Alaska Vacations

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Alaska is truly the last frontier. A land where caribou outnumber people, sunlight shines at midnight and mountains rise out of the sea. This last frontier still boasts pristine landscapes, majestic wildlife and North America's tallest mountain – Mount McKinley. Beyond Alaska's fortress-like glacier walls lie treasured national parks and abundant wildlife. Plus with more than 1,400 miles north to south and 2,400 miles east to west, it's truly, a land of epic proportions. Enjoy wildlife viewing and scenic vistas while on various modes of transportation that include deluxe motor coach, Alaska Railroad, small ship experiences and even a river boat. See the best Alaska has to offer with these fully escorted land tours lead by knowledgeable Alaskans.

Temperatures in Alaska during the summer range from 60°F-80°F. Nighttime and early mornings are cooler, from the 40's - 50's. Late August and September departures could encounter cooler temperatures and slightly fewer hours of sunlight, as fall arrives early at these latitudes.

Anchorage
Anchorage is a unique destination located in one of the world's most spectacular settings – Alaska. Embraced by six mountain ranges and warmed by a maritime climate, Anchorage is alive year round with adventure, recreation, seasonal festivities, sporting events and more. Recognized as a four-time All-America City, Anchorage is a modern city surrounded by spectacular wilderness with adventures just steps from the hotel. During summer the days seem endless. Dazzling displays of flowers adorn homes and storefronts, live music fills the air, while king and silver salmon are caught right downtown in Ship Creek. During winter Anchorage is truly a wonderland. Thousands of lights decorate downtown and the excitement of many activities reverberates throughout the entire city. Anchorage is full of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Fairbanks
Fairbanks emanates a quality of light, energy and warmth found nowhere else on Earth. The northern lights will change you, while our summer midnight sun charms you. Greet the Arctic wilderness on the doorstep or be amazed by the magnificent neighbor, Denali. Be transported into the gold rush past or engaged in the art and culture of our vibrant and diverse city. Make your journey into the heart of the Last Frontier and experience the light, energy and warmth found only in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Alaska National Parks

Kayak with orcas, hike late into the evening on endless summer solstice days, be dwarfed by ten-thousand-year-old glaciers, soar around Mt. Denali in a private plane and spot grizzly families ambling through meadows below you…do you need more convincing to get to Alaska now?! If your appetite for adventure isn’t satisfied, journey into British Columbia to see salmon almost as big as you are tall, barrel down streams, helicopter to mountain-top picnics, and maybe even see migrating polar bears.

SOUTH-CENTRAL

Blessed with some of the state’s most impressive and iconic landscapes, South central is the perfect entry-point for those looking to experience Alaska at its finest. Most land in Anchorage, the state’s largest city, and build their adventure from there. Unlike many of the state’s other national parks, Kenai Fjords is fairly accessible, being a short distance (by Alaska standards that is) from Anchorage. The crown jewel of the park is the Harding Icefield, 714 square miles of ice, up to a mile thick. It’s the smallest national park in Alaska, but make no mistake – it is an Arctic wonderland of spectacular glaciers and mountains, and magnificent deep fjords that are home to thousands of seafaring mammals and nesting seabirds.

A bit further away – but no less spectacular – is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest of all U.S. national parks and six times the size of Yellowstone! Intrepid travelers will be handsomely rewarded with the park’s magnificent combination of towering mountains, icy glaciers, sparkling lakes and alpine meadows. Rivers dot the remote and undisturbed mountain landscape, providing scenic vistas for world-class sport fishing and river rafting.

ANCHORAGE

You’ll learn to play again when you take an Anchorage vacation, where your days might include meeting a moose, walking on a glacier and panning for gold in Crow Creek as you relive Alaska’s gold rush era. This is a fantastic jumping-off point for incredible, and conveniently nearby, national parks and 60 – count them! – glaciers.

With the warm hospitality of a frontier town, but the amenities of a pleasantly sized city, this stunning city on the shores of Cook Inlet combines iconic wildlife, spectacular mountain views and intriguing cultures, all serving as the backbone to your unforgettable Anchorage vacation.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Serving as your entrée to the Great Land, your Anchorage vacation introduces you to the grandeur and history of Alaska’s Interior. We’ll help you experience it all, and instill a newfound appreciation of the great outdoors.

Anchorage is rich in heritage. Visit with an Iditarod artist in their home studio and meet a kennel of friendly Siberian huskies. Gain a better understanding of Alaska’s indigenous people at the Alaska Native Heritage Center and tour the charming town of Talkeetna. Take a wilderness jet boat tour and glimpse bears, moose, eagles and more. Journey to Denali National Park – just a three-hour drive and a highlight of any Anchorage vacation – and visit an area of the park only a few are lucky enough to see. View Denali’s enormous glaciers, towering granite walls and snow-covered peaks on a Mt. McKinley flight-seeing excursion. And visit with the otherworldly musk ox, a magnificent Paleolithic ruminant and Ice Age mammal that once roamed the planet with saber-tooth tigers and woolly mammoths.

TALKEETNA

A Talkeetna vacation is time well spent for lovers of history and the great outdoors. Here at the base of Mt. McKinley, this storied village boasts jaw-dropping Alaska Range views, genuine frontier town hospitality and, as one might expect deep in the wilds of Alaska, a hefty dose of outdoor activities – everything from fishing and float trips on rushing rivers to hiking and zip line tours in dramatic mountainscapes. And when else could you say you visited a town whose mayor is a 17-year-old cat named Stubbs? Much of the town’s Main Street architecture dates between 1916 and 1940, giving an old time feel to this gateway to Denali National Park.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Much of your Talkeetna vacation will revolve around Denali National Park and everything this uncharted wilderness has to offer. Glimpse grizzly bears, wolf, caribou, moose and fox in their natural habitat. Soar around Mt. McKinley on a private flight-seeing tour. Hike through boreal forests and try your hand at gold panning in the crystal waters of a creek next to an iconic log cabin lodge. Set out on a wilderness jet boat tour, scanning the river banks for wildlife and snapping that unforgettable photo of Mt. McKinley.

A Talkeetna vacation offers ample opportunity to connect with Alaska’s rich history. As you stroll the streets of downtown, you’ll see many buildings listed on the National Historic Register and a pleasing number of shops and art galleries. And when it’s time to heed the call of Mother Nature, you’re right next to any number of wilderness trails, mountain peaks and glacier-fed rivers – who knows, you might just catch an Alaskan salmon.

Alaska’s most well-known national park is a rolling expanse of beautiful forest and untouched nature. The park is huge – covering over 6 million acres – and is filled with valleys of lush forest surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks, including the giant Denali (the continent’s tallest at 20,320 feet and referred to as the ‘Great One’ by the Athabaskan Indians). Remote and undisturbed, it’s here where views of the Northern Lights are better than just about anywhere else in the world. Wildlife is also easy to spot in and around Denali, with abundant eagles, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, otters and wolverines. But most of all, Alaska’s interior is ‘bear country’ – grizzlies roam at will, along with other brown bear and the American black bear.

With over 20 hours of daylight in summer, there’s plenty of time to adventure here. Whether fly fishing, glacier trekking, hiking, or kayaking, you’ll be awed at every turn by exquisite views and epic expanses. And the charming town of Talkeetna provides a perfect hub for jet boat tours, rafting trips and other aquatic activities as it sits at the meeting point of three sparkling glacial rivers.

DENALI NATIONAL PARK

Whether you want to see a grizzly ambling along in the distance, or are aching to be surrounded by jaw-dropping vistas and over six-millions acres of unmarked back-country, get to Denali National Park!

Take a Denali National Park vacation and you’re putting yourself at the center of epic wilderness. Picture an expanse of snow-capped mountain peaks, lush forest, and wildflower fields crawling with wildlife at a larger-than-life scale.

You can’t miss the park’s centerpiece: Mt Denali. It’s America’s tallest peak, towering 20,310 feet high.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Alaska offers some of America’s grandest uncharted wilderness. Denali is your gateway to it. We’ll help you experience it to the fullest on your Denali National Park vacation.

Wildlife is one Denali National Park’s greatest draws. Grizzly bears, wolf, caribou, moose, and fox are always “just on the other side of hill.” Undoubtedly one of the most goose-bump inducing ways to see Denali’s wildlife and landscape is by wheel plane. Dip and glide around America’s highest peak, Mt Denali, on a private flight seeing tour. Your base will be remote lodges. You’ll touch down for fly fishing, guided hiking, wildlife viewing and canoeing in some of the park’s most remote stretches.

Hike through boreal forest, past glacial lakes, over tundra and along the Nenana River on grassroots trails made by other curious adventurers. Pro tip: Denali opens different areas of the park on a rotating basis so no single area becomes over-trodden. Denali National Park has veteran local guides who are committed to sustainable exploration and know the best trails at any given moment.

INSIDE PASSAGE

Boasting hundreds of picturesque islands and thousands of miles of serene shoreline, Alaska’s Southeast panhandle affords visitors a vibrant coastal experience. Lush rainforests, massive fjords, stunning mountains and charming seaside towns surround this narrow waterway. Take a boat through time to Glacier Bay and listen for the sound of ‘White Thunder’ as pieces of the behemoth tidewater glaciers break off and fall into the ocean. Enjoy an evening at anchor and mornings paddling your kayak in the quiet of this majestic wilderness. Be on the lookout for humpback and killer whales often spotted in the waters each summer. Spend an afternoon at Pack Creek on Admiralty Island, one of the most reliable places to view bears in all of Alaska. Then visit the towering totems at Ketchikan to learn more about the region’s native history. All the while you’ll marvel at the grand scenery and abundant wildlife as our guides take you to those “hidden gem” places favored by the locals.

JUNEAU

With its status as the only state capital in the United States inaccessible by road, a Juneau vacation starts by air or sea. Fly or sail in, then get to work exploring this delightful small town, with its welcoming art galleries, boutiques and historical sites. Arguably Alaska’s most beautiful city, Juneau boasts a lively waterfront, views of the vast Juneau Ice Field and access to Mendenhall Glacier. Those with a political ear will want to eavesdrop on liberal-minded discussions at the many café and coffee houses around town, while active travelers will want to head to the great hiking trails in the area, many of which start right downtown. Or to explore the paddling opportunities in Glacier Bay National Park and the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness Area, which is accessible by boat and requires an overnight stay.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
After jump starting your day with a locally roasted coffee, bone up on Juneau history at the new State Library, Archive and Museum (SLAM). Then, with the proper context for your Juneau vacation, it’s time to take on the region’s limitless outdoor opportunities. Start with a whale-watching excursion in Lynn Canal, where you’ll glimpse humpback whales, Steller sea lions, orcas and more. At Mendenhall Glacier – one of North America’s few accessible glaciers – hike to Nugget Falls, or helicopter up for a more intense trek. Set sail for a day-long trip to Tracy Arm Fjord, a striking mélange of cliff, waterfalls, wildlife and the Sawyer Glaciers. Or, venture into Glacier Bay National Park, where the Grand Pacific and Margerie glaciers calve huge icebergs in thunderous fashion. Fish for salmon and halibut. Zipline through a rain forest. Paddle a kayak along a majestic shoreline, seeking puffins, mountain goats, moose, eagles, bears and more. Speaking of bears, set your sights on Windfall Harbor on Admiralty Island, “Fortress of the Bears,” one of the most reliable places to view bears in the state. Our local bear guides will accompany and educate you with on-board presentations about this iconic Alaskan creature.

GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK

From the lush forests and snow-capped mountains on land to the 1,000 plus tidewater and terrestrial glaciers along the ocean, Glacier Bay’s vibrant, contrasting natural features present an opportunity for endless exploration.

Reachable exclusively by plane or ferry from the small Alaskan town of Gustavus, roughly 50 miles west of Juneau, this national park is worth the extra bit of effort to experience perhaps the most spectacular scenery on the planet.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Glacier Bay National Park extends over 5,000 square miles across Southeast Alaska. Whether you are an angler looking to fish in both salt and freshwater, or are more of a wildlife enthusiast looking to photograph sea lions and mountain goats, we will help you navigate this vast terrain by curating a trip built around your curiosities and interests.

Let our expert guides lead you through the wilderness of Bartlett Cove, opening your eyes to the flora that vary with the shifting seasons. Or boat around the remote Outer Coast and spot humpback whales that call the national park’s waters their summer home. As if the sight of whales wasn’t enough to leave your breathless, we will be sure to point out Mt. Fairweather in the background.

Accompanied by a National Park Ranger, experience a Glacier Cruise up-bay to the tidewater glaciers of Grand Pacific and Margerie, which frequently calve huge icebergs into the bay. And when they do, the sound is called “White Thunder” by the Tlingit natives. Take a boat through time to the behemoth glaciers, while you look on the newly growing spruce forest on the south side of the bay.

KENAI PENINSULA & KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK

Kenai Fjords National Park is at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula’s 9,000 square miles off the coast of southern Alaska. Accessible from Anchorage via the Seward Highway or Alaska Railroad, and separated from the mainland on the west by Cook Inlet and on the east by Prince William Sound. Although it is the smallest of Alaska’s 8 national parks, Kenai Fjords embodies the essence of coastal Alaska with its icefields, rugged and jagged coastline, wild stormy seas one day, and placid and utterly gorgeous waters bathed in sunshine the next. Inside the park is Harding Icefield; its hundreds of square miles of ice up are up to one-mile thick which feed dozens of glaciers. The ancient ice carved out the Kenai’s fjords creates habitats for dozens of species of mammals and seabirds.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
The Kenai is known as ‘Alaska’s playground’ and with very good reason. How else to best describe wildlife viewing, deep sea fishing, glacier trekking, helicopter glacier dog sledding, flightseeing, whitewater rafting, fishing, jet boating, etc., as anything but big-time playtime? And as with all Revealed America custom trips, you’ll be in the very best of hands with our expert guides and outfitters during your Kenai Fjords National Park vacation. Whatever you do, you’ll not only have the time of your life, you’ll return home with lifetime memories, new insight, perspective and appreciation for the great state of Alaska and our wild spaces.

SOUTHWEST

From the rugged islands of the Aleutian chain to the volcanic landscapes of Katmai National Park and the verdant forests of Kodiak, the ‘Emerald Isle’, Southwest Alaska is a vast and diverse expanse of awesome wilderness. Many venture west to seek out the bears of Katmai. In July, lured by spawning salmon, dozens of bears are often seen at once along the 1.5-mile Brooks River, allowing for close, unobstructed and extraordinary viewings…and amazing photo opps. Journey on to the ‘Valley of 10,000 Smokes’, also within Katmai National Park, a stark and surreal landscape left over from the eruption of the Novarupta volcano in 1912. Further north, hundreds of mountain waterfalls sustain Lake Clark and its abundant trout and salmon populations. Even though it occupies less than one percent of the state, Lake Clark National Park epitomizes all that is Alaska, with glaciers, coastline, forests, rivers, volcanoes, mountains, lakes, tundra, and wildlife including bear and caribou. It’s only a 1-hour bush plane flight from Anchorage. But make no mistake, this is a rugged place with no trail system so advance preparation and the right gear (and guide) is essential.

LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK

It’s a fact: 95 percent of the United States’ brown bears live in Alaska, with a huge majority of them at Lake Clark National Park. This vast wilderness is the best of Alaska all wrapped up in one spectacular place, making a Lake Clark National Park flightseeing trip a fantastic way to experience the Great White North and its critters, lakes, active volcanoes, mountains, glaciers and more. There’s rarely a crowd here, despite the park being relatively close to Anchorage – no roads lead to the park and it can only be reached by small aircraft, with float planes being the best method. Lake Clark National Park is one of the least visited in the National Park System, averaging just over 5,000 visitors per year.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Because of its relative inaccessibility, the most convenient way to view the park from a dramatic perspective is ‘sky-trekking’ via plane. Just a few of the scenic highlights include active volcanoes of Mt. Iliamna and Mt. Redoubt, immense glaciers, the 42-mile-long, strikingly turquoise Lake Clark, Kontrashibuna Lake and the Tuxedni Bay coastline. The park also has two rustic lodges that, for the intrepid traveler, offer up hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, climbing, rafting (the parks boasts three wild rivers) and amazing bird watching.

KATMAI NATIONAL PARK

While it can be an investment – of both time and money – to get here, a Katmai National Park vacation is nothing short of marvelous. The park and its popular Brooks Camp is famous for its resident brown bears as well as for its intriguing volcanic landscape – the result of a 1912 double volcano. Knowledgeable local guides accompany guests as they get heart-poundingly close to massive brown bears – get even closer by chartering a float plane to the coast for prime viewing opportunities. With more than 2,000 bears in residence, this is a bucket list must for all lovers of wildlife.

Katmai National Monument was established in 1918 to protect the volcanically devastated region surrounding Mount Katmai and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Today, Katmai National Park and Preserve remains an active volcanic landscape, but it also protects 9,000 years of human history as well as important habitat for salmon and thousands of brown bears.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Set out by bush plane to Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park, where you’ll seek out bears in their natural habitat – guests have been known to spot as many as 50 bears at once, lured by the spawning salmon of the Brooks River. With your trusty guide along the Katmai Coast, walk along the same trails the bears roam, sit on the same river banks they do and observe them in their normal daily routine – you’ll see them grazing on sedge grass, digging up clams, playing together, courting each other, resting and fishing, with no barriers or fences separating you from the bears and other wildlife. Katmai National Park is the starting point for most bear tours, and there are opportunities for guided float plane excursions to the coast. Not to be outdone by those top-of-the-class bears, the Valley of a Thousand Smokes is enchanting as well – hike to the Knife Creek glaciers and the Mount Katmai Caldera and along the base of the Buttress Range to fully immerse yourself in a valley molded by the greatest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.

LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK

It’s a fact: 95 percent of the United States’ brown bears live in Alaska, with a huge majority of them at Lake Clark National Park. This vast wilderness is the best of Alaska all wrapped up in one spectacular place, making a Lake Clark National Park flightseeing trip a fantastic way to experience the Great White North and its critters, lakes, active volcanoes, mountains, glaciers and more. There’s rarely a crowd here, despite the park being relatively close to Anchorage – no roads lead to the park and it can only be reached by small aircraft, with float planes being the best method. Lake Clark National Park is one of the least visited in the National Park System, averaging just over 5,000 visitors per year.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Because of its relative inaccessibility, the most convenient way to view the park from a dramatic perspective is ‘sky-trekking’ via plane. Just a few of the scenic highlights include active volcanoes of Mt. Iliamna and Mt. Redoubt, immense glaciers, the 42-mile-long, strikingly turquoise Lake Clark, Kontrashibuna Lake and the Tuxedni Bay coastline. The park also has two rustic lodges that, for the intrepid traveler, offer up hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, climbing, rafting (the parks boasts three wild rivers) and amazing bird watching.

FAR NORTH

One of America’s last true frontiers, the Far North of Alaska rewards those willing to travel far beyond the beaten path. Dramatic mountainscapes, rolling tundra, and scores of wildlife unveil themselves as one journeys above the Arctic Circle and into this vast and remote wilderness. In summer the sun never sets here, making it possible to take in the marvels of Alaska’s Far North under midnight light. That list includes some of the largest herds of wild animals anywhere in the world, historic relics from the area’s turn-of-the-century Gold Rush, as well as millions of pristine acres of protected wild lands. Careful preparation is needed when planning a Far North vacation as much of the region is isolated and wholly undeveloped, accessible only by airplane. But you can rely on our team to deliver a truly unforgettable experience as you explore this grand and unspoiled arctic wonderland as few have ever been able.

GATES OF THE ARCTIC NATIONAL PARK

Raw and rugged, Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve stretches out for more than 27,000 square miles – an opportunity if ever there was one to completely unplug from the real world. One won’t find interpretive nature trails and museum-quality visitors centers during a Gates of the Arctic National Park vacation, no, but instead a wilderness unchanged over the centuries, where there are no roads, no marked trails, no cell phone towers. With an intrepid guide at your side, you’ll tackle this remote territory and its majestic natural wonders and intact ecosystems, standing in stark contrast to the frenetic energy of the continents to its south. The only force at work here is Mother Nature.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Your Gates of the Arctic National Park vacation will require a local guide, and a flight plan from Fairbanks or the community of Bettles, the gateway town and home to just a few hardy residents. A knowledgeable expert can map out an adventure catering to your personal tastes and interests, setting you up on a back country or flightseeing tour, or accompanying you on uncharted exploration. Jet boat up the Koyukuk River and float down the river past Old Bettles – there will be ample opportunities for fishing and hiking along the route. Hike along mountain ridges and through rocky passes, even through streambeds when the water is low. With no established trails, every turn is full of discovery and each vista is more stunning than the last. For those who seek solitude and serenity, Gates of the Arctic National Park and its neighboring Kobuk Valley National Park offer the chance to be one with nature — fishing on an alpine lake, as caribou pass through the valley, picnicking next to a wild river, surrounded by boreal forest, or simply gazing out at far-reaching alpine peaks, contemplating the natural wonders of our world.

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Best Season:May, June, July, August
Popular Location: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Sitka, Denali Park, Ketchikan

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