Picture of Alaska: From Fairbanks to Anchorage
Picture of Alaska: From Fairbanks to Anchorage
Picture of Alaska: From Fairbanks to Anchorage
Picture of Alaska: From Fairbanks to Anchorage
Picture of Alaska: From Fairbanks to Anchorage
Picture of Alaska: From Fairbanks to Anchorage
Picture of Alaska: From Fairbanks to Anchorage
Picture of Alaska: From Fairbanks to Anchorage
Picture of Alaska: From Fairbanks to Anchorage
Picture of Alaska: From Fairbanks to Anchorage

Alaska: From Fairbanks to Anchorage

Destination: South Central Alaska

Join us in a journey from Alaska's Golden Heart city, Fairbanks, to its largest, Anchorage, along the historic Parks Highway. Along the way, we'll soak in therapeutic hot springs, hike through boreal forests and over alpine tundra, raft a white-water river, and explore unique Alaska treasures, not least of which is Denali National Park and its abundant wildlife. During our week we will discover the wide diversity of Alaska's natural beauty and meet a few of its characters along the way. If you are interested in seeing even more of Alaska, especially its coastal beauty, extend your trip to include Alaska from Anchorage to Homer the following week.

Highlights

  • Hiking diverse trails in Alaska's interior, to passes, overlooks, lakes, and panoramic views
  • Visiting spectacular Denali National Park and quirky Talkeetna
  • Seeing an amazing diversity of wildlife, including moose, bear, Dall sheep, caribou, and bald eagles
  • Soaking in famous Chena Hot Springs

Inclusions

  • 1 - 2 experienced AGC guides based on group size
  • 8 nights double occupancy lodging
  • All activities on the itinerary unless specified as optional at additional cost
  • All meals from dinner the first day through breakfast the last with the exception of one lunch and dinner as specified on the itinerary
  • All transport within Alaska
  • National Park Entrance fees

Not included: Airfare to Fairbanks or from Anchorage, alcoholic beverages, one dinner and one lunch, guide gratuities, optional activities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature.

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This trip is designed for women in good health and physical condition who want to see Alaska. We have designed the itinerary to minimize time in the van and all activities are moderate. The rating for this trip is a 2, but at the highest level of 2. While the activities are moderate, some of the hiking is on uneven footing and with significant changes in elevation. This rating of 2 is suitable for any woman who regularly walks at a brisk pace 4 days a week for 45 minutes. Rating: 1 [2] 3 4 5.

On this trip we combine hiking, whitewater rafting, and searching for wildlife that, in Alaska, is distinctly wild. We will combine time in Denali National Park, the best known of Alaska's National Parks, with excursions into some of its hidden corners.

With the exception of the last night at Hampton Inn, we will be staying at several different family run lodges and hotels in double occupancy rooms with ensuite bathrooms. All are clean, comfortable, and will give you a feel for the real Alaska.

Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.

DAY 1
Our trip begins when we meet in the Golden Heart of Alaska, Fairbanks. Plan to arrive at the Fairbanks airport in time to meet the group at 3:00 pm. We'll drive together to Chena Hot Springs in plenty of time to enjoy a rejuvenating soak before our trip orientation and dinner. Although the sun technically sets for about three hours on this day, it never really gets dark. You may find yourself soaking and exploring long past your bedtime! D
DAY 2
We'll spend the day in the vicinity of Chena Hot Springs, so there will be ample opportunity to enjoy the heat before breakfast and after we hike. We'll earn our picnic lunch by hiking up to explore the rugged beauty of the granite tors on Angel Rocks Trail. Depending on the weather, this trail may give us options for a 4-mile loop hike or a longer, more strenuous 8-mile hike back to Chena Hot Springs. If you still have energy at the end of the day, there may be time to go for a horse or ATV ride at the hot springs. Hiking distance: 4 or 8 miles. B, L, D
DAY 3
After a final soak in the hot springs and a hearty breakfast, we'll continue our adventure by driving to Denali National Park. Along the way we'll travel through a variety of Alaska's ecological biomes, and cross the mighty Nenana and Tanana Rivers. Keep your eyes open: moose, bears, beavers and more are all residents of this area, so hopefully we'll get lucky and see them all. We'll picnic along the way, and arrive at our Denali home in time to hike the Triple Lakes Loop, explore the local flora and fauna, not capture some amazing views. Hiking distance: approximately 5 miles. Driving time total: approximately 4 hours. B, L, D
DAY 4
Today we'll have more time to explore the wonders of Denali National Park. The park visitors' center and Murie Science Center can teach us a great deal about the area's history, geology, plants, and animals. Once we've educated ourselves, we'll continue our explorations by hiking up Mt. Healy for lunch and, hopefully, views of Denali, The Great One. We can choose to bag a peak today, or turn around at a lower elevation - the views are great either way. Dinner will be on your own, with a variety of options to choose from. Hiking distance: 5.5 miles, 1,700 ft. elevation gain, or less if we choose. B, L
DAY 5
We'll have this morning free to pursue our own explorations of Denali. Options included flight seeing, ATV adventures, visiting with sled dogs, local hikes, and much more. After lunch (on your own), we'll meet back at our cabins to go rafting on the Nenana River. You can choose between a class III/IV river with lots of rapids or a more gentle float. Regardless of which you choose, rafting this scenic river is loads of fun, and there's always a chance of seeing bears, moose, sheep, and caribou. Over dinner we can each share our chosen adventures of the day. B, D
DAY 6
For our final day in Denali, we'll venture fully into the park. There's only one road into this 6 million acre park, and we'll traverse it with a knowledgeable driver who will tell us all about what we're seeing as we drive to the Eielson Visitors Center. There will be many opportunities to take photos, and short stops along the way will allow us to stretch our legs. Once again, keep your eyes open for wildlife, and shout out if you see anything so everyone else can see it, too. Driving time: 7 - 8 hours. B, L, D
DAY 7
After breakfast, we'll bid farewell to Denali and head to the charming town of Talkeetna. This unique (even by Alaskan standards) community is home to festivities such as the annual Moose Dropping Festival (no moose are harmed) and the Bachelor Auction and Ball (presumably no bachelors are harmed). We'll settle for exploring town after a hike through the alpine tundra on Little Coal Creek Trail, and maybe another opportunity to glimpse Denali. Hiking time: approximately 3 hours. Driving time: approximately 3 hours. B, L, D
DAY 8
For the final full day of our trip, we'll drive to Anchorage. Before we get there, however, we'll have the opportunity to visit one of the Alaska's hidden jewels: Hatcher Pass. Home to a historic gold mine, Independence Mine, Hatcher Pass offers splendid opportunities for hiking in alpine tundra while gawking at rugged mountains and glacial erratics, lichen-covered boulders left behind when glaciers receded. We'll enjoy a picnic during our hike, and then continue our drive into Anchorage. We'll arrive in plenty of time for a shower before our farewell dinner. We're all sure to have lots of highlights to share before we say goodbye to our new friends. B, L, D
DAY 9
This morning it's time to say goodbye as we depart for the airport. Our hotel has a shuttle so you can leave when you choose. But perhaps you're not ready to go yet? In that case, spend the day doing your laundry and then join us on our next adventure - Alaska: the Kenai Peninsula.

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  1. Where do we eat?
    Most of your meals will be at your lodging or at restaurants where you can order off the menu; the guides will prepare some of the meals. Most lunches will be packed lunches or picnic style.
  2. What dietary preferences or restrictions can you accommodate on this trip?
    We can accommodate vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-intolerant although we can not guarantee a completely gluten-free diet, if we know well in advance. If you're severely allergic or if you have other significant dietary restrictions, please call the office before you register. If you're vegan, you may want to bring some additional protein bars.
  3. I will be coming by myself. Do I need to pay a single supplement?
    You only need to pay a single supplement if you want to guarantee you have your own room. Otherwise we'll pair you up with someone and then switch roommates every time we switch lodging.
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