Travel Guide Alaska Trip In December For Nashville

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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 float plane, there is lots of adventure to be found in Alaska. Take a look at some of them here.

1 . Can get on the water.

The condition is full of whitewater, and Denali National Park is one of the easiest places to access it. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Freeway by the national park 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 supplied drysuit.

Fishing is certainly another popular on-the-water activity. There are trout in the streams, trout in the lakes, and monster 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 nine hours. You’re likely to see sea otters, puffins, bald silver eagles, seals, sea lions, whales and maybe even a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery destinations, and shoreline highs of Resurrection Bay.

 

Rafting the Nenana River
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Denali Raft Adventures
Kenai Fjords Tours

2. Hike with a guide.

Alaska is a land of backcountry, settled by folks who hiked out, discovered a piece of ground that looked good and built a family vacation cabin on it. You can get a sense of the vastness from the land by going on your own backcountry trek. Denali is a great 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 within the trail, it’s good to go with a guide. Using a company like Alaska Nature Guides, you will be led by a local, someone who blazed their own trek and made a home in the bush. Their insights 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 usually one of few businesses with Gold Level Certification in the Adventure Green Alaska system, which recognizes them as an industry leader 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, just outside of town.

View of Denali State Park
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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 identifies 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 in the mouth of Make Inlet. The section most people know and visit, though, is the area surrounding Denali, North America’s highest peak at six, 193. 5 meters, and its two neighbors, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).

Getting the view is nice; one of the best areas to do so is from your 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 companies run “flightseeing” excursions out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation being the biggest. It’s also possible to journey in from the Denali area. Whoever you fly with, sign up for a glacier landing for the full effect.

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

A float plane in Ak

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Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
K2 Aviators
Denali National Park Mountaineering Resource Page

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

Fox Island can be a stop on two Kenai Fjords day 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 rocky beach as well as the back tidal lagoon. Package overnight stays that feature a day cruise on departure day start can be found. Kayaking and fishing trips are available at extra cost for overnighters; they’re part of the offer if you stay more than one night.

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On the reverse side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Gulf Lodge has an a lot more remote feel to it, accessed simply by water taxi in 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 arctic peaks and Sitka spruce-covered ridges that run right into the ocean. The villa is set back on the 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 massive 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 led activity you can think of – kayaking, hiking to glaciers, mountain biking, local fishing and boat trips, nature walks, and food preparation classes.

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