Prince William Sound Denali Explorer
Ride the rails into an exciting world of wildlife viewing, glacier cruising and flightseeing in Alaska. Find yourself face to face with bears in Redoubt Bay, cruise past glaciers in Prince William Sound, fly high over Denali National Park in a small bush plane and travel aboard Alaska Railroad in the Goldstar Railcar.
Day 1 Anchorage Arrival
Upon arrival in Anchorage, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the sights. With almost 300,000 people calling it home, Anchorage is the largest city and cosmopolitan center of Alaska. It is the self-proclaimed gateway to Alaska for many visitors. Built originally as a railway depot, the city grew with the development of the farming collective in the Mat-Su valley and the building of Air Force bases. With the discovery of oil, the city became the commercial and financial center of the state. Situated on the Pacific Ocean on Cook Inlet and moderated by the ocean, the city does not often get the extreme weather that much of Alaska is renown for. A vibrant and unique city on the edge of the Alaskan wilderness- parks, trails and moose all make for a unique setting, and there are plenty of opportunities for exploring if you choose.
Day 2 Prince William Sound 26 Glacier Cruise (Rail)
Depart Anchorage by rail for an adventure into the exciting world of Alaska's wildlife. The 26 Glacier Cruise travels over 140 miles into Prince William Sound where you will see 26 'named' glaciers and many more unnamed. Get face to face with these towering masses of ice, so close that you can 'hear' the glaciers move and gaze at their brilliant blue hues. On the 26 Glacier Cruise, you'll see several types of glaciers, including Alpine (hanging), Piedmont and Tidewater. Glacier calvings (when broken pieces of ice fall into the water and become icebergs) are normally seen on each cruise.
Day 3 Floatplane to Redoubt Bay Bear Viewing
Enjoy a half day guided tour with the opportunity to view Alaska's black and brown bears in their natural habitat. You'll fly by floatplane, 70 miles southwest of Anchorage to the entrance of Lake Clark Wilderness Preserve, site of Redoubt Bay Lodge to view resident brown bears up close from one of the lodge's covered pontoon boats.
Day 4 Anchorage to Talkeetna (Rail)
Depart early on the Denali Star Train by Goldstar Railcar to Talkeetna, best known as base camp for climbers attempting Mount Denali and for the stunning views of this famous mountain. Take a stroll down the main street for river views, local brews and great eats.
Day 5 Talkeetna to Denali National Park Entrance (Rail)
This morning take the Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad's flagship train, in the Goldstar Railcar to Denali National Park. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as white water rafting down the Nenana River, helicopter flightseeing over the park, landing on a glacier or hiking.
Day 6 Denali National Park Backcountry Adventure (Coach / Bush Plane Flight)
This full-day narrated coach trip explores the entire 92 miles of the restricted Denali Park Road on your way to the Denali Backcountry Lodge. During your journey to the lodge, your experienced driver-guide will help in the search for bear, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other wildlife while pointing out the biology and geology of the area. There are numerous stops for wildlife viewing and photography. While at the lodge, you can take a nature walk or try panning for gold. You will return to the park entrance via a flightseeing tour in a small bush plane.
Day 7 Denali National Park Entrance to Fairbanks (Rail)
This morning is open for optional activities such as: whitewater rafting down the Nenana River, helicopter flightseeing over the park, landing on a glacier or hiking. After lunch, take the shuttle to the Alaska Railroad Station and board the Denali Star Train in the Goldstar Railcar to Fairbanks. Enjoy the late afternoon scenery as you travel north to Fairbanks.
When To Go:
May to September