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Healy: Denali National Park Class IV Whitewater Rafting Tour

1. Healy: Denali National Park Class IV Whitewater Rafting Tour

Splash and paddle your way through the scenic wilderness of Denali National Park on this Alaskan whitewater rafting tour. Choose an oar raft or paddle raft depending on how you want to hit the waves and enjoy an optional shuttle service directly from your hotel. Start with pickup or meeting your guide at the meeting point, then prepare to get wet and enjoy every minute of it as you head for Healy, 11 miles downriver. Set near Denali Park, experience some of the best waves and scenery Alaska has to offer. Perfect for first-timers, an oar raft, is rowed by the guide while rafters sit, hold on, and enjoy the view to the fullest. In a paddle raft, you’ll join in on the action as an active participant by paddling downriver. Your guide will be beside you, providing instructions on how and when to paddle. Before getting in the water, gear up in included Gore-Tex dry suits, neoprene boots, and life jackets. Then, the adventure officially starts. Hang on through thrilling rapids such as “Razorback, “Coffee Grinder,” and “Ice Worm.” After you’ve had your fill of thrills, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel or the meeting point, depending on the option you book.

Denali National Park: Wilderness ATV Adventure

2. Denali National Park: Wilderness ATV Adventure

Set off on a fun-filled adventure in Alaska. Whether a novice or expert ATVer, this tour sets you up for a memorable experience in the Alaskan wilderness on your own automatic single ATV or multi-passenger side-by-side ATV. Riding along trails surrounded by Denali National Park, at speeds up to 30 mph, your adventure includes breathtaking 360° overlook stops with views of the Alaska Range, Otto Lake, and the Healy Valley. Navigate through rocky creek beds and even spend time splashing through the water (weather dependent). Knowledgeable guides will lead you through the rugged terrain and provide opportunities for photography. Wildlife is abundant — watch out for moose on the trail. The total tour route covers about 10 miles with 1.5 hours on the trails. Tour length is about 2.5 hours from pickup to drop-off.

Denali Park Zipline Adventure

3. Denali Park Zipline Adventure

Your adventure begins with a three-mile rail ride through the scenic Alaskan wilderness. After gearing up, your certified guide will lead you along six sky bridges and seven thrilling zip lines, which includes the dual racer finale. The built-in hands-free braking system allows you to relax and enjoy the breathtaking mountain views. Challenge yourself by traversing to the top of the boreal forest on the uniquely designed ascending bridge tower. Soar through the trees and over the tundra on over half a mile of ziplines. End this once-in-a-lifetime experience by racing to the finish zipping alongside your friends and family.

Healy: Denali Aurora Quest

4. Healy: Denali Aurora Quest

Search the skies for the Northern Lights on a 3-hour guided tour in the Denali area. The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are one of the world's most spectacular natural phenomenons, and Alaska is one of the best places in the world for viewing. Get picked up from your Healy area accommodation in a 15-passenger, climate-controlled van. Journey away from the lights of town in search for the Northern Lights. The area around Denali makes an ideal spot for stargazing and catching the sometimes elusive Aurora Borealis. Your Alaskan guide will provide commentary and conversation on the area's unique history, formidable climate, dynamic geography, separate scientific facts and fictional myth as you travel to various spots to get the best view.  At each predetermined viewing area, take an opportunity to step outside and stretch your legs, sip a warm complimentary drink, and learn how the Lights are the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere. This bucket list experience will provide multiple photo opportunities with your local guide providing pointers to really capture the moment. The Northern Lights are visible only during the winter months (September to April) and sightings are not guaranteed.

From Healy: Denali Geocaching Treasure Hunt Tour with Meal

5. From Healy: Denali Geocaching Treasure Hunt Tour with Meal

Get an authentic taste of the wilds of Alaska on this round-trip guided scavenger hunt adventure tour from Healy. Venture off-road through Denali National Park on a side-by-side vehicle to hidden spots and scenic viewpoints as you search for the treasure held in geocaches. Afterward, relax with drinks and a gourmet meal. After pickup, you and your group will hop in a 6-passenger side-by-side. Let your guide take the wheel as you set out on your adventure into the wild. Enjoy the exhilaration of the ride, and the camaraderie of working together to find breathtaking views, secret locations, quartz and granite rocks, and much more. Keep your eyes open to spot local wildlife as you explore and hunt for geocaches. A geocache is a hide-and-seek container with hidden treasures inside. When you find a cache, sign your name in the logbook, pick out a treasure to take home, and leave a new one behind for the next adventurers. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and stop whenever you want to take pictures. After your adventure, recharge with a gourmet meal and your choice of drinks. Enjoy the delicious food and share all the best memories of your day with your group. Menus change daily, but below is a sample of what is served depending on the departure time of your trip: Breakfast• Homemade pastries and muffins• Fresh fruit• Fresh made-to-order eggs • Buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup• Grandma's biscuits and gravy• Camp-style breakfast potatoes• Alaskan reindeer sausage• Thick-cut ham and bacon• Assorted cold cereal with milk Breakfast drinks: mimosa, champagne, fresh hot coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cold water, orange juice, and apple juice. Lunch/Dinner• Cornbread muffins• Homemade potato salad• Wranglers coleslaw• House-made Alaskan bison chili• Grilled fresh corn on the cob• Barbecued chicken• Grilled fresh Alaskan salmon• House marinated barbecue ribs• Fresh berry dessert Lunch or dinner drinks: red wine, white wine, fresh hot coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cold water, orange juice, and apple juice.

Denali: Single Rider ATV Adventure with Optional Meal

6. Denali: Single Rider ATV Adventure with Optional Meal

Get up close and personal with the Alaskan wilderness on this ATV tour of Denali's old coal mining trails. Drive your own four-wheel ATV and discover artifacts of Athabascan Indians that once lived in the area. Ride through the pristine nature and try to spot some local wildlife. Meet your guide and begin the adventure with a safety training and information course. Learn all the functions of your ATV and practice driving until you feel comfortable. Don the proper gear and head out into the Alaskan wild. Create your own journey and ride along old mining trails that allow complete immersion into the natural environment. Spill out onto the Dry Creek River Bed where many artifacts have been discovered by archeologists over the years. Stop and start as you like to take photos, especially of the abandoned cabin just across the river. Pass local vegetation and marvel at the mountain scenery in this rough and wild landscape. Keep your eyes peeled to catch sight of wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy the thrill of driving your very own ATV. Take the option of including a meal in your tour and delight in a filling breakfast or lunch/dinner, depending on your tour time.

Healy: Denali National Park Self-Guided Jeep Adventure

7. Healy: Denali National Park Self-Guided Jeep Adventure

Take the wheel of your Jeep Renegade for the day and explore Denali your own way! After checking in and receiving your Jeep, set off on your own journey of discovery around the Denali National Park. The region has one of the most majestic landscapes on Earth; explore lush valleys carved during the last Ice Age, tremendous mountains that reach for the sky, and glacier-fed white water rivers. There's a new breathtaking view to astonish you around every twist of the road! More than just a car rental, this Jeep excursion gives you the ability to get off the beaten path in a rugged vehicle designed for comfort and to tackle every weather condition. With 4 doors and seating for up to 5 guests, comfort and luxury meet adventure.  Courtesy transportation is provided from most hotels in the Denali region. You will receive a map and souvenir guide book which details the historic roadways, local attractions, and unique points of interest. There are several different routes to explore based on your personal interests, but you have the freedom to make your own as well! This adventure will ensure you make the most of your limited time in Denali!

Anchorage: Kenai Fjords & Denali National Park 5 Day Tour

8. Anchorage: Kenai Fjords & Denali National Park 5 Day Tour

Day 1 Relax with pickup from your guide at your hotel before you begin your adventure. Depart Anchorage and head south to the Crow Creek Gold Mine to experience Alaska’s rich pioneer mining history. Pan for gold and walk the historic mining area before heading to the Alyeska Resort. Go up the tram and take in 360-degree views of snowcapped peaks and the scenic Turnagain Arm waterway awaits. Take a chance to shop in downtown Girdwood after lunch in the quaint town, then depart for Seward where you'll stay for the night. Your guide will interpret the history and landscape while stopping along the way at scenic turnouts. Day 2 After breakfast, enjoy your day in Seward, Alaska, and choose from the following activities (to be paid out-of-pocket): – Glacier helicopter tours to see sled dogs – Kenai Fjords ocean tour (guide-suggested, with Fox Island Dinner) – Sea kayaking – Glacier hiking – Ocean fishing day trip – River fishing – Guided day hikes – Ice climbing Day 3 Travel from Seward to Denali Eat a full breakfast, pack up, and say goodbye to the ocean and hello to the Alaska interior. Depart for the moderate hike to the Exit Glacier, just minutes from Seward. Then, head to the Bear Creek Weir (seasonally dependent) to see salmon running in the creek up close. Stop with your guide at scenic overlooks for pictures. See the Hurricane Gulch Bridge overlook and the Denali Viewpoint South. Take bathroom breaks and pictures before arriving in the small town of Healy to settle in for tomorrow's activities. Day 4 After breakfast, enjoy a day of activities in the Denali National Park area. Take the opportunity to spend the day on one of the many activities listed below before tucking in at the Denali Totem Inn (or similar). The activities below are to be paid out-of-pocket: – Denali National Park bus tour – Glacier flights into Denali – ATV adventures – Horseback rides – Jeep excursions – Nenana river rafting – Fly-fishing day trips – Wilderness sightseeing safari – River jet boat tour – Guided hiking Day 5 Leave Denali National Park en route for Anchorage after breakfast and one last experience: Visit the historical dog mushing team of Denali National Park. These dogs are still used for supplying the backcountry of the park in the winter. Depart for Anchorage to complete your 5-day tour after the sled dog presentation. Guests who would like to ride the train to Anchorage may do so from Denali or Talkeetna.

Denali National Park: Wilderness Rafting Trip with Pickup

9. Denali National Park: Wilderness Rafting Trip with Pickup

Hop aboard a whitewater raft and experience the unforgettable environment of the Denali National Park. Enjoy an 11-mile journey on the water including occasional rapids as you take in views of Mount Fellows and the Nenana Canyon. Benefit from pickup from your accommodation and transportation to the starting point. Make use of gear such as dry suits and river shoes as you get set for your experience. Then, get ready to experience Denali from the water on your raft. Take in the views as you glide down the Nenana River through unspoiled nature. Enjoy a family-friendly journey with small sections of rapids as you raft in the shadow of the mountains. Have peace of mind knowing that your dry suit and river shoes will keep you warm. At the end of your trip, head back to the starting point to get changed, before enjoying transportation back to your accommodation.

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4.6 / 5

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Before the tour, the team was great about communicating pickup coordination and knowing what to expect. Great guides who gave great info about the lights and knew where to go for optimal chance of viewing. Helped the participants learn to take photos of the night sky using their iPhones or androids. Gave plenty of time at the various stops for viewing the sky.

The guide was very informative. Beautiful experience. The lunch was very good and lots of it! Loved every minute of it!

Beautiful views and our guide demitrius was funny and informative on the sights

Fun experience. Knowledgeable guide and driver. Abundance of great food!

Wonderful evening! Very well put together activity and great food