Alaska Denali Adventure Self Drive

6 Days / 5 Nights

Route: Anchorage to Anchorage

This adventurous self-drive itinerary allows you to see the highlights of Alaska. Driving through Glenn Highway towards Talkeetna, you will get to experience one of Alaska's quirkiest towns. Spend two nights in Denali National Park, where you you'll have plenty of time to explore this scenic region.

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Day 1 Anchorage Arrival Upon arrival in Anchorage transfer at your own cost to your chosen hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the sights. With almost 300,000 people calling it home, Anchorage is the largest city and cosmopolitan centre of Alaska. While not the capital of the state, it is the self-proclaimed gateway to Alaska for many visitors. Built originally as a railway depot, the city grew with the development of the farming collective in the Mat-Su valley and the building of Air Force bases. With the discovery of oil, the city became the commercial and financial centre of the state. Situated on the Pacific Ocean on Cook Inlet and moderated by the ocean, the city does not often get the extreme weather that much of Alaska is renowned for. A vibrant and unique city on the edge of the Alaskan wilderness – parks, trails, and moose all for a unique setting, and there are plenty of opportunities for exploring if you choose. The quaint log cabin visitor centre is a good place to start.

Day 2 Anchorage to Talkeetna (181km / 113 mi) Drive the Glenn Highway north to Wasilla and on to Talkeetna. Stops can include a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Centre. Talkeetna serves as a base camp for Mt. Denali climbers; the community of 857 residents is located at the confluence of the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers. A turn-of-the 20th-century gold-mining centre, the town has retained much of its early Alaskan flavour. Log cabins, a roadhouse and clapboard storefronts line the dirt streets, colourful locals and bush pilots stroll the wooden sidewalks, while Mount Denali looms overhead. Main Street, the only paved road in town, begins with a “Welcome to Beautiful Downtown Talkeetna” sign at the town park and ends at the banks of the Susitna River, a nice place to view the big mountain when it’s out.

Day 3 Talkeetna to Denali National Park Entrance (169 km / 105 mi) Today, explore Denali’s south side or depart early for the drive to Denali National Park. You’ll have as much time as you like to experience the majesty of Denali National Park, take in the sights of the George Parks Highway or arrive at your hotel near the park entrance to take advantage of an optional excursion or a visit to the Denali Visitor Centre.

Day 4 Denali National Park Backcountry Adventure (Coach / Bush Plane Flight) This full-day narrated coach trip explores the entire 148km /92mi of the restricted Denali Park Road on your way to the Denali Backcountry Lodge. During your journey to the lodge, your experienced driver-guide will help in the search for bear, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other wildlife while pointing out the biology and geology of the area. There are numerous stops for wildlife viewing, photography and to stretch your legs and enjoy complimentary snacks. Lunch is included on this full day journey at the Denali Backcountry Lodge and while at the Lodge you can take a nature walk or try panning for gold. You will return to the park entrance via a flightseeing tour in a small bush plane. If weather permits, you will fly close to Mount McKinley. (lunch is included)

Day 5 Denali National Park Entrance to Anchorage (383 km / 238 mi) Depart at your leisure this morning on the George Parks Highway. Enjoy more Denali-area activities, or give yourself more time to slowly make your way to Anchorage – exploring the many small villages along the way. A recommended stop is at Wasilla and visit the Iditarod Headquarters – Home of the “Last Great Race on Earth“. Arrive in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska and visit some of the area attractions.

Day 6 Anchorage Departure Upon check-out of your hotel today your package ends.

 

Features:

  • 5 Day Car Rental
  • Accommodation including taxes for 5 nights
  • Denali Backcountry Adventure Tour by coach one-way with flight back to Denali National Park Entrance

Not included:

  • GPS and Local Fees and Taxes
  • Road and Tunnel Tolls
  • Meals other than specified
  • Gratuities
  • Meals other than specified
  • Activities other than specified

Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)

  • Seward – Windsong Lodge (Standard Room)
  • Talkeetna – Susitna River Lodge (Standard Suite)
  • Denali National Park – Denali Grizzly Bear Resort (Cedar Hotel Room)
  • Fairbanks – Rivers Edge Resort (Garden Cottage)
  • Valdez – Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn (Standard Room)
  • Sheep Mountain – Sheep Mountain Lodge (Cabin)

Hotel Information (Suerior Grade)

  • Seward – Exit Glacier Lodge (Deluxe One Queen Room)
  • Talkeetna – Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Guest Lodge Room)
  • Denali National Park – Grande Denali Lodge (Standard Room)
  • Fairbanks – Fairbanks SpringHill Suites by Marriot (Standard Room)
  • Valdez – Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn (View Room)
  • Sheep Mountain – Sheep Mountain Lodge (Cabin)

Valdez accommodation is the best available in the area and considered lower end of 3 star.

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