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.
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Alaska's wild and untamed corners entice and enchant. Walk where adventuring mountaineers and gold miners once explored. Hike where tundra-dwelling caribou and grizzlies have ambled and wolves have loped. You may be following in their footsteps but you'll be making your own way. From the Knik River and surrounding glaciers to Denali National Park and its magnificent namesake peak, a true Alaskan experience awaits.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels
Start Anchorage / End Fairbanks
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Travel from Anchorage to the Knik River—you won't have traveled far from Alaska's busiest city yet you'll find yourself in a place remote enough to feel a world away | Helicopters whisk us over stunning scenery before landing next to a glacier | Which direction do you want to explore? With no trails to hem you in, the tundra and rocky landscape beckons.
Situated on the remote northern edge of the Chugach Range, this cozy lodge with plush amenities is set between a glacial river and the base of a mountain.
Journey along a mountain pass to visit Independence Mine State Historical Park and celebrate the deep-seated culture of Alaska's gold seekers | Hike across the tundra to see where miners and their families lived | Settle into your cozy Alaskan bush-style log cabin at our extraordinary lodge | Perhaps take a stroll after dinner in the glow of the midnight sun—at this latitude darkness settles in for a mere four hours a day.
An arts-inspired Alaskan resort built by local artisans and builders using sustainable and recycled materials. From the furniture made from hand-hewn logs to the stained glass and ironwork, every detail is handcrafted.
Travel into unspoiled Denali National Park and Preserve, a place so big that if you explored 1,000 acres a day, it would take you 10 years to see it all | Look for the Big Five—moose, gray wolves, grizzly bears, Dall sheep and caribou | Reach Kantishna, a former mining outpost at the literal "end of the road" | Explore Denali with a variety of activities, from guided hikes to an optional "flightseeing" trip around Denali's towering summit | Pause at secluded Wonder Lake to take in stunning reflections of Denali and the surrounding mountains | Soak in the sunrise as we depart our remote wilderness lodge to travel along the 92-mile Denali Park Road eastward through the low valleys and high mountain passes of this pristine landscape | Along the way enjoy views of colorful Polychrome Pass and the braided Teklanika and Toklat Rivers | Gaze out over the carpet of tundra that harbors a variety of delicate plants including bright wildflowers and berries | Complete your Denali education at the park's visitor center | This is an epic journey you'll always remember.
Nestled deep within Denali National Park, this remote lodge allows for a true Alaskan experience with opportunities to see remarkable wildlife, including grizzly bears, Dall sheep and caribou.
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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.
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. 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.
Did you know that Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas and four times the size of California? To experience the full grandeur of Alaska, we must cover great distances and unfortunately we can't do it all on foot. We spend more time traveling (in Backroads vans and the Denali bus) on this trip than on the typical Backroads trip (2–6 hours on several days and 8½ hours on the last day of the trip). Rest assured, the views from these shuttles are spectacular.
On this trip we travel by helicopter (seating 5 passengers) on one day to reach our remote hiking location.