Alaska's diverse landscape is perfect for multisport adventures. One day you're hiking on an ice field for the experience of a lifetime, the next you're biking along one of the region's few roads. Follow that by kayaking along the coast amid volcanoes and glaciers. Move through the terrain quietly and locals may show their faces: eagles, moose, sea otters, bears. Even if they don't, you know they're there, and somehow that's enough.
1-2 Witness Alaska's dramatic landscapes in one astonishing peninsula Bike paths lead you and your family out of Anchorage and onto the rolling Tony Knowles Coastal Trail—keep your eyes open for moose! En route to the lively town of Girdwood, drive along the Turnagain Arm, the site of extreme high and low tides Spend the afternoon hiking through a lush coastal forest or choose the exhilarating tram ride to the top of Mount Alyeska for unparalleled views of peaks and hanging glaciers Journey south to the Kenai Peninsula, a wonderland of rugged mountains, glaciers, fjords and lakes Views of the Chugach Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to the hike to Russian River Falls.
3 Hike the spectacular Harding Icefield trail alongside Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park Got your camera ready? Unrivaled vistas of vast Harding Icefield and the Resurrection River Valley await Keep an eye out for mountain goats, moose and marmots!
4 Bike to Homer, one of Alaska's most beautiful towns Take in jaw-dropping views of Cook Inlet, the volcanoes of the Alaska Range, Grewingk Glacier and Homer Spit, a narrow finger of land in picturesque Kachemak Bay Harbor seals and sea lions make frequent appearances outside our waterfront hotel.
5-6 Circumnavigate Yukon Island by kayak, watching for bald eagles, harbor seals, porpoises and sea otters After our naturalist-led hike through fields of wildflowers, we sit down to a bounteous picnic at the Carl Wynn Nature Center, set on the bluff above Homer.