North America Alaska Cruise

Great National Parks of Alaska

AdventureSmith’s Great National Parks of Alaska is the ultimate land-and-sea trip, exploring three national parks in Alaska via small ship, day boat, train and wilderness lodge. Over 18 days, visit Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Denali National Parks, with all accommodations and transfers included for a seamless best-of Alaska experience.

Over the first 8 days of the trip, you’ll be aboard the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer expedition ship sailing in the Inside Passage, embarking round-trip from Juneau, Alaska. Your destination: Glacier Bay National Park, which covers more than three million acres with open ocean and fjord coastlines at its perimeter. View impressive tidewater glaciers and hike in old-growth forest and glacial outwash fields. Venture farther than 99 percent of visitors thanks to two full days exploring within Glacier Bay National Park. Enjoy the time and flexibility that a small ship provides to sail into small coves, seek out wildlife viewing opportunities and kayak and stand-up paddleboard right from the ship.

The next stop: Kenai Fjords National Park, where your home base is Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, the only lodge located within the park. To get here, travel on the Coastal Classic Train route from Anchorage to Seward, then journey by scenic boat ride to access the remote lodge. From this spectacular setting, on the shore of a protected lagoon in full view of Pedersen Glacier, wildlife viewing opportunities abound, as do activity choices. Sea kayak and canoe on protected waters, hike and beachcomb. Each day, choose the activities that match your interest and energy level.

Complete your Great National Parks of Alaska journey with a grand finale at Denali National Park. Your home base here is either Camp Denali or North Face Lodge, the premier Denali accommodations offering the best way to see the mountain from within the park. Both are located at the end of the 92-mile park road on family-owned land, surrounded by close to six million acres of Denali National Park and Preserve. Their longstanding history has awarded them the exclusive rights to lead commercially guided hikes into the wilderness core of Denali National Park, as well as a host of other activities near the lodges including biking, canoeing and fishing. Your AdventureSmith Adventure Specialist will help you determine, based on availability and lodge location, whether your home base will be one of Camp Denali’s 18 individual guest cabins or one of North Face Lodge’s 15 well-appointed guest rooms.

A trip aboard the historic Alaska railroad back to Anchorage caps off your journey exploring three of the best national parks in Alaska. The experts at AdventureSmith Explorations have designed this grand journey to be as seamless of an experience as possible, but other options to explore all three parks can be custom arranged. Contact an AdventureSmith Alaska Specialist to learn more about the Great National Parks of Alaska, all our Alaska cruises and other variations of the journey.