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.
It feels like the ends of the Earth... a place that few humans have seen. Glaciers plunge down mountains to waters brimming with sea life. You marvel at Kachemak Bay's dramatic weather. And at the wildflowers and rushing waterfalls on the Kenai Peninsula. Your sense of the wilderness will never be the same after this.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels*
Special Kids Prices
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Travel on a scenic shuttle from Anchorage to Homer, known as the End of the Road, and one of Alaska’s most picturesque towns | Hike with a naturalist along bluffs overlooking Kachemak Bay, famous for its extreme tides | Settle into our comfortable waterfront accommodations located at the tip of the world’s second-longest natural spit | A boat ride across Kachemak Bay delivers us to the trailhead for our trek to Grewingk Glacier, where you may spot caribou and Dall sheep | En route to Glacier Lake, you’re surrounded by Kachemak Bay State Park’s 400,000 acres of wilderness, reachable only by air and sea | Sea otters, porpoises, loons and bald eagles may say hello.
Commune with eagles, otters and seals where land meets sea on Kachemak Bay. (spa)
Enjoy the wildflowers and spruce forest on a trail to Skilak Lake, fed by a nearby glacier | Wander in scenic Seward | The hike of a lifetime along Exit Glacier leads to amazing views of the Resurrection River Valley and 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 exceptional Alaskan wilderness retreat nestled in the woods of the striking Resurrection River Valley.
Hike to Crow Pass for a closer look at the Raven Glacier | Experience Alaska’s extreme temperatures as you climb to snow-laden heights | The sound of rushing water accompanies you to Winner Creek Gorge, where the creek passes through a narrow granite passage and becomes a deluge.
This stylish hotel with an aerial tram to the top of Mount Alyeska has earned accolades from Travel + Leisure. (pool, spa)
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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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
The terrain on this trip includes meadow and forest paths and alpine trails, ranging from lightly rolling to hilly with several steeper climbs. The hike to Harding Icefield is especially rigorous due to its steep rocky terrain and the possibility of encountering snow. Operating under Special Use Permit in the Chugach National Forest. Backroads is an Equal Opportunity Provider.
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.