Classic Alaska Budget

8 days and 7 nights, from/to Anchorage or Fairbanks

This classic selfdrive tour takes you to Alaska's major attractions within just one week. Some of the highlights are tours into Denali and Kenai Fjords National Park. You are staying at good, clean accommodations with a good price/service-ratio. This is your ideal selfdrive if you do not have a lot of time, or if you want to extend the package with a stay at a Lodge or some bear viewing!

Day 1

Anchorage

Spend the day exploring Alaska's biggest city. There is lots to do: Visit the museum, enjoy a walk along the waterfront or explore the downtown area. If you happen to be there on Saturday or Sunday the downtown market is worth a visit.

Day 2

Anchorage to Denali (231 miles)

Drive on the Glenn and Parks Highways to Denali National Park. The road is paved the whole way. Enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way. Weather permitting you can catch a great view of Mt. Denali. Overnight in Healy, close to the Denali National Park entrance.

Day 3

Denali to Fairbanks (125 miles)

In the morning, you take a 6 to 8 hour bus tour into Denali National Park. This is one of your best opportunities to spot wildlife, including bears, moose, caribou or even wolves! While the ride on the park shuttle bus is not narrated, it gives you the freedom to get off the bus and do some hiking and afterwards taking a different bus back to the park entrance. Bring your own food and beverages, as no food or beverages are available once you depart the Wilderness Access Center.

Day 4

Fairbanks to Paxson (175 miles)

Drive on the Richardson Highway from Fairbanks to Paxson. As you leave Fairbanks, you follow the Tanana and the Delta Rivers up into the Alaska Range mountains. Stop and watch the salmon spawn on the other side of the pass and take in the impressive landscape! Overnight between Delta Junction and Paxson or near Paxson.

Day 5

Paxson to Matanuska (188 miles)

This beautiful drive from Paxson to the Matanuska Area leads you along the Glenn Highway, declared as National Scenice Byway in 2002. Scenic views of mountains as well as the Matanuska Glacier will showcase nature's beauty today. Overnight in Sheep Mountain or Palmer area.

Day 6

Matanuska to Seward (242 miles)

The Glenn Highway closely parallels the Matanuska River towards Anchorage, and after a possible lunch stop in Alaska's biggest city, you continue southward on the Seward Highway to Seward. The highway offers outstanding sightseeing and wildlife viewing opportunities, including spawning salmon and a number of good hiking trails. Seward is a small fishing village with an excellent aquarium, the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Day 7

Seward to Anchorage (130 miles)

Explore the magnificent Kenai Fjords National Park on a Cruise Tour in the morning. This 6-hour whale-watching/glacier cruise takes you to Holgate Glacier. Discover the diverse marine wildlife. Lunch is included. After your cruise, depart Seward for the drive back to Anchorage.

Day 8

Anchorage

Your tour ends today. Return your rental car and depart Anchorage.

Highlights

  • See Alaska's major attractions
  • Take a tour into Denali and Kenai Fjords National Park
  • GoNorth SUV 4x4 with gravel road permission

The budget version of our Classic Alaska selfdrive is the right choice for you, if you like to stay at good, clean accommodations with a good price/service-ratio. Most of the hotels and lodges have an adjoining or nearby restaurant. 

Some of our Classic Alaska Budget priority hotels are:

  • The straightforward, casual Coast International Inn or the traditional, understated GuestHouse Inn Anchorage
  • In Denali you could spend the night at the unpretentious Aurora Denali Lodge
  • On your third night in Alaska we like to offer the Bridgewater Hotel, a downtown budget choice
  • Along the Richardson Highway, you might take a 20 mile turn onto the adventurous Denali Highway and sleep in a unique setting of an off-the-grid Inn
  • Before returning to Anchorage, you may reside in a homey and simply furnished lodge, next to the scenic Resurrection River

The overnight accommodations mentioned above are our priority choices. At the moment of booking you may be offered another, similar hotel, depending on availability.

Classic Alaska Comfort

The Classic Alaska selfdrive is also available with comfort accommodation. It is the right tour for you if you prefer accommodations that go the extra step to make your stay memorable, that offer a bit more than just the basic room.

Rates 2017 with GoNorth SUV

Available from June 1st to September 5th, 2017

From/to Anchorage

  • Double

    $1680 per person
    Booking Code GON201
  • Single

    $3090 per person
    Booking Code GON200
  • Triple

    $1240 per person
    Booking Code GON202
  • Quad

    $1110 per person
    Booking Code GON203

From/to Fairbanks

  • Double

    $1645 per person
    Booking Code GON205
  • Single

    $3020 per person
    Booking Code GON204
  • Triple

    $1220 per person
    Booking Code GON206
  • Quad

    $1095 per person
    Booking Code GON207

Including

  • All overnight accommodations including tax, some with breakfast
  • GoNorth 5-passenger SUV 4x4 with unlimited miles, standard Collision Damage Waiver* ($2000 deductible). Gravel road permission included.
  • Denali National Park shuttle bus to Eielson Visitor Center
  • 6 hour Kenai Fjord National Park Cruise
  • Detailed itinerary in English

*Additional VIP Protection with glass and tire coverage  is available for $7 plus tax per day (lowers deductible to $500).

Rates 2017 without GoNorth SUV

Available from June 1st to September 5th, 2017

From/to Anchorage

  • Double

    $1160 per person
    Booking Code GON193
  • Single

    $2045 per person
    Booking Code GON192
  • Triple

    $895 per person
    Booking Code GON194
  • Quad

    $855 per person
    Booking Code GON195

From/to Fairbanks

  • Double

    $1160 per person
    Booking Code GON197
  • Single

    $2045 per person
    Booking Code GON196
  • Triple

    $895 per person
    Booking Code GON198
  • Quad

    $855 per person
    Booking Code GON199

Including

  • All overnight accommodations including tax, some with breakfast
  • Denali National Park shuttle bus to Eielson Visitor Center
  • 6 hour Kenai Fjord National Park Cruise
  • Detailed itinerary in English

Cancellation Policy

Up to 31 days before departure date 30%
30 - 21 days before departure date 50%
20 - 14 days before departure date 75%
13 - 0 days before departure date 100 %

If you want to extend your stay in Alaska, we do have some great add-ons for you!

Katmai National Park

Book a post night in Anchorage and join a bear viewing trip to Katmai National Park.

Skyline Lodge

Explore the remote and rugged wilderness and learn about the bush pilots’ life at the same time with an added stay at the Skyline Lodge in the heart of Denali National Park.

Lake Clark National Park

Book a post night in Anchorage and join a bear viewing trip to Lake Clark National Park.

Use this form to request a non-binding quote for our Classic Alaska Budget selfdrive. One of our destination specialists will contact you shortly with specific pricing and itinerary information. You can then choose to confirm the reservation.

You can use the box below to let us know about any additions or changes you would like to make to the selfdrive tour.

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You can use the box below to let us know about any additions or changes you would like to make to the selfdrive tour.

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