephants, whales and maybe even a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery island destinations, and shoreline highs of Resurrection Bay.

 

Rafting the Nenana River
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2. Hike with a information.

Alaska is a land of backcountry, settled by people that 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 an excellent place for it – the National Park covers more than two million hectares and has relatively few established trails. There are endless opportunities intended for shorter hikes in southcentral and interior Alaska as well.

Regardless of how long you’re in 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 insights about the land, its history as well as flora and fauna will add layers of meaning to a walk you won’t obtain otherwise.

ANG is definitely 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 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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3. Fly to the mountains; climb if you can.

The Alaska Range identifies the topography of the state, a crescent spine that figure from the southeastern boundary with Canada, up to just south of Fairbanks, and back down to the sea at the mouth of Cook Inlet. The section most people know and visit, though, is the area surrounding Denali, North America’s highest peak at 6, 193. 5 meters, and its two neighbours, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).

Getting the view is certainly nice; one of the best places to do so is from your 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 businesses run “flightseeing” trips out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation getting 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 just how climbers access the forest. For information on climbing, check the Country wide Park’s mountaineering reference page.

A drift plane in Alaska

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Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
K2 Modern aviation
Denali National Park Mountaineering Resource Page

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

Fox Island is usually a stop on two Kenai Fjords day cruises, but you can stay overnight at the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Hotel. 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 departure day start can be found. Kayaking and angling trips are available at extra cost for overnighters; they’re part of the deal if you stay several night.

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On the reverse side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Gulf Lodge has an a lot 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 whole 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 villa building and 6 luxury cabins of varying size. The Eagle’s Nest Chalet (sleeps five) probably has the best view.

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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 led activity you can think of – kayaking, hiking to glaciers, mountain cycling, local fishing and boat trips, character walks, and cooking classes.

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