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 comfort accommodations that go the extra step to make your stay memorable. 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 near the Denali National Park entrance.
Denali National Park
In the morning, you take a 6 to 8 hour narrated bus tour into Denali National Park. This is one of your best opportunities to spot wildlife, including bears, moose, caribou or even wolves! Box lunch and beverage are included. Overnight near 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.
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 (177 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!
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 comfort version of our Great Alaska selfdrive tour 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. Most of the hotels included have an onsite restaurant.
Some of our Great Alaska Comfort priority hotels are:
- The Lakefront Anchorage next to Lake Hood, with private floatplane deck
- The Denali Bluffs Hotel at the Denali National Park Entrance, situated on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain with panoramic views
- The River's Edge Resort in Fairbanks with it's quaint cottages and private patios
- In Paxson we suggest the remote and charming Denali Highway Cabins
- Stay at the #1 rated lodging while in McCarthy
- In Sutton you spend a night in a log cabin with kitchenette amidst a hiker's paradise
- In Seward you will stay at the Windsong Lodge just outside of the village, along the banks of the Resurrection River
- In Kenai you can stay at a simple, yet modern overnight accommodation
- And in Homer you will stay at a hotel with rustic up to classic options
Depending on availability at the time of booking, other hotels of similar comfort and style may be chosen.
Rates 2017 with GoNorth SUV
Available from May 31st to September 5th, 2017
Double$3750 per personBooking Code GON41
Single$7105 per personBooking Code GON40
Triple$2720 per personBooking Code GON42
Quad$2510 per personBooking Code GON43
Quad with two rooms$3255 per personBooking Code GON44
*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$3015 per personBooking Code GON36
Single$5330 per personBooking Code GON35
Triple$2335 per personBooking Code GON37
Quad$2195 per personBooking Code GON38
Quad with two rooms$2935 per personBooking Code GON39
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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