Adventures from the heart of Denali National Park to the Kenai Peninsula
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|Trip Length||8 days/7 nights|
|Arrive/Depart||Fairbanks, Alaska/Anchorage, Alaska|
|Price||From $5,495 to $5,895|
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Day 1 (Fairbanks) Meet your guide and fellow travelers this afternoon to begin your Alaskan adventure! The day holds a warm and wonderful visit with Iditarod veteran and old friend Mary Shields, and a welcome dinner and orientation to the journey ahead. We visit Mary at her log home outside Fairbanks for a sled dog demonstration, and she shares some of her 40 years of Alaska stories.
Day 2 (Denali National Park) A scenic 4-hour ride on the Alaska Railroad takes us to the entrance of Denali Park where we meet the Camp Denali buses that will take us into the heart of the park. Your driver-naturalist will explain the nature and history of the park as we go. There will be chances to stop for photo opportunities, rest-breaks, a hearty picnic-style dinner, and wildlife sightings and views. We may see caribou, a golden eagle or grizzly bear, or even the high summits of the Alaska Range.
Days 3-4 (Denali National Park) Each morning you’ll have your choice of guided outings, and whatever you choose, you’re apt to see wildlife! The camp’s naturalists guide you over the trail-less terrain and share their deep knowledge. The lodge also has mountain bikes, fishing gear, walking sticks, and other items to lend. The living room at the camp contains an extensive library, so you can also relax and read—or just stare out the window at the incredible views of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range!
Day 5 (Denali to Anchorage) This is a full travel day as we drive from Denali down to Anchorage. We stop to watch wildlife, take photos, and picnic on the banks of the Nenana River. The very scenic route takes us through the Alaska Range and along the mighty Susitna River. We'll have dinner at a favorite Anchorage restaurant and settle into our downtown hotel.
Day 6 (Kenai River and Seward) This morning we drive south a ways then jump into rubber rafts for a serene, 2-hour float float through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Keep your camera handy and watch for bears, moose, eagles, Dall sheep, and much more. After the float we make the last of the drive to the quaint seaside town of Seward. In the late afternoon or early evening, we take an easy half-mile walk right up to the icy blue toe of Exit Glacier, which is part of the Harding Icefield.
Day 7 (Seward and Kenai Fjords) The morning holds a fantastic wildlife-watching (and scenery gaping!) cruise on a comfortable touring boat through Kenai Fjords National Park. Watch for sea otters sunning themselves on boulders and porpoises leaping beside the boat, and scan for orca, minke, gray, and humpback whales. Thousands of seabirds, including puffins and petrels, fill the skies and sea rocks. We stop at the base of a tidewater glacier in hopes of seeing it “calve” (shed gigantic chunks of ice into the ocean). Back in Seward, we visit the world-class Alaska SeaLife Center.
Day 8 (Anchorage for departures home) We head back to Anchorage after breakfast to catch flights home in the early afternoon.