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Below 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 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 easiest places to access it. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Road 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 another popular on-the-water activity. There are salmon in the streams, trout in the lakes, and list halibut and cod out at ocean.

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 silver eagles, seals, sea lions, whales and maybe a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery islands, 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, discovered 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 taking place 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 meant for shorter hikes in southcentral and interior Alaska as well.

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

ANG is definitely one of few companies with Gold Level Certification in the Adventure Green Alaska plan, which recognizes all of them as an industry leader in environmentally and culturally sustainable practices. They run led hikes in Denali State Park (east of and next to the National Park), as well as around Talkeetna Lakes Park, just outside of town.

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View of Denali National Recreation area
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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 figure from the southeastern border with Canada, up to just south of Fairbanks, and down again to the sea in 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 metres, and its two neighbors, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).

Getting the view is usually nice; one of the best locations to do so is from your back deck area of the Talkeetna Alaskan Hotel. 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” travels 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 forest. For information on climbing, check the State Park’s mountaineering source page.

A float plane in Alaska

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

4. Stay in a boat/plane-accessed resort.

Fox Island is a stop on two Kenai Fjords day cruises, but you can stay overnight at the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge. The property comprises eight 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 day time cruise on leaving 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.

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On the opposite side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Bay 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 arctic peaks and Sitka spruce-covered ridges that run right into the ocean. The lodge is set back on a beach opposite a small headland – you can’t see it until you’re almost on top of it. 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 hotel building and 6 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 evening and include three chef-prepared meals a day, a one-hour massage, wine 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 food classes.

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