Into the Heart of Alaska's National Parks

If ‘collecting’ national parks is your goal, experience Alaska’s untouched wilderness on this 16-day national park tour. Featuring six of Alaska’s eight national parks, this adventure will include wildlife, pristine landscapes, and true serenity. Cruise through Glacier Bay National Park, watching glaciers calve into the sea below before watching bears dine on salmon at Katmai National Park. Explore the beaches of Lake Clark as bears dig up clams and doze in the sage grass. Paddle through icebergs at Kenai Fjords National Park and hike the ridges of Denali National Park, with Denali as your backdrop. Top off your adventure as you explore the history of the largest national park, Wrangell St. Elias, on a guided mine tour. Each park is unique and offers something special.

Suggested Route

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Arrive Juneau

Meet your private driver/guide at the Juneau Airport and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Juneau
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Juneau to Gustavus

Enjoy a small plane flight (25 minutes) to the community of Gustavus, the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park.
Overnight Gustavus
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Glacier Bay National Park

Cruise into Glacier Bay National Park on a private vessel. Search for sea otters, whales, and bears roaming the coast. Visit a tidewater glacier for the chance to witness it calve into the ocean below.
Overnight Gustavus
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Gustavus to Anchorage

This morning search for whales on a private whale watching cruise. In the afternoon fly to Anchorage (3 hours). Meet your driver/guide upon arrival for a private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Anchorage
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Katmai National Park

Travel to Katmai National Park onboard a small floatplane. Upon arrival you will have the day at leisure to explore Brooks Falls (2-3 hours) and search for bears. Return to Anchorage this evening.
Overnight Anchorage
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Lake Clark National Park

Transfer to North America’s busiest floatplane base for a scenic flight over Cook Inlet (1.25 hours). Land on the shores of Lake Clark National Park and spend your morning explore the coastline in search of bears. In the afternoon, return to Anchorage and transfer to Seward on the scenic Seward Highway.
Overnight Seward
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Kenai Fjords National Park

Journey into Kenai Fjords National Park on a sightseeing cruise. Search for wildlife such as whales, sea otters, puffins, and sea lions. After lunch onboard arrive at your wilderness lodge. Enjoy an afternoon of activities such as hiking or kayaking.
Overnight Kenai Fjords National Park
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Kenai Fjords National Park

Explore the national park today on guided hikes, scenic paddles, or beach combing. Your adventures will be guided or exploration can be at your leisure.
Overnight Kenai Fjords National Park
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Kenai Fjords National Park to Anchorage

Spend your morning enjoying additional sightseeing before returning to Seward in the late afternoon. Board the Alaska Railroad for passage to Anchorage. Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Anchorage
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Anchorage to Talkeetna

Join your private driver/guide for sightseeing along the Parks Highway to Talkeetna, located in the shadow of Denali.
Overnight Talkeetna
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Talkeetna to Kantishna / Denali National Park

Continue your travels north the Denali Park Entrance. Board your lodge shuttle for a day of sightseeing through Denali National Park (6 hours). Look for bear, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and wolves plus spectacular scenery.
Overnight Denali National Park
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Kantishna / Denali National Park

Sightsee today with guided hikes, gold panning, nature walks, or biking. Enjoy evening lectures and discussions led by lodge staff.
Overnight Denali National Park
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Kantishna to Wrangell St. Elias

Board your private small plane this morning for a stunning journey to Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Fly over the Alaska Range and remote plains of Tundra before landing in Wrangell St. Elias (1-2 hours). Transfer to your lodge.
Overnight Wrangell St. Elias National Park
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Wrangell St. Elias National Park

Meet your private glacier guides this morning for a guided exploration of a nearby glacier. In the afternoon explore the historic buildings of Kennicott on a guided mine tour.
Overnight Wrangell St. Elias National Park
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Wrangell St. Elias to Anchorage

Take off on a short small plane flight (30 minutes) to the entrance of Wrangell St. Elias. Transfer back to Anchorage with a private driver/guide through the Matanuska River Valley.
Overnight Anchorage
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Depart Anchorage

Private transfer to the Anchorage Airport.
Map of Alaska National Park Collector itinerary including highway rail and flight routes

Make It Your Own

  • Spend more time in Katmai and Lake Clark National Parks with a stay at a wilderness lodge.
  • Experience the diversity of Denali National Park by adding a flightseeing adventure.
  • Fly from Wrangell-St. Elias to Anchorage to enjoy additional sightseeing opportunities.
  • Add a fly-out hiking adventure during your Wrangell-St. Elias visit.

You can learn more about these suggestions and other ways to customize this itinerary by requesting a custom tour proposal.

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