Experience two of Alaska’s great treasures—its unspoiled wilderness and its rich cultural heritage—on a journey that will have you hiking in Denali, spotting wildlife while cruising the Prince William Sound, and getting acquainted with Alaska Native cultures in Anchorage.

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Alaska: A Stay in Anchorage and Denali National Parks

9 days from $6,090

Experience two of Alaska’s great treasures—its unspoiled wilderness and its rich cultural heritage—on a journey that will have you hiking in Denali, spotting wildlife while cruising the Prince William Sound, and getting acquainted with Alaska Native cultures in Anchorage.

or Call 855-330-1542

Accommodations

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Anchorage Marriott Downtown

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

The Marriott Anchorage Downtown boasts a convienient location within the downtown core and just five miles from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Spacious guest rooms offer picturesque city and mountain views and feature plush beds, a coffee maker and bathrooms with fine bath amenities. There is a café and restaurant on site as well as a fitness studio and indoor heated pool.  

Number of nights: 4

Denali Bluffs Hotel

Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States

The Denali Bluffs Hotel is located on a gentle slope on Sugarloaf Mountain amoungst birch and spruce trees. The inviting main lodge features a timber-beamed great room with a stone fireplace and traditional Alaskan art. The grill feature casual cuisine with an outdoor deck to take in the views as you dine. There is also a casual café and pantry serving coffee and prepared sandwhiches and snacks. Guest rooms are located within cedar-built buildings located throughout the property and all feature river views with sitting areas, flat screen televisions, coffee makers, private showers, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi. 

We will be using the Denali Bluffs Hotel for our August 7-15, 2022 departure and for all of our 2023 departures.

Number of nights: 3

Grande Denali Lodge

Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States

The main lodge features stunning timber log architecture with vaulted ceilings and a rock fireplace. There are also panoramic views of the surrounding Denali wilderness and the Nenana River canyon from the outdoor deck. Spacious guest rooms feature canyon or hillside views with cable television, coffe/tea station, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi as well as full baths. There is a lounge, casual café and a full service restaurant on site. 

We will will be using the Grand Denali Lodge for our August 28-September 5, 2022 departure only.  

Number of nights: 3

Denali Park Village

Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States

Located seven miles south of the Denali National Park entrance, the Denali Park Village Lodge property is nestled along the banks of the Nenana River. The lodge’s property is spread across 20 acres and offers light hiking and interpretive trails. Lodge amenities include a restaurant, Alaskan-style saloon, lobby with fireplace, outdoor seating area overlooking the wilderness, gift shop, and complimentary park shuttle service. Each of the air-conditioned guestrooms feature a private bath with hairdryer, TV, and phone.

Denali Park Village will be used for our September 4-12, 2022 departure only.  

Number of nights: 3

Tour Extension

Homer Post-Tour Extension — 5 Days, 4 Nights

Join us for a post-trip extension to Homer, Alaska, with an excursion to Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and time to explore this historic town further. Homer is located at the end of Sterling Highway, 200 miles south of Anchorage and is surrounded by open wilderness and ocean. It’s known as the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World and the City of Peonies. Homer's museums, art galleries, fine dining and seaside accommodations, all help create Alaska-sized memories to last a lifetime. 

Day 1 — Anchorage / Kenai National Wildlife Refuge / Homer  

Depart Anchorage in the morning for Homer via the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, a 1.92-million-acre wildlife habitat preserve.  The refuge is home to a wide diversity of wildlife including moose, eagles, brown and black bears, lynx, wolves and trumpeter swans. 

While in Kenai, take an easy float trip on the turquoise-colored Kenai river.  As your guide navigates through the snow-capped mountain scenery of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, watch for wildlife such as moose, eagles, beaver and bears.  Afterward, enjoy an al fresco lunch in the refuge. 

Continue the journey to Homer, arriving late this afternoon. See spectacular scenery like volcanoes on the far side of the Cook Inlet, lush green valleys and array of wild flowers. (B,L)  

The Ocean Shores Resort-Homer 

Day 2 — Homer  

This morning, enjoy a naturalist led exploration of marine life in the Homer Harbor. Diversity of sea life - sea anemones, barnacles, urchins, sponges and much more, right from the dock! Also, learn about tides and local boats in the harbor.There is time at leisure for lunch on your own in Homer. 

This afternoon visit the Pratt Museum, a regional natural history museum with exhibits exploring life around Kachemak Bay and South-Central Alaska. The museum's mission is to preserve "the stories of the region", through "collections, exhibits, and programs in culture, science, and art". Indoor exhibits include early homesteading, Native Alaskan traditions, local contemporary art, and an exploration of the marine and terrestrial life around Kachemak Bay. Outdoor exhibits feature a historic cabin, botanical gardens and a nature trail. (B)  

The Ocean Shores Resort-Homer  

Day 3 — Homer  

Your day is at leisure in Homer or you may choose to join an optional excursion (at additional cost). 

For those choosing independent explorations, consider strolling the Homer Spit a long, narrow finger of land jutting 4.5 miles into Kachemak Bay. Dotted with businesses and home to the Homer Boat Harbor, it provides numerous opportunities, from fishing and beachcombing to an art gallery walk and boating.  See more of Homer’s artistic side at the Bunnell Street Arts Center located in the town’s largest historic building c.1937.  

Or you may wish to visit the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center, your window to the largest seabird refuge in the world, with all of the wonders of Kachemak Bay right outside its doors. Visit the museum for a great learning experience on local wildlife, coastal science, and more. 

There are also many options for joining optional excursions (at additional cost) like a day trip to Seldovia, guided hiking, sea kayaking in Kachemak Bay, halibut fishing and more. 

This evening, savor regional specialties at a restaurant in Homer. (B,D) 

The Ocean Shores Resort-Homer 

Day 4 — Homer / Anchorage 

Depart Homer this morning and begin the scenic return drive to Anchorage.  Travel again via the Kenai Wildlife Refuge, this time visiting the Kenai Cultural Center to see the impressive permanent collection of Native Alaskan and local history artifacts, art exhibits, as well as the largest collection of mounted bald eagles in North America.  Another stop is made for lunch independently.  Arrive in Anchorage late this afternoon and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. (B) 

Marriott Anchorage 

Day 5 — Anchorage / Departure 

After breakfast, transfer to the Anchorage Airport for your homeward flights. (B)  

TOUR EXTENSION ACCOMMODATIONS

The Ocean Shores Resort-Homer 

Marvel at some of the finest scenery found in Alaska from just outside your guest room door at The Ocean Shores Resort. The resort is located on four acres of ocean front property with panoramic views of mountains, glaciers, Kachemak Bay, St. Augustine Volcano and miles of uninterrupted beaches. The resort is located in a quiet residential area yet only one block from downtown Homer where travelers can enjoy great restaurants and the local museum. Each simply decorated and comfortable guest rooms which feature a full-sized bathroom, microwave, refrigerator, TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. The Ocean Shores Resort will be used for our post-tour extension accommodations while in Homer, Alaska.

Activity Level

Activity Level 3: Moderate / Active


Expectations: This trip will feature longer days of touring with several full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances to travel. Some days will have activities with higher intensity and more active choices/options. Excursions will require standing and walking for extended periods of time, sometimes over more difficult terrain (hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators, muddy/slippery walking/hiking trails). Travelers will be in remote and rugged regions, and will at times be touring at higher altitudes with steep ascents/descents. Activities will take place rain or shine. The weather will be unpredictable with days that can begin warm and sunny and suddenly turn cold, rainy and windy. Leisure time will be limited  and sometimes only in the later evenings.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion.

Special Air Rates/Services

FlexAir is designed to provide you with the flexibility and choice you need to personalize your air travel experience. Explore a wide range of flight options in consultation with our experienced travel professionals to select the flights, routing, class of service, and dates of travel that most fit your needs. Our partner tour operator has negotiated contracts with a wide variety of carriers that allow them to hold flight reservations and then issue your ticket close to departure without additional fees. This protects you from the need to purchase published-fare tickets, which must be ticketed within 24 hours of purchase. FlexAir reservations provide the flexibility to adjust reservations without penalty and to accommodate extensions and upgrades right up until ticketing time, usually around 45 days before departure. We look forward to providing you with more choice and the best possible itinerary for your air travel plans.

Program Includes:

  • Guaranteed transfers between the airport and your overseas accommodations upon arrival and departure (in most cases). We will provide you with all of the details you need to guarantee your transfer.
  • Air schedule change and delay assistance. Book FlexAir to ensure assistance should schedule changes or delays impact your air travel plans.
  • Flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms, is automatically included.
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments at the time of booking (in most cases).
Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.