Sample Itineraries

Alaska must be discovered slowly – one adventure at a time. Touring by motorhome gives you the freedom to explore a roadside glacier, linger a while longer to talk fishing with the locals, or take time for a little side road adventure. Great Alaskan Holidays caters to people with an independent spirit – a spirit that won’t be restrained by a prepackaged tour, a rigid time table, or anybody else’s idea of adventure. After all, this is your vacation.

Planning Your Alaska Vacation Was Never So Easy
Below we’ve outlined a few of the most popular self-guided trips you may want to try. Each lets you discover famous Alaska sights. For more ideas, consult the Milepost – or call us. We’ll be happy to suggest the perfect Alaskan vacation for you.

A customer’s recommendation:
“For your safety, comfort and relaxation, don’t try to travel too far on your first day while still recovering from the long flight to Alaska.  It’s best to begin your motorhome adventure by not expecting too much of yourself.  Purchasing groceries, settling in and familiarizing myself with the new motorhome combined with a drive of no more than 75-miles works well for us.  We actually enjoy spending that first day exploring part of Anchorage.  This sets the tone for a relaxing vacation.” 
Sakae U. (7 time renter, 107 days total), Wailuku, Hawaii

 

THE COOPER FAMILY ALASKA 2019 ITINERARY

Mr. D. Cooper and his family from the Boston area were gracious enough to pass along the itinerary they used for their 2019 family trip to Alaska.  Great Alaskan Holidays would like to extend to them our appreciation for allowing us to share it with others who may be a bit overwhelmed as they plan their own Alaskan Adventure.

Prior to their adventure, the Cooper family contacted the official Travel Site for the Kenai Peninsula Borough for one of their tour books they will mail to you.  It’s called the ‘Buy Alaska Toursaver Coupon Book’, and the cost is about $100 which will likely pay for itself many times over.  They also liked The Milepost from Great Alaskan Holidays, providing a lot of detail about the State of Alaska and what to do, where to go, and what to see while you are here.  If going to Denali National Park, they recommend researching the U.S. National Park Denali website for a lot of information that may be helpful before arriving.  Below is their itinerary, and judging from the family picture album they shared with us, they had an incredible, memorable family vacation!

Saturday June 22, 2019

Arrived at the Ted Stevens International/Anchorage Airport, took a complimentary shuttle to Great Alaskan Holidays located 12 minutes away at 9800 Old Seward Highway, Anchorage, Alaska 99515.  Upon arriving, began the motor home Orientation Video.

Prior to arriving, did a huge Walmart online shopping order for pick up at 8900 Old Seward Highway, only a few minutes away from the Great Alaskan Holidays location.

We also bought bikes for the kids there and then donated them afterwards.  BEAR SPRAY IS A MUST, and we donated this after as well.  Also bought a 10-gallon trash can for the RV, as well as a little beer and wine.  Off to see Alaska.

Headed south and visited the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage, Alaska. Worth seeing and reasonably priced.

45 minutes later we took a hiking trail to Byron Glacier, also in Portage.  It’s an easy, paved hike and well worth the awesome views!!

Camped at Williwaw Campground on Portage Glacier Road, Girdwood, Alaska.

Sunday June 23, 2019

Morning, left the Portage area on the way to Seward along the beautiful Seward Highway.

Camped at Millers Landing, 13890 Beach Drive in Seward.  BOOK EARLY AND REQUEST RV SITE 15 or 14 (best), or 13 and 12 (OK).  The rest 11-1 are VERY un-level.  Millers is a touch run down but the views of Resurrection Bay are fabulous.

Hiked Exit Glacier just outside of Seward.  Also….HAVE TO DO the Mitch Seavey Iditarod Sled Dog Ride/Tour from his sled dog kennel.  Very informative, fun, and worth the money for all ages.  The Alaska Sealife Center/Aquarium and Marine Science Facility.  We didn’t have time but good reviews.  Visit the downtown harbor, lots of shops, brew pubs, and restaurants to walk around.  Check out Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures in Seward.  It was in the Toursaver book.

Monday June 24, 2019

Second day in Seward at Millers Landing….

Took a day marine life viewing boat tour through the Kenai Fjords National Park (glaciers, whales, wildlife, etc).  MAKE SURE YOU BUY ALASKA TOUR SAVER BOOK, will save you hundreds of $$ in excursion savings.

  • Major Marine Tours – 7.5-hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise. We did this one, saw a ton, with the $$, bit long for the kids, or you can do:
  • Major Marine Tours – 5-hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise

Tuesday June 25, 2019

Morning, left Millers Landing heading to the Soldotna/Kenai area.  Checked-in at the Klondike RV Park, 48665 Funny River Road in Soldotna.  Spent the day touring these 2 towns.

There is great 2-mile hike at the Visitor Center that goes along the river then loops back thru the woods of the campground that is great for the kids.  Great place to maybe see wildlife as well.

We did a several-mile bike ride on the paved bike trail that runs along highway.  Car noise is loud, and you have to be careful at intersections, but a decent ride.  We did see a huge moose.

Visited the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, did some bear viewing, and fished the world-famous Kenai River.

Wednesday June 26, 2019

Morning, left Soldotna heading south to Homer via the Sterling Highway.

Camped at Baycrest RV Park, 3425 Sterling Highway in Homer for 2 nights.  Getting to the back of the site along bluff will get you some incredible views!!

Spent the day touring the Homer area and the Homer Spit.

We did an awesome bike ride renting bikes from Cyclelogic in downtown Homer (great owner) and the whole family did a bike ride on the paved path on the Spit all the way to The Salty Dog (few areas on side of road).

This was awesome and my kids absolutely loved it more so than some excursions we spent a ton of money on!!  Lol.

Stop at the Salty Dog Saloon for a cold one/t-shirt.  Classic Alaska.  Ice Cream on the Spit as well.

Thursday June 27, 2019

Second day in Homer.

Go to Anchor Point (north of Homer) and view the Eagles!  On a good day, they’re everywhere!

The Seldovia Bay Ferry – Homer-Seldovia Ferry Service is possibility.  Possible boat day trip or sea plane to Katmai National Park to view bears.  We didn’t do, it’s expensive but that’s where you see all the pictures of grizzlies fishing in the rapids.  We did a full-day (8-hour) Halibut fishing trip with Ninilchik Charters.  Boat is located right at The Salty Dog Saloon boat dock.  Captain Garrit was AWESOME!!  Knows what he is doing and we caught our limit.  USE TOURSAVER COUPON

Friday June 28, 2019

Morning, left Homer heading north to Cooper Landing.

Checked-in to the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge RV Park, 17245 Frontier Circle for 2 nights in Cooper Landing.

Afternoon hike to the Russian River falls was an AWESOME hike, about 3 miles each way, hard-packed and easy, and views of the falls and 100’s of salmon jumping.

Dinner at Wilderness Lodge.

Saturday June 29, 2019

Second day at Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge RV Park.

Alaska Wildland Adventures – Scenic Kenai River Float Trip.  This was peaceful and well worth the money.  The Kenai River there is a turquoise green and gorgeous.  Good chance of seeing wildlife.   ***THIS IS THE PREMIER SALMON FISHING AREA; if you fish this is where you want to go where Russian River meets Kenai River.  Above does fishing tours also and knows their stuff!!

Sunday June 30, 2019

Morning, left Cooper Landing for a long drive north to Denali National Park.

Camped at the Teklanika River Campground in Denali.  Read the Denali website to get all information….too much to list here.

You WANT to camp at Teklanika.  We loved it and gorgeous views when you walk out to the Tek river banks.

Take a bus west to the Eielson Visitors Center, great chance seeing wildlife…especially in the morning.

There are hiking trails there.  I was told don’t go all the way to Wonder Lake; long, long bus ride and not worth it.

Spent 3 days checking out Denali hiking, on a bus viewing trip, wildlife viewing, camping, relaxing.

Monday July 1, 2019

Day in Denali National Park.

Hiked.  Wildlife viewing.  Photography.

Denali Park Village – Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theatre (we didn’t do but it’s in the Toursaver).

Tuesday July 2, 2019

Day in Denali National Park.

Denali Park Village – Raft trip on Nenana River (didn’t do it but it’s in the Toursaver as an option).

Wednesday July 3, 2019

Morning, left Denali National Park heading south to Talkeetna.

Camped at the Talkeetna Camper Park, 22763 S. Talkeetna Spur Road.

K2 Aviation – Denali flightseeing with Glacier Landing from Talkeetna.  We did this.  It’s expensive, even with Toursaver…..BUT IT’S A ONCE IN LIFETIME EXPERIENCE and the views are INCREDIBLE!!  Must do!  Spent afternoon shopping in funky Talkeetna shops and had beer/lunch Denali Brewing Company downtown on the deck.  Can leave RV at the campground and it’s an easy walk to downtown.

Denali Zipline Tours – Talkeetna, Alaska

  • Talkeetna River Guides – 4-hour Chulitna River Float
  • Talkeetna River Guides – 2-hour Chulitna River Float

Thursday July 4, 2019

Morning, left Talkeetna heading south leisurely to Anchorage.

We had time and drove into downtown Anchorage (parked in public parking, pay lot fits RV’s, and walked around visiting the 4-5 gift shops all on the west end of Anchorage.  IF you are there on a Sat/Sun from 10am-5pm, they do an Anchorage outdoor market every week in season….supposed to be pretty cool and great place for souvenirs.

Arrived back at Great Alaskan Holidays in the afternoon before 2pm.  Shuttled us to the Anchorage Airport.

4:16pm flight home…boo hoo!

Friday July 5, 2019

5:52am arrival into BOS airport.

1. Denali National Park6-9 days

tour threeThis is one of the most amazing road trips in North America. The entire adventure from Anchorage north to Fairbanks (358 miles/576km) takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery you have ever seen. Visit the unique Musk Ox farm and the fertile farms of the Matanuska Valley where world record size produce is grown every year. Enjoy fishing wild rivers and lakes. Thrill to spectacular views of Mt. McKinley and the massive Alaska Range. Be sure to stop in Talkeetna and take a flightseeing tour with K2 Aviation which you can book direct with Great Alaskan Holidays. This is the absolute best way to experience North Amierica’s tallest peak, Mt. McKinley. Spend some time at Denali National Park sightseeing, rafting and photographing Alaska’s famous wildlife. Then on to the jewel of the interior Fairbanks (see trip 4 below).

Sights and Activities to Enjoy

  • Musk Ox Farm
  • Historic Talkeetna
  • River trips/fishing
  • Mt. McKinley flightseeing
  • The Riverboat Discovery
  • Pioneer Theme Park
  • El Dorado Gold Mine

2. Kenai Peninsula 4 – 7 days

tour threePoint your motorhome south from Anchorage and discover days of fun and unparalleled adventure. The scenery along Alaska’s Seward Highway is breathtaking.  That’s why it has been designated a National Forest Scenic Byway. You’ll travel along the beautiful shores of Turnagain Arm where Dall sheep watch the traffic and Beluga whales chase a dinner of fresh salmon. Stops along the way include our world famous ski area Alyeska Resort and Portage Glacier. Continue on to Seward where the Alaska Sea Life Center and the Kenai Fjords National Park are waiting to entertain. The best way to experience Kenai Fjords National Park is to to take a Major Marine Tour which you can book directly with Great Alaskan Holidays. On your return, take the Sterling Highway to explore ice-blue Kenai Lake and the world-famous Kenai River. Continue through the communities of Kenai and Soldotna to the “end of the road,” and explore for artistic treasures in the quaint town of Homer, known for its hospitality and picturesque beauty.

Sights and Activities to Enjoy

  • Portage Glacier Visitors Center/Boat Tours
  • Alyeska Aerial Tram
  • World famous salmon and halibut fishing
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Homer Spit and scenic Kachemak Bay
  • Historic gold mining community of Hope

3. Valdez add 3 – 4 days to trips 1 or 4

tour threeWhen you leave Anchorage on this adventure you drive through the rich farmlands of the Matanuska Valley where you can visit the Musk Ox farm, explore an old mining camp, or play a round of golf. Then, journey on past immense glaciers to the town of Glennallen where you head south on the Richardson Highway. This scenic route travels through the wilderness of the Wrangell mountains. At Copper Center you can fish for the renowned Copper River salmon. The port town of Valdez puts the entire Prince William Sound at your disposal. Take a flightseeing adventure, fish for salmon and halibut, or hop aboard the Alaska State Ferry to explore nearby Cordova.

Sights and Activities to Enjoy

  • Matanuska Glacier
  • Flightseeing
  • River Rafting
  • Historic Chitina
  • Trans Alaska Pipeline
  • Prince William Sound
  • Valdez Harbor/Pipeline

4. Fairbanks add 3 days to trip 1 above

tour threeFairbanks is Alaska’s second largest city but many people consider it the first destination for adventure. Located in the heart of our great interior, Fairbanks is a summer wonderland of long, warm days and endless adventures. Hop aboard the Riverboat Discovery for an unforgettable cruise down the Chena and Tanana rivers on Alaska’s only operating sternwheeler. Take a dip in the famous waters of Chena Hot Springs. Visit Pioneer Park to see how we lived a century ago. Explore historic gold mines and try your luck at gold panning. Visit the University of Alaska Museum for an informative trip through enchanting cultural and natural history exhibits. See the famous Trans Alaska Pipeline, photograph the wildlife and try your luck against our famous sport fish.

Sights and Activities to Enjoy

  • Gold Dredge No. 8
  • Chena Hot Springs
  • University of Alaska Museum
  • Pioneer Park
  • Riverboat Discovery
  • Trans Alaska Pipeline

5Haines/Skagway add 5 – 8 days to trips 1 or 4 above

tour three

Relive the days of the Klondike Gold Rush exploring the towns of Haines and Skagway. You’ll travel through remarkable scenic beauty on your way to the historic town of Haines, the doorway to a dramatic world of Native culture, gold rush history, outdoor adventures and entertaining activities. Attractions include the world famous Chilkat Dancers, museums and cultural exhibits. Then, board the Alaska State Ferry to Skagway where much of the downtown area is part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park . Visit museums, take a walk along the Klondike Trail, and ride the White Pass and Yukon railroad for a one-of-a-kind trip back in time.

Sights and Activities to Enjoy

  • Ride historic White Pass & Yukon Railroad
  • Hike the Chilkoot Trail
  • Enjoy the Chilkat Dancers
  • See the largest concentration of bald eagles in the world at Haines
  • Historic Fort William H. Seward
  • Flight-seeing trips to Glacier Bay
  • Trail of 98 Museum (Skagway)

6Dawson City/Whitehorse add 5 – 8 days to trips 1 or 4 above

tour threeYour Great Alaskan Holiday is not limited to Alaska. Take time to explore the Yukon. Our Canadian neighbor shares the adventurous history of the Gold Rush and the beauty of the Northland. The spirit and heritage of the Gold Rush is kept alive in both Dawson and Whitehorse. Spend the evening enjoying turn-of-the-century floor shows. Cruise the Yukon River. Put your gambling skills to the test. Relive the chilling tales of Robert Service and Jack London. Pan for gold and marvel at the midnight sun. And, take in the incredible natural beauty of these historic cities.

Sights and Activities to Enjoy

  • Home to writers Robert Service and Jack London
  • Yukon River trips/fishing
  • Gold Rush museums
  • Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon Territory
  • Dawson, boom town of the Klondike Gold Rush
  • S.S. Klondike National Historic Site
  • Takhini Hot Springs
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