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Step By StepVisiting National Parks In Alaska

 

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 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 this. The north-flowing, glacier-fed Nenana River parallels the Parks Motorway by the national park entrance, and workers typically run two trips on it: the mellow, scenic McKinley Run, and the faster Canyon Run, including 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 rivers, trout in the lakes, and huge halibut and cod out at ocean.

A wildife/glacier-viewing day cruise out of Seward is also enjoyable. The Alaska Native-owned Kenai Fjords Tours offers some different routes, from four to nine hours. You’re very likely to see sea otters, puffins, bald silver eagles, seals, sea lions, whales and maybe a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery island destinations, and shoreline highs of Resurrection Gulf.

 

Rafting the Nenana River
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2. Hike with a guideline.

Alaska is a land of backcountry, settled by people who hiked out, found 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 good place for it – the National Recreation area covers more than two million hectares and has relatively few established trails. There are endless opportunities for shorter hikes in southcentral and interior Alaska as well.

Regardless how long you’re for the trail, it’s all set with a guide. Having a company like Alaska Nature Guides, you’ll be led by a local, someone who blazed their own trek and made a home in the bush. Their ideas about the property, its history and its particular 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 head in environmentally and culturally sustainable methods. They run 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.

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View of Denali National Park
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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 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 6, 193. 5 metres, and its two neighbours, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).

Getting the view is definitely nice; one of the best locations 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 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, sign up for a glacier landing for the full impact.

This is also how climbers access the mountains. For information upon climbing, check the National Park’s mountaineering source page.

A float plane in Alaska

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4. Stay at a boat/plane-accessed villa.

Fox Island is usually a stop on two Kenai Fjords day 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 the rocky beach and the back tidal lagoon. Package overnight remains that feature a day cruise on departure 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 more than one night.

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On the contrary side of the Kenai Peninsula, Tutka Gulf Lodge has an even 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 whole area features wintry 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 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 view.

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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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