This circular self-drive itinerary is a wonderful way to discover Alaska for the first-time visitor. Travelling from the coast to the mountainous interior and back again, pass through spectacular scenery, spot remarkable wildlife and experience Alaskan culture; a superb overview for those who wish to travel independently
Arrive into Anchorage and make your own way
to the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa for a
2-night stay. (N)
Day at leisure. Use this time to explore the
city or take an optional excursion such as bear
viewing in Katmai National Park or a glacier
cruise from Whittier (payable locally). (N)
Collect your car hire and drive from Anchorage
to Talkeetna. Stay at the Talkeetna Alaskan
Lodge for 1 night. This evening we would
recommend booking a scenic bush plane flight
to see Denali (Mount McKinley), with optional
glacier landing (payable locally). (N)
This morning, join a shared scenic cruise to
learn about trapping with possible wildlife viewings. Afterwards, continue north on the
Glenn Highway towards Denali National Park,
through the Matanuska-Susitna valley and the
Denali State Park. Stay at the Grande Denali
Lodge for 2 nights. (N)
Take a full-day shared tour into Denali National
Park in search of moose, wolves, caribou,
eagles and bears. Marvel at the spectacular
views as you travel through the park. On a
clear day, it is possible to see Denali (Mount
McKinley), North America's highest peak. (N)
As you head towards Fairbanks, enjoy the
beautiful scenery of forest and mountains
and pass through several small communities.
Overnight stay at Pike's Waterfront Lodge.
We recommend a visit to the Museum of the
North to learn about Alaskan art, wildlife and
Journey south-west on the Richardson Highway
with spectacular views over the Alaska Range
and the St Elias mountains. Part of this route
will run parallel with the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
End in Valdez for a 2-night stay at Best
Western Valdez Harbour Inn / The Mountain
Sky Hotel. (N)
Day at leisure. Hike along one of many walking
trails or take a cruise through Prince William
Sound to see the Columbia glacier, sea lions
and whales (payable locally). (N)
Board the Alaska Marine Ferry for the scenic
journey through Prince William Sound. Arrive
into Whittier then drive towards Seward.
We highly recommend a stop at Portage glacier
and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre.
Stay 2 nights at Seward Windsong Lodge. (N)
Take a shared cruise into Kenai Fjords National
Park to see some impressive coastal scenery
and a variety of marine life such as orcas and
humpback whales (payable locally). (N)
Drive on the Seward Highway to Anchorage.
Return your hire car at the airport today and fly
home, or continue your holiday. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
Day 7 involves a drive of
approximately 7-8 hours excluding stops. An
additional overnight can be made at Glennallen
on this day to reduce driving time, although
accommodation here is basic.
International flights are
not included with this itinerary. Transfers are
also not included as taxis are easy, reliable and
affordable in Alaska. For flight and transfer
options and prices, please speak to your
Cox & Kings tour consultant.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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HDR2019: 10 Nights