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Below 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 sights from a drift 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 state is full of whitewater, and Denali State Park is one of the simplest places to access it. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Motorway by the national park entrance, and employees typically run two trips on it: the mellow, scenic McKinley Run, and the faster Canyon Run, including 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 is certainly another popular on-the-water activity. There are salmon in the streams, 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 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 eagles, seals, sea elephants, whales and maybe even a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery islands, and shoreline highs of Resurrection Bay.

 

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 cottage on it. You can get a sense of the vastness from the land by going on your own backcountry trek. Denali is an excellent place for it – the National Recreation area covers more than two million hectares and has relatively few established trails. There are endless opportunities intended for shorter hikes in southcentral and interior Alaska as well.

Regardless of how long you’re on the trail, it’s all set with a guide. Using a company like Alaska Nature Guides, you’ll be led by a local, someone who blazed their own path and made a home in the bush. Their information about the property, its history and it is flora and fauna will add layers of meaning to a rise you won’t get otherwise.

ANG is usually one of few businesses 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 guided hikes in Denali State Park (east of and adjacent 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 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, may be the area surrounding Denali, North America’s highest 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 locations to do so is through the back deck part 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” trips out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation getting 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 just how climbers access the forest. For information upon climbing, check the Country wide Park’s mountaineering source page.

A drift plane in Ak

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Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
K2 Aviation
Denali National Recreation area Mountaineering Resource Web page

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

Fox Island is a stop on two Kenai Fjords time cruises, but you can stay overnight at the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge. The property comprises 8 cabins (each with capacity for a family of four) lined up between your rocky beach as well as the back tidal lagoon. Package overnight remains that feature a day time cruise on leaving day start can be found. Kayaking and fishing trips are available at extra 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 Bay Lodge has an a lot more remote feel to it, accessed simply by water taxi from your 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 cold peaks and Sitka spruce-covered ridges that run right into the ocean. The lodge is set back on a 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 hotel building and six 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 cycling, local fishing and boat trips, character walks, and cooking food classes.

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