Alaska Bike Tour
- A true biking adventure in a remote section of Alaska experienced by few travelers
- Ride in the shadow of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park's 16,000-foot peaks
- Prince William Sound by ferry - watch for seals and bald eagles!
- Pedal beside the mighty Matanuska Glacier
- Feel the immensity of Alaska's interior
An Epic Journey from Anchorage to Prince William Sound
It's the raw immensity of the landscape. As far west as you can go. Youngest state, oldest place. The last frontier - not just a cliché but something you feel in your body. Supernatural things happen in Alaska. Grizzlies roam. Glaciers calve. Moose forage. You ride alongside rivers named Matanuska, pass volcanoes called Wrangell, stroll through famous towns like Valdez. Follow the trail of fur traders, copper miners, oil diggers and naturalists. One acre for every person. Things get put in perspective.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Accommodations & Service StandardsAlaska is a land of rustic and rugged beauty, and while Backroads has selected the best properties in the places we visit, simplicity and comfort outweigh elegance and luxury in this great state. While the Valdez Harbor Inn offers simpler accommodations than the typical Backroads property, it's the best option in town - and has been selected because of its picturesque setting and access to the best riding in the region.
Generally speaking, service in Alaska can seem slow and brusque when compared with the high standards of service found on other Backroads trips. Patience, a sense of humor and appreciation for the cultural differences that abound in this population-sparse setting will help you make the most of your experience.
TrafficWhile Backroads strives to find routes that are quiet and off the beaten track, some options on this trip follow heavily trafficked roads. Of course, you're always welcome to jump in the shuttle to avoid the busier roads.
Day 1 A true biking adventure in remote Alaska, where few travelers journey Get your legs moving with a beautiful ride from Palmer up Hatcher Pass, and savor expansive views of the Cook Inlet and soaring Chugach Mountains.
Day 2 Feel the immensity of Alaska's interior Pedal over rolling hills and beside the icy Matanuska River, fed by the mighty Matanuska Glacier Your home-cooked dinner is served with vistas of untouched wilderness.
Days 3-4 Ride in the shadow of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park's 16,000-foot peaks, nicknamed "the mountain kingdom of North America" Gear up for a big day of biking along scenic Glenn Highway, passing spruce forests, alpine meadows and possibly a moose! In the rugged and remote Copper River Valley, a challenging route past glaciers, rivers and woods is yours for the taking Climb Thompson Pass and up to Worthington Glacier before an incredible descent past thundering waterfalls and into harborside Valdez.
Days 5-6 Prince William Sound by ferry - watch for seals, bald eagles, orcas and puffins The snowcapped peaks of the Chugach Mountains and the chance to witness giant floating icebergs of the Columbia Glacier are sure to leave a lasting impression Hear rumbling? The famous bore tide may roll in as you pedal along Turnagain Arm Keep your eyes peeled for native beluga whales from breathtaking Bird Point.
Lake Lucille Inn
Wasilla (1 night) Enjoy views of picturesque Lake Lucille and snowcapped peaks.
Sheep Mountain Lodge
Sheep Mountain (1 night) Co-owned by five-time Iditarod competitor Zack Steer, the inn's individual wooden cabins are tucked in a beautiful forested setting.
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
Copper River (1 night) A blufftop lodge with views of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Valdez Harbor Inn
Valdez (1 night) Watch the harbor activity from this very basic but comfortable waterfront hotel, the best option in town.
Girdwood (1 night) This stylish hotel with an aerial tram to the top of Mount Alyeska has earned accolades from Travel + Leisure. (pool, spa)
Guests Reviews About This Trip
Loved the activities and locations! The opportunities were unlike any other Backroads trip - biking, rafting, ice climbing, fishing. Overall, more than I could have hoped for or expected. I would recommend this trip to anyone.Matthew Hershey - New York, NY
This was one of the very best trips that I've taken with Backroads. I enjoy riding and riding and riding, and this trip offered that. How can you beat the scenery?- Saint Charles, IL
This was our first Backroads trip in 18 years and it exceeded all of my expectations. The itinerary, the leaders and the accommodations were wonderful. I am the cyclist in our family and was looking for challenging riding in an amazing place. This trip delivered in spades, but I was really pleased with how much my wife enjoyed the trip and the cycling.- Salt Lake City, UT
Trip Dates & Prices
Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.
2014 CLASSIC DATES
- 8/4 - 8/9 ( $2998 per person, double occ., +$540 for single occ.
- 8/11 - 8/16 ( $2898 per person, double occ., +$540 for single occ.
2014 SINGLES-SOLOS DATES
- 8/25 - 8/30 ( $2898 per person, double occ., +$540 for single occ.
2015 CLASSIC DATES
- 6/8 - 6/13 ( $2598 per person, double occ., +$630 for single occ.
- 6/22 - 6/27 ( $2598 per person, double occ., +$630 for single occ.
- 7/6 - 7/11 ( $2598 per person, double occ., +$630 for single occ.
- 7/20 - 7/25 ( $2598 per person, double occ., +$630 for single occ.
- 8/3 - 8/8 ( $2598 per person, double occ., +$630 for single occ.
- 8/17 - 8/22 ( $2598 per person, double occ., +$630 for single occ.
2015 SINGLES-SOLOS DATES
- 8/24 - 8/29 ( $2598 per person, double occ., +$630 for single occ.
Don't see your ideal travel date? Call us at 800-462-2848 for Private Trip date availability.
This Trip Is Rated Level 3-5
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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|Afternoon Hiking (2 Miles)|
|5||Ferry Ride Across Prince William Sound to Whittier (6 Hours)|
* Includes a shuttle
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $2,898 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $3,498 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $2,598 pp dbl. occ.|
|2 - 3 guests from $4,798 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $3,398 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $2,898 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $2,598 pp dbl. occ.|