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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 views from a drift plane, there is lots 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 easiest places to access it. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Motorway by the national recreation area 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 definitely another popular on-the-water activity. There are trout in the streams, 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 Ak Native-owned Kenai Fjords Tours offers some different routes, from four to 9 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 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 feeling of the vastness of the land by going on 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. You will find endless opportunities for shorter hikes in southcentral and interior Alaska as well.

Regardless how long you’re around the trail, it’s all set 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 ideas about the land, its history as well as 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 them as an industry innovator in environmentally and culturally sustainable practices. They run well guided hikes in Denali State Park (east of and next to the National Park), as well as around Talkeetna Lakes Park, simply outside of town.

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View of Denali National Recreation area
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3. Fly to the mountains; climb if you can.

The Alaska Range identifies the topography from the state, a crescent spine that figure from the southeastern boundary with Canada, up to just south of Fairbanks, and down again 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 tallest 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 usually nice; one of the best areas to do so is from the 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 companies run “flightseeing” trips out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation being the biggest. It’s also possible to travel 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 mountains. For information on climbing, check the National Park’s mountaineering resource page.

A float plane in Ak

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Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
K2 Modern aviation
Denali National Park Mountaineering Resource Web page

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

Fox Island is definitely a stop on two Kenai Fjords time 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 and the back tidal lagoon. Package overnight stays that feature a day time cruise on flying 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 contrary side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Gulf Lodge has an much 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 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 resort 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 lodge 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, wines tastings, yoga, and pretty much any guided activity you can think of – kayaking, hiking to glaciers, mountain cycling, local fishing and boat trips, nature walks, and cooking classes.

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