National Park Travel Guide: 8 National Parks In Alaska For Those Who Living in Santa Maria

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Here are some recommendations of 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 lots of adventure to be found in Alaska. Take a look at some 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 it. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Freeway 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 provided drysuit.

Fishing is certainly another popular on-the-water activity. There are trout in the rivers, trout in the lakes, and creature halibut and cod out at sea.

A wildife/glacier-viewing day time cruise out of Seward is also enjoyable. The Alaska Native-owned Kenai Fjords Tours offers some 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 island destinations, and shoreline peaks of Resurrection Gulf.

 

Rafting the Nenana River
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2. Hike with a guidebook.

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

Regardless of how long you’re within the trail, it’s all set with a guide. Using a company like Alaska Nature Guides, you will 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 get otherwise.

ANG is usually one of few businesses with Gold Level Certification in the experience Green Alaska system, which recognizes all of them as an industry head in environmentally and culturally sustainable procedures. 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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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 boundary with Canada, up to just south of Fairbanks, and back down to the sea on 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 6, 193. 5 meters, and its two neighbors, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).

Catching the view is definitely nice; one of the best places to do so is in the back deck area 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 will need a plane.

A handful of businesses run “flightseeing” tours out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation becoming the biggest. It’s also possible to journey 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 mountains. For information upon climbing, check the National Park’s mountaineering resource page.

A float plane in Alaska

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

Fox Island is definitely a stop on two Kenai Fjords time cruises, but you can stay overnight at the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Villa. The property comprises 8 cabins (each with capacity for a family of four) lined up between rocky beach and the back tidal lagoon. Package overnight remains that feature a time cruise on leaving day start can be found. Kayaking and fishing 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 opposite side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Bay 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 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 resort building and 6 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 night and include three chef-prepared meals a day, a one-hour massage, wines tastings, yoga, and pretty much any well guided activity you can think of – kayaking, hiking to glaciers, mountain bicycling, local fishing and boat trips, character walks, and cooking classes.

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