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DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights
TERRAIN: Rolling / Steep
Enjoy two of the many sides of Alaska as you explore the forests, rivers, and snow-capped mountains of Denali National Park and the fjords of Kenai Peninsula. Start your adventure with a wildlife & glacier cruise to the only lodge in Kenai Fjords National Park. Each day at the lodge provides ample activities including hikes with larger than life views, sea kayaking, and canoeing amongst the pieces of glacier that have recently calved. Just when you think Alaska cannot get any better, take in Alaska Range including Denali via a scenic overflight or if you prefer go on epic waterfall hike. Then spend a few days absorbing as much as you can of Denali National Park on a day long bus ride into the interior and a national park ranger led hike.
Day 1 — Arrive into Anchorage
After arriving into Anchorage and a long day of travel, settle into your hotel to get some rest before your Alaskan adventure begins. Meals included: None
Day 2 — Anchorage to Kenai Fjords
We wake early this morning for a 2.5-hour scenic drive to Seward to catch your mid-morning wildlife and glacier cruise which will allow you to explore the rugged coastlines of the spectacular Kenai Fjords with the possibility to see whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, puffins and more Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at this exclusive remote destination: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. Nestled in a protected tidal lagoon area, the lodge offers miles of pristine beachfront and incredible views of Pedersen Glacier. This afternoon, meet your guides for an orientation and settle into your private cabin. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations, or take a stroll along the coastline and beachcomb for natural treasures like sea glass. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3 — Kenai Fjords Exploration
An array of activities are available today including hikes with fantastic views, sea kayaking, and canoeing amongst the pieces of glacier that have recently calved. Every activity is guided and are suitable for beginners so get out there and explore all this beautiful lodge has to offer. You can usually combine one activity in the morning with lunch back at the lodge and a different activity in the afternoon. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 — Kenai Fjords to Seward to Palmer
Savor another morning in the wilds of Kenai Fjords National Park; kayak, canoe or beachcomb for a half-day before boarding the boat for the return wildlife cruise to Seward. En route, enjoy another opportunity to photograph the sheer cliffs of the fjords, scan for birdlife and seek out marine wildlife. We arrive in Seward in time for an early dinner and then we will drive to the town of Palmer about a three-hour drive north putting us in a great spot for an optional morning overflight from Talkeetna tomorrow or hike on the nearby Reed Lakes Trail. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 — Overflight of Denali or Reed Lakes
A highlight of any Alaska trip is an overflight of Denali (for an additional cost), providing a bird’s eye view of the Alaska Range including Mount Denali, Mount Hunter, Mount Foraker as well as seven glaciers featuring the 45-mile long Kahiltna Glacier. If you prefer we can do an epic 9-mile hike (or as far as you want to go) to a waterfall and alpine lakes with some rock and boulder hopping mixed in. After the hike we will make our way north to Denali State Park to stretch our legs at Byers Lake before arriving in time for dinner just outside Denali National Park. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 — Denali National Park
Start the day with a hearty breakfast. Then we will board a Denali Park Shuttle for a day long trip (8-9 hours) taking us to the heart of the park at the Eielson Visitor’s Center. Along the way the bus will stop for key historical points, photo opportunities, and as the bus encounters any wildlife along the way which can include moose, grizzly bear, mountain goats, and more. After a full day in the park relax in the 6 acres that surround our bed & breakfast. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 — Denali with a Park Ranger
Today we head into the park for a ranger-led discovery hike off trail and into the Denali wilderness. Expect a real adventure today with uneven terrain, stream crossings, close encounters with dense vegetation, and wildlife sightings. All of your senses will be engaged during this unique “walk in the park”. If time allows we will check out the sled dog kennels and catch a demonstration of the sled dogs at work. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8 — Triple Lakes Hike & Return to Anchorage
Before we say farewell to Denali we will venture out to the Triple Lakes Hike, along the eastern border of the park, providing opportunities to see moose feeding at the lakes, walking along the Nenana River, and great views of the Alaskan Range. As we make our way back to Anchorage we will stop for one last chance to stretch our legs at Thunderbird Falls before our flights home. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Dimond Center Hotel or lodging nearby - 1 night
Just 10 minutes away from the airport this hotel is a great place to stretch out after your full day of travel to Anchorage. Owned and operated by the Seldovia Native Association their culture and artwork from their home in Kachemak Bay region is woven into the design of the hotel.
Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge or lodging nearby - 2 nights
The only wilderness lodge located within Kenai Fjords National Park means you will have an experience few others have. Sitting within a wildlife refuge the lodge features views of Pedersen Glacier and daily activities to explore over 1,700 acres of wilderness including hiking, kayaking, and canoeing.
Alaska Garden Gate Bed & Breakfast or lodging nearby - 1 night
Enjoying soaring mountain and glacier views from this quaint bed & breakfast in Wasilla offering a small “village” of 20 cottages, apartments, and rooms. Start your day off right with a full hot breakfast before our next Alaskan adventure.
Denali Dome Bed & Breakfast or lodging nearby - 3 nights
A short distance from the entrance of Denali National Park this bed and breakfast has been hosting travelers for nearly 30 years in their 7,200 square feet geo-dome. Before our daily Denali exploration enjoy a cooked to order breakfast. And, after a full day of exploring the park relax on the six private acres surrounding the B&B.
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