Alaska by Car – Tour 1CR
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
Alaska By Car - Southbound - 1CR Itinerary
Explore Alaska from the comfort of your own rental car. This enticing 8-day Alaska tour is convenient and at your own leisure. Experience Alaska's two premier cities and visit two of the state's most popular national parks, Kenai Fjords and Denali.
Included in your Tour:
- 7 nights hotel accommodations
- 7 day car rental
- Riverboat Discovery Sternwheeler Cruise with lunch
- Guided tour into Denali National Park
- Portage Glacier Cruise
- Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise wtih lunch
Unless noted, tour is not escorted and does not include meals, sightseeing or home city air.
Pick up your rental car at the airport and then drive a short distance to your accommodations for the night. Spend the day exploring Alaska's second largest city at your leisure. Overnight Fairbanks hotel.
Day2: Fairbanks - Denali (123 miles)
This morning, make your way to Steamboat Landing for a cruise on the Chena and Tanana rivers aboard an authentic sternwheeler. Afterwards, grab lunch on the river's edge before departing the city for Denali National Park. Get to know the area or just relax this evening at your hotel in the wilderness. Overnight Denali-area hotel. (L)
Spend the morning at leisure or venture out to experience the Denali area with an optional excursion. This afternoon, embark on a guided tour into Denali National Park for opportunities to see bears, caribou, moose, wolves and Dall sheep. The bus will pick you up at your hotel and travel into the park on the famous Denali National Park Road. The evening is yours to do as you please. Overnight Denali-area hotel. (S)
Day4: Denali - Talkeetna (105 miles)
Sleep in this morning or get up early to explore more of Denali National Park before you venture further south towards Talkeetna on Denali's south side. Take in the sights of the George Parks Highway or arrive early to your hotel nestled in the mountains of Denali State Park to take advantage of an optional excursion or simply to relax. The views from the Great Room and outdoor deck are breathtaking. Overnight Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.
Day5: Talkeetna - Cooper Landing (200 miles)
Drive south down the Parks highway towards Cooper Landing, located on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. But first, stop for a glacier cruise aboard the mv Ptargmigan, where you'll cruise to the face of Portage Glacier. Afterward, continue on the Turnagain Arm to your accommodations for the evening, located on the banks of the Kenai River. Choose form a variety of optional excursions which can booked at the onsite Tour Desk. Overnight Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge.
Day6: Cooper Landing - Seward (47 miles)
Drive to Seward, nestled on the coast of Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park. Embark on a scenic glacier & wildlife cruise with the opportunity to view marine mammals. Enjoy lunch on the go on this narrated tour through the mountains and glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park. The crew will point out whales, seals, sea otters, porpoises and other colorful species of seabirds along the way. Don’t be surprised if the boat veers off course to witness the magic of a breeching humpback or killer whale. Halfway through the cruise, the boat will pull up to an active calving glacier. Be sure to dress warm and step out on the deck to hear the thunderous sound of ice crashing into the water! Back on shore, travel just a few miles to your destination for the evening. Overnight Seward hotel. (L)
Day7: Seward - Anchorage (130 miles)
Head back to Anchorage today taking in the sights of the Seward Highway as you go. Keep an eye out for beluga whales making their way towards the Cook Inlet or for Dall Sheep combing the mountainsides. Enjoy a leisurely evening upon arrival into Anchorage. Overnight Anchorage hotel.
Drop your car off at the airport Avis office at the conclusion of your tour.