(Anchorage, Denali National Park and Preserve, Fairbanks, Valdez, Seward)
As you follow a vast stretch of highway that leads through pristine forest and into the frozen mountains on the horizon, you’ll feel the heady sense of freedom that only a self-drive tour can offer.
Get your motor running and head out on the highway for this scenic self-drive tour. Visit the important historic sites of Anchorage and journey into nearby Resolution Park and Ship Creek Viewpoint for stirring panoramas over Cook Inlet. Once in Denali, take a bus tour into the pristine wilderness of Denali National Park and Preserve to view bears, caribou and moose from carefully-selected vantage points. In Fairbanks, visit Creamer’s Field Wildlife Refuge for close encounters with Alaska’s native animals, tour El Dorado Gold Mine and view the Trans Alaskan Pipeline. The highway to Valdez is a scenic highlight in itself as you pass Delta Junction, Glennallen and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, en route to the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry that will transport you and your vehicle to scenic Whittier for the return route to Anchorage via Seward.
This excellent tour combines the unbridled freedom and independence of a self-drive tour with the expert knowledge of naturalist guides when you need them. You’ll explore the charming cities of Alaska at your own pace, but when it’s time to explore the state’s vast wilderness local guides are on hand to ensure you get the most out of every experience. You’ll also have ample time to recover from long days on the road at a collection of premium hotels where your comfort is the priority.
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Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Meet your driver-guide for a private half-day tour of Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Full of interesting sites, picturesque scenery, and history, Anchorage makes for a great sightseeing tour. Your tour will pass attractions like the Log Cabin Visitor Center, the Alaska Railroad Depot, and the Museum of Art & History. Visit Resolution Park and the Captain Cook Monument as well as Ship Creek Viewpoint, which overlooks Cook Inlet. Return transfer to your hotel included. Admissions (if desired) payable on spot.
Make your way to the designated rental vehicle pick-up location this morning and embark on your self-driving journey of Alaska!
Driving 237 miles, you'll bring yourself from Anchorage to Denali today, passing through some wonderful Alaskan highway scenery. The travel time is approximately 5 hours.
Upon arrival in Denali, you'll have the remainder of the day to spend relaxingly, or to explore independently in the vicinity of the park.
Departing from your designated Denali park entrance hotel, this narrated bus tour takes you through the pristine wilderness of Denali. The experienced naturalist driver-guide will provide an overview of the land and its wildlife as you travel approximately 53 miles on the park road. Along the way, stops will be made at scenic overlooks and for viewing wildlife, such as bears, caribou and moose. A boxed snack and bottled water will be provided on your tour.Please note, depending on weather and road conditions, this tour averages between 6-8 hours June-August, and shorter in May and September.
Your 125 mile drive today brings you to Fairbanks, an approximate 2.5 hour trip.
With a large portion of the day remaining upon your arrival to Fairbanks, there are multiple optional activities for you, including a visit to Creamer's Field Wildlife Refuge, Pioneer Park, or the El Dorado Gold Mine Tour (admissions payable on spot).Take some time to view the Trans Alaskan Pipeline, which passes through Fairbanks. It runs for 800 miles, from Prudhoe Bay in the north of Alaska, to Valdez in the south.
Take a scenic day's drive from Fairbanks to Valdez, passing the Delta Junction, Glennallen, and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park along the way.
This afternoon/evening you'll arrive in Valdez, with the remainder of your day spent at leisure.
Leaving Valdez, you'll board the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry with your rental car for a 3-hour ride to Whittier, and upon disembarking you'll continue the journey with a 4-hour scenic drive to Seward where you will overnight.
Arriving in the late afternoon or early evening, the remainder of today is spent at leisure.
Completing the full circle, you'll drive 127 miles (2.5 hours) back to Anchorage today.
With the remainder of your day at leisure, you have an opportunity to see and do what you didn't get to do the first time around in Anchorage.
Today you'll drop off your rental vehicle to the pre-determined drop spot.
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel is on the eastern edge of downtown and is 3 blocks from the Museum of History and Art, and within 8 blocks of the Egan Convention Center and the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. The Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa’s Ptarmigan Restaurant serves all meals, while Josephine’s, with panoramic views, serves a lavish Sunday brunch. Also on site are a 24-hour business center and 24-hour health club. All Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa guestrooms have signature Sweet Sleeper beds and views of the city, mountains, or Cook Inlet. Amenities include cable TVs with pay movies, and high-speed Internet access. Dogs are welcome.
The Grande Denali Lodge (4*) is comfort and style with a view. Located on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain, it is literally a step above other accommodations in the area. The Grande Denali Lodge has unparalleled views of the surrounding Denali wilderness and the Nenana River Canyon. Denali National Park and Preserve, the Alaska Railroad, river rafting and many more activities are all just minutes away. Spacious guest rooms, fully equipped cabins, on-site dining and dedicated staff make the Grande Denali Lodge the perfect place to launch all your Denali adventures.
Located on the Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska, Pike’s Waterfront Lodge (4*) offers a warm, friendly Fairbanks experience to guests. This hotel offers rooms with scenic views, a steam room & sauna, riverside deck, restaurant, a comfortable lounge, and wireless internet in the lobby. The hotel is minutes from the Fairbanks Alaska airport, and next door to famous Pike's Landing restaurant.
Majestically located on the waterfront in picturesque Valdez, Alaska, the Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn (2.5*) is a step above for casual luxury and friendly, professional service. Just walk out the door and watch the tour boats gather at the docks as they embark on a unique Alaskan adventure of viewing beautiful Alaskan landscape and wildlife. This charming Bed and Breakfast is family owned and operated and located just a few minutes outside of Valdez, along the Richardson Highway. The building was originally built for the army in 1898 and transformed into a Bed and Breakfast in 1999. The welcoming atmosphere and nicely decorated rooms make this place a perfect overnight choice.
The Seward Windsong Lodge (4*) is located just outside the city of Seward, travel down the winding road to Exit Glacier and you'll find your paradise away from home. The towering mountains, fragrant spruce trees and the rush of the Resurrection River awaken your senses upon arrival. Close to town, yet located in a secluded setting, the 180 spacious guest rooms, onsite restaurant, lounge and meeting facilities provide a peaceful respite.
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