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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 views 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 State 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 providers 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 another popular on-the-water activity. There are trout in the streams, trout in the lakes, and list 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 few different routes, from four to 9 hours. You’re more 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 peaks of Resurrection Gulf.

 

Rafting the Nenana River
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Kenai Fjords Tours

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 cottage on it. You can get a feeling of the vastness from the land by going on your own backcountry trek. Denali is an excellent place for it — the National Park 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 for the trail, it’s all set with a guide. With a company like Alaska Nature Guides, you’ll be led with a local, someone who blazed their own trek and made a home in the bush. Their observations about the land, its history and its flora and fauna will add layers of meaning to a walk you won’t get otherwise.

ANG is one of few companies with Gold Level Certification in the experience Green Alaska plan, which recognizes them as an industry innovator in environmentally and culturally sustainable practices. They run guided hikes in Denali State Park (east of and next 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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Experience Green Alaska

3. Fly to the mountains; climb if you can.

The Alaska Range defines the topography from 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 on the mouth of Make Inlet. The section most people know and visit, though, is the area surrounding Denali, North America’s tallest peak at six, 193. 5 meters, and its two neighbors, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).

Catching the view is nice; one of the best places to do so is through the back deck area of the Talkeetna Alaskan Villa. 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 need a plane.

A handful of businesses run “flightseeing” travels out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation being the biggest. It’s also possible to journey in from the Denali area. Whoever you fly with, subscribe to a glacier landing for the full impact.

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

A float plane in Alaska

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

4. Stay at 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 Hotel. The property comprises 8 cabins (each with capacity for a family of four) lined up between rocky beach as well as the back tidal lagoon. Package overnight stays that feature a day time cruise on reduction day start are available. Kayaking and fishing trips are available at additional cost for overnighters; they’re part of the deal if you stay several night.

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On the opposite 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 side of the larger Kachemak Bay, and the entire area features arctic 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’t 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 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 time and include three chef-prepared meals a day, a one-hour massage, wine tastings, yoga, and pretty much any well guided activity you can think of — kayaking, hiking to glaciers, mountain bicycling, local fishing and boat trips, nature walks, and food preparation classes.

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