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Full Board and Activities at Denali Backcountry Lodge
Full Board and activities at Tutka Bay
per person based on two adults sharing.
Experience the best of Alaska; from Denali and the continent's mightiest mountain, to picturesque bays, deep-sea fishing and the best bear viewing spots
The ideal trip for adventurous couples or families
Following this itinerary you cover quite a bit of ground, and have the opportunity to see the best of North America's largest state
Travel between May and September for the best weather and the most hours of daily sunshine
Alaska is best visited throughout its summer months of May to September, with peak season running from June to August. This is when the temperatures are at their warmest and daylight hours are at their longest.
This self-drive journey through Alaska includes the best of this incredible wilderness state, taking in Denali National Park, remote towns with a real 'Last Frontier' feel, Kachemak Bay State Park and the ultimate bear viewing in Katmai National Park.
On arrival in Anchorage, pick up your hire car and stay for one night at Hotel Captain Cook in downtown Anchorage before departing for the cute hippy town of Talkeetna.
Talkeetna has acted as a staging post for alpinists embarking on Denali expeditions ever since people have been climbing it and it's not hard to see why. It is frequently heralded as Alaska's adventure capital and a two-night stay will see you speeding along ziplines, paddling across white water rapids and enjoying the numerous walking trails, whilst admiring the views of Mount McKinley in the distance - Flightseeing and views of this majestic peak are arguably better from Talkeetna than they are from Denali.
Leave Talkeetna in the morning for a three hour drive to the entrance to Denali National Park to meet your transfer into the park. Prepare yourselves for some truly spectacular scenery as you board the shared transportation (a converted School Bus) which will take you on the Park Road through the park, with opportunities to spot moose, bears, ptarmigan, caribou and other wildlife on the way to Denali Backcountry Lodge, your home within the park for the next three days.
Two nights in the Denali wilderness will afford you countless opportunities to admire this snow-capped mountain paradise where you can indulge in bear-viewing, mountain biking, flight-seeing, hiking, fishing and yet more wildlife watching. Numerous activities are included in your stay, and the knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides help guests make the most of their time here. Instead of taking the shared bus back out of the park, board a Cessna bush plane to save time and enjoy the added bonus of breathtaking aerial views!
After re-collecting your car, embark on a five-hour drive south past Anchorage to Girdwood and Alyeska Resort, a family-friendly mountain resort set in a lush valley, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. A two night stay at Hotel Alyeska allows guests to be active and explore this beautiful area of temperate rainforest by hiking and biking, as well as indulging in the spa and enjoying the views and delicious food at the award-winning Seven Glaciers restaurant at the top of the aerial tram.
Due to an early water taxi to Tutka Bay, an overnight at Land's End right at the end of the Homer Spit is necessary. Accommodation is basic but comfortable with an old-school Yacht Club feel to it. A stay here is all about the destination and it is the ideal jumping off point to reach tranquil Kachemak Bay, teeming with wildlife. Miles of beach lay stretched out just steps from the hotel and the spit itself and small harbor is worth a visit for artisan shops, adventure outfitters, quirky cafes and good restaurants.
Leave your car in the car park outside the water taxi office, before boarding your shared boat transfer to Tutka Bay.
During a three night stay at Tutka Bay Wilderness Lodge, a day trip to the Katmai Peninsula to marvel at the unusual volcanic landscapes and explore one of the most populated wild habitats of Alaskan brown bears is a must. Depending on the time of year, you can see bears pawing giant salmon out of the river, grazing on sedge grass and digging up clams.
The drive from Homer back up to Anchorage is a little over four hours, so a final night at Hotel Captain Cook is advised to ensure a leisurely journey. There are several interesting stops to be made en-route, including the little Russian village of Ninilchik, and Beluga point to spot these amazing endangered white whales.
This excursion provides an amazing opportunity to explore the most populated wild habitat of Alaskan brown bears. Fly from Homer over to Katmai National Park for a once in a lifetime experience of bear viewing in beautiful surroundings.
Spend the day fishing for salmon and halibut at Tutka Bay, alongside informative local captains with all gear included. The largest halibut in the world was caught in Alaska!
Paddle around the icy waters of Prince William Sound and marvel at the glacial scenery, where chunks of ice crash into the water beside you and otters splash about playfully just a paddle's distance away.
Take the aerial tram at Hotel Alyeska to reach dizzying heights. At 2,300ft expect fantastic views to the surrounding valleys which are laced with hanging glaciers and endless peaks.
As well as the award-winning cuisine and lodge amenities, a stay at Tutka Bay includes a complimentary massage for each guest, daily yoga and afternoon wine tastings for relaxation and rejuvenation.
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