9 Incredible Highlights of a Road Trip in Alaska

  • Road in Alaska leading to mountains

Boasting an incredible seven of the ten biggest national parks in the US, if you like wilderness, you’ve come to the right place. Spending time in Alaska is a truly overwhelming, awe-inducing experience; one that you can truly only describe if you’ve set foot inside these state lines.

With an expanse of land so huge, it’s hard to know where to start. Thankfully, our expert local guides have let us in on some secrets of their favourite spots if you fancy taking a road trip to Alaska with us…

 Denali National Park

Denali National Park

Home to the tallest peak in North America, Mount Denali, Denali National Park is a true Trek favourite. Grizzly bear, caribou and Dall Sheep roam the park’s borders, and with over 6 million acres to explore, you’ll never tire of the epic, dramatic mountain scenery.

Want to see it all from a truly special vantage point? A scenic flight will unveil Denali's enormity, making even the most skeptical of visitors come over all heart-eye-emoji.

 

Wrangell-St. Elias glacier

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Denali still not big enough for your sense of adventure? Get ready - we’re bringing out the biggest gun of them all. Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest national park in the whole 50 states.

Glaciers make up more than a quarter of the park’s expanse, so what better place to strap on some crampons and embark on the most incredible hike you’ll ever encounter? And if you’re up for the challenge, you can even grab an axe and have a go at some ice climbing on Root Glacier. Phew!

Visit on our Alaskan Denali tour

 

Kennecott Copper Mines

Kennecott Copper Mine

Obsessed with all things abandoned? We’ve totally struck gold. The historic mining town of Kennecott is a fascinating insight into Alaska’s history, with many buildings here abandoned since the mines closed in 1938. Peek into tunnels, tramways and significant buildings, including the General Manager’s Office and Power Plant.

 

Homer Alaska

Homer

Known as ‘the cosmic hamlet by the sea’, the small Alaskan city of Homer has a population of around 6,000 people. Nestled in Kachemak Bay, along Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Check out some of the local galleries and museums during the day, and spend your evening toasting s’mores over a beach bonfire!

 

Kenai Fjords National Park

 

Kenai Fjords National Park

Find yourself transported back to a land before time, where the ice age lingers and anything seems possible. Kenai Fjords is one of Alaska’s most spectacular parks, teeming with rugged pathways, imposing glaciers and towering peaks.

Out on the water on a scenic cruise, you might spot orcas, porpoises and sea otters. Fancy staying on land and challenging yourself to an epic hike? The next stop on our list was made for you…

 Girl hiking the Harding Icefield Trail

Harding Icefield

A glacial expanse that stretches further than the eye can see, the Harding Icefield serves up more winter-y magic than a back-to-back Frozen double bill. The Harding Icefield Trail will take you through forest and meadows, finally climaxing in an incredible view over the icefield.

 Rafting on the Kenai River

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is a whopping network of lands and water that's almost 2 million acres in size and protects some of North America's most iconic wildlife, including Brown Bears, Black Bears, moose and caribo.

Adjacent to Kenai Fjords National Park, the refuge is the ideal place to shoot some adrenaline-filled adventure into your Alaskan road trip. Grab those paddles tightly as you raft your way along the Kenai River.

Visit on our Alaskan Wilderness Tour

Tangle Lakes Alaska

 

Tangle Lakes

Made up of four individual lakes connected by streams, the Tangle Lakes are truly breathtaking. Escape the pressures of everyday life in a place that feels a million miles away from home, camping out in the wilderness and looking out for wildlife. The best way to take it all in – get out on the water for a 360 degree view of the lakes in all their glory.

Anchorage Alaska

 

Anchorage

The beginning and end of your Alaskan journey, Anchorage serves as the gateway city to the state’s wildest wilderness. Here, you can return to civilisation with a great bar and restaurant scene; or if you’re still feeling free and nomadic, there are plenty of local walking trails to wander your way along.

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