Anchorage is Base Camp for summer fun. We have 20 hours of daylight in the Summer, so what are you waiting for? Here are some of Scott's favorites…
Portage Lake Glacier Cruise. If you like, we can build this cruise into your
Saturday sightsee day that is included with all our mission projects. This
cruise is spectacular and well worth it. Group price is $31.30/ pp. Best NOT
to make reservations. There is always room.
Flat Top/ Glen Alps Hike. Flat Top is reported to be the most popular hike
in Alaska. It is very steep and pretty rugged at the top. The view at the top,
however, is unmatched. All the hike is above the tree line and chances are
good you'll see moose. Pick wild blueberries on the way. If the climb to
Flat Top is a little too much, take the Power Line Trail which is almost level.
Arctic Valley Drive/Hike. Take the Glen Hwy north out of town. The next exit past Muldoon is Arctic Valley. Just follow the road and enjoy the spectacular drive to the top of the mountain. You can drive this from Anchorage in 20 to 30 minutes. Be sure to drive down in 1st & 2rd gear. Look for bears and moose on the way. Once you get to the top, there are a multitude of trails going in all directions. Take the trail to the right of the ski area and get a awesome view of the wild Ship Creek valley. Or, climb up from the parking lot to check out the Nike Missile site that once protected Anchorage during the Cold War. My favorite hike is straight ahead by the ski lodge up the mountain valley to the mountain saddle. Have a seat and soak in the view!
Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise. This is the number one thing I would recommend if you have the time and money. Boat departs Whittier daily and is about an hour 15 minutes from Anchorage. Cost is about $139pp, but you can you can get 30% off on group fares and also sometimes get a buy buy one/ get one free with the Great Alaskan Tour Saver book (purchase for $100 at Carr's/Safeway). www.alaska.org/destination/whittier/day-cruises
Hatcher Pass. This is about an hour and a half drive from Anchorage up some of the wildest, most spectacular, and highest roads in the state. The scenery is stunning, and you'll want to explore the Independence Mine State Park at the top. This region is famous for berry-picking. dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/hatcherpass/hatcherpass.htm
Alaska Railroad. Whooo, whooo. All aboard! Alaska offers some of the most spectacular train trips in the world. The Chugach Whistle Stop trip offers a train trip to the remote Spencer Glacier, time to hike and explore, and a return train trip home. www.alaskarailroad.com/BestDayTours/ChugachWhistleStop/tabid/106/Default.aspx
Spencer Glacier Float Trip. Alaska train to Spencer Glacier, and then enjoy a guided float trip thorough the wilderness down the Placer River. www.alaskarailroad.com/BestDayTours/SpencerGlacierFloatTour/tabid/107/Default.aspx
Flightseeing. Your pilot is Danny Davidson, President of Christian Pilots of
Alaska and Long time Bush pilot and senior Iditarod pilot. My son said, "One
of the top ten best things of my whole life." The plane holds three passengers
at a time. This comes out to about $150/pp/hour if all three seats are filled.
Most people choose to fly to Knik Glacier pictured here. This is something you
will never forget! Call Danny at 907-441-5969 to set up a flight.
Whittier. This is an hour and half trip from Anchorage. Go through the
longest tunnel in North America. Whittier is base camp for Prince William
glacier cruises, fishing trips, or take a great hike up to Portage Pass and look
down on the amazing beauty of Portage Lake and Portage Glacier. Contact my
friend June Miller there for a place to stay or referrals for cruising or fishing.
907-472-6001 or cell 907-841-5102 www.whittiersuitesonline.com
Bear Viewing Trip. This is pricey but unforgettable same day trip. Fly from Lake Hood next to Anchorage International Airport with Rust's Flying service about 100 miles to the Wolverine River near Mt Redoubt. Land and get up close and personal with bears. About $600/pp. http://www.flyrusts.com/redoubt-bay-bear-viewing.html
Airboat Ride to Knik Glacier. Knik Glacier is absolutely awe-inspiring and is not accessible except by air, four wheeler and airboat. The starting point for this journey is only about an hour drive from Anchorage and is also a very wonderful place to stay. www.knikriverlodge.com/Knik_Glacier_Airboat_Tour.html
FourWheeling Ride to Knik Glacier. www.youralaskavacation.com
Horseback Riding in Spectacular Knik Wilderness. Palmer.
Run as a Christian family business. alaskahorseadventures.com
Native Cultural Center. Great introduction to Alaska Native peoples and culture. Especially good indoor activity on a rainy Alaska day here in Anchorage. http://www.alaskanative.net/
Alaska Zoo. A fun day trip in Anchorage. Off OMalley Road. http://www.alaskanative.net/
Sled Dog Stuff. Visit Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla and take a ride. http://www.iditarod.com/aboutus/headquarters.html Or, check out the Wildride Sled Dog Show in Anchorage. Like a sled dog rodeo. http://www.ididaride.com/tours/anchorage/wildride.htm
Or drive to Seward and check out Seavey's Iditaride Sled Dog Tours. http://www.ididaride.com/tours/seward/wildernessDogSledRideTour.htm
Denali National Park. "Denali" means "The Great One" and when we talk about parks in Alaska, this is certainly the Great One! It is a place to view the pristine beauty of BIG Alaska, see
diverse wildlife including caribou and bears, and of course get a
up-close-and-personal view of Denali – highest mountain in North
America and centerpiece of the park. This is not a daytrip. It will take
you 5 + hours to drive to the entrance from Anchorage, another day to
explore the Park, and another day to return to Anchorage (unless you
do an exhausting late evening long drive back). However, if you have
time to stay extra days in Alaska after your Mission, this is the one to
consider! This is not a cheap trip. You'll need to pay for two nights
lodging in the area, bus tickets into the park, and park entry fee, your
transport to the park, plus any meals. In order to preserve the pristine
beauty of the park, you are required to ride park buses into the park.
These trips run 5 to 12 hours — depending on how far into the park
you want to go. http://www.nps.gov/DENA/index.htm
Or, if you want to combine train and hotel into a package, check out Gray Line web specials. http://www.graylinealaska.com/webspecials.cfm
Skwentna "Off the Grid" Adventure. Our pilot, Danny Davidson, will fly you 60 miles to a remote village that can only be reached by air, boat, or snowmachine. Options include staying at Skwentna Road House or just having a meal there, charter fishing for Salmon or Trout, winter snowmachining and/or hiking. Check Roadhouse website for prices, and contact Danny Davidson for air taxi (907-441-5969). www.skwentnaroadhouse.com
Talkeetna Day Trip. Check out my whole page on this day trip.
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