Travel along the stunning coast of the Kenai Peninsula, where glaciers tumble down from the mountains towards the ocean. Keep an eye out for beluga whales playing out at sea while driving along the Turnagain Arm, or catch a glimpse of volcanoes across the Cook Inlet. Opt to enjoy a hike outside of Homer.
Enjoy a free day in Homer. Walk the quaint streets and visit the museum, restaurants, and art galleries. If you're feeling more adventurous, explore Kachemak Bay by water taxi or kayak, go hiking, catch a floatplane for remote grizzly bear viewing, or try your hand at a local sport ?? halibut fishing.
Leave Homer and arrive at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula where the ice age still lingers. Visit the world-renowned Alaska SeaLife Center, an incredible marine science facility that frequently collaborates with the National Geographic Society on wildlife initiatives. Enjoy a free afternoon to hike or explore the coastal town of Seward.
Today, set out by catamaran to explore the Kenai Fjords National Park, viewing glaciers, seabird colonies, puffins, sea lions, and whales (and if we're lucky, orcas). The evening is at your leisure. Opt to go hiking or explore the town.
Enjoy a scenic drive, stopping for photos along the way. In the afternoon, reach the Denali National Park area, known for its diversity of wildlife and the highest mountain in North America, Denali (formerly called Mt McKinley). Settle in and meet our instructor from the Denali Education Center, and learn about the history of mountaineering in Denali.
This morning, learn about the sometimes surprising, always extreme, conditions that shape life in Denali and define a subarctic ecosystem. Enjoy a hike with a naturalist guide from the Denali Education Center, taking in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the Denali wilderness. The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the great outdoors with options to observe a sled dog demonstration by the National Parks Service or flightseeing.
Travel to the heart of Denali National Park on a day-long journey to the Eielson Visitor Center. The shuttle is run by the National Parks Service and includes several stops along the way. Hop on and off throughout the journey to make this day your own. Along the way, enjoy breathtaking views of the Alaska Range and its many peaks. Have your cameras ready to take pictures of wildlife, which may include caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, moose, and wolves.
Enjoy the scenic drive back to Anchorage. Opt for a final dinner with the group and reminisce about your epic journey into the wild.