Highlights of Alaska
A vast, rugged land of jaw-dropping beauty and abundant wildlife, Alaska remains America's last truly unconquered frontier. Up to the challenge? This 15-day adventure will put you in touch with this massive state better than you'd imagined possible, mixing hotel stays with cabins typical of the Alaskan wilderness. Along the way, you'll sample amazingly fresh seafood in Anchorage, hike Denali National Park, investigate glaciers, and be blown away by the awesome majesty of your surroundings. Prepare to have your horizons expanded tenfold.
Devour seafood in Anchorage, hike in stellar Denali NP, hear glaciers groan at Wrangell-St Elias NP, marvel at the views of the Kenai Peninsula
Air-conditioned private vehicle, national park shuttle bus, ferry, hiking
Standard hotels (3 nts), cabins (2 nts, en suite facilities), basic hotels/cabins (6 nts, shared facilities), basic hotels (3 nts, triple-share, shared facilities)
All national and state park entrance fees. Hikes and exploration of Kenai Peninsula. Hike to Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield. Views of Portage and Worthington Glaciers. Wrangell-St Elias NP visit. Kennecott ghost town entrance. McCarthy visit. Cooper River Valley and Tangle Lakes views. Full-day excursion to Eielson Visitor Center in Denali NP. Free time in Homer, Valdez, and Denali NP. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Anchorage
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Anchorage/Homer (1L)
Travel along the coast of the Kenai Peninsula. Opt to enjoy a hike outside of Homer.
Day 3 Homer
Enjoy a free day in Homer. Opt to take a water taxi to explore Kachemak Bay or go for a hike.
Day 4 Homer/Seward (1L)
Travel to the Kenai Peninsula and explore the Kenai Fjords. Hike to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield this afternoon, seeing the size and power of this natural phenomenon in person.
Day 5 Seward/Valdez (1L)
Spend the day on a scenic journey to Valdez. Take the ferry across the Gulf of Alaska and into Prince William Sound. View Portage Glacier and the town of Whittier before arriving to Valdez.
Day 6 Valdez
Enjoy a full day to discover everything that Valdez has to offer. Opt to go kayaking or hiking.
Day 7 Valdez/McCarthy (1B, 1L)
Travel toward the huge and wild Wrangell-St Elias National Park, stopping at Worthington Glacier en route.
Days 8-9 McCarthy
Spend two days exploring the park and hiking around. Opt to take a scenic flight, go for a glacier walk or try ice climbing. Choose to explore the ghost town of Kennecott, hike the Bonanza Mine Trail or the Root Glacier Trail.
Day 10 McCarthy/Tangle Lakes (1L)
Drive through Copper River Valley en route to Tangle Lakes, checking out the fishwheels (used for salmon) along the way.
Day 11 Tangle Lakes/Denali National Park and Preserve (1L)
Journey to Denali National Park and look for a clear view of Denali en route, the highest mountain in North America, formerly called Mt McKinley.
Days 12-13 Denali National Park and Preserve
Enjoy a full-day excursion into Denali NP to Eielson Visitor Center to take in the beautiful scenery and wildlife. Opt to get closer to nature with hikes, rafting or a scenic flight.
Day 14 Denali National Park and Preserve/Anchorage (1L)
Drive to Anchorage and enjoy a final evening with the group.
Day 15 Anchorage
Depart at any time.
Day 13 Denali National Park and Preserve
Enjoy more free time to explore Denali National Park.