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Alaska Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Older Teens & 20s

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Wrangell-St. Elias – America's Largest National Park

From $3,399 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$740 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $540 to $580


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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Highlights

  • Soar over the mountain peaks and snowy glaciers of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, America's largest national park
  • Hike into living geology on thrilling glacier-bound trails and raft an exhilarating wild 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
Alaska

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Itinerary

Day 1 Journey from Anchorage through the fertile Matanuska Valley | Splash down the rapids of the glacially fed Matanuska River, then settle into comfortable cabins at the base of the mountains.

Day 2 Grasp the size and scope of the Alaskan wilderness on a scenic flight into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park over majestic peaks 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 western Alaska's most scenic bike trails.

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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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 a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,399 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,999 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,299 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $8,499 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $11,799 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $3,399 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$740 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $540 to $580


Traveling with Kids

Casual Hotels*

Sheep Mountain Lodge
Sheep Mountain Lodge

Sheep Mountain (1 night)

Kennicott
Kennicott Glacier Lodge

Kennicott (2 nights)

Valdez Harbor Inn
Valdez Harbor Inn

Valdez (1 night)

Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, Alaska
Alyeska Resort

Girdwood (1 night)

* Premiere Hotel

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Alaska

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Casual Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

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

Kennicott (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

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, Girdwood, Alaska

Alyeska Resort

Girdwood (1 night)
* Premiere Hotel

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

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
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)
2 Other Scenic Flight to McCarthy (1 Hour)
Other Historical Walking Tour (1.5–2 Hours)
3 Walking/Hiking 5 600
4 Walking/Hiking 3 400
Other Scenic Flight to Valdez (1 Hour)
5 Other Nature Cruise on Prince William Sound (6 Hours)
6 Biking 10* 600 20 1300 34 2200
 

Note: Uneven trail surfaces with some loose rocks and roots. Glacial walking (with crampons) includes uneven surfaces with short, steep gain or loss of elevation. Glacier walking is inherently more strenuous than trail walking. Therefore, the overall Trip Activity Level of this trip is higher than the mileages reflect.  

* Includes shuttle.

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

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners 

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Burley Kazoo trailer bike (Included in your trip price)

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who may be comfortable pedaling around the neighborhood but aren't yet ready for bike touring.

Burley Kazoo trailer bike

Burley Cub trailer (Included)

Burley Cub trailer (Included in your trip price)

The Burley Cub trailer, for one or two children 60 pounds and under, is sturdy carrier that attaches to our bikes. It provides a comfortable and safe ride in the spacious interior with inner pockets for snacks and drinks, a reclining seat with a secure five point padded harness system and an adjustable sunscreen.

Burley Cub trailer

Burley Cub trailer

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Flights 

On this trip we travel by single-engine planes to reach some of the remote locations and exclusive activities this destination has to offer. We will be flying by charter with Wrangell Mountain Air, aboard Cessna 206 and 172 planes that seat from 4–6 passengers.

Luggage Restrictions

The private charter planes we use throughout our trip range from 4- to 6-passenger aircraft, with limited luggage capacity. These flights allow us to link distant dynamic regions with ease; however, charter requirements and safety specifications restrict each passenger for the duration of the trip to one small carry-on bag (10 pounds or less) and one checked soft-sided bag (30 pounds or less). These weight limits are strictly enforced. Any excess baggage can be stored for you from Day 2 through Day 4. Make sure to label your luggage clearly with your contact information. Do not leave valuables in stored luggage; we do not assume responsibility for any damage or loss.

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.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Alaska designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

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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Straight Talk

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.

Flights 

On this trip we travel by single-engine planes to reach some of the remote locations and exclusive activities this destination has to offer. We will be flying by charter with Wrangell Mountain Air, aboard Cessna 206 and 172 planes that seat from 4–6 passengers.

Luggage Restrictions

The private charter planes we use throughout our trip range from 4- to 6-passenger aircraft, with limited luggage capacity. These flights allow us to link distant dynamic regions with ease; however, charter requirements and safety specifications restrict each passenger for the duration of the trip to one small carry-on bag (10 pounds or less) and one checked soft-sided bag (30 pounds or less). These weight limits are strictly enforced. Any excess baggage can be stored for you from Day 2 through Day 4. Make sure to label your luggage clearly with your contact information. Do not leave valuables in stored luggage; we do not assume responsibility for any damage or loss.

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