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Alaska Camping Adventure


Get a glimpse of Alaska’s northern beauty in the best way possible – by being right in among it! Take in the scenery during this eight-day camping adventure and sleep in the shadow of North America’s highest peak at Denali National Park, spot whales, caribou and cliff-clinging sheep while road tripping along the spectacular Seward Highway and visit a few of Alaska’s humble and wholesome townships. With a local leader to show you around and campfire comfort to keep you warm at night, the striking landscapes will stay with you for some time.

8 days, from

$2,495

per person

GROUP SIZE

11 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
Trip code: SSRL
Style: Basix
Theme: Explorer

Details

Countries Visited:  United States Of America
Accommodation: Camping (with facilities) (7 nights)
Transportation: Private Vehicle

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 11

  • Behold the beauty of Denali National Park, spotting the unique wildlife that calls this corner of the world home and meeting the dogs that help keep visitors safe.

  • Spend your nights sleeping in Alaska’s most scenic spots, waking each day to a morning view unlike any other while enjoying the communal experience that comes with camping.

  • Get a slice of local life with stops in Talkeetna (pop. 1,200), wander through Homer’s artsy downtown and shoot the breeze at the Salty Dawg Saloon on the Homer Spit.

  • Choose to add in a cruise from Seward to see the scenic Kenai Fjords, watching for whales as you take in the outflowing icy blue glaciers.

  • Join in on the optional food kitty with your fellow travellers and enjoy camp cooking and picnic lunches while keeping costs down.

  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, the Grand Canyon Conservancy. Donations help them protect Grand Canyon National Park and support trail restoration, conservation of native plants and wildlife, and educational programs.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Anchorage

Welcome to Anchorage! Your Alaskan adventure will start with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you arrive early enough feel free to stretch your legs, wander the city, and check out highlights like the Anchorage Museum or the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Following the meeting, your leader will arrange an optional dinner for the group, otherwise you’ll be free to head downtown and try out some of the local fare.

Day 2: Talkeetna / Denali National Park

After breakfast, you’ll hit the Parks Highway headed north for Denali. Settle in and enjoy the drive as you wind through the Alaskan wilderness and keep an eye out for a caribou or two! Along the way you’ll stop at Talkeetna, a small town known for its big views of Denali and the Alaska Range, where your leader will take you on a walking tour. There’ll also be some free time for lunch. When you arrive at Denali National Park, you’ll set up camp near the park, get a campfire started, make dinner and finish the day with some s’mores under the stars.

Day 3: Denali National Park

You’ll start the day in Denali by heading into the park and visiting the kennels of the National Park Service’s working dogs. Park Rangers will lead a demonstration, showing off some of the National Park while offering a glimpse at how the dogs support operations and protect winter travellers. You’ll then enjoy a picnic lunch in the park, followed by a leader-led hike – taking in the highest mountain peak in North America. Head back to the campsite later in the afternoon, where you’ll be able to rest up and share stories around the campfire. For those who want to see more of the park, you can choose to forego today's activities and pay for the full-day Tundra Wilderness Bus Tour which includes the Toklat River’s incredible scenery and some of the park’s best wildlife spotting opportunities.

Day 4: Seward

Today you’ll be departing early and driving south, heading back through Anchorage and along the Seward Highway. This is one of the most scenic roads in North America – there'll be plenty of stops for photos (and a picnic for lunch) as you ride beside the peaks of Chugach State Park to your left and the plains of the Turnagain Arm to your right. If you’re lucky, you might spot Dall sheep clinging to the cliffs and beluga whales wading through the water! The day’s travel will end at Seward, a picturesque town on Resurrection Bay where you’ll be setting up camp for the night and settling in for a communal dinner.

Day 5: Seward

Enjoy a full free day in Seward choosing your own adventure! You might hike a local trail, book a cruise to see the Kenai Fjords or go on a guided sea kayaking tour. Between July and September you might spot salmon swimming upstream at Bear Creek Weir, otherwise you can get your fishy fill by heading to the Alaska SeaLife Centre. Be sure to leave some time to wander around Seward itself and peruse the shops, restaurants and scenic harbour, potentially spotting porpoises, eagles and whales!

Day 6: Homer

Before leaving Seward, you’ll do a short hike to get up close to the icy blue tongue of the Exit Glacier. You’ll then head south along the Kenai Peninsula until you reach Homer, also known as the ‘cosmic hamlet by the sea’. After unloading your gear, you’ll head back out along the scenic Skyline Drive, getting picture-perfect views of glaciers, volcanoes, towering mountains and Homer Spit. Later, you’ll visit a nature centre for a leader-led walk, hopefully spotting moose meandering along! You’ll then set up camp for the next two nights, enjoying dinner around the campfire in the evening.

Day 7: Homer

Today is another day free for you to fill with solo exploration or optional activities. Wander around the artsy town and spot the eagles that call Homer Spit home or book a ferry to take you to the former Russian settlement of Seldovia. To live like a local, you could book a halibut fishing charter and attempt to land a catch, or you could rub shoulders with the people that call Homer home at the famous Salty Dawg Saloon.

Day 8: Anchorage

Time for the home straight! After breakfast you’ll drive back to Anchorage where your adventure will finish. Accommodation isn’t provided for the night, so you’ll say your fond farewells to your fellow travellers and local leader. You’ll either need to arrange additional post-trip accommodation or make your way home from here.