A Few Ideas . . .
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 an option.
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!
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)
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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.