Alaska: Great Alaska Itineraries & Sample Trips

by Sleddoggin Staff on March 25, 2012

Tour1 -South Central & Interior Alaska-The Great Land of the North-Self guided tour via rental car or RV.

Day 1

Anchorage- Begin your journey in Alaska’s largest city Anchorage.

Activities/Tours Options

Flight seeing/Bear Viewing adventure over to Katmai.

Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Anchorage Museum of History & Art or the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

Sleep Anchorage

Day 2

Anchorage-Denali-Get up early and hit the road for a truly majestic drive via the Glenn Highway. Turn left and take the Parks highway all the way to Denali National Park. Along the way there are various activities to choose from.

Activities/Tours Options

ATV- Enjoy a true Alaskan pastime at Eklutna just north of Anchorage.

Jet boat tour through south side of Denali.

River Rafting

Flight Seeing- Have your breath taken away with aerial views of Mt. McKinley/Denali

Sleep: Denali

Day 3

Denali National Park

Activities/Tours Options

Take the Park service guided wilderness tour of Denali National Park. Panoramic views of mountain ranges, rivers, lakes and glaciers provide the backdrop as you look for bears, caribou, wolves, marmots, ptarmigan and other animals. We recommend the full day tour to Wonder lake. Bag a lunch. After the tour continue north to Fairbanks overnight.

Sleep: Fairbanks

Day 4

Fairbanks

Activities/Tours Options

Start the day on a riverboat cruise aboard a sternwheeler.

Gold Panning

Trans-Alaska Pipeline Visitor Center

Add-on Arctic-Take only one or more extra days depending on the tour you choose. Visit Far North Alaska via a guided group tour out of Fairbanks. Explore native culture and more.

Sleep: North Pole

Day 5

North Pole–Kennicott/McCarthy

Head south on the Richardson Highway and enjoy a spectacular drive. Spend the night in Kennicott/McCarthy which lie in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias Park and Preserve.

Activities/Tours Options

Visit the Santa Claus House in North Pole where you can mail a letter from Santa.

Flight Seeing

Sleep: Kennicott/McCarthy

Day 6

Kennicott/McCarthy-Valdez

After spending the full day in Kennicott/McCarthy, head south to the seaside town of Valdez the gateway to Price William Sound. Valdez is also known as “Little Switzerland” because of the mountains that surround it. On the way, stop at Worthington Glacier.

Sleep: Valdez

Day 7

Valdez

Activities/Tours Options

Take a day boat cruise to Columbia Glacier, the second largest tidewater glacier in North America.

Sea Kayaking

Sleep: Valdez

Day 8 & 9

Seward

Access the Seward Highway via the Alaska Marine Highway through Whittier. The Seward highway heads south from Anchorage through the Kenai Peninsula. Head south to Seward.

Activities/Tours Options

Sea life Center

Full day Combo Halibut/Salmon Charter. Either mail your catch home or take aboard the plane when you fly home..

Exit Glacier

Horseback Riding

Sleep: Seward

Day 10

Anchorage

Return to Anchorage via the Seward highway.

Add-on Remote Fly-out Lodge- By now you are pretty tired. Why not before heading home spend a few days relaxing at a remote Alaskan lodge and enjoy the real Alaska. You can do a little more fishing and perhaps even go on an Alaska hunting adventure as well. This way you could have even more memories to bring home.

Tour 2 -South Central- Anchorage & the Kenai Peninsula-Self guided tour via rental car or RV.

Day 1

Anchorage- Begin your journey in Alaska’s largest city Anchorage. That night head south to Seward via the Seward Highway which is considered one of America’s scenic byways.

Activities/Tours Options

Flight seeing/Bear Viewing adventure over to Katmai.

Sleep: Seward

Day 2

Seward

Activities/Tours Options

Sea life Center

Kenai Fjord boat tour-See a variety of sea life such as sea lions, otters & puffins.

Full day Combo Halibut/Salmon Charter (this will take an extra day in Seward)- Either mail your catch home or take aboard the plane when you fly home..

Exit Glacier

Horseback Riding

Sleep: Seward

Day 3

Seward-Soldotna-Kenai

Drive through the Chugach National Forest west to Soldotna, famous for Kenai River King salmon, and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, home to Brown bears, moose and other wildlife. Visit nearby Kenai, rich in history and culture, and tour the Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church, a National Historic Landmark.

Activities/Tours Options

Fishing-Russian River, Kenai River

Rafting

Sleep: Soldotna or Kenai

Day 4

Kenai-Homer

Take a morning drive south along the bluffs of Cook Inlet, where sightings of beluga whales and seals are common. At the end of the road you’ll reach Homer, the Halibut Capital of the world.

Sleep: Homer

Day 5

Homer

Activities/Tours Options

Full day Combo Halibut/Salmon Charter (this will take an extra day in Seward)- Either mail your catch home or take aboard the plane when you fly home..

Add-on fly to Kodiak Island, Alaska’s Emerald Isle. Explore Kodiak’s magnificent coastal scenery by land and by sea, enjoy world-class sport fishing, view Giant Kodiak brown bears which is the largest land carnivore, marvel at the marine wildlife and birds and learn about Kodiak’s rich Alutiiq and Russian heritage.

Sleep: Homer

Day 6

Homer-Anchorage

Anchorage

Return to Anchorage and fly home.

Add-on Remote Fly-out Lodge- By now you are pretty tired. Why not before heading home spend a few days relaxing at a remote Alaskan lodge and enjoy the real Alaska. You can do a little more fishing and perhaps even go on an Alaska hunting adventure as well. This way you could have even more memories to bring home.

Tour 3 -South Central- Best of the Mat-Su Valley-Self guided tour via rental car or RV.

Day 1

Anchorage- Palmer

Drive 45 miles north to Palmer via the Glenn Highway. An historic Midwestern style farm town in the heart of the Valley. On the way turn on the Old Glenn Highway and head for Butte.

Activities/Tours Options

On the way to the Valley-ATV- Enjoy a true Alaskan pastime. At Eklutna just north of Anchorage.

Reindeer Farm

Grocery Shopping- Stop by Pyrahs Pioneer Peak farm in Butte and pick your own vegetables.

Musk Ox Farm

Wolf Country-See real Alaskan wolves

Independence Mine State Historical Park

Sleep: Palmer

Day 2 & 3

Palmer – Paxton

Travel north on the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway to visit the Matanuska Glacier, Alaska’s largest road accessible glacier. In Paxton you are at the gateway to the Denali highway. This is not a highway but a gravel road. This road which is 110 miles has what many consider some of Alaska’s most majestic scenery. This is the remote Alaska you’ve been looking for.

Activities/Tours Options

Berry Picking

Fishing- along the roadside streams

Hiking

Fantastic wildlife viewing- If you listen at night there is a good chance you will hear wolves.

Sleep: Campgrounds along the Denali Highway roadside.

Day 4

Denali Highway-Talkeetna

Drive to Talkeetna

Activities/Tours Options

Enjoy the many souvenir shops in Talkeetna.

Jet boat tour through south side of Denali.

Flight Seeing- Have your breath taken away with aerial views of Mt. McKinley/Denali

Sleep: Talkeetna

Day 5

Talkeetna to Anchorage

Drive to Wasilla then drive to Anchorage.

Activities/Tours Options

Historic Dorothy Page Museum in Wasilla.

Fishing-The Little or Big Susitna rivers

Iditarod Headquarters-Take a real dog sled ride.

Add-on Remote Fly-out Lodge- By now you are pretty tired. Why not before heading home spend a few days relaxing at a remote Alaskan lodge and enjoy the real Alaska. You can do a little more fishing and perhaps even go on an Alaska hunting adventure as well. This way you could have even more memories to bring home.

Tour 4 -South Central- Mix & Match- Combine any of or parts of the Self guided tours above with a Small Group Pre-Packaged or Remote Lodge Vacation.

Money Saving Tip

What most self-guided vacationers do today is a mix and match vacation. First they book a pre-packaged tour or a remote lodge vacation the majority of their vacation. Then for the last few days they will rent an RV or a rental car and just drive around taking in the scenery.

Pre-Packaged Advantages – Very economical by the inclusiveness of bundling packages such as wildlife viewing, flight seeing etc. Small group environment. Guides are provided.

I have attempted to put together an online Alaskan vacation planner. The goal of this site is to provide you with the tools to plan your vacation yourself. I hope this article was helpful.

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