Nearly everyone seems to have a bucket list of things to do, see, and experience before they move on to the next universe. As an outdoor educator, Yellowstone park ranger, naturalist guide, and nature mentor, I’ve been lucky to list and check-off my share of amazing national parks. While it’s hard to suggest places or […]
Explore the Great Land from the mountains and tundra of Interior Alaska to the glaciers, rivers, and fjords of the southcentral coast. The journey begins In Fairbanks, highlighted with a meeting with Iditarod veteran and special friend to Off the Beaten Path, Mary Shields, and her sled dogs.
Next, it’s off to Denali National Park, with a fabulous train trip to the park entrance. From there, board a bus for the classic trip to the park’s interior, with excellent opportunities for wildlife sightings along the way. Settle in to well-appointed cabin accommodations near the shores of Wonder Lake, with unparalleled views of Denali. Days are spent hiking, wildlife viewing, and taking in the incredible grandeur.
After bidding farewell to Denali, a full-day, scenic drive south through the Susitna and Matanuska Valleys to Anchorage highlights Alaska’s vast and diverse landscape.
From Anchorage, travel along Turnagain Arm to the port town of Seward, floating a river through a wildlife refuge en route. From comfortable, Alaska-style accommodations, we’ll explore the wilds with a hike to Exit Glacier and a full day of breathtaking glacier viewing and wildlife-watching on a small boat cruise through the pristine waters of Kenai Fjords National Park.