• Hiking to the the Kennicott copper mine - Wrangell - St Elias National Park, Alaska
  • Matanuska Glacier in Alaska
  • Biking on Backroads Alaska Multi-Adventure Tour
  • Sea otters - Alaska Multi-Adventure Tour
  • Hiking to a glacier on Backroads Alaska Multi-Adventure Tour

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Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

  • Soar over the mountain peaks and snowy glaciers of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, America's largest national park
  • Witness living geology as you embark on thrilling glacier-bound hikes and raft an exhilarating Class III river
  • Cruise on Prince William Sound, surrounded by the Chugach National Forest, while keeping an eye out for seals and orcas
  • Bike along Turnagain Arm, named by Captain Cook and considered one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the country

You'll never see all of Alaska. It's too big, too vast, too wild. But there's certainly no harm in trying. So start here, in Wrangell-St. Elias—a national park of such epic proportions that 6 Yellowstones could fit within its boundaries! Here, where wildlife abounds, glaciers calve, massive peaks inspire awe and history comes alive. Step off the beaten path and start exploring.  

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Itinerary

Day 1 Journey from Anchorage through the fertile Matanuska Valley | Splash down the rapids of the Matanuska River, then trek upon its glacial source for close-up views of crevasses and unique ice formations.

Day 2 Grasp the size and scope of the Alaskan wilderness on a scenic flight into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park over majestic mountains and glaciers | Get a sense of a remote mountain town as you stroll through "downtown" McCarthy, population 28 | While exploring the once-boomtown of Kennecott, learn the fascinating stories of one of the richest copper strikes in history.

Day 3 Explore a world of moulins, ogives and sapphire-blue pools​ as you hike on Root Glacier  | When the clouds part, take in views of the 6,000 ft Stairway Icefall and snow-covered Mount Blackburn, looming in the distance | Or spend the day learning how to ice climb! 

Day 4 Fly out of Alaska's interior into Valdez, the southern terminus of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline at the edge of Prince William Sound | Hike along a fjord surrounded on three sides by steep snowcapped mountains.

Days 5-6 Enjoy a private cruise across Prince William Sound, taking in views of marine wildlife and the second-largest tidewater glacier in Alaska | Journey under a mountain as we travel to Whittier through the longest highway tunnel in North America | Bike along Turnagain Arm on one of the most scenic bike trails in western Alaska.

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. Read the Straight Talk

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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 Standards

Alaska is a land of rustic and rugged beauty. While Backroads has selected the best possible lodging available in the places we visit, simplicity and comfort often outweigh elegance and luxury in this great state. Generally speaking, customer service in Alaska can seem slow and casual when compared with the high standards of hospitality found on other Backroads trips. Patience, a sense of humor and an appreciation for the cultural differences that abound in this population-sparse setting will help to make the most of your experience.
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Casual Hotels*

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Sheep Mountain Lodge

Sheep Mountain Lodge

Sheep Mountain (1 night)

Individual wooden cabins tucked in a beautiful forested setting near the Matanuska River.

Kennicott

Kennicott Glacier Lodge

(2 nights)

Family-style lodge in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, reflective of the historical atmosphere of nearby Kennecott Mines.

Valdez Harbor Inn

Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn

Valdez (1 night)

Watch the harbor activity from this very basic but comfortable waterfront hotel, the best option in town.

Alyeska Resort

Alyeska Resort

* Premiere Hotel
Girdwood (1 night)

This stylish hotel with an aerial tram to the top of Mount Alyeska has earned accolades from Travel + Leisure. (pool, spa)

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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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Dates & Prices

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.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

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.

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Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
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
1 Rafting Whitewater Rafting (3 Hours)
Other Glacier Hike (3.5 Hours)
2 Other Walking Historical Tour (1.5-2 Hours)
3 Walking/Hiking 3 300 5 600 6 800
Other Optional All-Day Ice Climbing
4 Walking/Hiking 4 400
5 Other Nature Cruise on Prince William Sound (6 Hours)
6 Biking 10 600 20 1300 34 2200
 

Note: Glacier walking is inherently more strenuous than trail walking. Therefore, the overall Trip Activity Level of this trip is higher than the mileages reflect.  

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Alaska

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Alaska trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

The Best Leaders in Alaska

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Alaska, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Alaska that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore Alaska with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multi-adventure concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

We Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 16 or more guests: from $3,198 pp dbl occ
  • 12 or more guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 10 - 11 guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,998 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $8,798 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $10,198 pp dbl occ

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