Picture yourself hiking past glaciers as tall as high-rises and moose the size of SUVs, while active volcanoes steam in the distance. There’s bald eagles everywhere you look, and vast ocean waters teeming with puffins, sea otters, humpback whales and orcas. Imagine trails to hike, rivers to float, sheltered coves to explore by kayak and breathtaking roads to ride. And the easy camaraderie of other engaging, adventurous travelers. Ready to turn those daydreams into reality? Be part of an incredible Alaska camping adventure this summer!
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.
Tents & Sleeping EssentialsOur spacious dome tents easily accommodate two adults and their gear. Sleeping bag, sleep sheet and an extra-thick inflatable sleeping pad are all provided to make sleeping on the ground more comfortable. Backroads does not supply pillows, so please bring your own. No lighting is provided in your tent, so a small flashlight is essential.
Restroom FacilitiesRestroom facilities are available at each campground. The restroom floors can be wet, so be sure to bring flip-flops! We also recommend bringing a hanging toiletry bag since space is limited and surfaces are wet. Be advised that outlets and mirrors are few. Backroads does not supply towels, so please be sure to pack your own.
AttireComfortable, casual attire and footwear is strongly recommended—leave those heels or imported Italian leather loafers at home! Also be sure to bring along a few warm layers for the cooler evenings.
Days 1-2 Alaska's vibrant frontier spirit and overwhelming natural grandeur Bike paths lead 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 verdant trails in the Chugach National Forest In Kenai Fjords National Park, discover the majesty of Exit Glacier and trek to the incredible Harding Icefield—the hike of a lifetime!
Days 3-4 Watch for salmon attempting to swim upstream During your guided float trip on the Kenai River, be on the lookout for moose, eagles and beavers From Anchor River State Recreation Area, pedal to a scenic viewpoint overlooking Kachemak Bay, dramatic Grewingk Glacier, the Kenai Mountains and Homer, one of Alaskas's most beautifully situated towns.
Days 5-6 Camp beneath the vast star-filled Alaskan sky Circumnavigate Yukon Island, a haven for otters, seals and nesting birds, and spend the day kayaking among its vast sheltered coves and lagoons Homer's shops and lively marina beckon you to browse and explore Enjoy a naturalist-led hike through fields of wildflowers, followed by a picnic at the Carl Wynn Nature Center, set on the bluff above Homer.
- Unrivaled vistas of Harding Icefield and the Resurrection River Valley await
- Kayak on Kachemak Bay in the realm of puffins and sea otters
- Get to know Homer, nestled in one of Alaska's most sublime settings
- Pedal the Kenai Peninsula's wooded roads
- Make new friends and enjoy the great outdoors—what could be better?
Trail River Campground (3 nights): Spacious campsites set amid tall spruce on the shore of Lower Trail River.
Slidehole Campground (2 nights): Just a short walk from the water, enjoy expansive views across the Cook Inlet as bald eagles glide overhead.
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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|Other||Kenai River Float Trip (2 Hours)|
|5||Kayaking||In Kachemak Bay (All Day)|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 7/26-31 Price: $2198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 6% Kenai Peninsula tax
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
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.
All Private Camping trips require a minimum of 16 guests. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|8 - 9 guests from $2,898 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $2,098 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $2,398 pp dbl. occ.|
Guest Trip Reviews
Wonderful. Activities were diverse, well coordinated, lots of fun, opportunities to make several activities more challenging. Sites, sounds, camping experience, food were fantastically outstanding. This trip in particular had many wonderful experiences: biking, hiking, rafting, kayaking, more biking and more hiking (Harding Icefield hike was awesome - it was challenging, but worth every ache and pain). Every day provided new opportunities to experience Alaska in a different way. The camping experience allows one to become immersed within the elements of nature associated with that particular microenvironment. The evening campfire allowed everyone an opportunity to reflect on the day and as always, there was plenty of amazing food to be had.- North Wales , PA
This was my sixth Backroads trip and I have once again come away just loving your organization! While your itineraries are awesome and the activities are fun, I have always felt that the leaders make the trip and all three of our leaders were incredible. What a great team! All three were so helpful, flexible, accommodating, service-oriented, always smiling, engaging but most importantly just fun to be around. Thanks, again!- Laguna Niguel, CA
I had a wonderful time with Backroads in Alaska. The leaders were organized, accommodating, and so much fun! The scenery was breathtaking, and we really got a chance to enjoy a variety of activities (biking, hiking, kayaking, rafting, etc.) in a relatively short period of time. Our leaders were so enthusiastic and positive throughout the trip. They worked tirelessly to prepare delicious (and fancy!) meals, clean dishes, set up and take down the tents, pack the vans, etc. I don't know if they ever slept! They worked very well together and had a terrific rapport. They supported each other, took turns leading the activities and staying back to cook, etc. and were always positive in their interactions and comments. This set a wonderful tone for the group. I feel very fortunate to have gotten such a great team of leaders. In addition to the amazing activities, scenery, and just being in the beautiful Alaskan outdoors, they made the trip a huge success.- New York, NY
I was supremely impressed by Backroads - the itinerary, the leaders, the food, the organization, and the people who joined me in Alaska. I was thrilled to be a part of it and I look forward to more Backroads trips in the future. Now that I am home, I already miss the friends I made on the trip - both leaders and group members alike - and eagerly await next year's catalog to see where else I might like to go.- Arlington, VA
This was my first Backroads trip. I generally travel on my own and have had great trips...yet this was the BEST trip I have ever taken. The guides were truly the reason this experience was so absolutely wonderful and amazing, and were the reason that my mind was boggled that the trip seemed to be over before it started! I have worked in the travel industry and was delighted by the passion and professionalism of each of the team leaders - not only individually, but as a team as well. They began the trip by informing us that this was "our trip" and asked that we communicate at any and all times on anything that would make our experience better (no matter how large or small the request.) When we communicated...they provided, when challenged, they rose to the challenge. I have never witnessed this caliber of enthusiastic customer service before. Bravo to you Tom for making these individuals part of your team. Bonus, benefit...they are each AWESOME individuals and FUN as well. It was hard to say goodbye.- Flat Rock, MI
A great experience, being a single traveler it is sometimes hard to imagine going on vacation by yourself. I can't wait to do it again.- Palos Hills, IL