Camping in Scenic Alaska and Denali
9 days with G Adventures Rating:
Day 1 Anchorage
Arrive at any time. Welcome to America’s Last Frontier. Tonight channel all of the excitement of arriving in a new place by heading out on the town with your CEO and crew. Hang out and have some beers at Humpy's or 49 State Brewing Co and enjoy an evening filled with laughter, fun, and excitement as your adventure begins.
Day 2 Anchorage/Valdez
Travel to Valdez, a quintessential Alaskan coastal town surrounded by impressive mountains and full of great places to explore. This tiny town is a great base for wild adventures in ‘Last Frontier’. Today, will be a long day of travel, but well worth it when you get to stop at places like Matanuska valley, Worthington Glacier, and Thompson Pass along the way. (B, L)
Day 3 Valdez
Rise and shine! It’s time to get out and explore the coastal town of Valdez. Go off together or set out on a solo adventure through the wilds of Alaska. Hike Thompson’s pass, kayak beside one of the world’s largest tidal glaciers, or if in season catch a glimpse of salmon spawning. This town is a photographer’s dream with the crashing glaciers and towering Chugach Mountains rising from the seas; don’t forget that camera.
Valdez is a quintessential Alaskan coastal town surrounded by impressive mountains, and a great place to explore. The crashing glaciers and towering Chugach Mountains rising from the sea make Valdez absolutely picturesque. (B)
Day 4 Valdez/McCarthy
Since every direction in Wrangell-St Elias National Park has a spectacular view you may not know which way to turn first. The good news is you have time to see it all! Stay in the small historic town of McCarthy and try to keep yourself from spinning as you turn every which way to look at the mountains and glaciers; this town has more of them than anywhere else in Alaska.
Alaska is notorious for its wild landscape and stunning views, which you will get to see as the group drives from Valdez to McCarthy. You will be making short stops at some of the viewpoints along the Copper River where you can enjoy breathtaking vistas of spruce-filled taiga, permafrost swamps, and mountain ranges far larger and more intimidating than anything you'll see in the Lower 48. The group will also make a stop to Chitina, an old mining boomtown that was all but abandoned after the mine closed in 1938. Chitina's rebirth stemmed from the creation of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in 1980 and now serves as the gateway to the largest national park in the country. (B, L, D)
Day 5 McCarthy
We told you there’d be more time to explore! Take advantage of a full free day to really get deep into Wrangell-St Elias National Park. Choose between taking an optional scenic flight over the park, go for a glacier walk, or try ice climbing. You’re in a stunning new place so why not venture out of that comfort zone. You can also choose to explore the ghost town of Kennecott, hike the Bonanza Mine Trail or the Root Glacier Trail. Either way take some time to reflect and appreciate the ‘Mountain Kingdom of North America’. Fun fact: this park is actually the largest in the U.S., about 25% larger than Switzerland, and is the convergence point for three mountain ranges!
This national park is the largest in the US, roughly 25% larger than Switzerland, and is the convergence of three mountain ranges. (B, L, D)
Day 6 McCarthy/Tangle Lakes
Cruise through wild Copper River Valley on the way to Tangle Lakes. Take a peek at the fishwheels (used for salmon) along the way. Once in Tangle Lakes hop out, stretch your legs, take in the mountain scenery, and get ready to camp under the big sky in the remote Alaskan wilderness. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Tangle Lakes/Denali National Park and Preserve
Hop back on the road and enjoy a scenic drive along the Denali Highway, stopping for all those mountain selfies along the way. Pass by the highest mountain in North America, formerly called Mt McKinley. Bask in the awesomeness of this vast wilderness and camp just outside of Denali National Park for the night.
Enjoy a scenic drive along the Denali Highway, stopping for photos along the way. In the afternoon, reach Denali National Park, known for its diversity of wildlife and the highest mountain in North America, Denali, formerly called Mt McKinley. Bask in the awesomeness of this vast wilderness. (B, L)
Day 8 Denali National Park and Preserve
Anything seems possible in the vast expanse of wilderness of Denali NP and you’ll have a full day to immerse yourself in it. Head to Eielson Visitor Center, taking in the stunning scenery and wildlife as you go. Get closer with nature on a hike, or choose to go rafting on one of the countless lakes and ponds surrounding you. Share picnic lunches with the group, savouring one another’s company as you enjoy the simple pleasures of food, friends, and gorgeous natural views.
Enjoy plenty of time to explore and hike Denali NP. Discover the dynamic glaciated landscape providing large rivers, countless lakes and ponds, and unique landforms which form the foundation of the ecosystems that thrive in Denali with some hikes in the area. Enjoy picnic lunches and revel in the awesomeness of the park. For those that do not want to hike, options include rafting on the Nenana River, a visit to the dog-sled kennels run by the park rangers or opt to take a scenic flight over Denali. (B, L)
Day 9 Denali National Park and Preserve/Anchorage
Alas, even the most epic trips must come to an end. Gaze out the window as you pass mountains, glaciers, and open sky on your return to Anchorage. Get ready to say “see you later” to your newest adventure buddies and maybe grab one more meal together before heading home. (B)
All This Included
Now's the time to explore the United States on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Lace up your hiking boots, charge up those camera batteries (or your phone), and stoke your adventurous spirit. You'll be one with the land on this nine-day Alaskan tour that's made for active nature lovers. Go kayaking (paddles up!) in the coastal town of Valdez, camp under the bright night sky in the remote Alaskan wilderness, and hike among wildlife and incredible scenery in Denali National Park. Do it all with a small group of worldly wanderers that like to stray from the beaten path as much as you do.
Hotel (1 nt)
Anchorage, United States: Ramada Inn Downtown Anchorage (or similar)
Participation camping (7 nts)
Denali, United States: Carlo Creek Campground (or similar)
McCarthy, United States: Glacier View Campground (or similar)
Valdez, United States: Bear Paw RV Park (or similar)
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