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Alaska Coast to Denali

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Join this seven-day Alaska Coast to Denali tour for the ultimate exploration of two distinctly different national parks: Kenai Fjords and Denali. The trek begins in Turnagain Arm and continues across the Chugach Mountains to the charming coastal town of Seward. Join a small kayak excursion through the stunning seacoast of Kenai Fjords National Park, explore the famed Denali National Park, and conclude your Alaska journey by riding the historic Alaska Railroad.
Sunrise from the deck over the fjordKayaking to a glacierWhale breachingKenai Fjords Glacier Lodge cabinAerial view of the Kenai Fjords Glacier LodgeBear sighting at Kenai Fjords Glacier LodgeA bear explores the tundra surrounding DenaliMoose browse in a lake in Denali National Park
  • Kayak along the spectacular seacoast in Kenai Fjords National Park.
  • Explore the picturesque of Seward, Chugach Mountains.
  • Take a journey north to a quaint mountain town, Talkeetna.
  • Enjoy a marine wildlife and glacier cruise.
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Marine Wildlife and Glacier Cruise

Finish your morning excursion with a brief drive along the coast to Turnagain Arm to Seward, Alaska, a charming coastal town at the mouth of Resurrection Bay. After boarding a marine wildlife and glacier cruise that leads to Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, you will be greeted by arrays of birds and marine mammals including whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, puffins and more!

Nestled in a protected tidal lagoon area, the Glacier Lodge offers stunning views of Pedersen Glacier and miles of pristine beachfront prime for combing. This afternoon, meet your guides for a tour of the lodge and property and settle into your private cabins. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations.

Day 2: Explore Kenai Fjords National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the lodge, choose from an array of activities to cater to your interests and physical ability. Various guided options include interpretive nature strolls, sea kayaking near glacial ice, canoeing expeditions, or you can unwind by the fireplace, browse the natural history library, or take a walk along the beachfront.

Day 3: Return to Seward

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This afternoon, you have the opportunity to take one final journey on the Glacier Lake Ferry before the trip back to Seward. Enjoy a delicious dinner and spend the evening relaxing at Seward Windsong Lodge tonight.

After dinner, enjoy an evening cordial at the Resurrection Roadhouse or relax in your comfortable accommodations.

Day 4: Travel to Talkeetna

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your journey north through the scenic Chugach State Park north before arriviing at the Talkeena Drawbridge, the gateway to the Alaska Range. Here, you'll have the option to enjoy an activity loved by many visitors: a flightseeing adventure! Take to the skies on one of the optional flightseeing trips of Denali and its surrounding glacial canyons, or wander through Talkeetana to learn about the Alaskan mountain climbing scene.

Day 5: North to Denali

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the entrance of Denali National Park and continue north to the border zone. Take a moment to enjoy stunning views of the Alaska Range from the south and, on clear days, admire the awe-inspiring summits of Denali looking out to the north.

Day 6: Explore Denali

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Among the best ways to spot Alaska's iconic wildlife is to spend a full day enjoying Denali National Park on foot along the park's paths and habitats. Drive to Denali Park by bus today, searching for caribou, moose, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and Dall sheep. Tonight, share favorite stories from your day while enjoying drinks and dishes with fellow travelers during appetizers, and after dinner, enjoy evening bonfires or relaxing strolls around the grounds, admiring the lake views.

Day 7: Return to Anchorage

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a calm morning at Tonglen Lake Lodge. After breakfast this morning, make your way to visit Alaska’s 4-legged “celebrities” – Alaskan sled dogs! You’ll be able to learn more about how sled dogs serve an important role throughout rural and remote Alaskan communities before bidding farewell to Denali and boarding the historic Alaska Railroad.

Take an easy afternoon return trip to Anchorage, arriving at about 8:30 p.m.


Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge cabin
Cabin Interior
Interior dining room

Seward Windsong Lodge

Resurrection Roadhouse overlooks the river
Standard Room
Lobby of Seward Windsong

Talkeetna Lodge

Comfortable rustic Alaska interiors
Foraker Restaurant dining
Back Viewing Deck

Tonglen Lake Lodge

Amazing view of Tonglen Lake Lodge
Artisan Cafe
The Lodge

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  • Additional excursions during free time
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