Alaska’s Finest Self Driving Tour

Independent travel for visitors seeking the best Alaska hotels in popular locations.

Trip Code: 1548CTA
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Accommodation: 7 nights
  • Starting at: $2589 / per person
  • Availability: June, July, August, September
  • Highlights: Designed for independent traveler's seeking the best available accommodations Alaska has to offer while road touring. Enjoy spectacular mountain, glacial and coastal scenery while visiting several must see locations such as Prince William and Talkeetna. Also includes two nights at a wilderness lodge deep inside Denali National Park.

Tour Overview

Vacation in Alaska in style on this “Alaska’s Finest” self-driving tour! Enjoy an exciting adventure featuring Alaska’s finest accommodations and destinations. This tour features a cruise to view the glaciers of Prince William Sound in South Central Alaska and scenic drives to see the grandeur of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) and the wildlife of Denali National Park. For your comfort we have selected upgraded accommodations along the way as well as an all-inclusive lodge inside Denali National Park.

What's Included

  • 5 nights deluxe accommodation in Girdwood, Talkeetna and Anchorage
  • 2 nights at the Kantishna Roadhouse inside Denali National Park
  • 7 day midsize car rental with unlimited mileage
  • Prince William Sound glacier cruise with lunch
  • Roundtrip bus transfer from the Denali National Park entrance to the lodge
  • All meals and guide services while in Denali
  • All taxes and fees

What's Not Included

Any insurances for rental car, additional driver fees, gas. Meals, optional excursions, park/admission fees other than mentioned, gratuity.

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Tour Itinerary


Anchorage to Girdwood

Today you pick-up your rental car and drive to the nearby resort village of Girdwood, nestled in a picturesque valley surrounded by the Chugach Mountains and pristine wilderness. Relax and enjoy the remainder of the day pampering yourself in the spa, riding the aerial tram up the mountain, or taking a walk on a nature trail. The town offers both casual and fine dining choices. Overnight in Girdwood.



This morning drive south through a one-lane toll tunnel to the small port town of Whittier. Embark on the magnificent 26 Glacier Cruise, which takes you over 135 miles into Prince William Sound. Here you will see 26 "named glaciers" and many more unnamed. The specially designed catamaran gets you within 500 feet of the face of the tidewater glaciers. Your captain will turn off the ship's engines so you can "hear" the glaciers move, as well as see the brilliant blues in the ice. Glacier calving, where large pieces of ancient ice break off and fall into the sea, is normally seen during each cruise. You will see three types of glaciers on each trip including Alpine, Piedmont, and Tidewater glaciers. A hot lunch is include while on board. Return to Girdwood after the cruise. Overnight in Girdwood.


Girdwood to Talkeetna

Drive north from Girdwood along scenic Turnagain Arm, traveling through Anchorage and the agricultural region of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, to the small, picturesque town of Talkeetna. Historic Talkeetna is best known as the jumping-off point for Denali climbing expeditions. Given clear weather, views of the Mountain are breathtaking. Upon arrival, you will have the rest of the day to explore the town on your own or participate in optional activities such as an exciting jet boat tour, fishing, or a ski-plane flight to Denali (see Tour Add-Ons). Overnight in Talkeetna.


Talkeetna to Denali National Park

Continuing northward from Talkeetna, tour the scenic Parks highway along the boundary of Denali State Park and Hurricane Gulch. The massive peaks of the Alaska Range are in view nearly the entire route. At 6 million acres, Denali National Park is one of the world’s last great frontiers for wilderness adventure. It is at the park entrance that most of the park services are located. However your journey takes you to a lodge located deep inside the park. In the afternoon the lodge shuttle will transfer you from the park entrance to the Kantishna Roadhouse. During your lodge shuttle transfer your driver/guide will offer expert insights into the park's natural history and wildlife. The famous park road offers your best chance for seeing the wildlife and scenery which that makes the Denali area so unforgettable. Arrive in time for dinner and orientation for tomorrow's guided activities from the lodge. Enjoy comfortable accommodations with a private bathroom, and other unexpected modern comforts for such a remote location. Overnight in Kantishna.


Denali National Park

Spend a full day inside Denali National Park enjoying a naturalist-led guided hike or walk, panning for gold, mountain biking through the backcountry, or fishing. Activities are included with your stay (except for optional flightseeing tours). 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 meals are included today. Overnight in Kantishna.


Denali National Park to Anchorage

Enjoy a light breakfast early this morning before departing on the bus back to the park entrance. Or, you can upgrade to a scenic return flight for an aerial tour of Denali National Park to the park entrance (additional cost). Upon return to the park entrance, collect your rental car and drive south to Anchorage. Points of interest along the way include the Iditarod Museum and the Reindeer Farm in Palmer. Overnight in Anchorage.



Today is yours to explore the city. Go shopping, tour local attractions, or take a hike or bike ride in one of Anchorage’s many parks. City highlights include the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Anchorage Museum, the Log Cabin Visitor Center, the Alaska Zoo, local breweries, and the Coastal Trail. Experience more by adding an optional bear viewing excursion or guided sightseeing tour (see Tour Add-Ons). Overnight in Anchorage.


Anchorage Departure

Depending on your departure time, you might have free time for some souvenir shopping or additional excursions. Transfer on your own to the airport for your flight departure, or extend your vacation an additional program.

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Browse Dates & Rates

*Child prices are valid for children 6-11 years and under, sharing room with at least 2 full paying adults with existing bedding. Maximum 4 people per room. Minimum age for this program is 6 years.

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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Availability: August 1 - September 15, 2019
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Availability: June 1 - September 17, 2018
Starting at: $129 / per person
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Availability: May 15 - September 20, 2019
Starting at: $75 / per person
Duration: 2 hours

This 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 historic artifacts. Conditions permitting, enjoy panoramic view of Denali and the Alaska Range. Along the way, look for bald eagles, beavers, or moose. During your Talkeetna jetboat tour you will stop at a wilderness... Read More

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