There's ice. And then there's ice floating in a lake filled with icebergs. There's wildlife. And then there are the magnificent bears, moose and caribou of the Alaskan wilderness. There are mountains. But not many that can be seen by the glow of the midnight sun. You've seen nature. Just not like this. This is Alaska.
1 Welcome to the Last Frontier—beauty on an epic scale! Hike along the historic supply route for the famed Alaskan Railroad, taking in vistas of Turnagain Arm and Cook Inlet After a scenic train ride into the mountains, soak up views of imposing icebergs and Spencer Glacier during an easygoing float trip on the Placer River Stroll through cottonwood, aspen and spruce forest from one picturesque viewpoint to another.
2 Prince William Sound, one of Alaska's most famous waterways and a vast unspoiled wilderness, sets the stage for an amazing wildlife cruise An onboard naturalist helps you spot creatures that call this area home—including sea otters, seals and perhaps even humpback whales Amid a jaw-dropping mountain backdrop, glide past towering tidewater glaciers.
3 Journey past Turnagain Arm, where extreme bore tides make for dramatic water movement as the Chugach Mountain Range looms above Watch sled dogs in action and enjoy stories about the epic Iditarod race.
4 Travel through taiga (boreal forest) to spectacular Denali National Park Look for moose, gray wolves and grizzly bears as we venture deep into the park Arrive at the town of Kantishna and secluded Denali Backcountry Lodge before you begin exploring the park on foot.
5-6 Devote a full day to Denali with a variety of exhilarating activities, from guided walks and hikes to fishing or even gold panning Keep binoculars handy to view arctic loons and eagles Take a stroll after dinner—no need for a flashlight in the glow of the midnight sun!