A Few Ideas . . .
While your trip with Adventure Alaska may be the centerpiece of your
travels north, we can also make recommendations and assist you with
lodging or tour arrangements to complement our packages. Many options
exist, from exploring an area not featured in your chosen itinerary, to
simply securing a room if you would like to arrive early for your trip.
There are particular establishments and operators with which we are
comfortable, and some "secret" spots we'd be delighted to recommend.
Anchorage is an excellent base from which to head out by bush plane,
train or rental car. Activities abound from sightseeing to fly-out
fishing to remote lodge stays, and we can offer a bit of advice on which
might best meet your desires. Give us your thoughts, and we'll help you
decide and then set up everything at no extra cost to you.
Hope is a tiny little gold rush town at the end of the road that retains
a real frontier flavour. It is the Alaska many have in mind when the
name is mentioned. While many of the itineraries feature time there, we
suggest that you might consider Hope (if you can squeeze a few more days
of vacation!) as a base for further exploration. Accommodations include
creekside log cabins with shared baths. The hiking out the back door is
fantastic and other intriguing options exist for whatever you desire,
from just plain relaxing to gold panning to world class whitewater
rafting. Located 1 1/2 hours by road from Anchorage, Hope is also less
than 15 minutes by air charter. Inexpensive scheduled van shuttles can
also be arranged for drop off and pick up to destinations such as
Seward, Homer and Anchorage. Hope is our chosen home and we'd love to
share it with you! A few of our suggestions . . .
Kenai Fjords National Park: Boat trips into the park
are fantastic and more than worth the price. Seward is an easy drive
from Hope and allows for a great day in the Fjords and Chiswell Islands
Wildlife Refuge, with tour boats departing at 11:30AM and returning
between 5 and 6PM. Tours that feature overnight stays on remote Fox
Island in Resurrection Bay are also available, with great sea kayaking
White Water Rafting: Nearby Six-Mile Creek offers some
of the most exciting whitewater in North America, guided by Alaska's
most experienced river company. This creek has three canyon segments, as
beautiful as they are thrilling. Trips featuring Canyons 1 & 2 offer
Class IV rapids, with those opting to include Canyon 3 promised Class V
water. Dry suits are provided.
Homer & Kenai Peninsula: The Kenai is home to some of
Alaska's most famous fishing as well as a wealth of recreational
possibilities. Great jaunts include: overnight trips across Kachemak Bay
to Seldovia; fly-out fishing or kayaking; deep sea charters from nearby
Whittier, and oodles more.
McCarthy, Alaska / Wrangell-St.
Elias National Park
McCarthy is a truly unique end-of-the road ghost town, situated in the
middle of our country's largest national park, the Wrangell-St. Elias.
Here we have a wonderfully private facility, located on an island
between the Kennicott River and McCarthy Creek. Views of the great
icefalls delight the eyes, with the sound of the two rivers massaging
the ears. We're in the midst of building a lodge here, with the current
state of progress being creekside tent sites, an outhouse and a dining
cabin. It's truly a wild world to explore, with McCarthy as a
great base for hiking (fly-out or from the island itself), ice climbing,
or river rafting. Multi-day river trips to Chitina or all the way to
Cordova are a fantastic custom option with our guides and equipment.
It's a location that begs any length of exploration, befitting one of
our crown jewel national parks.
Eagle is another gem at the end of the road, steeped in the history and
stark beauty that so define the vast Interior. It's here that we've
renovated a couple of historic
structures and built a few new ones to enable our guests to linger
in this tiny outpost unique unto itself. Our regular trips include the
Yukon and Forty Mile, and the Yukon-Charley Natl. Preserve awaits, just
12 miles downstream . . .
Small boat cruises: Some fantastic small boat cruises
are available in Southeast Alaska as well as Prince William Sound, from
overnight to multi-day explorations. We've some great places and folks
we'd be delighted to recommend. Glacier Bay National Park:
Home to more than half of Alaska's active tidewater glaciers Glacier Bay
is truly a jewel. Tour options range from day trips out of Juneau, to
4-day small vessel cruises that include hiking and sea kayaking.
Wrangell-St. Elias Nat'l. Park: It's our country's largest
park. Air charter and bus transport from Anchorage make the Wrangells a
fantastic place to explore, from the ghost towns of McCarthy and
Kennicott to the wild backcountry.
Fishing, fishing, fishing: Many of the fish stories
here are actually true and we will happily refer you to reputable
operators that offer anything from one day fly-out fishing from
Anchorage to overnighters and salt water charters.
. . . a few others . . . Among our staff, specialties
in the art of playing outside abound, and we'd be delighted to set
something up according to your interests. This might include mountain
biking, scuba diving (dry suits only), running, kayaking or a simple
hike in the mountains. Give us a call!
Arctic Air Tours to Nome and
For a taste of Eskimo native culture and life above the Arctic Circle,
these short extensions can't be beat. Kotzebue is a primarily native
village situated at the end of a long peninsula that has been home to
the Eskimo culture for many centuries. Activities here include
demonstrations on permafrost and subsistence fishing practices, with
visits to a fish camp and the Museum of the Arctic. Nome is the trading
center of western Alaska with its Gold Rush history and central location
on Norton Sound. In March it is the goal of all the Iditarod Dog Sled
Race competitors, and offers a dog sledding demonstration daily in the
summer months. Package prices include round trip air from Anchorage,
transfers, hotel room (double occupancy) and above mentioned activities,
with meals not included. Please call for current pricing.
Option AA1 2 Days/1 Night Kotzebue (overnight)/Nome
Option AA2 2 Days/1 Night Nome (overnight)/Kotzebue
Option AA3 3 Days/2 Nights Nome/Kotzebue (overnight both)
Native Village Life Tour option able to be added to the above tours
The Pribilof Islands
The Pribilofs are some of the most remote islands in the world, and home
to the largest Aleut native community. Famous for their abundance of
wildlife, here are found in great numbers seals, sea lions, whales,
reindeer and over 210 species of birds. Photographic opportunities are
guaranteed with the local guides practiced in helping you set up for
that fantastic shot as part of your tour. Activities include a visit to
the historic Russian Orthodox church and guided naturalist trips to the
incredible seal and bird rookeries, with an invitation to stay as long
as you would like. Package prices include round trip air from Anchorage,
transfers, naturalist/guide services and double occupancy
accommodations, with meals not included.
Option PRB1 3 Days/2 Nights (departs Monday & Wed.)
Option PRB2 4 Days/3 Nights (departs Friday)
Please call for current pricing.
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