Complete Review:Alaska Trip Planning Guide
Here are a few recommendations of exactly 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 drift 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 condition is full of whitewater, and Denali National Park is one of the easiest places to access this. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Highway by the national recreation area 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 is usually another popular on-the-water activity. There are trout in the rivers, 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 Alaska 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 lions, whales and maybe a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery islands, and shoreline peaks of Resurrection Bay.
Rafting the Nenana River
Denali Raft Adventures
Kenai Fjords Tours
2. Hike with a instruction.
Alaska is a land of backcountry, settled by people that hiked out, found a piece of ground that looked good and built a family cottage on it. You can get a feeling of the vastness from the land by going on your own backcountry trek. Denali is a good place for it – the National Recreation area covers more than 2 million hectares and has relatively few established trails. There are endless opportunities intended for shorter hikes in southcentral and interior Alaska as well.
Regardless how long you’re on the trail, it’s good to go with a guide. Having a company like Ak Nature Guides, you’ll be led with a local, someone who blazed their own trek and made a home in the bush. Their information about the property, its history and its particular flora and fauna will add layers of meaning to a rise you won’t get otherwise.
ANG is one of few companies with Gold Level Certification in the Adventure Green Alaska plan, which recognizes them as an industry innovator in environmentally and culturally sustainable practices. They run guided hikes in Denali State Park (east of and adjacent to the National Park), as well as around Talkeetna Lakes Park, just outside of town.
Look at of Denali State Park
View of Denali National Recreation area
Alaska Nature Guides
Adventure Green Alaska
3. Fly to the mountains; climb if you can.
The Alaska Range specifies the topography from the state, a crescent spine that curves from the southeastern boundary with Canada, up to just south of Fairbanks, and back down to the sea in 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 metres, and its two neighbors, 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 through the back deck area of the Talkeetna Alaskan Villa. 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 need a plane.
A handful of businesses run “flightseeing” excursions out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation getting the biggest. It’s also possible to travel in from the Denali area. Whoever you fly with, sign up for a glacier getting for the full effect.
This is also just how climbers access the mountains. For information on climbing, check the Country wide Park’s mountaineering useful resource page.
A float plane in Ak
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Denali National Park Mountaineering Resource Page
4. Stay at a boat/plane-accessed resort.
Fox Island can be a stop on two Kenai Fjords time cruises, but you can stay overnight at the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Resort. 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 flying day start are available. Kayaking and fishing trips are available at extra 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 Gulf Lodge has an much 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 cold peaks and Sitka spruce-covered ridges that run right into the ocean. The hotel is set back on a 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 villa building and six luxury cabins of varying size. The Eagle’s Nest Chalet (sleeps five) probably has the best watch.
Rates start $1, 300 per night time and include three chef-prepared meals a day, a one-hour massage, wines tastings, yoga, and pretty much any guided activity you can think of — kayaking, hiking to glaciers, mountain biking, local fishing and boat trips, nature walks, and cooking classes.