From Anchorage to Girdwood, Seward to Talkeetna, my perfect tour of Alaska continues after an overnight at the Talkeetna Alaska Lodge –
Day 6, Get an early start with a guided fishing trip with Talkeetna Fishing Guides on the Talkeetna River. Their pick up is at 7:45am directly from the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. You can purchase your fishing license at the guide service and they’ll set you up with all the equipment you need to go fishing and they will assist you in shipping home any fish you catch as well. After the 5 hour fishing trip it is time for a break, so explore downtown Talkeetna on foot, and stop by Mile High Pizza Pie for a nice warm pizza or calzone.
Top off a great day in Talkeetna with a Glacier Landing flightseeing trip of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range with K2 Aviation. This flight is amazing and the knowledgeable pilot will give you all the information you could want to know coupled with the beautiful aerial views of Denali National Park. The glacier landing is a unique experience and the photo opportunities on this trip are once in a lifetime opportunities. After the flight K2 will return you to the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge where you can relax and enjoy dinner at the hotel’s Foraker Dining Room where they specialize in fresh Alaskan seafood.
Day 7, Enjoy the view from the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge before taking the hotel’s shuttle to the Talkeetna Train Station for a mid-day departure to Denali on Alaska’s historic Alaska Railroad. The Alaska Railroad’s Gold Star Dome car is worth upgrading to for its first class service and picturesque views. The Railroad checks luggage from the train station directly to the major hotels in Denali, so there is no need to worry about luggage upon arrival in Denali. Once in Denali, take the Grande Denali Lodge’s shuttle to the hotel where you’ll check in for a two night stay. Enjoy an early dinner at the hotel’s Alpenglow restaurant which overlooks the Canyon Area of Denali National Park before being picked up by Denali Raft Adventures for a whitewater rafting trip down the canyon area of Denali. The beautiful views of the canyon area combined with the adrenaline rush of III and IV rapids makes this trip a memorable adventure. If you don’t like whitewater, they do have a float trip which you’ll enjoy as well.
Day 8, Grab your camera and gear up for a 7:00am pick up with Era Helicopters for their Heli-hiking trip. There couldn’t be a more breathtaking journey to a hiking destination than by this helicopter ride. Hike where few others can access and explore the region and its flora and fauna. After enjoying this exhilarating trip take a break at the hotel for the rest of the day or take a shuttle a short distance into the Park to visit the Denali National Park Visitor Center.
Day 9, Venture deep into Denali National Park on the Kantishna Wilderness Trails Tour for great opportunities to see big game wildlife such as bear, caribou and moose. The naturalist driver guide provides information on the park and wildlife, and weather permitting see great views of Mt. McKinley. This is a 12-13 hour tour that travels 95 miles into Denali National Park to the Kantishna Roadhouse for a warm meal, and various activities such as a Dog Sled demonstration before returning to the Grande Denali Lodge.
Day 10, Say goodbye to Denali and relax on the Alaska Railroad from Denali back to Anchorage. You’ll arrive mid-evening into Anchorage at which time the Sheraton Anchorage shuttle will pick you up and transfer you back to the hotel for your final overnight.
From my experience, my perfect tour would be enjoyed by many visitors coming to Alaska, but there are also many other tours, hotels and transpotation options to choose from. Thats what makes a visit to Alaska so exciting is that planning and customizing your vacation plans can be a fun, and enjoyable part of the experience. One which I enjoy helping others do at Alaska Tour & Travel.