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Alaska Family Walking & Hiking Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Alaska's Kenai Peninsula—Glacier to Coastline

Enjoy a sensational hike along Exit Glacier that leads to unforgettable vistas of Resurrection River Valley and Harding IcefieldBoat across beautiful Kachemak Bay, then trek to amazing Grewingk Glacier, where you may encounter grazing Dall sheepVisit the coastal towns of Homer and Seward, brimming with charm and classic Alaskan characterWatch for black bears, marmots, caribou and moose, among many other noteworthy wildlife

It feels like the end 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 family's sense of the wilderness will never be the same after this. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 Homer, known as “The End of the Road,” is 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.

Day 2 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.

Days 3-4 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 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 Fjords National Park.

Days 5-6 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.

Hiking in Alaska is what dreams are made of…sweeping vistas, lush forests, rugged challenging terrain, wildlife sightings, getting up close and personal with a glacier. This epic Family Breakaway adventure highlights the iconic destinations of the southcentral region including Kenai Fjords National Park, Harding Icefield and Kachemak Bay. Are you ready to experience wilderness and space on a grand scale?
Linda Cassell - Regional Manager - North America

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

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.
$2,898 - $3,098
pp dbl. occ.
(+$720 to $730 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 6% Kenai Peninsula tax

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6 days, 5 nights
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Open 7 Days a Week
6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

Start / End
Homer, Alaska/Anchorage, Alaska

Meals
All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners included


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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 Dates & Prices tab.

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Land's End Resort

Land's End Resort

Homer (2 nights)

Commune with eagles, otters and seals where land meets sea on Kachemak Bay. (spa)

Seward Windsong Lodge

Seward Windsong Lodge

Seward (2 nights)

Nestled in the woods of the striking Resurrection River Valley.

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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Hiking in Alaska is what dreams are made of…sweeping vistas, lush forests, rugged challenging terrain, wildlife sightings, getting up close and personal with a glacier. This epic Family Breakaway adventure highlights the iconic destinations of the southcentral region including Kenai Fjords National Park, Harding Icefield and Kachemak Bay. Are you ready to experience wilderness and space on a grand scale?

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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.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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Interested in a Private Trip? Check out the Make It Private tab for private dates available, or call us at 800-462-2848.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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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Daily Route Options
Day 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 2 100
5 200
2 5 400 7 400 8 1200
3 5 200 9 700
4 3 1500 4 2000 8 3000
5 4 700 5 1200 6 2100
6 3 300
5 500
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes meadow and forest paths and alpine trails, ranging from lightly rolling to hilly with several steeper climbs. The lightly rolling to hilly terrain on this trip includes a mix of well-maintained meadow and forest paths and rugged mountain trails with several steeper climbs and descents. 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 on the Chugach National Forest. Backroads is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

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

Who Else Gets You to Homer?

While many active travel companies include scenic Seward in their itineraries, with Backroads you start by leaving the crowds behind and exploring Homer, fondly known as "the end of the road." This seldom-visited fishing town, beautifully set beneath snowcapped peaks on the Kenai Peninsula, is your home base for wildlife-spotting adventures out on Kachemak Bay and an unforgettable hike on Grewingk Glacier. This is how Alaskans see their world.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Alaska designed for families with older teens and 20-somethings. Our Family Breakaway 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.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

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.

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 Value of Casual Inn Trips

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this Casual Inns trip 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.

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

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

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.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Alaska trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

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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 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.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $2,798 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,198 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,598 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,398 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $2,898 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,398 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,398 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,198 pp dbl occ

Click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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