Alaska Highlights

Visit some of Alaska's most popular places including touring Denali National Park and crossing Prince William Sound.

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Trip Code: 1519CTA
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Accommodation: 8 nights
  • Starting at: $1639 / per person
  • Availability: May, June, July, August, September
  • Highlights: Easy pace for exploring Alaska's scenic roadways, including the Alaska ferry. This floating "road" connects the picturesque town of Valdez, know as Alaska's "Little Switzerland" on Prince William Sound to the seaport of Whittier. Travelling by ferry is a great way to see the amazing coastal scenery while moving from one place to another by car. Other favorite stops on the touring route include Denali, Fairbanks and Seward where you have time for optional excursions to round out your Alaskan experience.

Tour Overview

This “Alaska’s Highlights” vacation is a self-driving tour by car that features many of Alaska’s most popular attractions and scenic road ways. The circular route avoids backtracking and allows visitors ample time to experience the many treasures of Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park as well as the Alaska cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks, Valdez, Whittier and Seward. This particular Alaska self-drive tour works especially well for the independent-minded traveler who wants to add an Alaska land tour before or after their Alaska cruise.

What's Included

  • 8 nights accommodations
  • 8 day midsize rental car with unlimited mileage
  • Scheduled tour into Denali National Park with a snack lunch
  • Ferry passage for passengers and vehicle crossing Prince William Sound
  • All taxes and fees

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Tour Itinerary


Anchorage Arrival

Pick up your rental vehicle at the Anchorage airport upon your arrival and drive to your hotel. Overnight in Anchorage


Important Note: Please provide us with your flight arrival information at time of booking, so that we can schedule the car rental pick up time correctly.


Anchorage to Denali Park Entrance

In the morning depart Anchorage at your leisure. As you travel there are interesting stops along the way including the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Eklutna Indian Village. Continue towards Denali National Park through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and Denali State Park. You can take a side trip to the small gold mining community Talkeetna for either an optional jet boat tour or a ski-plane flight to land on Mt. McKinley.  This afternoon, you may wish to take an optional rafting tour or attend a dinner theater (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight near the Denali Park Entrance.


Denali National Park

Today enjoy a 6 to 8 hour bus tour into Denali National Park. The park is inhabited by many different animal species and with some luck you may see bears, caribou, moose, sheep, wolves and a variety of birds. The mountain Denali may also be seen, weather permitting. A snack is provided during your tour. Upon return at the park entrance, the rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight near the Denali park entrance.


Denali National Park to Fairbanks

Surrounded by forests and mountains you will continue north to Fairbanks through the communities of Healy, Nenana and Ester, an old mining camp. In Fairbanks, you may explore the town on your own or participate in optional excursions like the Riverboat Discovery Cruise. Another option is to drive to Chena Hot Springs and take a relaxing bath in the hot springs (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight in Fairbanks.


Fairbanks to Valdez

Today your journey continues as you head southeast toward Delta Junction. You will pass through North Pole, home of the Santa Claus House, as you take the spectacular Richardson Highway south towards Valdez. Part of the route parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Weather permitting, you'll have incredible views of the Alaska Range and the St. Elias Mountains. Drive by Worthington Glacier and through Keystone Canyon with its many cascading waterfalls. Overnight in Valdez.



Today is at your leisure to enjoy Valdez and its surroundings. Try a scenic kayaking trip or a wildlife and glacier cruise into Prince William Sound (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight in Valdez.


Valdez to Seward

Today you will depart Valdez via the Alaska Marine Highway ferry and travel through beautiful Prince William Sound. Upon arrival in Whittier, drive through the Whittier-Portage Tunnel to meet up with the Seward Highway, a nationally recognized Scenic Byway. We recommend a stop at Portage Glacier and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Continue along south through scenic landscapes and a mountain pass to Seward. Overnight in Seward.


Seward to Anchorage

There is plenty of time today to enjoy optional excursions, including a cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park, an Exit Glacier hike, or a visit to an Iditarod musher homestead and dog sled ride (see Tour Add-ons). Later you will return to Anchorage but before reaching the city there is a possibility of visiting the resort community of Girdwood for a guided glacier hike or tram ride up Mt. Alyeska. Overnight in Anchorage.


Anchorage Departure

Return your car to the Anchorage airport car rental station. Depart or start an additional program.

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Browsing Optional Add-on's for the Alaska Highlights:

Mt. Alyeska tram from Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.
Availability: June 15 - September 15
Starting at: $139 / per person
Duration: 4 hours

Just south of Anchorage, the Alyeska Glacier is nestled in a glacier bowl in the Chugach Mountains. Overlooking breathtaking views of the Turnagain Arm and towering alpine peaks, you will be amazed while peering into crevasses during this exciting hike. Ride the Alyeska Tram up the mountain and then hike for about two hours total (1 mile round trip with... Read More

(DRA)Canyon Run Whitewater
Availability: May 20 - September 10, 2016 as noted
Starting at: $94 / per person
Duration: 3 hours

Hang on - there's whitewater ahead! Choose to paddle as a river rafting team or let the guide do the work on this exciting whitewater rafting day trip from Denali National Park in Alaska. Enjoy every minute of your river rafting journey as you head for Healy, 11 miles down river on the Denali River. Get into real whitewater rafting... Read More

Chena Hot Springs outdoor pool.
Availability: May 15 - October 10
Starting at: $165 / per person
Duration: 7 hours

Travel 60 miles west of Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs. Chena Hot Springs Resort is internationally known for its natural mineral hot springs. Visitors can relax and revitalize in the outdoor hot springs, hot tubs, and indoor pool. During your 4-hour visit at Chena Hot Springs enjoy a guided Ice Museum tour which is set up like an ice hotel,... Read More

Flightseeing is an amazing way to see Alaska's vast landscapes.
Availability: May 15 - September 18, 2016
Starting at: $315 / per person
Duration: 1.5 hours

This 45 minute Denali flightseeing day tour in a small private, bush plane lets you experience Denali National Park and Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) from the air. Fly along the snow-capped peaks of the Alaska Range on the way to the Muldrow, Traleika, and Brooks Glaciers - the huge glaciers that flow down Denali's East face.... Read More

Prince William Sound glacier cruising from Valdez.
Availability: June 1 - August 31, 2016 except as noted
Starting at: $165 / per person
Duration: 9 hours

This Valdez day tour takes you on a 110-mile cruise in the majestic waters of Prince William Sound to Meares Glacier. On board you will have a chance to view the Sound's wildlife, such as sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and whales. You will learn the mining, oil, earthquake, and fishing history of Valdez, hear stories about the first... Read More

Guided rainforest hikes in the Tongass National Forest.
Availability: May 27 - Sept 15
Starting at: $69 / per person
Duration: 3 hours

Hiking the Winner Creek Trail in the lush rainforest of Girdwood is an exhilarating experience that is a memorable adventure for everyone. This moderate and exciting hike is approximately 5 miles long (round trip). Time and enthusiasm permitting, the hike also consists of a very unique hand tram crossing and walk over the Winner Creek Gorge. Your naturalist guide will... Read More

(RD)Riverboat Discovery Sternwheeler Cruise
Availability: May 27 - September 1, 2016
Starting at: $63 / per person
Duration: 3 hours

The perfect Fairbanks day trip combining river views and Native Alaska history and traditions! Climb aboard the Riverboat Discovery III for an unforgettable 3-hour cruise into Alaska's history in the Interior Region of Alaska. Travel the Chena and Tanana Rivers on the only authentic sternwheeler riverboat operating in Alaska. This narrated, guided Alaska day tour provides background on the area's... Read More

Prince William Sound guided kayaking from Valdez.
Availability: May 23 - September 12, 2016
Starting at: $210 / per person
Duration: 8 hours

This Valdez, Alaska day tour kayaking to Shoup Glacier offers an intimate experience at one of Prince William Sounds' many calving tidewater glaciers. This day trip is perfect for beginners and experienced kayakers. Climb aboard a motor boat for a 40-minute ride to Shoup Bay where your scenic adventure begins. Over the course of the day, you will paddle around... Read More

Denali view on a jet boat adventure from Talkeetna.
Availability: May 15 - September 20, 2016
Starting at: $70 / per person
Duration: 2 hours

This day tour from Talkeetna treats you to a scenic journey aboard the 52-passenger "Talkeetna Queen" and will give you the opportunity to experience wildlife, folklore, and historical artifacts. Conditions permitting, enjoy panoramic view of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) and the Alaska Range. Along the way, look for bald eagles, beavers, or moose. During your Talkeetna jetboat tour you will... Read More

* Add-on tours can be selected during the booking process.

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