Discover the beauty of the great state of Alaska during ten days of jaw-dropping coastline vistas, astounding encounters with wildlife, and the towering majesty of Denali. Spy caribou and moose; keep your eyes peeled for orcas; and go behind the scenes at the celebrated Alaska SeaLife Center in picturesque Seward. Experience the raw beauty of nature on an unforgettable journey to wild Alaska.
Arrive at any time.
Travel along stunning glacier-carved coast of the Kenai Peninsula. Keep your eye out for beluga whales playing out at sea, and take in views of the volcanoes lining the Cook Inlet. Upon arrival, set out on an optional hike outside of Homer. The next day is free to explore the town’s museums, restaurants, and art galleries. You may also opt to explore Kachemak Bay by water taxi or try your hand at halibut-fishing. (2B)
Continue to the tip of the Kenai Peninsula for a behind-the-scenes tour of the renowned Alaska SeaLife Center. National Geographic has collaborated with this marine science facility on projects like CritterCam, which documents wildlife behavior from an animal's perspective. Visit the labs here and meet a researcher for a presentation on current projects. The next day, set out by ship to explore the Kenai Fjords, viewing glaciers, seabird colonies, puffins, sea lions, and whales. The afternoon is free to go hiking or explore the town. (2B)
Enjoy a scenic drive, stopping for photos along the road to Denali National Park and Preserve, home to the highest mountain in North America. Settle in this afternoon and meet with an expert from the Denali Education Center to learn about the natural history of the park and National Geographic's long legacy of exploration and scientific research here. (1B, 1D)
Embark on a day-long excursion to the Eielson Visitor Center at the heart of the park for a tour with a naturalist from the National Parks Service. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Alaska Range and its soaring peaks. Have your camera at the ready to capture images of caribou, grizzly bears, moose, and more. (1B, 1L)
Set out on a hike with a naturalist guide, taking in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Denali’s wilderness. The afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy the great outdoors, with options to visit a sled dog kennel or take a scenic flight over the park. This evening, meet up with a local resident to discuss the area’s history and culture and learn about daily life among these rugged landscapes. (1B, 1L)
Enjoy the scenic drive back to Anchorage for our final evening. Depart at any time the following day. (2B)
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