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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 views from a float plane, there is plenty 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 easiest places to access it. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Freeway by the national park entrance, and employees typically run two trips on it: the mellow, scenic McKinley Run, and the quicker Canyon Run, which includes 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 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 Alaska Native-owned Kenai Fjords Tours offers a couple of different routes, from four to nine hours. You’re very 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 highs of Resurrection Gulf.

 

Rafting the Nenana River
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Kenai Fjords Tours

2. Hike with a guide.

Alaska is a land of backcountry, settled by people who 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 a good place for it – the National Park covers more than 2 million hectares and has relatively few established trails. There are endless opportunities pertaining to shorter hikes in southcentral and interior Alaska as well.

Regardless how long you’re in the trail, it’s all set 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 property, its history and its particular flora and fauna will add layers of meaning to a walk you won’t obtain otherwise.

ANG is certainly one of few companies with Gold Level Certification in the experience Green Alaska plan, which recognizes them as an industry leader in environmentally and culturally sustainable procedures. They run well guided hikes in Denali State Park (east of and next 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 Recreation area
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Experience Green Alaska

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

The Alaska Range specifies the topography from the state, a crescent spine that curves from the southeastern boundary with Canada, up to just south of Fairbanks, and down again to the sea at 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 six, 193. 5 metres, and its two neighbors, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).

Catching the view is nice; one of the best places to do so is from your back deck part 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” trips out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation becoming the biggest. It’s also possible to travel in from the Denali area. Whoever you fly with, sign up for a glacier getting for the full effect.

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

A drift plane in Ak

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Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
K2 Aviation
Denali National Park Mountaineering Resource Web page

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

Fox Island is usually a stop on two Kenai Fjords time 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 your rocky beach and the back tidal lagoon. Package overnight stays that feature a day time 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 several night.

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On the opposing side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Gulf Lodge has an even more remote feel to it, accessed by water taxi from 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 snowy peaks and Sitka spruce-covered ridges that run right into the ocean. The villa is set back on the beach opposite a little headland – you can not see it until you’re almost on top of this. 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 resort 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 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 food classes.

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