Sightseeing around Anchorage, Alaska

May 5, 2004
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Sightseeing around Anchorage, Alaska
Question: I have a ticket to Anchorage good after the last week in August. I have no plans and no one in particular to go with, although I may have a friend come along. I'm looking for an itinerary or something to do. I tried REI and the Sierra Club but their trips are all sold out. I would like to see Denali and one other area — Glacier Bay, the Wrangell Range, or the Homer Peninsula. Any ideas on how to book last-minute travel?

Barbara Lund
Charlestown, MA
[email protected]

Alaska's wild frontier offers endless outdoor-recreation opportunities
Adventure Adviser: Have no fear. There are dozens more companies that offer vacations in Alaska, from sea kayaking Prince William Sound to sportfishing the Kenai River to biking the rim of Denali.

Plus at the end of August you'll still have an average of 16 hours of daylight, so you'll have plenty of time to partake in the Silver Salmon Derby in Valdez, boogie down at the Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival, or compete in Nome's famed Bathtub Race. The options are endless.

Alaskan Bicycle Adventures, a company that prides itself on local knowledge, offers at least seven variations of biking, hiking, and rafting tours, most of which start in Anchorage. Prices range from $1,895 to $2,895 and generally include all meals, all lodging, and equipment. For specific details on each trip, call 800-770-7242.

Aberkrombie & Kent offers a 10-day "Highlights of Alaska" excursion that starts in Fairbanks and includes a guided rafting trip on Denali's Nenana River, a day-trip into Denali National Park, a catamaran cruise through Prince William Sound, and a railroad trip through White Pass. The $1,300 price includes most meals, transportation, and accommodations. A&K also offers tailor-made programs for independent travelers, call 800-323-7308.

For the classic sea-kayaking tour of Prince William Sound, you have a handful of companies to choose from, including Alaskan Wilderness Sailing Safaris (907-835-5175) and Sea Quest Expeditions (360-378-5767).

If all else fails, call the Alaska Tourism office in Anchorage at 800-327-9372 or just rent a car at the airport and start to drive.

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