The Best of Alaska

Highlights

  • Visit the city of Anchorage
  • See the towering vistas of the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains
  • Explore Denali National Park
  • Enjoy stunning views of the aurora borealis and the midnight sun at Fairbanks
  • Drive the spectacular and scenic Richardson Highway
  • Take a ferry across the Prince William Sound
  • Visit the Kenai Fjords National Park

Days 1 - 6: Anchorage to Denali National Park

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Days 1 - 2: Anchorage

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located 4-star hotel where you will spend the next two nights.

Days 3 - 4: Palmer
Distance: 45 miles
Suggested campsite: Mountain View RV Park

Collect your motorhome from the depot and head northeast on the Glenn Highway. You’ll pass the townships of Eagle River and Chugiak as you make your way towards Palmer, which is about an hour’s drive from Anchorage. As you head through the Eklutna Flats, enjoy the towering vistas of the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains, and catch a glimpse of Pioneer Peak. For those wanting a closer view of Knick Glacier, take an airboat tour with Knick Glacier Adventures which is about 20 miles from Palmer. 

Days 5 - 6: Denali National Park
Distance: 200 miles
Suggested campsite: Riley Creek Campground

Today you head to Denali National Park on the Parks Highway and drive through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and Denali State Park. Denali is six million acres of wildland culminating in North America’s tallest peak, 20,320 foot Denali (formerly Mount McKinley). Expect to see a whole host of wild animals roaming here.

For a great day out, we suggest you take a 7 hour Tundra Wildlife Tour into Denali National Park. You'll discover lots of wildlife species and see the peak of Denali when the weather is clear.

Days 7 - 12: Fairbanks to Valdez

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Days 7 - 8: Fairbanks 
Distance: 125 miles
Suggested campsite: Rivers Edge Resort RV Park

Continue on the Parks Highway north to Fairbanks. Accompanied by incredible forest and mountain landscape you will drive through the communities of Healy, Nenana and by the community of Ester, an old gold mining camp. From Fairbanks we recommend a wildlife tour where with some luck you may see bears, caribou, moose, sheep, wolves and a variety of birds. 

Days 9 - 10: Paxson
Distance: 180 miles
Suggested campsite: Tolsona Wilderness Campground

Today you head to Paxson/Glennallen, following the Richardson Highway until Delta Junction. Just outside of Fairbanks you will drive by North Pole, the home of North America’s Santa Claus. In Delta Junction continue on the Richardson Highway and drive south towards Paxson/Glennallen where the Copper River has world-class salmon fishing and if you don’t feel like fishing there is hiking, rafting and even flightseeing.  

Days 11 - 12: Valdez
Distance: 185 miles
Suggested campsite: Bear Paw RV Park

Today you head to Valdez, enjoy the spectacular drive on the Richardson Highway where part of the route runs parallels with the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. If the weather permits, make a stop and enjoy some incredible views of the Wrangell Mountains. Continue via Worthington Glacier and through Keystone Canyon with its waterfalls. Valdez is a must-see on any Alaskan itinerary with its crashing glaciers and towering Chugach mountains rising from the sea, it makes Valdez absolutely picturesque. 

Days 13 - 17: Seward to Anchorage

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Days 13 - 14: Seward 
Distance: 85 miles
Suggested campsite: Stoney Creek RV Park

This morning it is all aboard the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry to Whittier travelling across the beautiful Prince William Sound. Upon arrival in Whittier drive through the Whittier Portage Tunnel (one-lane tunnel, open to traffic during certain hours only) then continue via the Seward Highway through the scenic landscape to Seward. Portage Glacier and the Begich, Boggs Visitor Centre are interesting stops with exhibits that let visitors walk through a simulated ice cave, view live ice worms or touch an iceberg. For a closer look at Portage Glacier, there are hour-long sightseeing boat cruises on Portage Lake, or you can hike a number of foot trails that wind near the frozen monument. 

Day 15: Anchorage
Distance: 130 miles
Suggested campsite: Golden Nugget RV Park

Today you are heading back on the Seward Highway to Anchorage but before you do visit Kenai Fjords National Park home to some of most pristine, rugged, breath-taking glacial vistas in North America. The massive Harding Icefield feeds the 38 glaciers of the park. These glaciers, in turn, have been sculpting the fjords making a home for the many species of marine life – mammals, fish and seabird alike. Perhaps take a Wildlife & Glacier cruise into scenic Kenai Fjords National Park where there’s the possibility of spotting a whale.

Days 16 - 17: Anchorage to UK

This morning you will make the short journey back to the motorhome depot to return your RV before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

 

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