- Denali National Park Extension5 days from $6,690
Extend your coastal Alaska expedition and head inland to explore the wilds of Denali National Park & Preserve. Enjoy exclusive access to Denali’s pristine backcountry and choose from a range of daily activities, paced for all endurance levels. Return to Anchorage via the historic Alaska Railroad, riding the rails through spectacular mountain landscapes.
Arrive in Fairbanks and transfer to your waterfront hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travelers for dinner.
Begin your day with a visit to the University of Alaska Museum of the North, featuring exhibits on the culture and history of the state’s diverse regions. Later, set out along a wilderness drive to North Face Lodge, located near the end of the highly restricted Denali Park Road—off limits to private vehicles. Traveling in the lodge’s bus, we will enjoy prime opportunities to spot Denali’s “big five” in the surrounding landscape: grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolves, and Dall sheep. Tuck into a hearty picnic-style dinner on the bank of the East Fork River before arriving at your lodge, nestled deep in the Denali wilderness.
Over the next three days, immerse yourself in the wilds of Denali as you explore the various trail systems of its backcountry. On hiking excursions customized for a range of activity levels, venture into deep pine forests and across vast open tundra, and scan the scenery for wildlife, including golden eagles, foxes, ptarmigans, and more. In the evenings, curl up by a roaring fire for expert presentations on Denali’s natural and cultural history, with topics ranging from tundra ecology to the various uses of natural resources.
In addition to guided hikes, our lodge offers a series of educational programs, including wildlife drives and interpretive walks with naturalists. Self-guided fly-fishing, mountain biking, and canoeing on Wonder Lake are also available, as well as optional add-on flight seeing. Or, simply relax on the lodge porch, enjoying unparalleled views of Denali’s snow-capped peak.
After an early breakfast, return to the entrance of the park, arriving at the train depot in time to board the historic Alaska Railroad, bound for Anchorage. Head to the dining car to enjoy lunch, dinner, and a farewell drink. Much of your route traverses remote, inaccessible areas and provides a different experience than the highway. Transfer to our hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Alaska’s largest city.
This morning fly to either Sitka or Juneau to begin your Alaska voyage.