Region Overviews: Alaska Travel Guide: Overview
More than just a state, the “Last Frontier” lives up to its reputation as one of the world’s last great wild places.
Share in an incredible Alaskan family vacation. Join together for the hike of a lifetime to the toe of Exit Glacier and alongside the Harding Icefield. Experience the life of a dogsledding team and learn more about this native tradition. Keep your eyes peeled for moose during our bike rides and sea otters during a cruise on Prince William Sound. Get ready for a great Alaskan adventure!
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels*
Special Kids Prices
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Kick off the trip with a spin along bike paths leading you out of Anchorage and onto the gently rolling Tony Knowles Coastal Trail | Behold the dramatic shoreline of Turnagain Arm en route to our plush resort in Girdwood.
This stylish hotel with an aerial tram to the top of Mount Alyeska has earned accolades from Travel + Leisure. (pool, spa)
Search for glaciers and perhaps humpback whales while cruising through Prince William Sound | Journey south to the Kenai Peninsula, a wonderland of rugged mountains, glaciers, fjords and lakes | Take in views of the Chugach Mountains, which contain a third of the glaciated areas in Alaska | In Kenai Fjords National Park, kids hike to the toe of Exit Glacier, meet some of the famed Iditarod race's canine participants and explore the Alaska SeaLife Center, home to sea lions, Alaskan king crabs, puffins and other marine wildlife | Adults embark on a once-in-a-lifetime trek with spectacular views of the vast Harding Icefield, where glacial ice extends as far as the eye can see | Look out for mountain goats, moose and marmots!
An exceptional Alaskan wilderness retreat nestled in the woods of the striking Resurrection River Valley.
Travel to Homer and pedal along a route with jaw-dropping views of Cook Inlet and the volcanoes of the Alaska Range | Harbor seals and sea lions make frequent appearances outside our waterfront hotel at the end of the Homer Spit, a narrow finger of land jutting into stunning Kachemak Bay| A water taxi takes us across the bay to circumnavigate Yukon Island by kayak | Watch for harbor seals, porpoises and sea otters | Explore a local farm, complete with furry animals, herbs, art and views of Kachemak Bay.
Commune with eagles, otters and seals where land meets sea on Kachemak Bay. (spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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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. LEARN MORE.
Note: The minimum age required for kids to ride their own bike on this trip is 9+
Note: On this Family Trip, our routes follow gentle rolling terrain, except for the rigorous hike to Harding Icefield. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary and mileage is moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own. Operating under Special Use Permit on the Chugach National Forest. Backroads is an Equal Opportunity Provider.
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.
Alaska 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.