Alaska's National Parks Grand Slam

Capturing Alaska’s Eight Amazing National Parks

Trip Details

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What’s Included? Everything you need, plus everything you want.

  • Smorgasbord of Scenery: Alaska is HUGE, and incredibly diverse. This trip gives you a sampling of all the state’s most spectacular offerings.
  • Wildlife extravaganza: From the immense humpback whales of the fjords to the giant, salmon-swallowing brown bears of Katmai and myriad other critters, you’ll feel as if you’re part of a nature documentary!
  • America’s best: National Park status and designation isn’t just handed out arbitrarily. Rather, our parks are among our most prized of national treasures. You’ll explore EIGHT iconic national parks on this Alaska epic, each one unique and unforgettable.

Alaska's National Parks Grand Slam

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory: North America

Region: Alaska

Trip Price: $16,500

Duration: 19 days/18 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: Gustavus, Alaska / Fairbanks, Alaska

National Parklands: Denali NP;Glacier Bay NP;Wrangell-St. Elias NP;Gates of the Arctic NP;Kobuk Valley NP;Lake Clark NP;Katmai NP;Kenai Fjords NP

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All custom travel is tailored to the desires and interests of our traveling clients (see How Custom Travel Works tab). Trip pricing detailed is an estimate of the per person pricing for the sample itinerary detailed and includes all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences described. Actual pricing for the trip designed expressly for you and others traveling with you will depend on the features and elements developed during the trip planning process. Travel with Off the Beaten Path requires agreement to our standard Terms & Conditions.

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Energy Index Spectrum

No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or kiking per day, plus easy activities

Nice & Active – 3-6 miles of hiking or walking per day, plus physically active exploration

High Five! – 5-12 miles of hiking per day, plus possible peak bagging or other action-oriented fun

Alaska's National Parks Grand Slam

Alaska's National Parks Grand Slam - Energy Index

The Energy Index detailed above relates to the level of exertion associated with the sample trip detailed. This would be modified to fit the style and ability of your group as a part of the custom trip planning process

How custom-made travel works at Off the Beaten Path

We’ve been tailoring custom journeys for clients since our very inception in the mid-1980s! The process is all about connecting the interests of the travelers with the best that a given destination has to offer. To achieve this, we rely upon good ol’ fashioned conversation! Our geographically focused travel designer love to meet new people and learn about their interests for travel. Understanding your goals informs the process immensely and serves as the foundation for the development of a bespoke travel experience for you and yours.

The trip detailed on this web page is a sample of something we’ve done for other clients over the years. In order to start the process of designing your own custom travel experience, just call us at (800) 445-2995 and ask to speak with one of our Travel Advisors. After a bit of time on the phone, you will then have the opportunity to connect with one of our travel designers.

The entire planning process is very personalized and works in an iterative fashion until a final, perfect trip has been created. We then secure all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences associated with your trip and send along abundant trip materials capturing these details – and much more about your travels!

Itinerary

Days 1-3: Gustavus

Land in Gustavus, the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park, and stay at the family-run Gustavus Inn. From this full-service lodge, explore the park by boat to see tidewater glaciers and wildlife, by kayak in Bartlett Cove, and on trails. At day’s end, return to the lodge for a delicious dinner and relaxing evening.   

Day 4: Anchorage

Fly from Gustavus to Anchorage – Alaska’s biggest, most bustling city. Fly to Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park for an incredible spectacle – grizzlies “fishing” for salmon! This is one of the most incredible bear watching opportunities on the planet. Fly back to Anchorage this evening after an exciting day, and sleep like a bear in wintertime. 

Days 5-6: Seward

The historic and scenic Alaska Railroad awaits! Travel along Turnagain arm from Anchorage to Seward, relaxing while taking in the beauty along the way. Seward Windsong Lodge is your cozy Alaskan home base. From here, cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park, glassing for whales, seals, sea otters, sea lions, porpoises, and birdlife, while crossing your fingers for calving glaciers. Hike the trails around Exit Glacier, and have a salmon dinner on Fox Island. There will also be time to walk the streets along Seward Harbor, stopping in shops, galleries, and cafés. 

Day 7: Anchorage

Head back to Anchorage and spend the night in the heart of the city, walking distance to restaurants, and within easy distance to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

Days 8-10: Backcountry Lodge near Lake Clark National Park

Fly by floatplane to the shores of Crescent Lake, for a wonder-filled stay at Redoubt Mountain Lodge. Cabin accommodations boast wonderful views of Crescent Lake and the Chigmit Mountains, and meals, beverages, and an array of amenities and activities –fishing, bear viewing, kayaking, water skiing, hot tub, sauna – are at your fingertips.  

Days 11-12: Kennecott

Have doubts about leaving Redoubt, then fly via Anchorage to the historic mining town of Kennecott, situated within the boundaries of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. From Kennicott Glacier Lodge, a modern lodge set in the historic mining town dating to 1910, take in surreal views of Kennicott Glacier, Mount Blackburn, and the Chugach Mountains. While here, take a mine tour and set out on a guided hike on Root Glacier.  

Days 13-14: Denali National Park

Today is a big one! Fly to the entrance of Denali National Park, then catch the bus to the backcountry, 90 miles in, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife and taking in the beautiful river crossings, rolling tundra hills, and maybe a glimpse of Denali. Upon arrival, a delicious dinner, cozy cabin, and comfy bed await you.  Spend a full day in the great outdoors, hiking and hoping for a view of the oft-socked-in Denali, marveling in the beauty regardless!  

Day 15: Fairbanks

Board the bus back to the park entrance, then catch a train bound for Fairbanks, taking in the small towns, rivers, and scenery. Have the late afternoon and evening to explore Fairbanks.  

Days 16-18: Bettles

Take a quick flight to the remote, historic Bettles Lodge, your last stop and a base for visiting Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. While here, take a village tour, a riverboat tour, and a flightseeing tour of Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk National Parks. Touch down in each park, hike a bit, and enjoy a picnic lunch. At each day’s end, return to the lodge for dining and reminiscing about the day.  

Day 19: Fly Home from Fairbanks

Depart Bettles, and take a short flight back to Fairbanks for flights home.  

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