Complete GuideAlaska Trip In June
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 drift plane, there is lots 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 Country wide Park is one of the simplest 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 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 rivers, trout in the lakes, and creature halibut and cod out at sea.
A wildife/glacier-viewing day time cruise out of Seward is also enjoyable. The Ak Native-owned Kenai Fjords Tours offers a couple of different routes, from four to 9 hours. You’re very likely to see sea otters, puffins, bald eagles, seals, sea lions, whales and maybe a bear, along with the calving glaciers, rookery islands, and shoreline peaks of Resurrection Gulf.
Rafting the Nenana River
Denali Raft Adventures
Kenai Fjords Tours
2. Hike with a guideline.
Alaska is a land of backcountry, settled by people that hiked out, discovered a piece of ground that looked good and built a family cabin on it. You can get a sense of the vastness of the land by taking place your own backcountry trek. Denali is an excellent place for it — the National Park covers more than two million hectares and has relatively few established trails. There are endless opportunities meant 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. With a company like Alaska Nature Guides, you’ll be led with a local, someone who blazed their own trail and made a home in the bush. Their ideas about the property, its history as well as its flora and fauna will add layers of meaning to a walk you won’t get otherwise.
ANG is certainly one of few businesses with Gold Level Certification in the Adventure Green Alaska program, which recognizes all of them as an industry innovator in environmentally and culturally sustainable procedures. 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.
Look at of Denali State Park
View of Denali National Recreation area
Ak Nature Guides
Adventure Green Alaska
3. Fly to the mountains; climb if you can.
The Alaska Range specifies the topography from the state, a crescent spine that curves from the southeastern boundary with Canada, up to just south of Fairbanks, and down again to the sea on the mouth of Cook 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 neighbors, Foraker (5, 303. 5 meters) and Hunter (4, 256. 5 meters).
Catching the view is certainly nice; one of the best places to do so is through the back deck part of the Talkeetna Alaskan Villa. 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 will need a plane.
A handful of businesses run “flightseeing” excursions out of Talkeetna, K2 Aviation becoming the biggest. It’s also possible to journey in from the Denali area. Whoever you fly with, subscribe to a glacier landing for the full impact.
This is also how climbers access the forest. For information upon climbing, check the National Park’s mountaineering resource page.
A float plane in Ak
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
K2 Modern aviation
Denali National Recreation area Mountaineering Resource Page
4. Stay at a boat/plane-accessed hotel.
Fox Island is a stop on two Kenai Fjords time cruises, but you can stay overnight at the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge. 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 time cruise on reduction 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.
On the opposing 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 part of the larger Kachemak Bay, and the whole area features cold 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 massive central deck (with hot tub and sauna), and pathways that connect the main resort building and six luxury cabins of varying size. The Eagle’s Nest Chalet (sleeps five) probably 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, character walks, and cooking classes.