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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 float plane, there is plenty of adventure to be found in Alaska. Take a look at a few 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 this. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Road by the national recreation area entrance, and employees typically run two trips on it: the mellow, scenic McKinley Run, and the quicker 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 definitely another popular on-the-water activity. There are salmon in the streams, trout in the lakes, and monster halibut and cod out at ocean.
A wildife/glacier-viewing day time cruise out of Seward is also enjoyable. The Ak Native-owned Kenai Fjords Tours offers a couple of different routes, from four to 9 hours. You’re likely to see sea otters, puffins, bald eagles, seals, sea lions, whales and maybe a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery islands, and shoreline highs of Resurrection Bay.
Rafting the Nenana River
Denali Raft Adventures
Kenai Fjords Tours
2. Hike with a guideline.
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 taking place your own backcountry trek. Denali is a great place for it – the National Recreation area covers more than two million hectares and has relatively few established trails. There are endless opportunities pertaining to shorter hikes in southcentral and interior Alaska as well.
Regardless of 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 trail and made a home in the bush. Their information about the land, its history and its flora and fauna will add layers of meaning to a hike you won’t get otherwise.
ANG is one of few businesses with Gold Level Certification in the Adventure Green Alaska system, which recognizes them as an industry head in environmentally and culturally sustainable procedures. They run led hikes in Denali State Park (east of and next to the National Park), as well as around Talkeetna Lakes Park, simply outside of town.
View of Denali Country wide Park
View of Denali National Park
Ak Nature Guides
Adventure 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 back down 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 6, 193. 5 metres, 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 places to do so is through the back deck part of the Talkeetna Alaskan Resort. 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” excursions out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation getting the biggest. It’s also possible to take flight in from the Denali area. Whoever you fly with, subscribe to a glacier landing for the full effect.
This is also just how climbers access the forest. For information on climbing, check the State Park’s mountaineering reference page.
A float plane in Alaska
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Denali National Recreation area Mountaineering Resource Page
4. Stay at a boat/plane-accessed lodge.
Fox Island is a stop on two Kenai Fjords day 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 as well as the back tidal lagoon. Package overnight remains that feature a day cruise on departure day start are available. Kayaking and fishing trips are available at extra cost for overnighters; they’re part of the deal if you stay more than one night.
On the opposing side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Gulf Lodge has an much more remote feel to it, accessed by water taxi through 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 snowy peaks and Sitka spruce-covered ridges that run right into the ocean. The lodge is set back on a beach opposite a small 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 massive central deck (with hot tub and sauna), and pathways that connect the main villa building and 6 luxury cabins of varying size. The Eagle’s Nest Chalet (sleeps five) most likely has the best view.
Rates start $1, 300 per evening 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, character walks, and cooking food classes.