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Talkeetna: Denali Grand Flight Tour with Optional Landing

1. Talkeetna: Denali Grand Flight Tour with Optional Landing

Get picked up in Talkeetna and head to the newly constructed lodge-style, timber-framed office. Check in and enjoy coffee, tea, or hot cocoa by the fireplace and enjoy a short flight video.  Then get ready to board and listen to a safety briefing from your expert pilot. Hear stories from your pilot as you take off towards the Alaska Range and enjoy stunning views as each guest will get a window seat.   Fly over Susitna Valley where you may spot moose and bears. Enter the Alaska Range and head up the Tokisitna Glacier. Then go west to view the impressive Kahiltna Glacier, the longest in Denali National Park.  The flight will then head northeast behind Mt. Hunter, passing the impressive Mt. Foraker. Fly around Denali at Mt. Silverstone and down to the North Fork Glacier.  See the famous peak called the Moose’s Tooth before heading into the Sheldon Amphitheater and over Ruth Glacier and through the Great Gorge. Add a glacier landing to make it even more memorable.

Talkeetna: Denali Experience Flight with Optional Landing

2. Talkeetna: Denali Experience Flight with Optional Landing

Get ready for your flight tour with a warm welcome and a coffee, tea, or hot cocoa by the fireplace in a lodge-style, timber-framed office. Watch a short flight video in the theater.  Then, follow your knowledgeable pilot to your aircraft. Listen to a safety briefing, and then take a window seat. After a microphone check, take off toward the Alaska Range, flying over the beautiful Susitna Valley where they will spot for moose and bears. After a short while, see the Alaska Range rise up underneath you. The skilled pilot will provide interesting stories and commentary while taking you within 6 miles of Denali's massive summit (20,310 feet or 6,190 meters). Fly up the Tokositna Glacier Valley, following its winding path to Denali's base. The pilot will maneuver the plane so that guests on each side can take in the famous peaks: Moose's Tooth, Broken Tooth, and Barille. Then, descend into the Don Sheldon Amphitheater on the Ruth Glacier. The tour ends by flying through The Great Gorge, the world's deepest gorge, before returning to Talkeetna. This epic flight is the perfect introductory flight of Denali. Choose to add a glacier landing to make your trip even more memorable. Once back on the ground, have a chance to buy a souvenir or use the free WiFi at the office.

Talkeetna: Denali Flyer Flight Tour with Optional Landing

3. Talkeetna: Denali Flyer Flight Tour with Optional Landing

Upon arrival, enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, or hot cocoa by the fireplace while watching a short flight video in our theater. After, receive a safety briefing and be assigned window seat. Then, take off toward the Alaska Range, flying over the beautiful Susitna Valley where you might spot moose and bears. Your skilled pilot will provide interesting stories and commentary while taking the group within 6 miles of Denali's massive summit. Upon entering the Alaska Range, head up the Tokisitna Glacier before heading west to view the impressive 44-mile (71 km) long Kahiltna Glacier, the longest in Denali National Park. During early parts of the summer, you can spot mountain climbers camping at Kahiltna Base Camp and perhaps ascending to the summit. The flight will then head east behind Mt. Huntington passing the south face of the majestic Denali, the tallest mountain in North America (20,310 feet or 6,190 meters) as well as Mt. Foraker (17,402 feet or 5,304 meters) and Mt. Hunter (14,573 feet or 4372 meters). The pilot will be sure to point out the famous peaks, Moose's Tooth and Bear's Tooth before heading into the Sheldon Amphitheater, over the magnificent Ruth Glacier and through the worlds deepest, the Great Gorge. In addition to the flight, you can choose the option to land on a glacier in the the Denali National Park.

Willow: Summer Dog Sledding Ride in Alaska

4. Willow: Summer Dog Sledding Ride in Alaska

Take a summertime sled ride near Willow in a 2-seater cart specially designed for dog mushing. Be greeted by a guide and a yard full of excited dogs. Get away from noisy motors and traffic on a secluded trail. Later, take a nature walk and see a demonstration of winter sledding gear. Just an hour drive north of Anchorage, and only 45 minutes north of Palmer, come meet the dogs and watch their energy levels skyrocket as your guide gets the team ready to go. Then, hit private trails for a 1-2 mile run, depending on weather conditions, and be fully immersed in the wild. The carts are 100% dog-powered so you can take in the natural sounds around you. Keep your eyes peeled as you may catch a glimpse of a moose, fox, lynx, black bear, or bald eagle. Make several stops along the way to give the dogs a chance to cool down and take photos with them. Once back in the kennel, watch the dogs energetically dive into kiddie pools and zip around. They'll usually make their way over to you for a cuddle or two before taking off again. Treat yourself to some cookies and water to rehydrate. Next, head out on a nature walk to a wooden pavilion with views of Denali for a hands-on presentation of the training gear used in wintertime. Check out Iditarod race sleds and try stepping onto the runners. Slip on this year's Iditarod race bib and get into the shoes of an Alaskan musher. Hear personal tales of the race tracks from your guide. Conclude the tour in an indoor gift shop where you can see more racing memorabilia and check out race team swag.

Denali: 5-Hour Guided Wilderness Hiking Tour

5. Denali: 5-Hour Guided Wilderness Hiking Tour

Explore Alaska's spectacular wilderness on an exhilarating trek with an experienced naturalist guide. Hike 5 to 6 miles and climb 1,100 feet. Enjoy amazing views and learn about the area's natural spaces. Embark on a hike in the Denali wilderness accompanied by a licensed guide. Challenge your body with substantial elevation gain, and reward yourself with amazing views as you rise above the tree line. Enjoy entertaining narration from your expert guide as you hike along and explore the glacier topology in-depth while learning about the area's geography and history. Experience the hiking trails, wildlife, and magnificent views of nearby Denali. Climb from lush forest to alpine tundra and enjoy stunning panoramic views of Alaska Range peaks and glaciers.

Denali: Denali National Park Walking Tour

6. Denali: Denali National Park Walking Tour

Enjoy a 3-hour guided walk. Immerse yourself in the wilderness and grandeur of Alaska's incredible landscape. Meet your guide at your hotel. Hop in the van for a short drive and get to know your small group of a maximum of 7 travelers. Get ready for your guided walk on one of the many beautiful trails on the north side of the Alaska range. Learn about the animals, people, and plants of Denali from your expert, local guide. Marvel at the outstanding natural landscape as you traverse the trail. Enjoy stopping for some rest and conversation along the way, and even pick some berries in season. Bring your camera and curiosity about this incredible landscape. After completing the trail, relax in the van as you're driven back to your Denali accommodation.

Willow: Traditional Alaskan Dog Sledding Ride

7. Willow: Traditional Alaskan Dog Sledding Ride

Experience the power of a champion sled dog team and enjoy breathtaking landscapes in a secluded, winter wonderland near Willow on a traditional Alaskan dog sled ride. Be greeted by a guide and friendly sled dogs as you get ready to hit secluded trails. Refuel with cookies and hot chocolate. Just an hour's drive north of Anchorage and only 45 minutes north of Palmer, the area near Willow offers a magical place to learn about mushing before you continue your adventure out to the private trails. Meet the dogs and watch their energy levels skyrocket as your guide gets the team ready to run. All the dogs in your team have either run the famous Iditarod thousand-mile race or are actively training to run it one day. Go through a safety briefing with your guide before settling into your sled. Notice the noise level drop as you take off down private training trails. Feel the dogs’ focus and determination as they power around corners, and up and over hills. Soak in the natural sounds around you as you immerse yourself in peaceful solitude. Enjoy breathtaking views of Denali among a beautiful, snow-covered Alaskan landscape. Keep your eyes peeled as you may catch a glimpse of a moose or fox. After your ride, let the dogs run loose for some playtime. Mingle with the huskies and watch as they zip around you playfully. Finally, warm up in the visitor's center with cookies, cocoa, and dog cuddles.

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.

From Anchorage: Scenic Drive and Guided Musk Ox Farm Tour

9. From Anchorage: Scenic Drive and Guided Musk Ox Farm Tour

Take a drive from Anchorage as you set out to explore the historic Musk Ox Farm nestled amongst the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains. Marvel at scenic views as you drive up the Knik Arm towards the pastoral Matanuska Valley. On the way, listen as your guide shares fun facts about the area. Once you arrive at the farm, join an expert guide on a 45-minute walking tour. Learn about the farm's 60-year legacy and discover more about the history of musk oxen, their sustainable domestication, and the benefits of musk ox farming in the region. Called Oomingmak or "bearded one" by the Inupiaq people in Arctic Alaska, this Ice Age mammal once roamed the earth alongside wooly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. Today, the oxen are used to produce an annual harvest of qiviut, the finest wool in the world. At the end of your farm tour, hop back into the van and take the scenic road back to Downtown Anchorage. A light snack and a bottle of water will be provided.

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Highlight of my trip to Alaska for sure! Matt and Liz were outstanding in explaining the background of dogsledding and just super nice people. The dogsledding is one of those experiences that's a life time memory! I would encourage all ages to join in and the dogs are amazing. You will not be disappointed.

Matt and Liz plus the dogs of course were great! Very nice and informative. We had gone on a different dog sledding trip earlier and this was alot more realistic even though it was in the mud. :) We really enjoyed the whole experience! tyyyyy

This was awesome! The weather kept us from landing on the glacier but we were able to see the summit. The views from the plane were amazing. Phil did a great job of showing us the mountains! It was the highlight of our trip to Alaska.

Worth every penny paid! An indescribable experience that was lead by knowledgeable, professional and friendly staff! Highly recommend!

Weather wasn’t greAt but Pilot Trent made the most of it and we ended up having an amazing trip! Thank you