Alaska, Mountains to Sea

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park to Prince William Sound

Trip Details

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

  • The country’s largest national park: Wrangell St Elias National Park is the country’s largest, and with its vastness is far less traveled than others in Alaska. Fly to the heart of the park – getting a sense of the park’s vastness from the air – and access a fun array of daily activities from the historic lodge.
  • Active adventure for all ages and abilities: Opportunities include glacier hiking, flightseeing, river rafting, ocean kayaking, boat cruising, fishing, dog sledding – on a glacier in summer! – and historical tours.
  • Prince William Sound: If it’s glaciers you want, then it’s glaciers you get on this up close and personal tour through Prince William Sound. You’ll thrill at the opportunities for getting a close look, from glacier hiking to glacier kayaking, you’ll get your glacier fill!

Alaska, Mountains to Sea

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory: North America

Region: Alaska

Trip Price: $5,265

Duration: 9 days/8 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: Anchorage, Alaska / Anchorage, Alaska

National Parklands: Wrangell-St. Elias 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.

Energy Index

Energy Index Spectrum

No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or hiking 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, Mountains to Sea

Alaska, Mountains to Sea - 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

Day 1: Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage and spend the night. Depending on your arrival time, stretch your legs on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail on foot or bicycle. Or, walk out the door of your centrally-located hotel into the heart of Anchorage and find your restaurant of choice. 

Days 2-4: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Travel in style on a charter plane from Anchorage, bound for the small airstrip in McCarthy, a tiny outpost inside Wrangell-St Elias National Park. A short ten-minute drive takes you to the historic mining town of Kennicott and your accommodations at the historic Kennicott Glacier Lodge, your base for exploration. Days are spent enjoying guided glacier hiking, flightseeing, river rafting, and historic touring. Enjoy meals at the all-inclusive lodge (or out on the trail, depending on the day’s activities), and spend evenings dining family-style, sharing stories of the day with fellow travelers. Summer evenings bring an array of presentations at the lodge. 

Days 5-6: Prince William Sound

Depart Kennicott in the same fashion as you arrived, providing one more opportunity to take in the massive landscape from the air. After touchdown, you’ll embark on a short drive to Valdez through beautiful mountain terrain, leaving you based at the water’s edge for the next few days. With close, easy access to Prince William Sound, spend one full day out on the water, exploring the otherworldly landscape. Cruise the waters of the sound to its farthest reaches, then board kayaks to get to harder-to-reach places. Paddle through ice caves, through fjords, and floating “bergy bits.” There will also be time to get out of the boats, stretch your legs and picnic and relax on remote beaches, surrounded by active glaciers. Look and listen for the thunder of glaciers calving!

Days 7-8: Girdwood

Board the Alaska Marine Ferry to cross the sound, disembarking at the small (and quirky!) port town of Whittier. From Whittier, it’s a short drive through the Whittier Tunnel to your next and last destination, the quaint town of Girdwood, at the base of the Alyeska Ski Resort. From here, more days of adventure await! Possibilities include helicopter dog-sledding, ATV touring, jetboating, fishing the Kenai River, Alpine hiking, or enjoying a scenic ride up the tram to the top of Mount Alyeska for a stunning view of the seven glaciers that reside in the valley.

Day 9: Fly Home from Anchorage

An easy, gorgeous, one-hour drive to Anchorage along Turnagain Arm takes you to the end of this authentic journey in Alaska. Fly home from Anchorage. 

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