Alaska Multi-Sport, Hiking, & Family Adventure Camping & Lodge Trips
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CONSIDERING AN ‘ACTIVE, INFORMATIVE, FUN!’ ALASKA ADVENTURE VACATION with GET UP AND GO! but unsure which particular tour to choose? This page has been designed to help you select the tour that is best for you, depending on your interests and time frame. It’s easy: Simply decide the following three things (in whatever order seems appropriate):
1. CAMPING, ‘CAMP & CABIN,’ OR LODGE-BASED ACCOMMODATIONS? Do you want to camp out, combine camping with the occasional night in a cozy cabin, or stay indoors in local lodges and hotels during your Alaska adventure? We offer a variety of affordable Camping-based, ‘Camp & Cabin’-based and Lodge-based tours for you to choose from.
2. WHEN TO TRAVEL / WHICH TOURS FIT YOUR VACATION SCHEDULE? This second section provides information about the different ‘seasons within a season’ that characterize Alaska summers. We have tours scheduled from late May to early September, but are usually available for custom and private tours earlier or later as well.
Especially if your travel dates are already determined, please also consult our ALL TOURS BY DATE web page for a complete, chronological listing of all of our scheduled tour departure dates.
3. WHICH DESTINATIONS AND TOUR ITINERARY ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN? We offer four distinctive 6, 7 and 10-day Multi-Sport / Hiking tours, and numerous 12 to 19+ day combination tours (as well as our 9-day Alaska Family Explorer trip; see the Family Tours page of this website for more information). This section provides you with specific tour itinerary details, tour destination & activity comparison charts, and all the other information you need to decide which itinerary is best for you.
IT’S THAT SIMPLE! Simply select a Camping, ‘Camp & Cabin’ or Lodge-based accommodation style; one or more of our 6, 7 or 10-day tour itineraries (combination trips of up to 19+ days are possible); and a specific tour departure date; and you’re all set to actively experience the real Alaska you’ve always dreamed of, with Get Up and Go! Tours.
“Dave and I recently looked at our photos from Alaska and we definitely rate that trip as one of the best we’ve ever taken! We consider ourselves so very lucky to have found you!!!! We would love to travel with you again some day, so please do keep us informed of your trips.”
–Carol Pasternak, Aspen, Colorado
Camping, ‘Camp & Cabin,’ or Lodge-based, the only real difference in the experience is where you lay your head at night, as all of our trips are activity-oriented and feature great daily hiking and uniquely Alaskan multi-sport activities. For more details, read on, or click on any of the underlined links for more detailed information.
ALASKA CAMPING AND ‘CAMP & CABIN’-BASED TOURS: Even if you’ve never camped before, be assured that it’s easier and more comfortable than you might think (and considerably cheaper than staying in lodges or hotels, as well). The beautiful natural settings of our campgrounds, the magical long hours of Alaska summer daylight, our helpful guides, quality gear, and the tremendous homemade camp food we serve up all make camping in Alaska a pleasurable and unforgettable experience! Sleeping bags and pads are the only gear you need to bring (or rent them cheaply from us if you prefer), and showers are available almost every day.
Camp & Cabin-based tours also feature 1 to 3 nights per trip (depending on which itinerary you select) of comfortable, indoor lodging in remotely located, charming, and cozy cabins, some of which also include access to wood-burning saunas! Our 7-day Mountains & Glaciers, 6-day Kenai Explorer and 6-day Alaska Ranger trips are all available in Camp & Cabin format.
Camp & Cabin-based trips are our most popular and economical tours, and are easily combined to form longer adventures.
ALASKA CAMPING TOURS: Custom, all-camping trips are always an option: Give us a call and we’ll put one together for you and your group!
ALASKA LODGE-BASED TOURS: 9 or 10 days in length (or whatever length you like for private/custom tours). If you love being active in the Great Outdoors but are just not a camping kind of person, a lodge-based tour is the way to go! Lodge-based tours offer the same great hiking and adventure activities as our other trips: the only real difference is the end-of-the-day accommodations.
Our lodges, cabins, hotels, and B&B’s are all friendly, welcoming, locally owned places chosen for their scenic locations, proximity to places of interest, friendliness, charm, and value. We choose locally owned and operated establishments over chain or cruise ship-owned hotels and lodges in every instance, to give you a more authentic Alaskan experience, and to help support the local economy. Depending on their location, they are quite clean and comfortable, and most feature private baths and showers, while a few are more rustic, with clean, shared facilities.
“Hey folks, Truly outstanding and unforgettable experience! I just wanted to thank you and (the) guides for a wonderful 10-day journey. They were the consummate professionals and always saw to the comfort and well being and experience of all participants. Am looking forward to my next trip with you folks. Thanks again.”
–Reginald M. Hsu, San Francisco. Alaska Explorer Lodge
ALASKAN SUMMERS ARE NICE! Ever since Secretary of State William Seward shrewdly negotiated the purchase of Alaska by the US from Russia in 1867, there have been a lot of misconceptions about this remote northern land. Perhaps the greatest of these concerns the Alaskan climate and weather. While it’s certainly true that the northern winters are long, dark, and cold, summers are just the opposite. While occasional rain showers are to be expected, the long days are truly beautiful, with warm, mostly mild temperatures, lush greenery, and a dramatic explosion of life. Wildlife is active, and the wildflowers, especially in July, are spectacular. Finally, the quality (and quantity!) of northern summer light is a thing that one must experience for him or herself to believe.
There’s an old joke that Alaska enjoys four seasons: June, July, August, and Winter! It is true that given the short and intense sub-arctic summers, each month is noticeably different from the next. But there is exaggeration as well: May and September are being shortchanged! Basically, any time from early May to mid-September is a good time for a trip to Alaska (the winter is good too, if you like snow sports). Read on for a comparison of the different ‘seasons within a season.’
BUGS? First, a word about bugs: the voracity of the Alaskan mosquito is over-rated! They are around, mostly in June and early July, but most places we visit really aren’t so bad (and not a single mosquito-borne disease or illness has ever been reported in Alaska). A little deet-based mosquito repellent goes a long way, and with long sleeves and pants and a hat, you’ll be fine. Don’t let an exaggerated fear of mosquitoes keep you from experiencing the natural wonder that is Alaska!
‘SEASONS WITHIN A SEASON’: Generally speaking, May through mid-June offers spring and early summer conditions, with the clearest, sunniest, driest weather, the famous Midnight Sun (virtually perpetual daylight), the fewest tourists, active wildlife, the first budding wildflowers, and beautiful, snow-capped mountains. Days are cool to warm (mostly 50-70 F / 10-21 C), and evenings, especially in the mountains, can be a little chilly (down to the low 40’s F / 5-9 C, or occasionally a bit cooler), although it’s nothing a decent 3-season sleeping bag can’t handle.
The second half of June through mid-August is the main travel season, with the warmest, most “summery” weather (55-80 F, 12-27 C, and nighttime temperatures–generally in the 50’s F / 10-13 C–are especially pleasant), the most greenery, and the most impressive wildflower displays (you’ll be amazed, especially in July). The Midnight Sun continues to reign, although by August the days are getting noticeably shorter (sunset at ~9 pm in Kenai or ~11:45 pm in Denali!).
The second week of August through mid-September brings the first signs of autumn, and is especially beautiful. The tundra, willows, aspens, birches, and cottonwoods are turning red, yellow and golden, the wild berries are ripening everywhere, and, as the days grow shorter and actual darkness/night returns, viewing the Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis becomes a very real and exciting possibility. The wildlife is active, getting ready for the fall ruts and for winter, the bugs are mostly dead, and for some inexplicable reason almost all of the tourists are gone. The days are still mostly warm (50-70 F, 10-21 C), but nights are noticeably chillier. We call our last week of August and September departures “Fall Colors” tours, and if you travel with us then you’ll see that in terms of color and sheer natural beauty, New England has nothing on Alaska!
Early, middle, or late season, there’s always something special to experience in Alaska.
ONCE YOU’VE PICKED A LODGING STYLE (Camping, ‘Camp & Cabin‘ or Lodge-based), and considered your range of dates of travel, the next step is to choose one or more of our 6, 7 or 10-day Alaska MultiSport / Hiking Tour itineraries.
Alaska is a big place with lots of attractive adventure destinations. Spectacular Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords National Parks; Prince William Sound; Maclaren River and the Denali Highway area; the Matanuska Valley and Glacier; Kenai Lake; and Resurrection Bay are all premier Alaska hiking, outdoor and adventure destinations, each with its own unique attractions and activities. We have exciting and well-considered itineraries that go to all of them: it’s simply a matter of deciding which one you want!
A VARIETY OF 6 TO 19+ DAY ALASKA ITINERARIES: While some might lead you to believe you can see and do it all in a week, we know better! At Get Up and Go! Tours we are firm believers that it is the quality of the experience, rather than the number of places visited, that makes a tour worthwhile and enjoyable. It’s your vacation, after all: you probably rush around enough while you are at home.
We are thus pleased to offer three different 6 and 7-day Multi-Sport / Hiking tour itineraries. Each of these highlights a different set of attractive Alaska destinations, hikes and included, uniquely Alaskan multi-sport adventure activities.
Want to see and do more? It’s easy to combine two or more of these shorter trips to form a more wide-ranging 12 to 19+ day combination tour. See the descriptions of the shorter trips for details.
As mentioned above, three different tour itineraries are available in either Camping or ‘Camp & Cabin’ format.
If you only have a week of vacation time, choose from the following 6 and 7-day tours:
HAVE MORE TIME AND WANT TO SEE AND DO MORE? You’re coming all this way, you might as well make the most of it! It’s easy to combine two or more of our shorter trips to form a more wide-ranging, 12 to 19+ day combination tour.
All three of our six and seven-day tours can be combined (in various combinations) to form a two or three week adventure, without repeating any destinations: KENAI EXPLORER; MOUNTAINS & GLACIERS; ALASKA RANGER.
When you sign up for any combination tour with us, you will receive a $50 per person lodging credit/discount (and a second $50 credit/discount for a 3rd tour).
See the descriptions of the various 6, 7, 9 and 10-day tours that compose the longer combination tours for all the details, tour dates and prices.
The charts below compare the destinations and included and optional activities of all of our various tour itineraries at a glance. More detailed tour descriptions follow the comparison charts. Still unsure? Give us a call, we’re happy to answer your questions and help you decide: 1.888.868.4147 or 1.907.245.0795. Or email us: email@example.com.
Use this chart to compare the included & optional activities on our various tour itineraries
|Exceptional Daily Hiking||Included||Included||Included||Included||Optional*|
|Wildlife Viewing Opportunities||Included||Included||Included||Included||Included|
|Ice Climbing Course||—||Optional*||—||Optional*||Optional|
|Hike to the Face of a Glacier||Included||Included||Included||Included||Included|
|Prince William Sound Ferry||—||Included||—||Included||—|
|Denali Wildlife Shuttle Bus||Included||—||—||Included||Included|
|Kenai Fjords National Park Whale, Wildlife & Glacier-Viewing Cruise||—||—||Optional*||—||Optional*|
|AK Wildlife Conservation Center||—||—||—||—||Included|
|Salmon Deep Sea Fishing Charter||—||Optional||Optional||Optional||Optional|
|Helicopter-accessed Dog Mushing on a Glacier||—||—||Optional||—||Optional|
|Alaska Railroad Train Trip||—||—||—||—||Optional*|
Use this chart to compare the destinations of our various tour itineraries.
The number in the boxes beneath the tour names indicates how many nights are spent at each destination on each tour.
|Kenai Explorer||Alaska Explorer||Alaska Family Explorer|
|Trip Length: Days||6||7||6||10||9|
|Wrangell-St. Elias NP / McCarthy / Kennecott||—||3 nights||—||3 nights||—|
|Kenai Fjords National Park / Seward area||—||—||3 nights||—||3 nights|
|Denali National Park||3 nights||3 nights||3 nights|
|Prince William Sound / Valdez||—||2 nights; ferry crossing*||—||2 nights; ferry crossing*||—|
|Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center||—||—||—||—||entrance included|
|Alaska SeaLife Center||—||—||optional||—||included|
|Matanuska Valley/Glacier||1 night||1 night||—||—||2 nights|
|Resurrection Bay rustic resort||—||—||2 nights||—||—|
|Denali Highway/ Maclaren River||—||—||—||1 night (lodge)||—|
|Maclaren River remote camp||1 night||—|
|Valdez||—||2 nights||—||2 nights||—|
|Kennicott & Root Glaciers||—||yes||—||yes||—|
2023 TOUR DATES & PRICES
ALASKA EXPLORER MULTI-SPORT / HIKING TOURS: LODGE-BASED
$3,950 (no sales tax). Single Supplement: $975
June 22-July 1; July 13-22; July 20-29; August 10-19*; August 24-September 2*
(*Fall Colors & Northern Lights!)
ALASKA EXPLORER: For those with more than a week of vacation time, the 10-day Alaska Explorer is our most wide-ranging and popular tour. This tour features the top highlights of our shorter Mountains & Glaciers and Alaska Ranger itineraries, including visits to two of the world’s largest and most spectacular national parks: Denali and Wrangell-St. Elias. We’ll spend 3 nights at each of these mountain refuges, as well as traversing the Alaska Range on the spectacular Denali Highway (where we’ll also take a beautiful canoe trip down a calm river through the tundra wilderness), and drop down to the heavily glaciated coast of Prince William Sound at Valdez for 2 nights. There is a day here for a spectacular (and included) sea kayaking trip to Shoup Glacier. On the last day we’ll take a scenic ferry trip across the Sound, before continuing back to Anchorage. In addition to the sea kayaking, glacier trekking, whitewater rafting is an additional included multi-sport activities, and sensational day hiking is also a highlight of the tour.
As mentioned above, Denali preserves what is perhaps the continent’s richest wildlife habitat: the north side of the mighty Alaska range in the vicinity of Mt. Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), North America’s tallest and most spectacular peak. With it’s ages-old food chain still intact from bottom to top, Denali is the home to a huge variety of wildlife, including hundreds of grizzly bears, 14 wolf packs, thousands of caribou, Dall sheep, moose, foxes, beavers, and numerous smaller mammals, as well as over 200 species of birds. You’ll spend a day traveling through the park and observing this wildlife on the park shuttle bus, with chances for hiking. The following day will be spent hiking. We’ll also enjoy an included whitewater rafting trip on the Nenana River before carrying on. “Flight-seeing” over the park to Denali, with a possible glacier landing, is another option.
Next, we’ll traverse the gravel Denali Highway, paralleling the south side of the mighty Alaska Range and bisecting some of the wildest road-accessible country on earth, on our way to the wild and beautiful Maclaren River. Here we will take a jet boat upstream to launch our stable canoes on the above mentioned wilderness canoe trip. The hiking here is also great: marvel at the mountain scenery, wildflowers, and varied bird and wildlife of this beautiful, remote and little-known-spot, rich with wildlife that you will long remember.
Next we’ll drive to the ghost town of Chitina, where a few small planes will meet us for an amazingly scenic flight across the volcanic and glacier-clad Wrangell Mountains into immense Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Our destination? The copper rush village of McCarthy (pop. ~75), everyone’s favorite Alaskan ghost town! We’ll spend three nights at the historic and charming McCarthy Lodge right in the heart of this charming and historical ghost town.
Here we will venture out onto the ice with local mountaineering guide and crampons to explore the blue crevasses, moulins, and the rest of the fascinating glacial geography on a guided glacier trek. For a ~$60 supplemental fee you can upgrade to an introductory ice-climbing course on the glacier. A guided tour of the historic Kennecott Mine, now a National Historic Landmark undergoing Park Service renovation, is another option.
On the next day we can hike up to the abandoned Bonanza Mine for a spectacular view of the 26-mile long Kennicott Glacier, 16,390′ Mt. Blackburn, and many other Wrangell Mountain peaks. This vigorous hike is one of our favorites anywhere. Less strenuously, you can walk along the glacial moraine or out to the toe of the huge glacier, and watch it as it actually moves, as it deposits the boulders and debris it’s carried from the mountains into the terminal lake that it has formed (headwaters of the Kennicott River). You won’t want to leave McCarthy!
Dropping down out of the mountains to the picturesquely set town of Valdez, we’ll get our first taste of magnificent coastal Alaska. The young and geologically very active Chugach mountain range rises up literally out of the sea, ringing the super-scenic Prince William Sound. Glaciers are all about, some of them spilling their loads of prehistoric ice directly into the sea. Here you can try your hand at sea kayaking, to the face of the dramatic Shoup Glacier. No previous experience is required for this easy but breathtaking trip which is an included highlight of the tour. Alternatively you can enjoy a spectacular full or half-day cruise (depending on availability) to Columbia Glacier with great marine wildlife viewing opportunities. Fishing charters for salmon or halibut are optional alternative activities.
Finally, Alaska Explorer is climaxed by a scenic ferry crossing of Prince William Sound, from Valdez to Whittier, and following a short hike, a short drive back to Anchorage (or, on some departures, a scenic overflight, depending on the ferry schedule. If neither are available on the scheduled day, we’ll drive back to Anchorage, and you’ll receive a $100 per person refund; sorry, these schedules are late to be announced and are out of out control).
The ferry trip features amazing scenery, wildlife (sea otters, sea lions, bald eagles, salmon, and if we’re lucky, orcas or humpback whales), and a view of the icebergs to Columbia Glacier, at 400 square miles, one of the largest tidewater glaciers in the state.
With Denali NP, Wrangell-St. Elias NP and Prince William Sound all included, Alaska Explorer combines three of Alaska’s top highlights. Spectacular scenic beauty, unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities, superb hiking, and exciting adventure multi-sport opportunities make this most popular trip hard to beat.
2023 TOUR DATES & PRICES
KENAI EXPLORER MULTI-SPORT / HIKING TOURS: ‘CAMP & CABIN’-BASED
$1,595 + local sales tax. No single supplement.
June 11-16; July 9-14; July 30-August 4; August 21-26
KENAI EXPLORER: The beautiful Kenai Peninsula, projecting into the Gulf of Alaska between Prince William Sound and the Cook Inlet, is Alaska in microcosm. Featuring dramatic mountains and glaciers, rugged coast line, lush forests, tens of thousands of lakes, bountiful bird and wildlife and superb hiking and multi-sport adventure possibilities, the Kenai is an outdoor lovers paradise.
It’s only natural then that our six-day Kenai Explorer tour is so enticing, highlighted by extended visits to dramatic Kenai Fjords National Park, to a remote, rustic resort in wildlife-rich Resurrection Bay, as well as to exciting Six Mile Creek, in the Chugach National Forest, near Hope.
GET UP & GO! Dramatic scenery and wildlife are not the tour’s only attractions, however, as Kenai Explorer also includes fantastic day hiking and multi-sport activities. Multi-sport highlights include a wild and scenic sea kayaking day trip along the coast and to islands in beautiful Resurrection Bay. Bald eagles are commonly seen, as are lolling sea otters. Whales, bears and other mammals and sea birds are also frequently sighted. An exciting Class IV whitewater rafting trip on Six Mile Creek is another unforgettable and included tour highlight (or you can upgrade to a longer, Class V trip for an additional fee).
The hiking throughout this tour is especially good, with hikes alongside glaciers, through old growth rain forests, up to alpine tundra, and along beautiful beaches all part of the scheduled itinerary.
A six-hour glacier, whale and wildlife-viewing cruise through the stunning fjordlands of Kenai Fjords National Park is a highly recommended, optional highlight. Deep-sea salmon and halibut fishing charters, and dogsled mushing on a helicopter-accessed glacier, are other, optionally available activities.
You’ll be glad you chose the Kenai Explorer, a beautiful tour with exhilarating multi-sport adventure activities, hiking, and glacier and wildlife-viewing opportunities, in one of Alaska’s most diverse and attractive regions. Please join us!
2023 TOUR DATES & PRICES
MOUNTAINS & GLACIERS MULTI-SPORT / HIKING TOURS: ‘CAMP & CABIN’-BASED
$1,850 (no sales tax). No single supplement.
June 4-10; June 18-24; July 23-29; August 13-19; August 27-September 2.
MOUNTAINS & GLACIERS: It won’t take long for you to see how this action-packed tour got its name. Ranging from the glacier-carved Matanuska Valley to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park–North America’s premier mountain and glacier wilderness– to the heavily glaciated coast and wildlife-rich seas of Prince William Sound, Mountains & Glaciers will get you ‘up and going’ in some of the most ruggedly beautiful country anywhere!
We’ll kick off the tour with a great alpine hike up to some glacial tarns and waterfalls near Hatcher Pass in the Talkeetna Mountains (or perhaps across the valley in the equally compelling Chugach Mountains, depending on conditions). After over-nighting near the Matanuska River, it’s on to little known and seldom visited Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, where the Wrangell, St. Elias, Alaska and Chugach mountain ranges converge to form the most heavily glaciated non-polar region on earth. A scenic small plane flight transports us into the park, up the Chitina River valley and past several glaciated volcanoes (including 16,390′ Mt. Blackburn, the fifth tallest peak in the US), giving you an awe-inspiring hint of the immensity of this dramatic mountain and glacier wilderness.
Ever looked down into a glacial moulin? Deep in the heart of the national park the mountain hamlet of McCarthy will cast its spell on you with its friendliness and genuine Alaskan character. We’ll spend three nights here, giving us a full day to go glacier trekking (or ice climbing), learn about the area’s fascinating history, and explore. We’ll strap on crampons and go trekking on the fascinating and otherworldly local glacier. For an additional ~$60 you can upgrade and try your hand at an introductory ice climbing course, an experience you won’t soon forget!
A guided historical tour of the Kennecott Mill and other mining buildings, at one time the richest copper mine on earth, but now a National Historic Site, managed and being restored by the National Park Service, is an interesting option, as is a flight-seeing trip over the sprawling mountain and glacier wilderness of this magnificent national park.
We’ll also take a fantastic all-day hike up to the historic Bonanza Mine, with panoramic views of the glaciers and ~5,000 meter/16,000’+ Mt. Blackburn, the highest peak in the Wrangell Mountain range, and the tallest volcano in North America.
We spend three nights in spectacularly situated cabins near the Kennicott Glacier, in the authentic Alaska mountain village of McCarthy, everyone’s favorite Alaska ghost town! You’re not going to want to leave McCarthy and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park!
But leave we must, and the trip across the Chugach Mountains to Valdez is another highlight, as is the hike up to the face of the rapidly receding Worthington Glacier, near Thompson Pass.
In Valdez we will take a fantastic sea kayaking day trip, past the waterfalls and the black-legged kittiwake gull rookery (home of nearly 20,000 nesting sea birds!) to the base of the beautiful Shoup Glacier, on Prince William Sound. No previous experience is necessary for this easy yet breathtaking trip, which is an included highlight of the tour. If you don’t want to kayak, there’s you can alternately enjoy a scenic day cruise to the massive Meares or Columbia Glaciers, or try a salmon or halibut fishing charter (additional charge and license required for fishing).
Finally, the trip is climaxed by a scenic ferry crossing of Prince William Sound, from Valdez to Whittier, and following a short hike, a short drive back to Anchorage (or, on some departures, a scenic overflight, depending on the ferry schedule. If the rare instance that neither are available on the scheduled day, we’ll drive back to Anchorage, and you’ll receive a $100 per person refund; sorry, these schedules are late to be announced and are out of out control).
The ferry trip features stunning scenery, wildlife (sea otters, sea lions, bald eagles, salmon, and if we’re lucky, orcas or humpback whales), as well as views of tidewater glaciers and floating icebergs.
As the Mountains & Glaciers itinerary takes you not only through the mountains, but also down to the coast and across Prince William Sound, it arguably offers the best variety of scenery-mountain, valley, and coastal–as well as the most (and most spectacular) glaciers, of any of our shorter itineraries. It also has good wildlife viewing possibilities (and a good variety of birds and animals, with interior and coastal habitats), and truly great hiking and included multi-sport adventure activities. Please join us!
2023 TOUR DATES & PRICES
ALASKA RANGER MULTI-SPORT / HIKING TOURS: ‘CAMP & CABIN’-BASED
$1,695 (no sales tax). $80 Single Supplement.
July 16-21; August 6-11*
(*Fall Colors & Northern Lights!)
ALASKA RANGER takes you into the Alaskan Interior, a largely pristine region of immense mountains, huge, glacier-scoured valleys, endless, rolling tundra, and almost no towns or inhabitants at all. The trip is highlighted by a 3-night stop at Alaska’s first and most popular national park: Denali, in the heart of the Alaska Range. With its ages-old food chain still intact from bottom to top, this huge park teems with readily view-able mega-fauna and other wildlife like no other region of the North American continent. Grizzlies, wolves, moose, caribou, and Dall mountain sheep, along with many smaller mammals, as well as more than 200 species of birds are all abundant. And above this Vermont-sized wilderness park towers mighty Denali itself (formerly known as Mt. McKinley), the continent’s largest (20,320′) and most spectacular massif.
Up to a full day can be spent riding into the park on the wildlife viewing/access shuttle (private cars aren’t allowed in the wilderness park, keeping the animals nearby and at ease), with tremendous opportunities for hiking as well as wildlife viewing. More great hiking and an included whitewater raft trip on the fun and beautiful Nenana River will keep us happily occupied during the rest of our visit to this justly famous park. There is also an option to go on a scenic “flight-seeing” trip to “The Mountain,” (Mt. Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley), an unforgettable experience in clear weather.
Denali is not the only highlight of the trip, however, as you’ll quickly realize when we head east on the so-called Denali Highway, a gravel road which parallels the south side of the Alaska Range and traverses some of the wildest and most scenic road-accessible terrain anywhere. Referred to by locals as “Denali without the crowds,” this region offers great hiking, huge views, and good wildlife viewing possibilities. As the road travels mostly above tree line, the views across the tundra are expansive, and hiking possibilities are virtually unlimited.
Alaska Ranger features a fantastic overnight at a remote, riverside wilderness camp, in the eastern Alaska Range tundra foothills. We’ll travel upstream in a jet boat to our remote camp, where we’ll enjoy excellent hiking, wildlife-viewing opportunities, and views: a trip highlight! The next day we’ll paddle canoes on a beautiful tundra wilderness river, on the lookout for wildlife and birds, which are bountiful throughout this wild area.
Next we’ll head toward the tremendous Matanuska Glacier, nestled between the mighty Talkeetna and Chugach mountain ranges. Here we’ll spend the final night of the tour in rooms or cabins at a spectacularly situated local lodge. During our time here we’ll strap on crampons and go on a guided hike across the glacier to a lake and a glacial ice fall, a beautiful trek into another world.
Alaska Ranger traverses the wildest and least developed terrain of any of our tours, and especially at Denali, offers the best wildlife viewing possibilities. The hiking is excellent, and the rafting, canoeing, and glacier trekking make for exciting included multi-sport adventure activities.
2023 TOUR DATES & PRICES
$2,595 (Adults); $1,695 (ages 15 and under); plus local sales tax
July 2-10; July 9-17 July 15-23; July 29-August 6; August 11-19
Additional and private or Camping-based dates are possible; please inquire.
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While our other tours are for adults only, our 9-day Alaska Family Explorer is specially designed with active children (ages 10 and older, or ages 6 and older on select and private departures, please inquire) and adventurous families in mind. Highlighted by multi-day visits to Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks, and to the huge Matanuska Glacier, as well as the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Alaska SeaLife Center, Alaska Family Explorer features a full-time guide, exceptional opportunities to view Alaskan wildlife and glaciers, as well as several fun and exciting included and optional activities that your family will remember forever!
We start the tour by heading south along the dramatic Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet, toward the Kenai Peninsula. An included visit to the fantastic Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center affords great, close-up views of Alaskan wildlife, including bears.
From here it’s on to the lush Kenai Peninsula, and to the coastal community of Seward, gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, for a three-night stay. Here we can walk out to the gigantic Exit Glacier, and take a short hike through the coastal rain forest down to a pristine beach.
A visit to the excellent Alaska SeaLife Center is an included activity. Optional activities in Seward include a fantastic whale, wildlife and glacier-viewing cruise in the fjords of the national park, on the lookout for whales, sea otters, sea lions, bald eagles, puffins, and more; a salmon fishing charter; an easy 3-hour sea kayaking paddle; and even a helicopter-accessed dog-mushing trip on a glacier are additional optional activities available here. Like all the other activities on this trip, included or optional, no previous experience is necessary to participate in any activity.
From Seward we’ll head northeast to a beautifully set lodge near the huge Matanuska Glacier, for a two-night stay. In addition to plenty of family time, there is a highly recommended option to strap crampons onto your boots and venture out onto the blue glacier ice on a guided glacier trek, or even to try an introductory, and confidence-building, ice-climbing course. A new zip-line course is another exciting option.
Next we head to Denali, one of the world’s most famous and inspirational national parks, for a three-night stay. Here you will ride on the park’s wildlife-viewing/access shuttle bus, on the lookout for grizzly bears, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, foxes and more. There will also be optional opportunities here to go river rafting (white or calm water); to take a scenic flight to Mt. Denali (formerly known as Mt. McKinley, this is the highest peak in North America); to visit a family-owned and operated sled dog kennel for a dog-pulled cart ride and homestead tour, and to hike.
On the final day of the tour we visit the famous Denali dogsled kennels in the morning before making the drive back to Anchorage, where the tour ends at ~6 pm. A final and highly recommended option is to forego the drive, and instead board the Alaska Railroad, for a beautiful wilderness train ride from Denali back to Anchorage (~8 pm scheduled Anchorage arrival if you take the Alaska Railroad).
You’re going to love our beautifully situated, cozy cabins and lodges on this trip, which feature great outdoor spaces as well as modern, comfortable interiors with private bathrooms. The tour price is based on two to four family members/room or cabin. Additional rooms may be available if more privacy is desired, please inquire if interested.
Lodge-based: $3,950 pp ($975 Single Supplement): June 22-July 1; July 13-22; July 20-29; August 10-19*; August 24-September 2* (*Fall Colors & Northern Lights!)
Alaska Explorer Tour Description Sheet (.pdf)
Camp & Cabin-based: $1,850 pp: June 4-10; June 18-24; July 23-29; August 13-19*; August 27-September 2*.
Mountains & Glaciers Tour Description Sheet (.pdf)
Camp & Cabin-based: $1,695 pp ($80 Single Supplement) : July 16-21; August 6-11*
(*Fall Colors & Northern Lights!)
Alaska Ranger Tour Description Sheet (.pdf)
Camp & Cabin-based: $1,595 pp + local sales tax: June 11-16; July 9-14; July 30-August 4; August 21-26.
Kenai Explorer Tour Description Sheet (.pdf)
Lodge-based: $2,595 adults, $1,695 children (ages 17 and under) plus local sales tax: July 2-10; July 9-17; July 15-23; July 29-August 6; August 11-19. Additional, custom and/or private dates possible, please inquire.
Alaska Family Explorer Tour Description Sheet (.pdf)
For details and descriptions of combination tours, please see the descriptions of the shorter tours that compose them.
When you sign up for any of our combination tours you’ll receive a $50 lodging credit/discount, to be applied to the Anchorage hotel or hostel of your choice
*Note: The “+” sign indicates that there may be one or more unguided/free additional layover days in Anchorage between tour segments. Take a day off, or go on an Anchorage-Area Day Hike or two with us!
12 & 13+ Day Combination Tours
Multi-Sport / Hiking Tour. 12+ days.
Camp & Cabin-based: $3,240 pp + local sales tax: July 9-21; July 30-August 11
Multi-Sport / Hiking Tour. 13+ days.
‘Camp & Cabin’-based: $3,295 + local sales tax: June 4-16; June 11-24; July 23-August 4; August 13-26; August 21-September 2
Multi-Sport / Hiking Tour. 13+ days.
‘Camp & Cabin’-based: $3,395: July 16-29; August 6-19
16+ Day Combination Tours
Multi-Sport / Hiking Tour. 16+ days.
Lodge and ‘Camp & Cabin’-based: $5,495. July 20-August 4; August 10-26
19+ Day Combination Tours
Multi-Sport / Hiking Tour. 19+ days.
‘Camp & Cabin’-based: $5,040 + local sales tax: July 9-29; July 23-August 11; July 30-August 19
ARE YOUR ALASKA VACATION DATES FIXED? Especially if your travel dates are already determined and inflexible, please consult our ALL TOURS BY DATE web page for a complete, chronological listing of all of our scheduled tour departure dates.
STILL UNSURE? If you can’t decide or simply have questions, please click on an itinerary or trip type that sounds good and learn a little more about it. Better yet, give us a call and let us help you decide which trip is best for you. We’re here to help!
Whichever tour you decide on, we’re confident that you’re going to be happy with it, and that your Alaska experience with Get Up and Go! Tours is going to be something that you remember forever!
CALL US TOLL FREE: 1.888.868.4147 or, outside of the USA and Canada, call 1.907.245.0795. You can also email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re ready to book a tour, we can of course help you with that, too. See you in Alaska!