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  • McCarthy

    McCarthy located at the foot of the Wrangell Mountains is the gateway to the Wrangell Elias National Park and Preserve.

    • Kennicott Mill at McCarthy

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    The old mine buildings, artifacts, and colorful history attract visitors during the summer months.

    In McCarthy you will find lodging, restaurants, basic services, the interesting McCarthy-Kennecott Historical Museum and outfitters that will take you on a range of activities, from glacier trekking and whitewater rafting to flightseeing trips into the alpine heart of the national park. A shuttle van transports visitors the five miles up the road to the historic mining ruins at Kennicott.

    Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is the largest national park in the U.S. at 13.2 million acres and a crossroads of several mountain ranges. Within the park, the Wrangell, Chugach and St. Elias ranges merge to create an alpine paradise that includes nine of the 16 highest peaks in the country.

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    • Top Tip 1

      From Girdwood, take an Alpine Air helicopter sightseeing trip over the Chugach Mountain range and land on a glacier.

    • Top Tip 2

      Visit the Alaska SeaLife Centre in Seward. It's a marine mammal rehabilitation facility where you'll view sea-birds, octopus and sea lions and learn about the work of the centre’s ocean scientists.

    • Top Tip 3

      Take a day cruise on Kenai Fjords National Park to view the magnificent glaciers and abundant wildlife.

    • Top Tip 4

      Alaska is mecca for fishermen worldwide. Try your hand at fly, salt or freshwater fishing and even ice-fishing.

    • Top Tip 5

      Take a float plane ride from Anchorage to Kodiak Island to see the owners of the island, the half ton Brown Bear!

    • Top Tip 6

      The best time to see the Northern Lights in Fairbanks is between November and April. It’s darkest during these months so the viewing is better.

    • Top Tip 7

      Make sure you visit Denali National Park. Private vehicles aren't allowed in the park so either take a day excursion or, better still, stay in one of the lodges within the park.

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  • Alaska's National Parks Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: June to August

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Fully-inclusive 4 wheel drive car hire (conditions apply)
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • St Elias Glacier

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    • Bald Eagle

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    • Denali

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    • Denali National Park

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    • Talkeetna

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    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and drive to Hotel Captain Cook.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook

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    Anchorage

    We’ve allowed a full day today for you to explore the vibrant, modern city of Anchorage. We suggest you take a guided tour which visits the city’s historical points of interest, such as Earthquake Park and Lake Hood.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook

    127Mi/204Km

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    Seward

    Your expedition begins with a journey along the Seward Highway towards scenic Turnagain Arm. Keep an eye out for Beluga whales chasing salmon in the bay and Dall sheep grazing alongside the highway. Optional activities en route include taking a tram up Mt. Alyeska and stopping by Portage Glacier. Once in Seward, we suggest a visit to Exit Glacier and the SeaLife Centre. On your second day in Seward we have included a cruise which travels into the Kenai Fjords National Park, boasting abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers and breath-taking scenery.

    Hotel: Exit Glacier Lodge

    240Mi/386Km

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    Talkeetna

    Your journey continues along the Glenn Highway north to Wasilla. We suggest a stop at the Alaska Native Heritage Centre before arrival into Talkeetna. Talkeetna serves as a base camp for visitors to Mt. Denali. A turn-of-the-20th-century gold-mining centre, the town has retained much of its early Alaskan flavour.

    Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

    105Mi/169Km

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    Denali National Park

    We have allowed ample time to experience the majesty of Denali National Park and take in sights of Georges Parks Highway. Enjoy a full-day narrated coach trip exploring the entire 92 miles of Denali Park Road.

    Hotel: Grande Denali Lodge or similar

    123Mi/198Km

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    Fairbanks

    Your journey continues on the Parks Highway north to Fairbanks, accompanied by incredible forest and mountain landscapes. In the afternoon climb aboard Riverboat Discovery III for an unforgettable three hour cruise into the Alaskan interior; travel the Chena and Tanana Rivers on the only authentic sternwheeler riverboat operating in Alaska.

    Hotel: Fairbanks SpringHill Suites by Marriott

    259Mi/417Km

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    Copper River

    It’s an early start today for a six hour drive to Copper River, however you will be awed by the dramatic scenery accompanying your route, with Mt. Drum, Mt. Wrangell and Mt. Blackburn as your stunning backdrop.

    Hotel: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

    50Mi/79Km

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    McCarthy & Kennicott

    Today you continue south along the Richardson Highway towards the small town of Chitina, which acts as the gateway to Wrangell/St. Elias National Park and McCarthy-Kennicott. Today’s highlight is a bush plane flight which provides spectacular aerial views of the national park. The route takes you alongside Mt. Blackburn, over the Kennicott and Root Glaciers, past the Erie Mine and the awe-inspiring Stairway Icefall.

    Hotel: Kennicott Glacier Lodge

    120Mi/194Km

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    Valdez

    Today enjoy a bush plane flight back to Chitina, where you collect your car and recommence your journey. Heading south you enter the Chugach Mountains which circle the coast of Alaska. We suggest a stop at Thomson Pass for magical views of Worthington Glacier, before making the decent into Valdez. Valdez is surrounded by the Chugach Mountains, which are the most heavily glaciated mountains in the northwest. We suggest on your second day you take a cruise into Prince William Sound, where you’ll have an opportunity to see sea lions and humpback whales in their natural habitat.

    Hotel: Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn

    192Mi/309Km

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    14

    Sheep Mountain

    As you travel north along the Richardson Highway, you’ll enjoy great views of the Wrangell Mountains. After a stop in Glenallen you’ll take the Glenn Highway to Sheep Mountain Lodge. With over 12 miles of trails to explore, filled with wildflowers and an abundance of birds, there is ample to keep you entertained during your stay.

    Hotel: Sheep Mountain Lodge

    107Mi/172Km

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    15

    Journey home

    Take time to visit Independence Mine in beautiful Hatcher Pass en route back to Anchorage, where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4615 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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  • McCarthy & Kennicott Adventure with Glacier Hike

    Chitina

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    • Kennicott Mill

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    • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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    Start your tour with a spectacular flight from Chitina Airport through Wrangell-St. Elias National Park to Kennicott where you join your guide on Main Street for a half day hike. This moderate hike takes you to Root Glacier. Along the way your guide will explain the natural history of the area, including wildflowers, geology and the effects glaciers have had upon the landscape. At the glacier, strap on your crampons and take your first steps onto the otherworldly terrain. Hike out across the ice as far as you can, discovering the many different features on the surface of the glacier: crevasses, moulons and perhaps even an ice cave. The color and beauty of these features will astound you, before you enjoy the scenic flight back at 5.00 pm.

    Duration: 8 Hours

    Prices

    From £395 per person.

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