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Alaska Family Multisport Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Mushing! An exhilarating dogsled ride through the forest
  • Bike to Homer, one of Alaska's most beautiful towns
  • Hike right up to the face of a glacier
  • A float trip on the Kenai River
  • The chance to spot moose, eagles, Dall sheep and even salmon swimming upstream

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Wildlife and Wilderness on the Spectacular Kenai Peninsula

Once upon a time, there was an outdoor-loving family seeking an action-packed vacation. A clever bunch, they decided on Alaska. And as soon as they arrived and witnessed the dramatic peaks of the Alaska Range, they knew they'd chosen wisely. The kids hiked to the face of Exit Glacier; parents ascended to the Harding Icefield. They all raced through the woods on a thrilling dogsled ride, spotted moose and eagles during a river float trip and watched salmon swimming upstream. And to this day, they all agree: it was the best family vacation ever.

Days 1-2 Alaska's dramatic landscapes on a single astonishing peninsula  Kick off the trip with a spin along bike paths leading you out of Anchorage and onto the gently rolling Tony Knowles Coastal Trail - keep your eyes open for moose!  Journey south to the Kenai Peninsula, a wonderland of rugged mountains, glaciers, fjords and lakes Hike the beautiful Ptarmigan Lake Trail through Sitka spruce forest and past crystal-clear Ptarmigan Creek, where red sockeye salmon spawn in summer.

Day 3 In Kenai Fjords National Park, kids hike to the face of Exit Glacier and explore the fascinating Alaska SeaLife Center, home to sea lions, harbor seals, Alaskan king crabs, puffins and other marine wildlife Meanwhile, adults embark on a once-in-a-lifetime trek with spectacular views of the vast Harding Icefield Meet some of the famed Iditarod race's canine participants and experience the excitement of racing on comfortable wheeled dogsleds.

Day 4 Explore Homer, one of Alaska's most beautifully situated towns Take in jaw-dropping views of Cook Inlet and the volcanoes of the Alaska Range A scenic bike ride leads to a viewpoint overlooking Grewingk Glacier and Homer Spit, a narrow finger of land in picturesque Kachemak Bay.

Days 5-6 Circumnavigate Yukon Island by kayak, watching for harbor seals, porpoises and sea otters Got your camera ready? During a leisurely float trip on the glacial waters of the Kenai River, you'll likely spot eagles, moose and Dall sheep.

Casual Inns*

Alyeska Resort
Alyeska Resort
* Premiere Inn

Girdwood (1 night) This stylish hotel with an aerial tram to the top of Mount Alyeska has earned accolades from Travel + Leisure. (pool, spa)

Seward Windsong Lodge
Seward Windsong Lodge

Seward (2 nights) Nestled in the woods of the striking Resurrection River Valley.

Land's End Resort
Land's End Resort

Homer (2 nights) Commune with eagles, otters and seals where land meets sea on Kachemak Bay. (spa)

Guests Reviews About This Trip

Our trip was wonderful and exceeded our expectations. The schedule of activities was varied and timed well. We saw more than we ever could have on our own. Alaska is beautiful and we felt the activities allowed us to see the beauty of the landscape and the wildlife from multiple different viewpoints. As a result we saw moose, bear, sea otters, beluga and humpback whales, bald eagles, salmon spawning, and so much more. All of that while making new friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
Nancy Schindler - Glenview, IL
Our Alaska vacation was all that we hoped for and more! All of the leaders were friendly, courteous, professional, fun, engaging and very accommodating! They all contributed in their own unique ways to making this vacation one that my son and I will both remember for the rest of our lives. For a family trip, there was just the right amount of activity for the kids. We met many fun, interesting and friendly people, and we took home with us many wonderful memories. I am already recommending Backroads to all of my family and friends back home. We will definitely be traveling with Backroads again!
Diana P. - Georgetown, MA
We had an absolutely wonderful time - the fabulous trip leaders made the trip extraordinary. Our children will remember this trip for the rest of their lives. In addition to just being great companions, examples of their extra effort were they secured a fantastic behind the scenes tour of the sea life center for the kids, gave my (substantial) 6 year old a mile + long piggy back when she refused to continue walking, and literally taking baby steps with me on the walk up to Harding Ice Field - as a result I made it to the top! We have told many friends about the trip and we plan to do another one soon.
Claire Hertan - Westport, CT

Trip Dates & Prices

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

2014 FAMILY DATES
July
August
2015 FAMILY DATES
June
July
August

Don't see your ideal travel date? Call us at 800-462-2848 for Private Trip date availability.

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3

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.

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Biking 10 200
Biking 16 400
2 Walking/Hiking 7 600
3 Walking/Hiking 3 1500 4 2000 8 3000
Kids Exit Glacier Hike (2 Miles; 100’ elevation gain)
Kids Visit to Alaska SeaLife Center (2 Hours)
Other Dogsled ride (1.5 Hours)
4 Biking 10* 300 23* 500 33 1600
Biking 40 500
5 Kayaking On Kachemak Bay (All Day)
6 Rafting On the Kenai River (2 Hours)
 
note:

On this Family Trip, our routes follow rolling terrain. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.

* 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)

2014

2 - 3 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,098 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ.

2015

2 - 3 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,098 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ.

Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Alaska tour experts. See our award-winning USA multisport tours, USA biking tours and USA walking and hiking tours.

Multisport

Biking, walking/hiking, kayaking, rafting and more

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Meet/Depart

Anchorage, Alaska

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Trip Notes

All meals included except 1 dinner

Parts of this trip are on permitted areas in Chugach National Forest

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