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: $5209 / 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

Discover 4 of Alaska’s National Parks! Travel independently by rental car. This program provides unique experiences and takes you to some more remote areas! First, enjoy scenic drives along the Seward Highway to visit Kenai Fjords National Park and the Glenn Highway to Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Then travel to Denali National Park and visit the remote Kantishna area.  Conclude your in-depth tour by viewing bears in their natural habitat. Depending on the time of the year, you may famous Brooks in Katmai National Park or Lake Clark National Park.

Optional: Add a visit to another national park while in Fairbanks, the Gates of the Arctic National Park. Learn about the unique lifestyle of the last remaining settlement of the Nunamiut (inland northern Inupiat Eskimo). Or take a ground and/or flight tour to the Arctic Circle. 

Ask us about customizing this tour to include other national parks as well.

What's Included

  • 13 nights accommodations (accommodation during the 2 night stay in Wrangell St. Elias National Park may have shared bath only)
  • 11 days midsize car rental from Anchorage including unlimited mileage (pick up day 2/drop off day 13)
  • Roundtrip scenic flights from Chitina to McCarthy
  • 6-hour cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park with lunch
  • 2.5-hr guided Historical Kennicott Tour in Kennicott
  • Roundtrip bus transfer and wildlife viewing tour from Denali park entrance 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, 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, 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 or bike ride along the Coastal Trail, or drive to Chugach State Park. 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 6-hour 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". 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

**  Itinerary on day 10 changed from train to driving with rental car **

This morning you will drive from Fairbanks to the park entrance area of Denali National Park. Around 1:00pm you depart on 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

**  Itinerary on day 12 changed from train to driving with rental car **

Enjoy a light breakfast early this morning before departing on the bus back to the park entrance. Upon return to the park entrance, collect your rental car and drive south to Anchorage. Take your time and enjoy the drive. Along the way are some scenic viewpoints where you can stretch your legs and make some breaks. Then reach Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Return your rental car tonight. 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 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 - package 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 about 4-6 hours 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 - package 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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