An adventurous family took an incredible Alaska vacation. The kids hiked to the Exit Glacier; parents hiked to the Harding Icefield. They all tried dog sledding, witnessed moose and eagles during a river float trip and watched salmon swimming upstream. To this day, they all agree: it was the best family vacation ever!
1-2 Delve into 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! 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.
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, where glacial ice extends as far as the eye can see Meet some of the famed Iditarod race's canine participants and experience the excitement of racing on comfortable wheeled dogsleds.
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.
5-6 Circle 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.