Remarkable Journey: Alaska
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If you’re looking for an adventure, Alaska has it from the mild to the wild. From whale watching, wildlife and glacier cruises to historical towns and goldmines, you’ll find much to experience and savor. Raft a world-class river, kayak along rugged coastlines, ride the train through spectacular scenery, hike or bike a trail. From the glacial bays of the Inside Passage to the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean, discover the grandeur and beauty of Alaska!
- Visit glacier Bay where huge glaciers calve into the sea, sea otters play, and a lone Humpback whale breaches off the starboard bow.
- Fish, sea kayak and navigate national parks and towns surrounded by the sea.
- Tour the enchanting Denali National Park and opt to go mountain biking through the backcountry.
- Glide in a seaplane adventure over Misty Fjord National Park discovering the grandeur of Alaska’s glacier bays and untamed wilderness.
Your journey begins in the capital city of Alaska, where your introduction will be filled with the wilderness vistas that the region has to offer. From your hotel, take a 25-minute flight full of wonderful views to Gustavus, the gateway to the Glacier National Park where you will be met by a representative that will escort you to your accommodations. Relax and enjoy the rest of your evening as you look forward to the journey ahead.
This morning, let the scenery soak in during a whale watching cruise to Icy Strait and Point Adolphus. In addition to the ever popular Humpbacks, other species of whales including Greys, Minkes, and Orcas are commonly seen in these southeast Alaskan waters. Of course, the whales with their acrobatics and vocalizations are the main attraction, but you may also encounter porpoises, seals, sea lions and other marine mammals. After your introduction to the Alaskan sea, spend the afternoon fishing, sea kayaking or hiking.
Take an early morning cruise through Glacier Bay National Park and deepen your experience of Alaska’s ecosystem. A National Park Service ranger is on-board to provide information on the park, its glaciers, and its wildlife. Keep an eye out for whales, puffins, eagles, bears, sea lions, sea otters, and more! During the afternoon, try out another activity that the wilderness offers. Fishing, sea kayaking and hiking are three options that are available to enhance your Alaskan journey.
Travel to Fairbanks to enjoy another region of Alaska. Situated within the auroral oval, a ring-shaped region around the north pole, Fairbanks is one of the best places on earth for experiencing the beautiful and mysterious northern lights. The yellowish-green glow is at its most vibrant intentsity between late August and April. Upon arrival in Fairbanks, enjoy the rest of your evening to explore the new city and have a nice dinner.
Denali National Park
Begin your day and depart to Denali National Park, where you will be staying for the next two nights. You will be introduced to Denali on a bus tour and your guide will discuss the history of the park and help you search for moose, bear, caribou and other animals. Remember your camera because you will see unforgettable views and wildlife on this tour!
Denali National Park
Today is at your leisure to explore this beautiful national park. There are a plethora outdoor activities to choose from, the most popular of which include hiking, panning for gold, mountain biking through the backcountry, or fishing. For those seeking to fulfill an adrenaline rush, there is the option to enjoy a flight seeing tour of Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America. It is a great way to see the landscape from a different point of view.
Enjoy a light breakfast early this morning before departing Denali. You can choose to make your way to Anchorage via train on flight. From Anchorage take a train to Denali, passing by the scenic Kenai Mountains and Turnagain Arm. Upon arrival in Seward, enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. Located along the protected waters of Resurrection Bay on the eastern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, Seward will be your base for exploring nearby Kenai Fjords National Park.
Wake up this morning and don’t skimp on breakfast, because later you will be hiking in the Caines Head State Recreation Area. The grounds are home to an abandoned fort from WWII, Fort McGilvray. There are many different trails to choose from. A portion of the trails can be hiked only at low tide. Historic trails following old army roads take hikers to Fort McGilvray and on to South Beach. We highly recommend bringing a picnic for lunch.
Say goodbye to the fjords with a 3-hour sea kayaking tour in the Kenai Fjords. You will see sea otters, seabirds and salmon swimming in the water just beneath you! After dinner, depart Seward on the rail service and take a train ride up to Anchorage.
Spend your last day in Alaska experiencing both the culture and the wildlife. Take the morning to learn about Alaska’s history and visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Alaska’s Native groups built the museum, where dance, music, storytelling, and art and craft demonstrations occur daily. If you prefer more adventure, then let out drive to a northeastern suburb of Anchorage to Eagle River to go rafting. Spend your final down downing some local cuisine such as Alaskan wild salmon, a reindeer sausage sandwich or the almighty meal of Alaskan king crab legs.
After a final meal at your hotel you will be transferred to the Anchorage Airport for your return flight home.
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