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Three Amazing Alaskan Vacations To Choose From!
Summer Trips To Alaska
Grizzlies & Glaciers Tour
Winter Trips To Alaska
See The Northern Lights
Summer Trips To Alaska
Denali Discovery Adventure
Visit Alaska’s Interior For Outdoor Adventure
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast that likes wide-open spaces, Alaska’s Interior might just be the place for you. This is the central region of Alaska’s vast territory, which is hemmed in by the Alaska Range to the south and the Brooks Range to the north. The Interior region of Alaska is mostly wilderness and encompasses three of the state’s eight national parks. It is home to Mount Denali in the Alaska Range, the Wrangell Mountains, and the Ray Mountains. Pristine wilderness is everywhere!
Of course, the region also has some big cities. The largest city in Alaska’s Interior is Fairbanks. Other major cities include the North Pole, Eagle, Tok, and Glennallen. Many of these cities were founded during the gold rush as mining settlements. Today, they offer tourists the opportunity to explore Alaska’s rich Native history and culture, as well as learn how the gold rush shaped this remote region. And by remote, we mean that only an estimated 113,154 people live in the Interior! But if you’re looking for adventure, some of the best Alaskan tours can be found in this part of the state.
How Do You Get To Alaska’s Interior?
The Fairbanks International Airport is served by local, domestic, and international flights, which makes getting to this region a breeze. Also, much of Interior Alaska is accessible by road, with the Parks Highway, Richardson Highway, and Steese Highway all intersecting in Fairbanks. The Alaska Railroad travels through part of Interior Alaska, with a stop at the entrance of Denali National Park before ending in Fairbanks. If you’re driving to Alaska from Canada, your first glimpse of Alaska will be in the Interior Region as you cross the border on the Alaska Highway by the town of Tok. Many Alaska land tours begin in Fairbanks, so if you are able to get there you can establish a relatively comfortable jumping-off point for your adventures!
Alaska Adventure Travel Tours From Fairbanks
Alaska’s heartland has the continent’s tallest peak, Denali, as well as wide expanses of tundra. The forests are filled with wildlife, ranging from the formidable grizzly bear to large herds of caribou. You can even see the state bird, the willow ptarmigan, in the Interior’s skies. By reserving one of several Alaska land tours, you’ll be able to experience the summer midnight sun or the winter Northern Lights! Other Alaska adventure travel tours take you into the heart of the backcountry to hike spectacular mountains or go on wildlife viewing excursions. Read on to find out more about two of the best Alaskan tours that you can take from the Interior.
A Summer Tour To Denali
Gondwana Ecotours offers Alaska land tours in both the summer and fall. Their incredible Alaska summer tour takes you from Fairbanks to Anchorage, with a stop to explore Denali National Park. Here are some of the highlights of this amazing adventure:
- Flightseeing over Denali’s peaks, glaciers, and valleys.
- A trip aboard the Alaska Railroad from Denali to Talkeetna.
- Wildlife viewing that includes moose, eagles, Dall sheep, and grizzly bears.
- Hikes through the backcountry of Denali National Park.
- A visit to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center.
- 24/7 guides for the duration of the trip.
See The Northern Lights In Fairbanks
Although some might argue that the best Alaskan tours happen during the summer months, winter is a very popular time to visit Alaska! Gondwana Ecotours offers an exclusive Northern Lights trip that includes aurora watching, dog sledding, a trip to a hot spring, and more.
- A visit to Chena Hot Springs.
- Entry to the Ice Sculpture Museum & the Museum of the North.
- A visit to Reindeer Ranch.
- Daily activities planned by local guides.
- Guided tour of a local homestead.
- Personal wake-up calls from your experienced aurora guide when the Northern lights are active.
Not only will you see the greatest light show on earth during one of Gondwana’s Alaska land tours, but you’ll have the chance to explore local culture in Fairbanks by day.
Exploring The Interior’s National Parks
Of course, there is more to the Interior of Alaska than Fairbanks or Denali National Park. Both Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Glacier Bay Park and Preserve call the Interior home. These parks are even more remote than Denali, and often require a fly-in to access their beauty. It’s a good idea to reserve one of the many Alaska adventure travel tours available to visitors. Experienced guides can handle the logistics of travel in this remote region for you, while you simply enjoy the ride.
- Wrangell-St. Elias National Park – this park is accessible from Tok or McCarthy, but most visitors fly in. The park is vast and mountainous, so it is best for those experienced in hiking, mountaineering, or rafting. Visitor services in the park are limited in comparison to Denali, but you’ll find endless opportunities for hiking, camping, rafting, glacier trekking, and wildlife viewing within the mountainous terrain. However, with 13.2 million acres, hiring an experienced guide is a good idea. The historic mining town of McCarthy lies within the boundaries of the park, too. Once the site of a fully operational copper mine, the old mining buildings have been restored for visitors to explore. The town of McCarthy itself offers entertainment and can make a great base camp for your park adventures.
- Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve – located west of Juneau, Glacier Bay National Park is home to a coastal rainforest. It is also a marine and terrestrial wilderness sanctuary. Glacier Bay has more than 50 named glaciers. Most of the people who come to the park arrive by way of a cruise ship (large or small), and most enter through the West Arm towards the Margerie Glacier. If you want to experience a glacier as it calves, Glacier Bay is the park for you! As an added bonus, a cruise through the bay’s waters is the perfect opportunity to spot whales and other marine species.
You don’t have to look far to find the best Alaska tours – local guides and expert tour operators are standing by to make these Alaska adventure travel tours exciting for every visitor. Whether you want to see snow-capped mountains, endless stretches of tundra, or majestic glaciers rising from the water, Alaska’s interior region has it all.