Knowing Trip To Alaska For Sioux City

Step By StepRoad Trip Alaska National Parks

 

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 sights from a float plane, there is lots of adventure to be found in Alaska. Take a look at a few of them here.

1 . Get on the water.

The state is full of whitewater, and Denali National Park is one of the simplest places to access it. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Highway by the national park entrance, and employees 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 salmon in the rivers, trout in the lakes, and creature 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 some different routes, from four to nine hours. You’re likely to see sea otters, puffins, bald silver eagles, seals, sea elephants, whales and maybe even a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery destinations, and shoreline peaks of Resurrection Bay.

 

Rafting the Nenana River
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Denali Raft Adventures
Kenai Fjords Tours

2. Hike with a guideline.

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 a good place for it — the National Recreation area covers more than 2 million hectares and has relatively few established trails. You will find endless opportunities for shorter hikes in southcentral and interior Alaska as well.

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

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

View of Denali National Park
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View of Denali National Park
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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 figure from the southeastern border 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 metres, and its two neighbours, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).

Catching the view is nice; one of the best locations to do so is from the back deck area of the Talkeetna Alaskan Villa. 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 companies run “flightseeing” excursions out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation getting the biggest. It’s also possible to journey 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 National Park’s mountaineering useful resource page.

A drift plane in Alaska

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Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
K2 Aviation
Denali National Park Mountaineering Resource Page

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

Fox Island is usually a stop on two Kenai Fjords day time cruises, but you can stay overnight at the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Resort. The property comprises eight cabins (each with capacity for a family of four) lined up between the rocky beach and the back tidal lagoon. Package overnight stays that feature a time cruise on starting day start are available. Kayaking and angling trips are available at additional cost for overnighters; they’re part of the offer if you stay several night.

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On the opposing side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Gulf Lodge has an a lot more remote feel to it, accessed by water taxi from your Homer Spit or sea plane. Tutka is one of the fjords cut into the southern aspect of the larger Kachemak Bay, and the whole area features snowy 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 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) most likely has the best look at.

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Rates start $1, 300 per night 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 bicycling, local fishing and boat trips, character walks, and cooking classes.

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