Knowing&LearningThe Complete Guide National Parks In Alaska List For Those Who Living in Columbus

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Here are some 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 float plane, there is lots of adventure to be found in Alaska. Take a look at some of them here.

1 . Can get on the water.

The state 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 Road by the national recreation area entrance, and workers typically run two trips on it: the mellow, scenic McKinley Run, and the faster 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 salmon in the rivers, 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 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 peaks of Resurrection Bay.

 

Rafting the Nenana River
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2. Hike with a guidebook.

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

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

ANG can be 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 adjacent to the National Park), as well as around Talkeetna Lakes Park, just outside of town.

View of Denali State Park
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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 of the state, a crescent spine that figure from the southeastern boundary with Canada, up to just south of Fairbanks, and back down to the sea in 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 metres, and its two neighbors, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).

Getting the view is certainly nice; one of the best places to do so is in the back deck area of the Talkeetna Alaskan Hotel. 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” travels out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation being the biggest. It’s also possible to fly 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 float plane in Ak

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Denali National Park Mountaineering Resource Page

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

Fox Island is a stop on two Kenai Fjords day cruises, but you can stay overnight at the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Villa. The property comprises eight 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 time cruise on flying day start can be found. Kayaking and angling trips are available at extra cost for overnighters; they’re part of the offer if you stay more than one night.

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On the opposite side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Bay Lodge has an even more remote feel to it, accessed by water taxi in the Homer Spit or sea plane. Tutka is one of the fjords cut into the southern part of the larger Kachemak Bay, and the entire area features cold peaks and Sitka spruce-covered ridges that run right into the ocean. The hotel is set back on the beach opposite a little 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 substantial central deck (with hot tub and sauna), and pathways that connect the main villa building and six luxury cabins of varying size. The Eagle’s Nest Chalet (sleeps five) most likely has the best watch.

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Rates start $1, 300 per evening and include three chef-prepared meals a day, a one-hour massage, wine tastings, yoga, and pretty much any led activity you can think of — kayaking, hiking to glaciers, mountain biking, local fishing and boat trips, character walks, and cooking classes.

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