Knowing&LearningThe Complete Guide Alaska Trip Itinerary For Marstons Mills

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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 lots of adventure to be found in Alaska. Take a look at a few of them here.

1 . Can get on the water.

The condition 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 recreation area entrance, and employees typically run two trips on it: the mellow, scenic McKinley Run, and the quicker 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 supplied drysuit.

Fishing can be another popular on-the-water activity. There are salmon in the streams, trout in the lakes, and list 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 more likely to see sea otters, puffins, bald silver eagles, seals, sea elephants, whales and maybe a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery islands, and shoreline peaks of Resurrection Gulf.

 

Rafting the Nenana River
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Denali Raft Adventures
Kenai Fjords Tours

2. Hike with a guidebook.

Alaska is a land of backcountry, settled by people who hiked out, found a piece of ground that looked good and built a family log cabin on it. You can get a feeling of the vastness from the land by going on your own backcountry trek. Denali is an excellent place for it — the National Park covers more than two million hectares and has relatively few established trails. You will find endless opportunities intended for shorter hikes in southcentral and interior Alaska as well.

Regardless how long you’re around the trail, it’s good to go with a guide. With a company like Alaska Nature Guides, you’ll be led with a local, someone who blazed their own path 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 walk you won’t get otherwise.

ANG is one of few businesses with Gold Level Certification in the Adventure Green Alaska program, which recognizes them as an industry innovator in environmentally and culturally sustainable methods. 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 Park
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Alaska Nature Guides
Adventure Green Alaska

3. Fly to the mountains; climb if you can.

The Alaska Range describes the topography of the state, a crescent spine that curves from the southeastern border with Canada, up to just south of Fairbanks, and back down to the sea on the mouth of Make Inlet. The section most people know and visit, though, may be 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 definitely nice; one of the best locations to do so is from the back deck part of the Talkeetna Alaskan Resort. 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 businesses run “flightseeing” travels out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation being the biggest. It’s also possible to fly in from the Denali area. Whoever you fly with, subscribe to a glacier getting for the full effect.

This is also how climbers access the forest. For information on climbing, check the National Park’s mountaineering resource page.

A drift plane in Ak

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Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
K2 Modern aviation
Denali National Recreation area Mountaineering Resource Page

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

Fox Island is definitely a stop on two Kenai Fjords day cruises, but you can stay overnight at the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Hotel. 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 deal if you stay more than one night.

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On the reverse side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Gulf Lodge has an even 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 entire 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) probably has the best view.

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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.

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