Alaska’s National Parks Tour

Amazing scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities in Alaska's most popular national parks!

Unique Itinerary
Trip Code: 1550CTA
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Accommodation: 13 nights
  • Starting at: $4669 / per person
  • Availability: June, July, August
  • Highlights: Visit 4 National Parks including Kenai Fjords, Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias and Katmai (or Lake Clark National Park for bear viewing). Plus, an add-on opportunity for a 5th national park with a visit to Gates of the Arctic National Park. Experience Alaska's diverse, wildlife, natural history and native culture. Spend two nights deep inside Denali National Park at a wilderness lodge and see the bears at Brooks in Katmai National Park or in Lake Clark National Park!

Tour Overview

Our Alaska’s National Parks Tour takes you into the heart of four of Alaska’s national parks, all of which provide unique experiences in some of the most remote and wild lands left on earth! Enjoy scenic drives along the Seward Highway to visit Kenai Fjords National Park and the Glenn Highway to Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Travel on the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park and the remote Kantishna area.  Conclude your in-depth tour by viewing bears in their natural habitat at the famous Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park.

Optional: Add a visit to another national park while in Fairbanks, the Arctic Circle and into the Gates of the Arctic National Park. Learn about the unique lifestyle of the last remaining settlement of the Nunamiut (inland northern Inupiat Eskimo).  Ask us about customizing this tour to include other national parks as well.

What's Included

  • 13 night's accommodations
  • 8 days (pick up day 2) midsize car rental including one way fee from Anchorage to Fairbanks and unlimited mileage
  • Roundtrip scenic flights from Chitina to McCarthy
  • Train from Fairbanks to Denali as well as Denali to Anchorage
  • Full day cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park with lunch
  • 2.5-hr guided Historical Kennicott Tour in Kennicott
  • Roundtrip bus transfer and wildlife viewing tour to lodge inside Denali National Park
  • Meals and guided activities while at lodge inside Denali National Park
  • Day excursion to Katmai OR Lake Clark National Park
  • All taxes and park fees

What's Not Included

Transfers in Anchorage and Fairbanks, meals other than listed, optional excursions, and gratuities. Car rental coverage (such as LDW or additional liability), additional driver fees, gas and GPS rental.

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Tour Itinerary

This tour specifically focuses on a visit to several of Alaska's national parks accessible by road or by train, includes a great bear viewing fly-out adventure day, and an option to visit Gates of the Arctic from Fairbanks.

Day
1

Anchorage Arrival

On arrival in Anchorage transfer to your hotel on own. Overnight in Anchorage.

Day
2

Anchorage

Today is yours to explore Alaska's largest city. Pick up your rental car at your leisure from the downtown rental agency. Go shopping, visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center, take a walk along the Coastal Trail, drive to Chugach State Park, or enjoy an optional guided hike (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight in Anchorage.

Day
3

Anchorage to Seward

Today, drive to Seward along scenic Cook Inlet's Turnagain Arm.  Few roads in the United States can match the diversity of scenic landscapes and unique natural feature. Take a leisurely pace with recommended stops along the route include the aerial tram up Mt. Alyeska, the Begich-Boggs Visitor Center at Portage Lake and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Just before you reach Seward you have a chance to visit Exit Glacier, one of the few glaciers that is an easy walk from the parking area.  This afternoon you may also choose a guided kayaking tour or dog sled ride (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight in Seward.

Day
4

Seward

Enjoy a leisurely morning before departing on a full-day (6 to 7.5 hours) cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park, one of Alaska's treasures. As you cruise through the park and the Chiswell Islands National Wildlife Refuge watch for Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles, and orca and humpback whales.  During the cruise you will see examples of Alpine, Cirque, Piedmont, and Tidewater glaciers.  A stop will be made at either Holgate or Aialik Glacier to witness ice falling off the glacier face with a thunderous sound into the pristine waters below (known as glacier calving).  Lunch is included on board during your cruise. Overnight in Seward.

Day
5

Seward to Copper Center

Today you will travel back up the Seward Highway and continue into the lush Matanuska Valley and onto the breathtaking Glenn Highway. This is one of the oldest and most scenic highways in Alaska. The Glenn, as it is known by locals, follows the Matanuska River up to its beginning at the Matanuska Glacier. Along the way, there is an opportunity for a helicopter glacier dog sled adventure from Knik River Lodge (see Tour Add-ons). This is a perfect day to plan a picnic!  Overnight in Sheep Mountain or Glennallen/Copper Center Area.

Day
6

Copper Center to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Start the day with a short drive to the small town of Chitina, where you will leave your rental car and board a bush plane for the scenic flight into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.  At 13.2 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest national park in the United States and equivalent in size to the country of Switzerland!  Your flight route provides a birds-eye view of this tremendous park which includes four mountain ranges containing 9 of the country's 16 highest peaks along with massive ice fields. Overnight in Kennicott/McCarthy (standard program has room with shared bath).

Day
7

Wrangell St. Elias National Park

Take a step back in time today on a 2.5-hour historical tour of Kennicott, built by the Kennecott Copper Corporation in the early 1900's. Catch a glimpse of what it was like to live and work in this remote wilderness and hearing tales of lucky fortunes, tenacious frontiersmen, and tragic endings. This afternoon you have plenty of time for an optional guided glacier hike (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight in Kennicott/McCarthy (standard program has room with shared bath).

Day
8

Wrangell St. Elias National Park to Fairbanks

You will return to Chitina by bush plane this morning then your day continues driving on the Richardson Highway.  This route was established in 1898 as a gold rush trail to Eagle, Alaska located on the Yukon River not far from the Klondike Goldfields.  The road follows the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, still known as one of the world's greatest engineering feats.  Along the way there are several rest stops including historic roadhouses and scenic viewpoints. This evening explore the historic gold mining town of Fairbanks, also known as Alaska's "Gateway to the Arctic".  Return your rental car tonight. Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day
9

Fairbanks

Today is at your leisure to explore Fairbanks and surroundings, or add an optional excursion to see Alaska's Arctic region, including Gates of the Arctic National Park. For all details see Tour Add-ons! Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day
10

Fairbanks to Denali National Park

Transfer via hotel courtesy shuttle to the Fairbanks rail station. In the morning depart aboard the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park, arriving just after noon. Upon arrival at you will have time for lunch (on own) before meeting for your wildlife bus tour through Denali National Park to Kantishna. Your experienced driver will provide narration about the history, wildlife, and geology of the park. With some luck you may see moose, bear, wolves, caribou, Dall sheep and fox. A snack will be provided with your bus transfer, and you arrive at your lodge about 8pm in time for a late dinner at the lodge.  Overnight inside Denali National Park (snack and dinner included).

Day
11

Denali National Park

Spend the day enjoying a guided hike or walk, gold panning, mountain biking through the backcountry, or touring the park by bush plane. In the evening, enjoy a presentation focusing on the local area, read a book from the extensive natural history library, or just relax and share stories from the day.  All outdoor activities (except flights) are included. Overnight inside Denali National Park (all meals included).

Day
12

Denali National Park to Anchorage

Enjoy a light breakfast early this morning before departing on the bus back to the park entrance in time to meet the 12:15pm departure aboard the Alaska Railroad to Anchorage.  *For a truly unique experience, upgrade from the bus transfer to a scenic flight tour that takes past Denali on you way back to the park entrance in time to meet the train. The train journey offers a leisurely pace where you can sit back and relax and enjoy the spectacular views through large picture windows, visit the gift shop or have a meal in the dining car. Upon arrival in Anchorage at approximately 8pm transfer to your hotel on own.  Overnight in Anchorage (breakfast included).

*The flight upgrade option from Kantishna will be available when you check out.

Day
13

Anchorage - Bear Viewing

For many Alaska visitors, seeing grizzly bears in the wild is the highlight of their vacation. Today's planned trip to bear country is programmed to offer you best possibilities and varies by location depending on the time of year. Please keep in mind that even though we endeavor to schedule the bear viewing to the best possible areas for good viewing, we cannot guarantee any bear sightings. Transfers to and from your hotel are on your own.  Overnight in Anchorage.

 

Visit to Katmai National Park - start dates June 8 to July 19

 

Depart Anchorage at approximately 7:30am aboard a scheduled flight to King Salmon or Kulik. Upon arrival, a local representative will transfer you to a seaplane for a 20-minute flight to Brooks Camp. At Brooks Camp, you will meet with Park Service staff for a brief orientation in bear safety before spending a day exploring Katmai National Park viewing brown bears from observation platforms and hiking to Brooks Falls. Your return flight to King Salmon will depart this afternoon, typically between 3 and 4pm. You arrive back in Anchorage at between 7 and 9pm. The tour is approximately 12 to 14 hours long in total.

 

Visit Lake Clark National Park - start dates July 20 to August 30
Depart from Lake Hood Sea Plane Harbor in Anchorage and fly southwest over Cook Inlet toward the Chigmit Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views of the Alaska and Aleutian Mountain Ranges and two active volcanoes - Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna - before landing in Crescent Lake within Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. You will disembark at Redoubt Mountain Lodge where knowledgeable guides escort you by boat to lakeside areas to view bears feeding on spawning Alaska salmon. About 6 to 7 hours will be spent of guided bear viewing. This bear watching flight safari offers a great adventure for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages! The tour is approximately 10 to 12 hours long in total.

Day
14

Anchorage Departure

Depending on your departure flight, you may have some free time for souvenir shopping or add-on additional excursions. Transfer to the airport is on your own for departure.


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*Child prices are valid for children 11 years and younger, sharing a room with at least 2 full paying adults with the existing bedding. Maximum of 4 people per room.

Our Standard Program Includes:

2 and 3 star hotel accommodations.

The program will include a combination of hotels or motels that are considered moderate to standard tourist class. Please be aware not all hotels have shuttle services.

Standard train car seating on all rail services (reserved seats).

If you would like to book the standard program but with upgraded rail seating, the option and surcharge will be listed when you save to your cart.

Our Upgraded Program Includes:

* 3 and 4 star hotels (best available) wherever possible.

The program will include standard rooms at this category of hotel where possible. Alaska has very limited hotel choices in remote areas and small towns. The properties will typically offer a wider range of services such as a full-service restaurant, room service and perhaps a pool or spa facilities. Please be aware the upgraded accommodations in downtown Anchorage do not have hotel shuttle services. Many of the upgraded hotels also offer guaranteed view rooms for additional cost. If you would like a specific room type, in addition to the upgraded program, please ask us about availability and cost difference.

Deluxe dome train car seating between Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks, or Anchorage and Seward.

All journeys between Anchorage and Whittier are in standard seating as deluxe dome cars are not available on that route.


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Take a small group tour into Alaska's Arctic Region by air and land with an early morning departure from Fairbanks by bus touring on the rugged Dalton Highway. Along the way, marvel at the majestic beauty of the Far North's most famous waterway, the Yukon River, and learn of its storied past. View the remarkable Trans-Alaska Pipeline and cross the Arctic Circle... Read More

Availability: June 1 - August 31, 2017
Starting at: $589 / per person
Duration: 5 hours

This evening trip from Fairbanks takes you into Alaska's Arctic Region. Fly from Fairbanks to the Nunamiut Village of Anaktuvuk Pass in the North Slope Borough. You will fly over a vast and remote Alaska landscape before landing in Anaktuvuk Pass, nestled in the heart of Gates of the Arctic National Park. Visit and explore the local village while learning about... Read More

Availability: May 1 - September 30, 2017
Starting at: $459 / per person
Duration: 5 hours

Fly north from Fairbanks in a small bush plane and land across the Arctic Circle. Enjoy a walk on Alaska'a treeless arctic tundra, which will give you a sense of the vast scale of Alaska's Arctic region. A 2.5-hour ground tour of a rural community is the focus of the tour. Your return provides another opportunity to see the Yukon... Read More

Availability: May 27 - September 15, 2017
Starting at: $99 / per person
Duration: 4 hours

Explore the wilderness hiking trails of Chugach State Park near Anchorage! This Alaska State Park offers a variety of walking trails to suit your interests and all hiking abilities, including easy wooded paths and strenuous mountain hikes with scenic views. On your approximately four hour hike, the naturalist guide will identify and provide fascinating facts about Alaska flora and fauna including... Read More

Availability: May 22 - Sept, 2017 except on Sundays, May 29, July 4, and Sept 4
Starting at: $779 / per person
Duration: 9-10 hours

Ancient mountains, arctic tundra, and local culture make this small group tour a truly memorable journey! This Arctic tour to Anaktuvuk Pass Village begins with a 1.5-hour flight from Fairbanks taking you into the Brooks Range, an area of glacially carved mountains that rises to 6,400 feet. You will land within the Gates of the Arctic National Park at Anaktuvuk Pass,... Read More

Availability: May 14 - Sept 17, 2017
Starting at: $80 / per person
Duration: 1.5 hours

This Seward trip provides an Alaska dog sledding "insider's tour." Tour 2017 Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey's Iditarod Racing Kennel, meet famous sled dogs, cuddle adorable puppies, dress up as an Iditarod musher, and take in the spectacular Alaskan wilderness as you mush for two miles with an Iditarod racer. This tour was voted "Best Dog Sled Tour in Alaska" and is designed... Read More


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