The Ultimate Guide ToWhat Are Some National Parks In Alaska
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 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 condition 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 recreation area entrance, and providers 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 supplied drysuit.
Fishing is certainly another popular on-the-water activity. There are trout in the streams, 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 Ak Native-owned Kenai Fjords Tours offers some different routes, from four to nine hours. You’re more likely to see sea otters, puffins, bald silver eagles, seals, sea elephants, whales and maybe even a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery island destinations, and shoreline highs of Resurrection Gulf.
Rafting the Nenana River
Denali Raft Adventures
Kenai Fjords Tours
2. Hike with a instruction.
Alaska is a land of backcountry, settled by people who hiked out, discovered a piece of ground that looked good and built a family log cabin on it. You can get a sense of the vastness from the land by taking place your own backcountry trek. Denali is an excellent place for it – the National Recreation area 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 in the trail, it’s good to go with a guide. Using a company like Ak Nature Guides, you’ll be led with a local, someone who blazed their own trail and made a home in the bush. Their insights 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 businesses with Gold Level Certification in the Adventure Green Alaska plan, which recognizes all of them as an industry innovator in environmentally and culturally sustainable methods. They run led hikes in Denali State Park (east of and adjacent to the National Park), as well as around Talkeetna Lakes Park, simply outside of town.
Watch of Denali State Park
View of Denali National Park
Ak Nature Guides
Adventure Green Alaska
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 boundary with Canada, up to just south of Fairbanks, and back down to the sea in the mouth of Make Inlet. The section most people know and visit, though, is the area surrounding Denali, North America’s tallest peak at 6, 193. 5 metres, and its two neighbors, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).
Catching the view is definitely nice; one of the best places to do so is in the back deck area of the Talkeetna Alaskan Resort. 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 companies run “flightseeing” tours out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation getting the biggest. It’s also possible to fly in from the Denali area. Whoever you fly with, subscribe to a glacier landing for the full impact.
This is also how climbers access the mountains. For information on climbing, check the National Park’s mountaineering reference page.
A drift plane in Ak
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
K2 Modern aviation
Denali National Park Mountaineering Resource Page
4. Stay at a boat/plane-accessed resort.
Fox Island can be 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 the rocky beach as well as the back tidal lagoon. Package overnight stays that feature a day cruise on departure day start can be found. Kayaking and angling trips are available at additional cost for overnighters; they’re part of the deal if you stay more than one night.
On the contrary side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Bay Lodge has an even more remote feel to it, accessed simply by water taxi through the Homer Spit or sea plane. Tutka is one of the fjords cut into the southern part 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 little headland – you can not see it until you’re almost on top of it. But once you’re there it’s quite expansive, with a substantial 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.
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 guided activity you can think of — kayaking, hiking to glaciers, mountain cycling, local fishing and boat trips, character walks, and cooking classes.