As an in-house writer for Off the Beaten Path, a good chunk of my day is spent researching travel destinations – reading magazine articles, perusing traveler reviews, gaining insight from travelers’ blogs, and speaking with locals. And whether I’m writing about Sedona, Steamboat, San Francisco, or Silver City (New Mexico, in case you didn’t know), […]
This authentically crafted adventure has you traveling through some of Alaska’s less-visited destinations, and is filled with active adventure. Highlights include visits to the nation’s largest national park – Wrangell-St Elias – and the beautiful, wildlife rich waters of Prince William Sound. Together, these classic Alaskan beauties offer the opportunity to explore vastly different landscapes, each one remarkable in its own right. Time in the small resort community of Girdwood and the city of Anchorage round out this trip to authentic Alaska.
With nearly 14 million uninhabited acres to explore in Wrangell-St. Elias, a base in the historic mining town of Kennicott brings opportunities for hiking, flightseeing, river rafting, and exploring abandoned mines from Alaska’s Gold Rush years. Next stop, Prince William Sound, brings you back to sea level to paddle around tidewater glaciers and into remote, wildlife-rich coves by kayak. While evidence of the devastating 1989 oil spill is not apparent to the eye, learn the story of the spill, recovery efforts, and the telltale signs that remain today.
Your authentic Alaska journey ends in the small ski town of Girdwood, with days bringing an array of activities to choose from, each one taking you into the lush, green, temperate rainforest of Chugach National Forest.
Alaska’s city of Anchorage bookends the trip, with time to take in the soul of the city and walk or ride bicycles on the 11-mile-long Tony Knowles Coastal Trail along Cook Inlet.