National Park Travel Guide: Alaska Trip Without Car For Those Who Living in Nashua

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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 state 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 Highway by the national park entrance, and operators typically run two trips on it: the mellow, scenic McKinley Run, and the quicker 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 provided drysuit.

Fishing is usually 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 time cruise out of Seward is also enjoyable. The Alaska Native-owned Kenai Fjords Tours offers a number of different routes, from four to 9 hours. You’re very likely to see sea otters, puffins, bald eagles, seals, sea elephants, whales and maybe even a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery islands, and shoreline highs of Resurrection Bay.

 

Rafting the Nenana River
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Denali Raft Adventures
Kenai Fjords Tours

2. Hike with a instruction.

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 a good place for it – the National Park covers more than 2 million hectares and has relatively few established trails. There are endless opportunities 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 will be led by a local, someone who blazed their own path and made a home in the bush. Their observations about the property, its history as well as flora and fauna will add layers of meaning to a rise you won’t get otherwise.

ANG is definitely 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 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.

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View of Denali National Recreation area
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Experience Green Alaska

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

The Alaska Range specifies the topography of the state, a crescent spine that curves from the southeastern border with Canada, up to just south of Fairbanks, and down again 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 metres, and its two neighbors, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).

Getting the view is usually nice; one of the best areas 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 getting the biggest. It’s also possible to take flight in from the Denali area. Whoever you fly with, sign up for a glacier landing for the full impact.

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

A float plane in Ak

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Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
K2 Aviation
Denali National Park Mountaineering Resource Page

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

Fox Island is a stop on two Kenai Fjords day time 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 stays that feature a day time 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 reverse side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Gulf Lodge has an much more remote feel to it, accessed simply by water taxi from the Homer Spit or sea plane. Tutka is one of the fjords cut into the southern aspect of the larger Kachemak Bay, and the entire area features snowy peaks and Sitka spruce-covered ridges that run right into the ocean. The resort is set back on a 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 hotel 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 night time 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, nature walks, and cooking classes.

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