SDAN02 Alaska Discovery Holiday, One Way to Fairbanks

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Denali  National  Park nestling  in  the  shadows  of  towering  20.320  ft.  Mt.  Denali,  is  almost  the  first  thing  that  comes  to  mind  for  anyone  visiting  Alaska.  “SDAN02  –  Alaska  Discovery  Holiday”  self-drive  tour  is  perfectly  suited  for  travelers  with  a  limited  amount  of  time  to  experience  Denali  National  Park  but  want  to  have  Anchorage  as  the  start  point  and  Fairbanks  as  the  end  point.  This  tour  is  only  5-day  duration  and  so  it  fits  perfectly  with  the  travellers  who  have  limited  time or passengers joining an Inside Passage cruise. You  get  to visit Anchorage,  Talkeetna,  Denali  National  Park and  Fairbanks.  The  experience  on  this  trip  ranges  from  amazing  sightseeing  on  the  road  as  well  in  the  park,  lots  of  possible  wildlife  spotting  (Denali  National  Park  is  the  natural  habitat  for  more  than  380  Grizzly  Bears,  Moose,  Wolf,  Fox,  Lynx,  Dall  Sheep  and  Caribou),  hiking  trips  among  others. Please  read  our  itinerary  to  have  more  detailed  day-to-day  experience.  On  request,  this  trip  can  be  customized  and  can  be  organized  in  reverse  order.

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Itinerary

Anchorage ( Overnight: Anchorage )

Arrive in Anchorage during the day. Transfer to your hotel and pick up your rental car. Nestled along the Chugach Mountains, the coastal city of Anchorage is not the frozen tundra of Alaska you might imagine. You will find it’s brimming with activities for the outdoorsy and adventurous. Being the largest city in Alaska, it is rich in indigenous culture; spend your day enjoying the Alaska Native Heritage Center, visiting the Anchorage Museum, or browsing through the Saturday Market. Visit the Lake Hood Floatplane base, go for a walk along the Coastal Train and try out one of Anchorage popular seafood restaurant. With so much of variety of things, for a first time visitor to Alaska or a seasoned traveller, Anchorage has more to offer and is the perfect start point for your journey into Alaska

Anchorage – Talkeetna ( Driving Distance: 120 miles | Overnight: Talkeetna )

It is a treat to watch the mountain peaks of the Alaska Range crowned with snow caps in the distance while traveling from Anchorage on the George Parks Highway to Talkeetna. On the way you travel across the fertile Matanuska Valley. Because of the immense amount of summer sunlight, vegetables grow to incredible sizes. Stopover at Eklutna Indian village on your way to Talkeetna which is a Athabaskan Indian settlement. While at Talkeetna, the must-do activity is the flightseeing tour to the summit of Mt. Denali. Get a picture perfect view of the Kahiltna and Ruth Glacier with its Great Gorge - over 9.000 ft deep - as well as magnificent ice-falls. You'll also see the Sheldon Amphitheatre - the largest of its kind in the world. Highlight of the flight will be an adventurous glacier landing.

Talkeetna - Denali National Park ( Driving Distance: 160 miles | Overnight: Denali Village )

The journey from Talkeetna to Denali National Park offers a lot of possibilities of wildlife spottings. Even if you are not eagle eyed, a few cars stopped over somewhere means that there could be a possibility of wildlife spotting! Byers Lake on the way offers choice to rent a canoe or kayak. Once you cross Denali State Park, you arrive at Denali Village. The parks office is your rich information chase and it provides details on ranger-naturalist programs, slide shows and sled dog demonstrations. Jeff King’s Sled Dog Kennel is a very popular choice for a personal tour with four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King at his Husky Homestead Kennel. One can also choose a rafting trip on Nenana River as well as an ATV Tour through the backcountry adjacent to Denali National Park.

Denali National Park ( Overnight: Denali Village )

Denali National Park offers excellent wildlife viewing and spectacular sceneries. Pick up your tickets, board the bus and watch out for grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolf and fox moving along the ridges and river beds. Your driver informs about the history of Denali National Park, its diverse wildlife and flora. Once an animal has been spotted the bus will stop that everyone can watch and take pictures. The bus turns around at Eielson Visitor Center - 66 miles one way/8 hours round trip. You can get off the bus anytime to go for a hike. Return to the Denali Park entrance anytime during the day. Optional: We can extend the transit bus tour to Wonder Lake or exchange to the Tundra Wilderness Tour, Kantishna Wilderness Trails or Backcountry Lodge Tour. Included: Denali Transit Bus to Eielson Visitor Center

Denali National Park - Fairbanks ( Driving Distance: 130 miles )

Join this morning the Sled dog Demonstration hosted by Denali Park Rangers or hike around the Denali Visitor Center. Start your drive on the Richardson Highway and stopover at Nenana. Residents of Nenana sponsor the Nenana Ice Classic, a nature-based lottery. It is a fundraising event in which individuals attempt to guess the exact time the Tanana River ice will break up. Arrive in Fairbanks, the largest city in the Interior region of Alaska, which enjoys 24 hr of daylight during summer. This afternoon board the authentic Riverboat Discovery sternwheeler for a cruise along the Chena and Tanana rivers. Highlight is stopover at an Athabascan Indian Village, Susan Butcher's kennel and a floatplane take off & land. Drop off the rental car at the airport.