Immerse yourself in Alaska’s natural splendor, exploring three extraordinary national parks: Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords; and delving into Alaska’s rich heritage in Anchorage.

Starting at: $7,697 * Price includes special offer * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The magnificent Mt. Denali and the park road
 Bear with cubs
 The elusive wolf
 Caribou in Denali National Park
 Forests and mountains of Denali National Park
 Float plane ready for take-off, Lake Hood
 The city of Anchorage
 Husky puppies
 Performance, Alaska Native Heritage Center. Credit: Alaska Native Heritage Center
 Dancers at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Credit: Alaska Native Heritage Center
 Landscape of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
 Looking out on a glacier, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
 Kennecott Mines, Wrangel-St. Elias National Park
 The marina at Seward
 Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park
 Orca whale sighting, Kenai Fjords National Park
 Breaching whale
 Puffins
 Steller Sea Lions, Kenai Fjords National Park
 Bald eagle
 Sea otters in Prince William Sound

Alaska's Natural Wonders: Denali to Kenai Fjords

11 days from $7,697 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Immerse yourself in Alaska’s natural splendor, exploring three extraordinary national parks: Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords; and delving into Alaska’s rich heritage in Anchorage.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

[This journey] well exceeded our expectations - having our own personal Ph.D. geologist with us to answer our questions in real-time was a huge bonus. Our tour director kept everything running smoothly, allowing us time to enjoy the fauna and flora to the max. Truly a memorable trip!

- Diane K.

This Smithsonian Journeys tour of Alaska was top quality in every respect: sights visited, including magnificent, less visited Wrangell-St Elias National Park, information provided for each location plus additional narration and commentary during travel between sites; optional free time suggestions for hikes, flight-seeing and other activities; accommodations; guides and Smithsonian experts. 

- Marcia, M.

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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: 2

Denali Park Village Lodge

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 188 air-conditioned guestrooms features a private bath with hairdryer, TV, and phone.

Please note: only one of the property’s seven two-story buildings has an elevator.

Number of nights: 3

Kennicott Glacier Lodge

Kennicott, Alaska, United States

This family-owned lodge offers guests breathtaking Alaskan scenery, overlooking 25 miles of glacier and surrounded by 14 of the continent’s highest mountain peaks. A replica of one of the town’s historic copper mining buildings, the Kennicott Glacier Lodge sits in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park – America’s largest national park – and is the park’s only lodge. The main building offers a 190-foot-long front porch with a panoramic view of the Chugach and Wrangell Mountains, as well as a restaurant, reading/family room, TV/gathering room, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, and a number of outdoor activities. Each of the spacious guest rooms features a private bath.

Please note: guest rooms do not have phones, TVs, or minibars. However, they do offer electrical outlets.

Number of nights: 2

Knik River Lodge

Palmer, Alaska, United States

Surrounded by the dramatic Chugach Mountains, this European-style lodge presents incredible views of the Knik River Valley, which serves as a habitat for moose, Dall sheep, wolves, lynx, bears, and more. The lodge has two restaurants and offers complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access. Each of the 22 guest cabins has a private bath with hair dryer, private deck, kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and TV.

Number of nights: 1

Seward Windsong Lodge

Seward, Alaska, United States

Set in a glacial valley by the Resurrection River, just outside Seward and down the road from spectacular Exit Glacier, the Seward Windsong Lodge makes an ideal base for exploring Kenai Fjords National Park. Lodge amenities include a restaurant, bar, espresso bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel also provides shuttle service to Exit Glacier for guests interested in taking a walking tour. Each of the 180 guest rooms has a private bath with hairdryer, coffee maker, minibar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Seward Gateway Hotel

Seward, Alaska, United States

Opened in May 2021, the hotel is located between Seward Small Boat Harbor and downtown.  Across the street from the hotel is the waterfront walking path featuring views of Resurrection Bay with possible sea otters, harbor seals, and bald eagle sightings.  The property features an outdoor deck with mountain views and elevated viewing platform over a salmon stream.  Several restaurants and bars are within the immediate area, along with complimentary passes to local fitness center.  Each air-conditioned guest room includes complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV, coffee makers, phone, and private bath with hair dryer.

Number of nights: 1

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