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.
Couples, Friends & Solos
6 days 5 nights
Activity Level: 1-2
From: $3,899 - $3,949 pp dbl occ
($1,050 for sgl occ) plus 6% tax
Ancient glaciers plunge between emerald peaks. Otters play in kelp beds in Kachemak Bay. Float across waters brimming with sea life. Wildflowers dazzle and remote scenes enchant. Wander through unforgettable landscapes and visit three towns, each with a unique charm. Alaska’s grandeur is hard to believe, and even harder to leave.
Start Homer / End Anchorage
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Refreshingly Active Adventures
Explore pristine wilderness, temperate rain forests and glacial lakes. On the trail, on a boat or relaxing on a riverbank, this may be the closest you’ve felt to nature.
Join a naturalist and learn about native flora and fauna, keeping an eye out for black bears, marmots and moose. Then enjoy sea-to-table dinners in some of Kenai’s most idyllic towns.
Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
From a bayfront hideaway on the tip of one of the world’s longest natural spits to an elegant resort at the base of Mount Alyeska, the wilds of Alaska are always just outside the front door.
We begin our journey in Homer, one of Alaska's most picturesque towns | A naturalist shares the intricacies of the forest and wetland habitat high above Kachemak Bay, famous for its extreme tides | Our cozy waterfront lodgings sit at the tip of the world's second-longest natural spit | Commute alongside sea otters, porpoises, loons and bald eagles during a boat ride across Kachemak Bay to reach our trailhead | Trek through temperate rain forests, across a glacial moraine and out to a glacial lake in Kachemak Bay State Park | Learn about Alaska’s first state park, which contains 400,000 acres of wilderness.
Commune with eagles, otters and seals where land meets sea on Kachemak Bay.
Wander fields of wildflowers and moody spruce forests en route to a glacier-fed lake | Perched between mountains and sea, quaint Seward offers a serving of welcome hospitality on the Last Frontier | Marvel at Exit Glacier, originating from the monolithic Harding Icefield, a glacier spanning more than 900 square miles and concealing an entire mountain range under several thousand feet of ice | Keep your eyes out for mountain goats, moose and black bears in Kenai Fjords National Park.
An Alaskan wilderness retreat with contemporary finishes nestled in the woods of the striking Resurrection River Valley.
Meet the famed animals of Alaska at a wildlife conservation center | Settle into Girdwood, an only-in-Alaska novelty: a ski town by the sea | The sound of water accompanies you on an easygoing hike through a forest to the rushing deluge of Winner Creek Gorge.
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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Our Dolce Tempo walking activities allow you to leisurely explore local hidden gems and to get away from the crowds, experiencing the essence of your location on your own terms and at your own pace. Easier than our other trips, but still wonderfully active, route options typically include 2-3 hours of walking per day. Your trip is fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, vans, meticulously selected routes and downloadable GPS files available for use on your own device.
The terrain on this trip includes forest paths and alpine trails ranging from lightly rolling to hilly. On some trails we encounter rocks and tree roots causing uneven footing. The hike to Marmot Meadows is especially rigorous due to its steep rocky terrain and the possibility of encountering snow. Unpredictable mountain weather can make hiking conditions more challenging.
Backroads is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.
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.