Complete GuideAlaska Off Road Trip
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 sights from a float plane, there is plenty 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 National Park is one of the easiest places to access it. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Road by the national park entrance, and providers 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 salmon in the rivers, 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 likely to see sea otters, puffins, bald eagles, seals, sea lions, whales and maybe a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery island destinations, and shoreline peaks of Resurrection Bay.
Rafting the Nenana River
Denali Raft Adventures
Kenai Fjords Tours
2. Hike with a guideline.
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 sense of the vastness of 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. You will find endless opportunities intended for shorter hikes in southcentral and interior Alaska as well.
Regardless of how long you’re around the trail, it’s all set with a guide. Having a company like Ak Nature Guides, you will be led with a local, someone who blazed their own trail and made a home in the bush. Their insights about the land, its history as well as flora and fauna will add layers of meaning to a walk you won’t get otherwise.
ANG is definitely one of few companies with Gold Level Certification in the Adventure Green Alaska plan, which recognizes them as an industry leader in environmentally and culturally sustainable practices. They run well guided hikes in Denali State Park (east of and next to the National Park), as well as around Talkeetna Lakes Park, just outside of town.
Look at of Denali National Park
View of Denali National Recreation area
Ak Nature Guides
Experience Green Alaska
3. Fly to the mountains; climb if you can.
The Alaska Range describes 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 at the mouth of Make Inlet. The section most people know and visit, though, may be the area surrounding Denali, North America’s tallest peak at 6, 193. 5 metres, and its two neighbours, 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 from the 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 need a plane.
A handful of companies run “flightseeing” trips 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 getting for the full effect.
This is also how climbers access the mountains. For information on climbing, check the Country wide Park’s mountaineering useful resource page.
A float plane in Ak
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Denali National Recreation area Mountaineering Resource Page
4. Stay at a boat/plane-accessed hotel.
Fox Island is definitely a stop on two Kenai Fjords day 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 remains that feature a time cruise on starting day start can be found. Kayaking and angling trips are available at additional cost for overnighters; they’re part of the offer if you stay several night.
On the opposing side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Bay 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 part 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 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 substantial central deck (with hot tub and sauna), and pathways that connect the main lodge building and six luxury cabins of varying size. The Eagle’s Nest Chalet (sleeps five) most likely has the best watch.
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 cooking food classes.