National Park Travel Guide: Alaska Trip Ideas For American ONLY Magnolia

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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 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 state is full of whitewater, and Denali National Park is one of the simplest places to access this. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Motorway by the national park entrance, and operators typically run two trips on it: the mellow, scenic McKinley Run, and the faster 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 supplied drysuit.

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

A wildife/glacier-viewing time cruise out of Seward is also enjoyable. The Alaska Native-owned Kenai Fjords Tours offers a few different routes, from four to nine hours. You’re likely to see sea otters, puffins, bald eagles, seals, sea elephants, whales and maybe a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery island destinations, and shoreline highs of Resurrection Gulf.

 

Rafting the Nenana River
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2. Hike with a information.

Alaska is a land of backcountry, settled by folks who 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 going on your own backcountry trek. Denali is a good place for it — the National Recreation area covers more than 2 million hectares and has relatively few established trails. There are 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 Ak Nature Guides, you will be led with a local, someone who blazed their own path and made a home in the bush. Their information about the property, its history as well as flora and fauna will add layers of meaning to a rise you won’t obtain otherwise.

ANG is usually one of few businesses with Gold Level Certification in the experience Green Alaska system, which recognizes them as an industry leader in environmentally and culturally sustainable methods. They run 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.

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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 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 on the mouth of Cook Inlet. The section most people know and visit, though, is the area surrounding Denali, North America’s highest peak at 6, 193. 5 metres, and its two neighbors, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).

Getting the view can be nice; one of the best areas to do so is from your back deck part of the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. 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” travels out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation becoming the biggest. It’s also possible to fly in from the Denali area. Whoever you fly with, subscribe to a glacier getting for the full impact.

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

A float plane in Alaska

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

Fox Island is usually 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 the rocky beach as well as the back tidal lagoon. Package overnight stays that feature a day cruise on reduction day start are available. Kayaking and angling 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 contrary side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Bay Lodge has an even 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 side of the larger Kachemak Bay, and the entire area features wintry 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 villa building and six luxury cabins of varying size. The Eagle’s Nest Chalet (sleeps five) probably 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, wines tastings, yoga, and pretty much any well guided activity you can think of — kayaking, hiking to glaciers, mountain cycling, local fishing and boat trips, character walks, and food preparation classes.

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