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Feel like getting away? The state of Alaska is home to 17 national park units and 16 national wildlife refuges. The national parks include Kenai FjordsDenali, Lake Clark, Wrangell-Saint Elias, Gates of the Arctic, Kobuk Valley, Glacier Bay and Katmai National Park. Each is glorious in its own unique way. However, it is daunting to plan an Alaskan road trip getaway. Trekking Alaska is not for the faint of heart. However, this guide for a 10-day grand circle tour will help you get started on your dream vacation.

     <h2>Milepost Travel Guide</h2>    <p>The first purchase we recommend for any Alaska getaway is the milepost magazine. The Milepost is the best-selling extensive guide book covering Alaska, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and British Columbia. The Milepost highlights all the points of interest mile-by-mile along your route. It has saved us a few times finding gas stations or wayside areas to rest. When we travelled by RV, it helped us find the perfect wayside for lunch stops and campground insights. </p>    <p>This post may contain affiliate links, meaning if you purchase something through one of these links, we may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you! Read the full disclosure policy <a href="https://traveltheparks.com/privacy-policy/">here</a></p>    <img width="650" height="488" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/PottersMarch-Alaska-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Potters Marsh-Boardwalk View" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/PottersMarch-Alaska-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Potters Marsh-Boardwalk View" />Potters Marsh-Boardwalk View    <h2>Frequently Asked Question</h2>    <p>When should you go? – We have always preferred to travel in the month of June. The weather has not always cooperated. However, the cooler temperatures and smaller crowds have benefited us. If I was not teaching, I think the shoulder seasons of May or September would be less expensive. If you want the better weather, try July or August. The best part of traveling in the summer is the endless summer nights when the sun does not set. The longer days allow you to travel at any time of day. </p>    <p>What do I need to pack? If you’re planning a trip to Alaska, you need to pack for the changeable weather. We have a packing list that includes most of what we need for our national park travels. You can see it by <a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/national-parks-packing-list/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">clicking here</a>. The best advice is to dress in layers. Be prepared to see different weather throughout the state, especially in areas of high elevation.</p>    <p>How many days should we plan? Just getting to Alaska can be daunting. Plan at least a day to get there and return. Most flights from the east coast are 11 hours or more. Leaving Alaska, most flights depart around midnight. Our first trip was 10 days, and it was not enough, so on the next trip we did 15 days. </p>    <img width="650" height="372" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/ExitGlacier2012feaured-image-Watermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C372" alt="Exit Glacier View Rv and Us" /><img width="650" height="372" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/ExitGlacier2012feaured-image-Watermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C372" alt="Exit Glacier View Rv and Us" />Excit Glacier View    <h2>ULTIMATE ALASKA ROAD TRIP ITINERARY</h2>    <p>We have been fortunate to travel to Alaska a few different times. The first road trip we rented an RV in Anchorage through <a href="https://www.greatalaskanholidays.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Great Alaskan Holidays</a>. With three of us, it seemed the best way to travel. It also allowed us to travel at our own pace, since we did not need to be in a certain place at a certain time. Flexibility was key to our decision to go with the RV travel style. Conveniently, Alaska state law does not prohibit camping by the side of the road. Basically, you can camp virtually anywhere. The <a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/alaska-dream-vacation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">secret to planning an RV trip in Alaska</a> is getting reservations early. We recommend booking as soon as you know your dates. Alaska has become a desirable destination. I always book our trips a year in advance, it also affords me cheaper rates.</p>    <p>The next trip to Alaska, we felt that using a rental vehicle and staying in Airbnb’s would be better to accommodate our schedule. Upgrading to an SUV was a must on this longer trip. The extra space for fishing gear, the comfortable ride and having all wheel drive were important factors in our decision. All of our lodgings suited us perfectly, highly recommend using Airbnb. </p>    <img width="650" height="508" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/10dayItineraryAlaska-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C508" alt="" /><img width="650" height="508" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/10dayItineraryAlaska-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C508" alt="" />10-Day Alaskan Road trip Itinerary    <img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Canyon-Creek-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Canyon Creek-Seward Highway" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Canyon-Creek-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Canyon Creek-Seward Highway" />Canyon Creek-Seward Highway        <p>Note: You will encounter road construction if you travel in summer. Build some additional time into your schedule.</p>    <p>This state is vast, therefore planning your Alaskan road trip itinerary can be intimidating. Alaska is the last frontier, covering 570,373 square miles. Much of the state is inaccessible by road. The driving distances are long. Therefore, be sure to prioritize what you feel is most important. For us, it was the national parks and fishing destinations. </p>    <p>The guide is only a suggestion to help you get started on your ultimate adventure. You can add destinations and additional days based on your preferences. </p>    <img width="650" height="488" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/TrunagainArmView-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Mountain View-Turnagain Arm" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/TrunagainArmView-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Mountain View-Turnagain Arm" />Mountain View-Turnagain Arm    <h2>DAY 1: ANCHORAGE, ALASKA</h2>    <p>An unforgettable road trip begins from Anchorage by flying into <a href="https://dot.alaska.gov/anc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport</a>. For most visitors to Alaska, it will be a long day. Set aside at least one full day to fly to Alaska. Especially for those travelling from the east coast like we did. It can be 11-12 hour day by the time you land in<a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/what-to-see-in-anchorage-alaska/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> Anchorage</a>. It is evening. We recommend overnighting in Anchorage. A good night’s rest will let you start your trip refreshed. We chose on our first visit to overnight in our rental RV. On our next trip; we had a local Airbnb. A<a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/38646394?source_impression_id=p3_1634478394_T9phCcM4F4fvSddp" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> cozy apartment</a> close to the Seward Highway. </p>    <p>Before leaving Anchorage, buy groceries. We prefer to shop at Fred Meyer. Alaska is not a cheap destination however, prices are comparable to the lower 48. You will pay higher prices the further you get from big city centers. </p>    <img width="650" height="488" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/AnchorageView-Flattop-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Flattop Mountain View of Anchorage" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/AnchorageView-Flattop-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Flattop Mountain View of Anchorage" />Flattop Mountain View of Anchorage    <h3>BEST THINGS TO DO IN ANCHORAGE</h3>    <p><a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/what-to-see-in-anchorage-alaska/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tony Knowles Coastal Trail-Earthquake Park</a> – The popular trail begins at Shipp Creek, ending at Kincaid Park. Stop at Point Woronzof Overlook for a view of the sleeping lady. Earthquake Park commemorates the 1964 earthquake, which devastated the city of Anchorage and the surrounding region. Consider taking the trolley tour from the downtown log cabin visitor center to see the city sites, including Earthquake park and the Hood </p>    <p><a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/all-you-need-to-know-alaska-native-heritage-center/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Alaska Native Heritage Center </a>– The center showcases all the indigenous people of Alaska. If you are interested in learning the history and watching native dancers attempt to add this to your itinerary. The cultural dancers and the native arts collection fascinated us. The self-guided walk of the six villages gave us great insight into how they lived. </p>    <p>Hike Flattop Mountain – One of Anchorage’s most popular hiking trails in the Chugach National Forest. The short 0.5-mile overlook trail has panoramic views of Anchorage. </p>    <p>Note: Be sure to have waterproof<a href="https://amzn.to/2LGGV3Y"> hiking shoes</a> to traverse the trails with a quality <a href="https://amzn.to/2IPHIP9">trekking stick</a>. Bring a <a href="https://amzn.to/2ZMu3Ty">refillable water bottle</a> with plenty of water to quench your thirst.</p>    <img width="650" height="488" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/EarthquakePark-watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Earthquake Park-Tony Knowles Trail" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/EarthquakePark-watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Earthquake Park-Tony Knowles Trail" />Earthquake Park-Tony Knowles Trail    <p>TIP: Purchase the Toursaver coupon book. It has many discounts or 2-for-1 coupons.</p>    <h3>BEST PLACES TO EAT IN ANCHORAGE</h3>    <ul><li><a href="https://www.glacierbrewhouse.com/brewery/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Glacier Brewhouse:</a> A popular upscale brewpub in the heart of downtown Anchorage. The food is delightful and don’t forget a local brew with your splendid meal. </li><li><a href="https://moosestooth.net/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Moose Tooth</a>: Best pizza in the Anchorage area!</li><li><a href="https://www.snowcitycafe.com/">Snow City Cafe</a>: You can book a table for lunch</li><li><a href="https://turnagainarmpitbbq.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Turnagain Arm Pit BBQ</a>: With multiple locations, the Indian Valley location has pleasant views of the Turnagain arm. The barbecue includes ribs, brisket and wings are delicious. Grab a local brew or glass of wine. </li></ul><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/BirdCreek-SewardHwy-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Salmon Fishing-Bird Creek-Seward Highway" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/BirdCreek-SewardHwy-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Salmon Fishing-Bird Creek-Seward Highway" />Salmon Fishing-Bird Creek-Seward Highway    <h2>DAY 2: SEWARD HIGHWAY-TURNAGAIN ARM, ALASKA</h2>    <p>Today we get an early start heading out onto the <a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/driving-the-seward-highway-in-alaska/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Seward Highway</a>. The trip to Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park is 2.5 hours with no stops. Not making any stops along the way is impossible. From the moment you turn the corner at Potters marsh, breathtaking views of the Chugach Mountain dominate this rugged landscape, not to mention the spectacular waters of the Turnagain arm. It is hard not to stop at each viewpoint. However, we have listed what we think are the best viewpoints on our Alaskan road trip itinerary.</p>    <h3>BEST VIEWPOINTS ON THE SEWARD HIGHWAY</h3>    <p>Potter Marsh – Part of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, the marsh is home to migratory birds. Early in the morning you can catch views of moose browsing the sedge grasses. The wooden boardwalk winds 1,550 feet through the 238-acre marsh created when the railroad embankment was built in 1917. Be sure to bring your binoculars and camera to capture that perfect shot! We spotted eagles, goslings and swallows in the early morning. </p>    <img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/TananaRiverValleyRichardsonsHighway-Wtermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Tanana River Valley Views" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/TananaRiverValleyRichardsonsHighway-Wtermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Tanana River Valley Views" />Tanana River Valley Views    <p>Beluga Point-At low tide, you can walk around the rocky points. Just take care not to venture out onto the tidal flats. These can become dangerous, trapping wary tourists. This is a popular place to watch the bore tide or spot Dall sheep on cliffs on the opposite side of the highway. </p>    <p>Bird Creek – Anglers frequent the creek in search of the wily silver salmon in the summer months. If you have the time, hike the 4.2-mile Bird Ridge Trail to see endless views at the top of the 3,200-foot mountain. Not up to the elevation, we did the smaller wooded trail that follows the highway. It has informational kiosks that tell the story of the miners and history of the creek. </p>    <img width="650" height="346" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/TurnagainArmView-AlyeskaTram-2012-Watermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C346" alt="Aerial Tram View-Turnagain Arm" /><img width="650" height="346" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/TurnagainArmView-AlyeskaTram-2012-Watermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C346" alt="Aerial Tram View-Turnagain Arm" />Aerial Tram View-Turnagain Arm    <h3> BEST THINGS TO DO ALONG THE SEWARD HIGHWAY</h3>    <p><a href="https://alyeskaresort.com/product/explore-girdwood/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Alyeska Resort Girdwood</a>: Just a scant mile or so off the highway, ride the Alyeska aerial tram to the top of Mt. Alyeska. Located in the historic gold mining town of Girdwood. The views on a clear day of the Turnagain Arm are magnificent! In June, there was still plenty of snow for a quick snowball fight. The small museum gives a bit of insight into the history of the town of Girdwood. </p>    <p><a href="https://www.alaskawildlife.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center</a> (AWCC): This is our favorite stop every time we visit Alaska. At the entrance to the Portage Valley, they dedicated the center to education, research, and rescue conservation. The centers 200 acres provides a sanctuary for those animals that cannot be released back into the wild. We always do the self-guided walking tour to each enclosure on the loop. This is a must-do stop on your itinerary!!</p>    <img width="650" height="433" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/WildlifeConservationCenter-BrownBear2-Watermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C433" alt="Alaskan Brown Bear" /><img width="650" height="433" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/WildlifeConservationCenter-BrownBear2-Watermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C433" alt="Alaskan Brown Bear" />Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center-Brown Bear    <p><a href="http://www.portageglaciercruises.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Portage Glacier Tour</a>: This short narrated boat tour will get you up close to Portage Glacier. If you are lucky, you see stunning waterfalls cascading down the steep mountain walls and maybe, just maybe, impressive up-close views of the glacier calving. I know we thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Chugach National Forest ranger describe the history of the area and watching the kids gnawing on a chuck of the fresh glacial ice scooped from the lake. You can purchase tickets at the <a href="https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/chugach/recarea/?recid=71946" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Begich, Boggs Visitor Center</a>.</p>    <img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Pixel-Portage-Glacier-UpClose-Watermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Portage Glacier View from the Boat" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Pixel-Portage-Glacier-UpClose-Watermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Portage Glacier View from the Boat" />Portage Glacier Tour    <h2> Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park</h2>    <p>This is just one of the many glaciers, where you can walk right up and touch it. One of the most accessible glaciers, <a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/visiting-exit-glacier-in-kenai-fjords-national-park/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park,</a> has excellent hiking tails. The  8.2-mile round trip to the Harding Icefield may be a bit ambitious for this itinerary, however, if you can build in additional time, it is worth the effort. We did the hike on our first trip with perfect weather. The shorter Glacial Overlook trail gets you up-close with the glacier. Don’t forget to stop at the Nature center for your passport stamp!</p>    <p> Note: Remember to bring plenty of <a href="https://amzn.to/2T1H5rX">water</a> and <a href="https://amzn.to/3aAkHvK">snacks</a> when hiking. Be bear aware-it is always important to carry <a href="https://amzn.to/2XQxecV">bear spray</a>. Alaska is bear country.  </p>    <h3>BEST THINGS TO DO IN SEWARD</h3>    <p>Our Alaskan road trip itinerary included a few different stops on each of our trips to Alaska. Although you may not have time for all the suggestions, prioritize what’s best for you. </p>    <img width="509" height="650" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/ExitGlacier-2012-Watermarked-lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=509%2C650" alt="Exit Glacier background with us" /><img width="509" height="650" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/ExitGlacier-2012-Watermarked-lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=509%2C650" alt="Exit Glacier background with us" />Exit Glacier     <p> Cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park – Explore Kenai Fjords National Park on a <a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/rv-adventure-seward-resurrection-bay/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tour of Resurrection Bay</a> with <a href="https://majormarine.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Major Marine Tours</a>. Be sure to book in advance. Whether you take a glacier, wildlife cruise or both, the waters here are alive with a thriving ecosystem. We saw many Humpback Whales. They frequent these waters from May to September; Orcas, sea otters and puffins are here year-round.</p>    <p><a href="https://www.alaskasealife.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Alaska Sealife Center–</a> The non-profit educational center rescues and rehabilitates wildlife. Excellent place to learn about marine life that inhabit Alaskan waters, lots of cool exhibits that showcase fish, crabs, puffins, sea lions and otters.</p>    <p>Hike Mt. Marathon– a challenging hike the mountain is famous for the race that has enticed runners since 1915. The Jeep trail steadily climbs through dense woods, emerging onto the rocky slopes of the upper mountain. Amazing views of Seward and Resurrection Bay on a clear day.</p>    <img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/KenaiFjordsNP-WildlifeTour-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Rocky Mountain Ocean Cliffs-Resurrection Bay" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/KenaiFjordsNP-WildlifeTour-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Rocky Mountain Ocean Cliffs-Resurrection Bay" />Kenai Fjords National Park-Wildlife Boat Tour    <h3>BEST PLACES TO EAT IN SEWARD</h3>    <ul><li> <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60873-d729532-Reviews-Smoke_Shack-Seward_Alaska.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Smoke Shack,</a> a great place to enjoy a phenomenal pulled pork sandwich. The restaurant is in an old converted train car.</li><li><a href="https://www.cookeryseward.com/">The Cookery–</a>The atmosphere is inviting, and the fresh Alaskan oysters quite delicious</li><li><a href="http://www.sewardbrewery.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Seward Brewing Company-</a> friendly vibe, a rotating selection of craft and Alaskan beers, and innovative pub food.</li><li><a href="https://www.rayswaterfrontak.com/menu" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ray’s Waterfront-</a>Known for its delicious seafood and steaks, and harbor and mountain views,</li><li><a href="https://www.chinooksak.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Chinooks Restaurant–</a>The menu is chock full of Alaskan seafood dishes, from fresh halibut to salmon, shrimp, and rockfish. </li><li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Zudys-Cafe-674839319241427/">Zudy’s </a>cafe is best known for its decadent cheesecakes and pies.</li><li> <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60873-d3381240-Reviews-Sweet_Darlings-Seward_Alaska.html">Sweet Darlings</a> is downtown, near the Sea Life Center. It has the best gelato I have ever had. On all our trips, we make a point to stop for a delicious scoop of gelato. </li></ul><img width="633" height="650" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/HomerSign-2012-watermarked-All-650-C.jpg?resize=633%2C650" alt="Sign Welcome to Homer-Us" /><img width="633" height="650" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/HomerSign-2012-watermarked-All-650-C.jpg?resize=633%2C650" alt="Sign Welcome to Homer-Us" />Welcome to Homer Alaska    <h2>DAY 3: STERLING HIGHWAY TO HOMER, ALASKA</h2>    <p>Considered Alaska’s playground, the Kenai has a variety of outdoor activities. These can include kayaking, water rafting, salmon fishing, bear-viewing and dog sledding. The <a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/great-adventure-sterling-highway-alaska-rv/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sterling Highway</a> starts at Tern Lake and traverses through Soldotna before ending in Homer. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge lies between Cooper Landing and Sterling. Hiking in the refuge, you are likely to see wildlife. Our favorite trails are along the Russian River and Skilak Lake. </p>    <p>Did you know…<a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/the-road-to-homer/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> Homer </a>is the southernmost point on this road trip itinerary. It is the end of the road. Homer is most renown for its phenomenal halibut fishery. </p>    <h3>STOPS ALONG THE STERLING HIGHWAY</h3>    <p>A quick side trip to the small village of Kenai gives sweeping bluff views of Cook Inlet. The historic town is just one of many quaint Alaskan coastal towns to enjoy on the road to Homer. We always spend a few days in the Kenai. Each trip we stay in Sterling near Soldotna to fly High Adventure Air for <a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/best-bear-viewing-trip-in-alaska/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">bear-viewing</a> or <a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/high-adventure-sockeye-fishing/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">salmon fishing </a>at Wilderness Creek. A guided trip on the Kenai for<a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/amazing-alaska-hunting-for-trophy-kenai-rainbows/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> world-class</a> <a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/amazing-alaska-hunting-for-trophy-kenai-rainbows/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">rainbow trout </a>is a must for us! There are plenty of state campgrounds, such as Johnson Lake or Quartz Creek, that have a wilderness feel or stay in a <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/34248658?source_impression_id=p3_1634480888_GxBLC7tnEpYWkXHL&guests=1&adults=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">log cabin on Longmere Lake</a>. </p>    <img width="650" height="488" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Alaska-Ninilchik-River-2012-watermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt=" Ninilchik River-10 Day Alaskan Road Trip Itinerary" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Alaska-Ninilchik-River-2012-watermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt=" Ninilchik River-10 Day Alaskan Road Trip Itinerary" /> Ninilchik River    <p>The Sterling highway scenic drive offers excellent views of both Iliamna and its sister volcano Redoubt from the raised bluff that hugs the Cook Inlet. Clam Gulch, Ninilchik and Anchor Point are just a few of the stops we made on our first trip. The old Russian Church in Ninilchik dates back to the 1800s when this area was first settled. For the RV traveller, there are plenty of rest areas to choose from at the Kasilof, Ninilchik and Anchor rivers. During the busy fishing season, anglers line the rivers hoping to land a trophy salmon. </p>    <img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SterlingHighway-MtIlliamana-Watermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="MtIlliamana-" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SterlingHighway-MtIlliamana-Watermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="MtIlliamana-" />MtIlliamana-    <h3>BEST THINGS TO DO IN HOMER</h3>    <p>The 4-mile long Homer spit is the end of the road, literally. As the Halibut Fishing Capital of Alaska, a voyage onto the water is something everyone should have on their bucket list. Join a chartered fishing boat excursion on a full and half-day trip.</p>    <ul><li>Kayak Kachemak Bay – explore the bay with a guided trip along the shores of Kachemak Bay. A nature lover’s paradise spot wildlife in the many hidden coves in this untouched wilderness. </li><li>Purchase a fishing license – fishing along the shore is a popular pastime on Homer Spit.</li><li>Ferry to Seldovia – take a day trip just across the bay to the charming village of Seldovia. Beach walks searching the tidal pools for critters or hiking the trails is a great way to spend your day. </li><li>Walk the Museums and Galleries-No itinerary would be complete without sightseeing and a visit to the eclectic shoppes that adorn the small village. Here you can find the perfect gift to take home as a reminder of your journey. </li></ul><img width="650" height="485" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Homer-alaska-2012-Salty-dogg-Saloon-watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C485" alt="Salty Dawg Saloon-Us" /><img width="650" height="485" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Homer-alaska-2012-Salty-dogg-Saloon-watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C485" alt="Salty Dawg Saloon-Us" />Salty Dawg Saloon    <h3> BEST PLACES TO EAT IN HOMER</h3>    <ul><li>Salty Dawg Saloon – You cannot travel all the way to the end of the road and not make a stop at the Salty Dawg. It is an incredible novelty looking at the sheer number of dollar bills that adorn the walls and ceiling. </li><li>Capt. Patties Fish House – If you are looking for quality seafood, try the fish house. The mountain views are spectacular!</li><li>Two Sisters Bakery – Outstanding! Just off the main street, this bakery has the best cinnamon rolls and sticky buns. The perfect place for brunch.</li></ul><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/MatanuskaGlacier-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Matanuska Glacier-Lions Head" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/MatanuskaGlacier-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Matanuska Glacier-Lions Head" />Matanuska Glacier-Lions Head    <h2>DAY 4 SCENIC GLENN HIGHWAY</h2>    <p>There are two ways to travel from the Kenai to Wrangell-St Elais. One is to take the <a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/glenn-highway-national-scenic-byway/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">scenic Glenn Highway, </a>stopping at the different incredible locals along the route (5-6 hours). If your adventurous spirit enjoys fishing or hiking, there are multiple places to stop along the way to Glenallen and Wrangell-St Elias National Park. The other alternative route is to drive through the Whittier tunnel to the coastal village of Whittier, taking the ferry across Prince William Sound to Valdez. Both routes are beautiful. Travel distance is longer on the scenic Glenn highway, but it is cheaper and less time than the ferry. Click here – <a href="http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Alaska Marine Highway</a> schedule and fare information (ferry 6-hours).</p>    <h3>ADD THESE STOPS TO YOUR ITINERARY</h3>    <p>The drive through the Mat-Su Valley follows the Matanuska river. You can overnight in<a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/15288894?source_impression_id=p3_1634490429_5CutqBI%2B4q6xuuMV" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> Sutton in a lakeside cabin</a>. We stopped for a quick tour of the Alpine Historical Park museum before returning to the Glenn Highway. This morning we have mostly low-lying cloud hiding the mountain tops for most of our journey to <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/27464427?source_impression_id=p3_1634490829_TQ8gODaQgCimkkwi&guests=1&adults=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pippen Lake</a> on the Richardson highway. It did not deter our spirits. The weather was perfect for keeping the mosquitoes away while hiking. We stopped for a quick tour of the <a href="http://alpinehistoricalpark.org/">Alpine Historical Park</a> museum before returning to the Glenn Highway. The museum buildings originate from the 1922-Coal Washery and the Chickaloon Coal Mine. </p>    <p>If you choose the southern route through the remote coastal village of Valdez, be sure to stop at the top of Thompson Pass for a bird’s-eye view of the Worthington Glacier. </p>    <img width="650" height="488" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/MatanuskaRiver-Barry-Watrmarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Matanuska River Overlook-Glenn Highway" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/MatanuskaRiver-Barry-Watrmarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Matanuska River Overlook-Glenn Highway" />Matanuska River Overlook-Glenn Highway    <h3> BEST THINGS TO DO ON THE GLENN HIGHWAY</h3>    <ul><li>Thunderbird Falls – The short, easy 1.2-mile trail rises a 100 feet above the Eklutna river. The steep trail ends at the 200 ft wall of water. The raised platform provides superb views, but taking the lower trail will get you face to face with the rushing falls. </li><li>Musk Ox Farm– Just outside Palmer, you can learn about these prehistoric mammals prized for the qiviut. We recommend booking your tour in advance. </li><li>Matanuska Glacier-this massive stable glacier can be viewed for free from the Matanuska Overlook. Hike the short trial to the platform for better views. If you want to get up-close and personal, book a 3-hour tour to walk to the toe of the glacier. </li><li>Sheep Mountain – An ideal spot to have a picnic lunch. There are a few meandering paths that lead to the mountain. The slopes of the mountain are renown for Dall Sheep looking to supplement their diet with rich calcium nutrients. </li></ul><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SheepMountain-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Sheep Mountain-Glenn Highway" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SheepMountain-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Sheep Mountain-Glenn Highway" />Sheep Mountain-Glenn Highway    <h2>DAY 5 WRANGELL-ST ELIAS NATIONAL PARK </h2>    <p>Planning only a day exploring the park can be exhausting, but it is worth getting to the Kennecott Mine. Chitina is the gateway to <a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/astonishing-wrangell-st-elias-fortunes-won-lost/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wrangell-St. Elias National Park</a>. From here you can either drive the McCarthy road or take a shuttle, or fly. We chose the shuttle since our rental car agreement did not allow us to drive the road. The disadvantage of taking a shuttle is they control when the vehicle stops. Next time we visit the area, we would either fly or drive ourselves. </p>    <p>The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For an authentic Alaskan experience, a tour of the Kennecott mine is a must do! The 2-hour ranger narrated tour details the discovery and construction of the abandoned copper mine operation and ghost town. The buildings, although in disrepair, tell a fascinating story. </p>    <img width="650" height="433" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/MountainView-PortageGlacier-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C433" alt="Mountain View - Portage Pass" /><img width="650" height="433" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/MountainView-PortageGlacier-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C433" alt="Mountain View - Portage Pass" />Mountain View – Portage Pass    <h3>BEST THINGS TO DO IN WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS</h3>    <ul><li>Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center in Copper Center-nature walks to outstanding views of the Copper river valley. Visit the Ahtna Cultural Center, exhibit hall, and theater. </li><li>Kennecott or Root Glacier – Take the wagon road to the toe of the Kennicott Glacier (3-4 hours, 4.5-miles). the popular hike to Root Glacier walking the glacier (2-6 hours, 4-miles). For the thrill seeker, try ice climbing.  </li><li>Rafting the Copper River – second to none, the adventurous may want to tackle rafting on the river. The glacial fed rivers in the area have phenomenal whitewater rafting, especially in the spring. </li></ul><img width="650" height="423" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/VisitorCenter-watermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C423" alt="Wrangell St Elias Visitor Center" /><img width="650" height="423" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/VisitorCenter-watermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C423" alt="Wrangell St Elias Visitor Center" />Wrangell St Elias Visitor Center    <h2>DAY 6  RICHARDSON HIGHWAY AND DELTA JUNCTION </h2>    <p>Alaska is a spectacular destination! Look for amazing views of the snow-capped Wrangell Mountains as you pass Willow lake on your journey north to Fairbanks. On a clear day, you get magnificent views of the Copper Valley. Don’t miss stopping here! You can view Mt. Drum (12,010 ft.) Mt. Wrangell (14,163 ft.) is semi-active volcano, Mt. Sanford (16,237 ft.) and Mt. Blackburn (16,390 ft) the tallest of the four major peaks. Today started the with a drizzly rain but ended in brilliant sunshine as we got closer to Fairbanks.</p>    <p>The highway twists and turns as it heads north towards Delta Junction and Fairbanks. Sweeping valleys of dense black spruce dominate the landscape crisscrossed by rivers and creeks teaming with native trout. We stopped and hiked to the Gulkana river for rainbows. The 60-mile wild rivers’ headwaters originate in the Alaska range near Summit Lake. </p>    <p>An engineering marvel the 800-mile-long, 48-inch-diameter trans-Alaska pipeline parallels the Richardson Highway. A good stop with informational kiosks detailing the history of the pipeline is the Denali Fault/Pipeline Viewpoint. </p>    <img width="650" height="488" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/WillowLake-WrangleSTEliasNP-watermarked-lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Wrangell St Elias Willow Lake View" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/WillowLake-WrangleSTEliasNP-watermarked-lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Wrangell St Elias Willow Lake View" />Wrangell St Elias Willow Lake View    <h3>BEST THINGS TO DO ON THE RICHARDSON HIGHWAY </h3>    <p>You can spend a good part of your day in Delta Junction. Stop at the Visitor Center to take a photo at the end of the Alaska Highway marker.</p>    <ul><li>Big Delta State Historical Park – step back in time to the gold rush. Learn about the WAMCATs, Rica’s roadhouse and Valdez-to-Fairbanks trail.</li><li><a href="https://alaska-highway.org/sullivan-roadhouse-2/"> Sullivan Roadhouse Historical Museum</a> – at the junction of the Alaska Highway in Delta Junction, this is the oldest roadhouse in interior Alaska. </li><li>Hike Gulkana Glacier – If the roadside view does not satisfy, you can hike to the glacier. Accessible via gravel road, it is a 4.6 miles round-trip walk. Does require crossing the suspension bridge and fording creeks. </li></ul><img src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Our-Riverbend-Cabin-watermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=654%2C491" alt="Riverbend Chinook cabin" width="654" height="491" /><img src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Our-Riverbend-Cabin-watermarked-650-C.jpg?resize=654%2C491" alt="Riverbend Chinook cabin" width="654" height="491" />Riverbend Chinook cabin    <h2>DAY 7 – DISCOVERING FAIRBANKS</h2>    <p>Yesterday was the summer solstice, the longest day of sunshine of the year. There is no better place to experience the land of the midnight sun than here in Fairbanks. This city has a colorful past. Starting with the early fur traders to the stampeding gold rush prospectors the city has endured. We enjoyed our fishing for <a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/arctic-grayling-on-the-beautiful-chena-river/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">chilly Arctic grayling</a> on the Chena river. The river has a healthy population of grayling. They are plentiful and easy to catch on small lures. The fishing was just one highlight. There are so many activities for everyone to enjoy. An early morning outing to the R.G. White Large Animal Research Station is an amazing experience. Operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, they provide outreach on Alaskan animals. The tours are at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.</p>    <p>If you travel in the winter, the Aurora Borealis is the primary draw. We stayed in a beautiful log cabin on the Chena river. <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/38685001?source_impression_id=p3_1634508810_t5%2BXQYXAxbK8dRIK&guests=1&adults=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Riverbend cabins</a> nestled right along the beautiful Chena River. Enjoy boating, fishing, and kayaking right out your back door!</p>    <img width="650" height="403" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/MuskOxFarm-Fairbanks-watermarked-lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C403" alt="Large Animal Research Facility - Musk Ox" /><img width="650" height="403" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/MuskOxFarm-Fairbanks-watermarked-lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C403" alt="Large Animal Research Facility - Musk Ox" />Large Animal Research Facility – Musk Ox    <h3><br />BEST THINGS TO DO IN FAIRBANKS</h3>    <ul><li>Santa Claus House in North Pole – Want to bring out your inner child? It’s Christmas every day at the Santa Claus House. </li><li>Pioneer Park – This is a replica of historic buildings from the gold rush days. The steam train is worth the small fee to ride. This is a great place for families to spend some quality time.</li><li>Gold Daughters Alaska – Have you ever wanted to pan for gold?? You pay $20 for a small sack of dirt and guaranteed to have some bits of gold. Excellent service and train you how to pan.</li><li>Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g60826-Activities-Fairbanks_Alaska.html"></a>– Outstanding center that traces Alaskan history from early native peoples, through Russian settlements, right up to modern times, but the emphasis on the cultural influences of indigenous people.</li><li> Riverboat Discovery – spectacular cruise on the Chena River. Tour includes visits of Trail Breaker Kennel, Chena Indian Village Living Museum and the taking off of a frontier bush plan. </li></ul><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/ChenaRiver-Fairbanks-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Chena River Fairbanks" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/ChenaRiver-Fairbanks-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Chena River Fairbanks" />Chena River Fairbanks    <h3>BEST PLACES TO EAT IN FAIRBANKS</h3>    <ul><li>Great Harvest Bread Company – Fresh, high-quality sandwiches are fantastic! The soups are also great and the delicious pastries too!</li><li>Bakery Restaurant – Food was awesome! Their sourdough pancakes are the best.</li><li>Pump House Restaurant– We stopped for an early dinner. Seated in the bar, we ordered appetizers: Halibut cheeks, Calamari, and Birch Syrup-Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Alaskan Scallops with a house salad. The food was delicious, and the service was great! The historic pump house has a fantastic atmosphere and is a must do!</li></ul><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/GlennHighway-Glenallen-Eagle-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Glenn Highway-Eagle Summit" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/GlennHighway-Glenallen-Eagle-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Glenn Highway-Eagle Summit" />Glenn Highway-Eagle Summit    <h2>Day 8 Denali National Park</h2>    <p>For most visitors to Alaska, getting a view of Mt. Denali is the crown jewel on everyone’s bucket list. They often refer to <a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/category/national-parks/denali-national-park-preserve/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Denali National Park </a>to as the last frontier. The Koyukon Athabascans named the mountain Denali meaning, “mountain-big.” It’s the highest mountain peak in North America,</p>    <p>The best way to explore Denali National Park is to take a shuttle bus. We chose the Natural History tour for our first trip. We got lucky in the road lottery on our second trip and drove the road to milepost 30. If you want to do the entire road, consider booking the 12-hour Kantishna Experience Tour. The park is massive coving 4,740,091 acres. </p>    <p>The road to the end at Kantishna is 92-miles and takes about 5 hours to reach. The gold mining town established in 1905. Today the best way to reach the end of the road is by bush plane. Currently, the park road is impassable at Polychrome Pass. Tour busses in the summer of 2022 will only take visitors as far as mile 42. Only have a day? I recommend hiking the trails nearest the visitor center-Horseshoe Lake, Triple Lakes or the Healy Overlook are worth the effort. </p>    <p>If you want to do less driving, you may want to consider an alternative route by taking the Alaska Railroad from Fairbanks to Denali returning to Anchorage via Talkeetna. </p>    <img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/DenaliNationalParkSign-Us-watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Denali National Park-Sign us" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/DenaliNationalParkSign-Us-watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Denali National Park-Sign us" />Denali National Park    <h3>BEST PLACES TO SEE IN DENALI</h3>    <ul><li> Denali Sled Dog Kennel – is another of our favorite places to visit. An outstanding first impression of the prior history of the park, the dogs and puppies, is always a highlight for us. </li><li><a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/denali-natural-history-tour/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Natural History Tour on a Denali Bus </a>– takes visitors to mile 15 in the park. The ranger narrated tour highlights the history of the park. Really enjoyed learning the past history.   </li><li>Take an ATV Tour – Race across the Alaskan tundra with a jaw-dropping off roading exploration. Thrilling as a passenger or the driver. An out of this world experience. </li><li>Explore the Backcountry – Getting away from the road is the best way to experience the park. Whether you camp or hike, take the time to experience life away from the main road. </li></ul><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/PortageRiver-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C-1.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Portage River - Alaska" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/PortageRiver-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C-1.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Portage River - Alaska" />Portage River – Alaska    <h3> BEST PLACES TO EAT IN DENALI</h3>    <ul><li>Prospectors Pizzeria & Alehouse – a popular favorite in the Last Frontier. The walls have historic pictures of settlers panning for gold, fishing and hunting. </li><li>Black Bear café – not just your average coffee shop. They have a delightful breakfast and lunch menu. Close at 2pm. </li><li>Alpenglow Restaurant – inside the Grande Denali Lodge it has a more formal feel. We did our last night as a treat. A bit more expensive but we loved the night out. The views were breathtaking.</li></ul><h2>DAY 9 DRIVE THE GEORGE PARKS HIGHWAY-DETOUR AT TALKEETNA </h2>    <p>A trip down the amazing<a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/mileposts-denali-parks-highway/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> Parks highway</a> takes you to <a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/best-things-to-do-in-historic-talkeetna/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">historic Talkeetna</a>. If you’re interested in seeing bits of Alaska that are well off the beaten path, and have a great time doing it, come to tiny, quirky Talkeetna. Known as a stop on the Alaska Railroad route, many of those destined for Denali do the short layover in this small town. The walkable town has galleries, small boutique stores and museums. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Just walking through Nagley’s is an adventure. </p>    <p>The quaint town has many lodging options to choose from including, hotels, bread & breakfasts, resorts or inns. We stayed in a <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/16180512?source_impression_id=p3_1634491515_EVhJRZ6lQMrV1ehD&guests=1&adults=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">cute lakeside getaway</a>. </p>    <img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Talkeetna2012-Us-Watermarked-lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Talkeetna Sign with us" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Talkeetna2012-Us-Watermarked-lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Talkeetna Sign with us" />Talkeetna Alaska    <h3>BEST THINGS TO DO IN TALKEETNA </h3>    <ul><li>Jet Boat Ride on the Susitna, Talkeetna and Chulitna Rivers -for thrill-seeking adventures, the Devil’s Canyon tour is such a unique experience!</li><li>Denali Flightseeing tours – Daily flights to see the big one-Denali-landing on a glacier. Talkeetna is the jumping-off point for flightseeing tours of Denali National Park. We had an absolute blast!</li><li>Zipline Through the Forest – witnessing the stunning forest scenery all around you is an adrenaline rush! It was completely unlike anything we’d ever experienced.</li></ul><h3>BEST PLACES TO EAT IN TALKEETNA</h3>    <ul><li><a href="https://www.flyingsquirrelcafe.com/">The Flying Squirrel Bakery & Cafe</a> has excellent quality dishes, fresh-baked bread, and pastries. If the locals shop here, you know it is good!!</li><li> <a href="https://www.talkeetnaroadhouse.com/">Talkeetna Roadhouse </a>– The restaurant offers wines, beers, spirits, and a few cocktails. We felt the atmosphere very welcoming. </li><li> <a href="https://denalibrewing.com/">Denali brewing company </a>offers a wonderful selection of food and is a great place to congregate and meet others. A ten-dollar tour shows you the steps of the brewing process and a tasting of the various beers and meads.</li></ul><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SustitnaRiver-HatcherPass-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Susitna River Hatcher Pass" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SustitnaRiver-HatcherPass-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Susitna River Hatcher Pass" />Susitna River Hatcher Pass    <h2>DAY 10 HATCHER PASS VISIT THE INDEPENDANCE MINE</h2>    <p>Before heading into Anchorage for your flight home, make an excursion to see the Hatcher Pass. Most flights leave late evening, so make the most of your last day. </p>    <p>Alaska has a rich history and no better place to discover this than a stop at the <a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com/discover-the-epic-independence-mine-in-hatcher-pass/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Independence Mine</a> State Historical Park. Our last leg of the trip has us taking the Hatcher Pass Scenic Byway following the beautiful glacial Susitna river. As we climb in elevation, the trees vanish, leaving only arctic tundra. </p>    <h3>BEST THINGS TO DO IN PALMER/PARKS HIGHWAY</h3>    <ul><li>Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla – This museum will take you back in time. They have a little of everything that has to do with transportation through the years.</li><li>Hurricane Gulch Bridge – The views from the bridge are really impressive. We could see downstream white water. It is very dramatic looking over the edge to the bottom of the canyon.</li><li>Denali View South – Looking to see the “Great Mountain.” Just a short walk up the trail on a clear day you get impressive views of Denali. Good place to stop and stretch your legs. Enjoy a picnic lunch. </li></ul><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/DenaliNP-AlaskaRange-watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Denali National Park-Alaska Range" /><img width="650" height="488" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/DenaliNP-AlaskaRange-watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C488" alt="Denali National Park-Alaska Range" />Denali National Park-Alaska Range    <h3>BEST PLACES TO EAT IN PALMER/PARKS HIGHWAY</h3>    <ul><li>Palmer Alehouse – This is a delightful place to have dinner or lunch. It was extremely crowded but must say it is worth the wait. I had the Philly Cheesesteak with a side salad and hubby enjoyed a delicious gyro. They have lots of choices on tap for local brews. We both enjoyed a different selection to top off our meal. Good place to unwind and to enjoy the live music.</li><li>Noisy Goose Cafe – Looking for food that feels homemade? This is a great place for comfort food. The food was exceptional, and the staff was wonderful.</li><li>Sheep Creek Lodge – Setting is beautiful inside a log cabin, service was good, food was well-prepared. Close to Wasilla. </li></ul><img width="650" height="637" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Fireweed-ChenaRiver-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C637" alt="Fireweed Alaska Summer" /><img width="650" height="637" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Fireweed-ChenaRiver-Watermarked-Lightroom-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C637" alt="Fireweed Alaska Summer" />Fireweed Alaska Summer    <h2>FINAL THOUGHTS</h2>    <p>Alaska is incredible!! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list destination. I encourage you to take the dive. We are already planning our next trip to include Katmai National Park with a longer visit to Wrangell St. Elais in 2023. </p>    <p>Have questions about our 10-day Alaska itinerary? We would love to have you share your ideas. Let us know in the comments.</p>    <img width="650" height="315" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Alaskaquote3-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C315" alt="“John Muir, the famous naturalist, wrote in his journal that you should never go to Alaska as a young man because you`ll never be satisfied with any other place as long as you live. And there`s a lot of truth to that.”" /><img width="650" height="315" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.traveltheparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Alaskaquote3-650-C.jpg?resize=650%2C315" alt="“John Muir, the famous naturalist, wrote in his journal that you should never go to Alaska as a young man because you`ll never be satisfied with any other place as long as you live. And there`s a lot of truth to that.”" /> <h3>Like this:</h3><p>Like Loading...</p><a href="https://www.traveltheparks.com//"></a> <p>  <h3><em>Related</em></h3> </p>

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