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Alaska Family Multisport Tour
Alaska Family Multisport Tour

"To the lover of pure wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world," wrote John Muir in 1879. Although the prospectors and traders of Muir's time have been replaced by adventurers sporting cameras and binoculars, Alaska's vibrant frontier spirit and overwhelming natural grandeur still have the power to enliven the senses. So bring your family and experience it firsthand. Marvel at the snow-clad immensity of the surrounding mountains, hike to an awe-inspiring glacier, pedal the Kenai Peninsula's wooded roads to a spectacular overlook and view marine life on Kachemak Bay. By bike, foot, boat and even dog sled, Alaska with Backroads is an unforgettable family destination.


Straight Talk
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 Essentials

Our roomy four-person dome tents accommodate two adults and two small children snugly, without luggage. 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 & Shower Facilities

Restroom facilities are available at each campground but do not have flush toilets, running water or electricity. Shower facility 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.

Connectivity

Keeping your cell phone charged while on a camping trip is usually done during the day via a car charger in the Backroads van. Backroads will provide car chargers with USB ports, so please make sure to bring your USB connecter cord with you. You’ll be responsible for plugging your phone in and retrieving it at a later time.

Days 1-2 Alaska's dramatic landscapes on a single astonishing peninsula 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  Experience the excitement of Iditarod racing in dog-powered sleds In Kenai Fjords National Park, kids discover the majesty of Exit Glacier with a Backroads leader  Adults trek to incredible Harding Icefield—the hike of a lifetime!

Days 3-4 Witness salmon strive to swim upstream Take to the water with expert guides on a float trip down the Kenai River and watch for moose, eagles and beavers  In Anchor River State Recreation Area, pedal to a scenic viewpoint overlooking Kachemak Bay, dramatic Grewingk Glacier, the Kenai Mountains and Homer, one of Alaska's most beautifully situated towns.

Days 5-6 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 invite 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.


Trip Highlights
  • Alaska's dramatic landscapes in one astonishing peninsula
  • Hike Harding Icefield Trail, a spectacular route alongside Exit Glacier
  • Get a feel for what's been called "The Last Great Race on Earth" and meet some of the four-legged competitors
  • Watch for salmon swimming upstream during their annual migration
  • Observe a variety of marine life while kayaking around Yukon Island
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Deluxe Camping

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.


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 2 100 3 1500 8 3000
Walking/Hiking 4 2000
Other Dogsled Ride (1.5 Hours)
Kids Visit to Alaska SeaLife Center (2 Hours)
3 Walking/Hiking 5 200
Rafting On the Kenai River (2 Hours)
4 Biking 10* 300 23* 500 33 1600
Biking 40 2100
Kids Alaska Islands & Oceans Visitor Center (1 Hour)
5 Kayaking Around Kachemak Bay (All Day)
6 Walking/Hiking 2 0
Walking/Hiking 5 100
 
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* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

FAMILY TRIPS
  • 6/28-7/3 Price: $1998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/5-10 Price: $1998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/19-24 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/16-21 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)


Plus 6% Kenai Peninsula tax

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.


Recommended Kids Ages

Minimum Ages:

General Info on Minimum Ages:

We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping Trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria: Please note that a trip may feature an activity with an older age requirement than the minimum age recommendation for the trip. Younger kids are still welcome on the trip and while they will not be able to participate in the activity, the leaders will suggest an alternate activity. For safety reasons, children under 7 may not ride their own bikes and are required to ride on a Piccolo or in a Burley. For certain destinations, children must be 9 or older to ride their own bikes.

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)

2015

8 - 9 guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $1,998 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $2,298 pp dbl. occ.

Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.


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 passed, and talk about how to prepare for the day ahead. The coordinated meals allow for enhanced group interactions, and as always, there was plenty of amazing food to be had.
Martin Brandt- North Wales, PA

It was the best vacation with my children I've ever had! The leaders were outstanding, and the camping accommodations were excellent. The overall experience exceeded my expectations.
Pat Jackson- Pasadena, CA

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