Put down the crampons! You don’t need to buy specialist equipment or join an Arctic expedition to the get the best out of Alaska.
Day 1: Anchorage
Start in the largest city of the largest state. Spend the morning exploring the highlights of Anchorage, including Alaska Native Heritage Center and learn about the fascinating history of this dynamic city. All of this in an amazing natural setting between Cook Inlet and the mountains which form a dramatic backdrop to the city’s modern office buildings. More stunning scenery awaits at Portage Glacier, southwest of the city. Combine your cruise with a tour of the local landscape or put it all together in a full day’s exploration which combines the best of urban and natural sights.
Day 2: Mount McKinley
Head north out of Anchorage to Talkeetna, from where you can take a breathtaking “flightseeing” tour which will take you around Mount McKinley, America’s tallest mountain. Soar above see the world’s deepest gorge and get a spectacular view of McKinley’s south face. Alternatively, circle the mountain and see more of Denali National Park. With all flights there is the option to add on a thrilling glacier landing.
Day 3: Juneau or Skagway
Juneau may be entry-level Alaska, but it isn’t short on impressive natural attractions. Like Mendenhall Glacier, for example, on a lake dotted with icebergs. Or the majestic sight of humpback whales, seals and sea lions on a whale-watching cruise of Auke Bay. Head out to Amalga Harbor and you might get even closer to the whales on a kayaking adventure, with the added possibility of seeing noble bald eagles in flight.
Or perhaps you’d prefer to explore the Yukon? Using Skagway as a base, you can try hiking and mountain-biking with a route that takes you past the vivid waters of Emerald Lake, combine land and water by hiking along the Chilkoot Trail followed by rafting on the River Taiya or relive the Klondike Gold Rush. But to really bring back the pioneer spirit, saddle up and take off on an incredible horseback Yukon adventure.