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.
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.Generally speaking, service in Alaska can seem slow and casual 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.
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! Get up close with Alaska’s wild residents at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, which rehabilitates injured and orphaned animals and returns them to the wild 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.
- 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
Alyeska Resort (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 (2 nights): Nestled in the woods of the striking Resurrection River Valley.
Land's End Resort (2 nights): Commune with eagles, otters and seals where land meets sea on Kachemak Bay. (spa)
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
|Daily Route Options|
|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|
|Kids||Exit Glacier Hike (2 Miles; 100’ elevation gain)|
|Kids||Visit to Alaska SeaLife Center (2 Hours)|
|Other||Dogsled ride (1.5 Hours)|
|5||Kayaking||On Kachemak Bay (All Day)|
|6||Rafting||On the Kenai River (2 Hours)|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 7/6-11 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $710 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/13-18 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $710 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/20-25 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $710 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/17-22 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $710 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/24-29 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $710 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 6% Kenai Peninsula tax
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
2016 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/13-18 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/20-25 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/27-7/2 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/4-9 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/11-16 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/18-23 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/25-30 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/1-6 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/8-13 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/15-20 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/22-27 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 6% Kenai Peninsula tax
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Recommended Kids Ages
- Recommended minimum age for the trip: 6 years
- Minimum age restriction to ride own bike: 9 years
- Minimum age restriction to raft: 5 years
- Minimum age restriction to kayak: 6 years
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:
- 12+ amount of cultural appreciation, difficulty of activities, routes
- 9+ difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions, routes
- 6+ several longer dinners; routes are difficult for pulling a Burley Cub trailer and therefore not appropriate for younger children; difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions
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 $4,998 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.|
|8 - 9 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $2,898 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $3,198 pp dbl. occ.|
Please note: Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.
Guest Trip Reviews
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.- 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!- 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-plus-long piggyback when she refused to continue walking, and literally taking baby steps with me on the walk up to Harding Icefield - 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- Westport, CT
I wasn't sure I was going to get the value relative to the price, but I did. The real value-added difference here came from your two trip leaders. I could have done a comparable trip for much less without Backroads, but the leaders really added to the overall experience. They were such a pleasure to be around and to get to know.- Austin, TX
This was an awesome family trip. We loved every minute of it. Traveling with Backroads is always perfect. This was our sixth Backroads trip and we can't wait to plan our next one.- Wellington, FL
Wow, wow, wow, what a treat to arrive with my three teenage boys that were not sure they wanted this trip… Then we met our leader!! If anyone is worried about the youth running our country they need to learn from your training and hiring practices.- Longview, WA