National Park Travel Guide: National Parks Conservation Association Alaska For Those Who Living in Clarke County

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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 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 . Can get on the water.

The state is full of whitewater, and Denali State Park is one of the simplest places to access it. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Highway by the national park entrance, and providers typically run two trips on it: the mellow, scenic McKinley Run, and the faster 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 can be another popular on-the-water activity. There are trout in the streams, trout in the lakes, and list halibut and cod out at ocean.

A wildife/glacier-viewing day 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 prone to see sea otters, puffins, bald silver eagles, seals, sea elephants, whales and maybe a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery destinations, and shoreline highs of Resurrection Bay.

 

Rafting the Nenana River
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Kenai Fjords Tours

2. Hike with a instruction.

Alaska is a land of backcountry, settled by people who hiked out, discovered a piece of ground that looked good and built a family log cabin on it. You can get a feeling 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 two million hectares and has relatively few established trails. You will find endless opportunities for shorter hikes in southcentral and interior Alaska as well.

Regardless of how long you’re in the trail, it’s good to go with a guide. Using a company like Ak Nature Guides, you’ll be led with a local, someone who blazed their own path and made a home in the bush. Their ideas 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 plan, which recognizes all of them as an industry head in environmentally and culturally sustainable practices. 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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Experience Green Alaska

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

The Alaska Range defines the topography of 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 at the mouth of Cook Inlet. The section most people know and visit, though, is the area surrounding Denali, North America’s tallest peak at 6, 193. 5 metres, 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 from your 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 will need a plane.

A handful of companies run “flightseeing” travels out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation being the biggest. It’s also possible to soar 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 upon climbing, check the Country wide Park’s mountaineering source page.

A drift plane in Ak

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Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
K2 Modern aviation
Denali National Recreation area Mountaineering Resource Page

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 Resort. The property comprises eight 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 flying 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 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 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 snowy peaks and Sitka spruce-covered ridges that run right into the ocean. The hotel 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 lodge building and 6 luxury cabins of varying size. The Eagle’s Nest Chalet (sleeps five) most likely has the best view.

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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 cycling, local fishing and boat trips, character walks, and cooking classes.

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