Spend two weeks in Alaska and explore major attractions like Denali and Kenai Fjords National Park, as well spectacular locations off the beaten path: Drive on a true Alaska gravel road, visit a copper-mining ghost town and an artistic fishing village. You are staying at good, clean accommodations with a good price/service-ratio. This is your ideal selfdrive if you want to take your time to experience the Great Alaska.
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.
Anchorage to Denali (231 miles)
Drive on the Glenn Highway and Parks Highway 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.
Denali National Park
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. Overnight in Healy, close to the Denali National Park entrance.
Denali to Fairbanks (125 miles)
Drive on the Parks Highway to Fairbanks. The scenic drive allows you plenty of time to explore a little on foot, either in town or in the forest. Fairbanks is no pulsing metropolis, but it does offer some interesting diversions and a scenic location at the shores of the Chena River. Overnight in a lodge near Fairbanks.
Day at your leisure. You may want to continue on to Chena Hot Springs Road to the Chena Hot Springs. Next to the road often moose can be spotted in the many rivers and ponds. Take advantage of a variety of activities at the Chena Hot Springs, including hiking, hot spring baths, ice museum viewing, horseback riding, ATV riding, and many more. Overnight in a lodge near Fairbanks.
Fairbanks to Paxson (195 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 40 miles before, or 20 miles past Paxson.
Paxson to McCarthy/Kennicott (198 miles)
Drive southward to Chitina on the Richardson and Edgerton Highways. On McCarthy Road, a true Alaska gravel road, you will drive 60 more miles to McCarthy and park just before the village. There are no cars allowed in McCarthy/Kennicott. The old gold-mining town of McCarthy has a current year-round population of 27 and offers a rustic but very charming atmosphere.
Optional: Instead of driving the gravel road to McCarthy, it is also possible to include a round trip flight from Chitina to McCarthy. If you book the selfdrive without a GoNorth SUV, the flight is included.
Spend the day at your own leisure. Visit the copper-mining ghost town of Kennicott or hike along the Root Glacier. Some of the best flight seeing in Alaska is available here. There are endless options to experience this very special place.
McCarthy to Matanuska Area (275 miles)
After your return drive to Chitina, continue driving on the Richardson Highway to Glennallen. From there, you take the Glenn Highway, declared as National Scenice Byway in 2002, to the Sheep Mountain or Palmer area. Scenic views of mountains as well as the Matanuska Glacier will showcase nature's beauty today.
Matanuska to Seward (240 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.
Seward to Kenai (90 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 to Kenai.
Kenai to Homer (83 miles)
Continue your drive on the Sterling Highway to the town of Homer. Homer is a fishing village, but it is also home to a veritable colony of artists and musicians who peddle their wares along the Homer spit.
Day at your leisure in Homer. There are plenty of things to keep you occupied in Homer: Fishing charters, a visit to Halibut Cove, a stroll on the Spit, kayaking adventures. Stop by the Visitors Center for detailed information.
Homer to Anchorage (233 miles)
Return on the Sterling and Seward Highways to Anchorage. Leave the rivers and lakes behind, and return to the big city.
Your tour ends today. Return your rental car and depart Anchorage.
The budget version of our Great 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 Great Alaska Budget priority hotels are:
- The straightforward, casual Coast International Inn in Anchorage
- In Denali you could spend the night at the unpretentious Aurora Denali Lodge
- On your third night in Alaska we would like to offer the Taste Of Alaska Lodge, a romantic retreat
- Along the Richardson Highway, you might take a two mile turn onto the Tok Cutoff and sleep in an authentic lodge
- In McCarthy you can experience a Western-style hotel. An upgrade to a room with private bath in Kennicott is available upon request.
- You may reside in a homey and simply furnished lodge, next to the scenic Resurrection River just outside of Seward
- On Alaska's Kenai Peninsula reside on the banks of the Kenai River and in Homer overnight in a rustic lodge
- On your last day in Anchorage you can enjoy warm, traditional rooms with private balconies, featuring the views of the Chugach mountains.
The overnight accommodations mentioned above are our priority choices. At the moment of booking you may be offered another, similar hotel, depending on availability.
Rates 2017 with GoNorth SUV
Available from May 31st to September 5th, 2017
Double$3110 per personBooking Code GON24
Single$5960 per personBooking Code GON23
Triple$2295 per personBooking Code GON25
Quad$2100 per personBooking Code GON26
*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 May 31st to September 5th, 2017
Double$2380 per personBooking Code GON14
Single$4185 per personBooking Code GON13
Triple$1895 per personBooking Code GON15
Quad$1770 per personBooking Code GON16
Routing without GoNorth SUV
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!
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