Alaska Grand Adventure
The pace is relaxed on this once-in-a-lifetime, 9- or 11-day Alaska Grand Adventure. Journey from the snow-capped peaks and emerald waters of the Kenai Peninsula to the glacier-clad Alaska Range and its sweeping upland tundra valleys. Venture into the wilderness by raft, explore the trails and shores used by gold seekers and trophy hunters, hike up to see views of North America’s highest peak, Denali, and ride the Alaska Railroad through scenic road-less valleys.
Explore the Kenai Fjords National Park, home to glaciers, whales, Stellar sea lions, sea otters, puffins and more. At the beachfront of Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, beachcomb and bird watch in the presence of Pederson Glacier. Take interpretive walks, go sea kayaking amid glacial ice, canoe in the lagoon or simply relax in your private cabin. At Kenai Riverside Lodge, kayak, hike or try fishing in the Kenai River in Cooper Landing. Gear up at the Kenai Backcountry Lodge for a scenic rafting trip into the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and search for moose, bald eagles and spawning salmon. Hike trails to the tundra and splendid ecological communities, then relax on the sundeck, in your private cabin, in the wood-fired sauna or welcoming common areas. From the Talkeetna Lodge, choose from an array of activities that suit you best, including an optional flightseeing tour of Mt. Denali. Then travel deep into the Alaskan wild to the Denali Backcountry Lodge, where thirty comfortable cabins await.
A unique portion of this Alaska Grand Adventure is the Denali Wildlife Safari, a 5- to 6-hour drive through Denali National Park, where caribou, moose, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, migratory and resident birds and Mt. Denali itself take residence. The Kantishna region of the park is ideal for guided hiking, natural history programs, gold panning and mountain biking. Possibly embark on a flightseeing tour from Denali Backcountry Lodge. In addition to the 11-day Alaska Grand Adventure, there is a shorter 9-day Alaska Grand Adventure that spends one fewer day each in Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park.
Both journeys are designed to complement any coastal cruise experience or to make the most of an extra 9 or 11 days away from home. Take in the natural beauty of Alaska as you travel through some of the state’s most stunning wilderness: Chugach National Forest, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Denali National Park. Contact the Alaska experts at AdventureSmith Explorations to learn how to complement the Alaska Grand Adventure with one of our small ship cruises into Glacier Bay National Park for the ultimate experience!