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Northern Exposure | Favourite Alaska Road Trip | Anchorage to Fairbanks - Moderate

7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,706

MODERATE|SELF-DRIVE: Enjoy a thrilling self-drive adventure through Alaska's magnificent landscapes. Choose to cruise through Prince William Sound or experience the majesty of Denali onboard a small aircraft. Take an aerial tram up Alyeska Mountain and explore Talkeetna's charming streets. Experience Denali's grandeur before concluding your journey in Fairbanks. You will find something magic every day.

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7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,706


Day 1

Anchorage to Seward | 239 km/149 mi | Prince William Sound 26 Glacier Cruise

This morning travel along the Seward Highway towards scenic Turnagain Arm, a body of water featuring the world’s second highest tides at over 30 feet. Keep an eye out for Beluga whales chasing salmon in the bay or Dall sheep along the highway. From Porterage travel through mountain tunnels to the port town of Whittier. Board the 26 Glacier Cruise and venture deep into Prince William Sound, finding yourself so close to glaciers that you can “hear” them move and gaze at their brilliant blue hues. Discover several types of glaciers including Alpine hanging, Piedmont and Tidewater, plus watch for glacier calvings (broken pieces of ice that have fallen into the water and become icebergs). Lunch is included onboard. Following your cruise it is an approximate 2-hour drive to Seward.

Overnight Seward

Duration2 Nights
Day 2

Seward | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 5 Excursions

Today you can personalize your day by choosing one of these excursions:

Option 1. Tonsina Point Resurrection Bay Kayaking Adventure

Resurrection Bay is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and home to several Alaska state parks that offer abundant opportunities to hike, sea kayak and explore!

Option 2. Bear Lake Kayak | Canoe Trip

Kayak or canoe on this scenic local lake with fun-loving guides. Bear Lake is located just outside Seward, Alaska and normally offers flat calm waters, and a home for Sockeye salmon. On the way there is a stop to visit the salmon weir and learn about their life cycle. Eagles, loons, and bears are often seen while on this adventure

Option 3. Wilderness Dog Sled Ride Tour

Visit the Seavey Family Homestead in Seward, and tour the beautiful tether free summer camp for Iditarod athletes! Meet the dogs, feel their excitement as teams are hitched to comfortable summer sleds, then mush for two miles through the scenic rainforest.

Option 4. Exit Glacier Hike

This moderate hiking adventure is great for viewing the jewel of the Resurrection River Valley - Exit Glacier. This massive wall of blue ice descends the mountainside from the Harding Ice Field, down to the Resurrection River.

Option 5. Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise

Treat yourself to an abundance of wildlife viewing with this 31/2-hours Kenai Fjords cruise in Resurrection Bay. Travel 55 miles (round-trip) along a rugged coastline and snap plenty of memorable photos as you sail past Bear Glacier. Sail close to sea lion colonies and seabird rookeries, and keep your eyes peeled for whales, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, eagles and mountain goats.

Overnight Seward

Day 3

Seward to Girdwood | 143 km/89 mi

Begin your day with a short drive to Exit Glacier to take the easy walk to stand beside this spectacular Glacier. Next, visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center which provides care and rehabilitation for injured and orphaned wildlife. Here you can safely observe and photograph some of Alaska’s largest land animals including moose, bison, elk, deer, caribou, bears and muskox. Continuing to Girdwood, take an aerial tram up Alyeska Mountain for views of Turnagain Arm, up to seven “hanging” glaciers and the endless peaks of the Chugach Mountain Range. At the base of the tram is your overnight accommodation at Alyeska Resort. 

Overnight Girdwood

Duration1 Night
Day 4

Girdwood to Talkeetna | 241 km/150mi

Drive north from Girdwood along scenic Turnagain Arm, traveling through Anchorage and the agricultural region of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, to the small, picturesque town of Talkeetna. Talkeetna serves as a base camp for Mt. Denali climbers; the community of 857 residents is located at the confluence of the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers. A turn-of-the-20th-century gold-mining centre, the town has retained much of its early Alaskan flavour.

Overnight Talkeetna

Duration1 Night
Day 5

Talkeetna to Denali National Park Entrance | 257 km/153 mi

This morning, embark on a Wilderness Adventure Jet Boat tour. Stand in the splendor of Denali and the great Alaska Range from a spectacular vantage point on the Susitna River! The folklore, artifacts and a panoramic view of Denali in the Alaska Range combine to make this an unforgettable and unique Alaskan river adventure. After your jet boat tour, drive the Parks Highway north to Denali National Park, passing by incredible forest and mountain landscapes. You’ll have as much time as you like to experience the majesty of Denali National Park, take in the sights of the George Parks Highway or arrive at your hotel near the park entrance to take advantage of an optional excursion or a visit to the Denali Visitor Centre.

Overnight Denali

Duration2 Nights
Day 6

Denali | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 2 Excursions

Option 1. Denali Highway Jeep Excursion | Self-Drive Guided 4x4 Excursion

Ranked #2 in Drives of a Lifetime by National Geographic Traveler magazine, experience the natural wonders of Alaska’s Denali Highway — this time by Jeep! This 4-hour guided excursion travels along a 135 mi (217 km) gravel road & takes you off the beaten path in a 4 x 4 to enjoy scenic views of Denali, the Alaska Range, glaciers and wildlife.

Option 2. Tundra Wilderness Tour | Coach Tour

This half day tour offers incredible scenery, a narrated history of the park road and opportunities to view the park’s wildlife inhabitants. Picturesque highlights include the craggy cliffside of Cathedral Mountain, wildlife rich Sable Pass and braided wash of the East Fork River in Denali National Park.

Overnight Denali

Day 7

Denali National Park Entrance to Fairbanks | 198 km/123 mi

Continue on the George Parks Highway north to Fairbanks. Accompanied by incredible forest and mountain landscapes, you’ll drive through the communities of Healy, Nenana and Ester- an old mining camp. Upon arrival into Fairbanks your incredible Alaska self-drive adventure comes to an end. 

Other Information


Daily from Anchorage
May 18 – September 12, 2024


  • 7 days Car Rental with unlimited mileage (4x4 Jeep Cherokee or similar)
  • 2 nights moderate accommodation in Seward
  • 1 night moderate accommodation in Girdwood
  • 1 night moderate accommodation in Talkeetna
  • 2 nights moderate accommodation in Denali
  • Prince William Sound 26 Glacier Cruise + Lunch onboard the cruise
  • Seward| Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 5 Excursions: 1. Tonsina Point Resurrection Bay Kayaking Adventure, 2. Bear Lake Kayak | Canoe Trip, 3. Wilderness Dog Sled Ride Tour, 4. Exit Glacier Hike, 5. Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise
  • Admission to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Alyeska Scenic Tram Ride
  • Talkeetna Wilderness Adventure Jet Boat Tour
  • Denali| Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 2 Excursions: 1. Denali Highway Jeep Excursion, 2. Tundra Wilderness Tour
  • Meals as per itinerary


  • Car rental insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Road and tunnel tolls
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Entrances fees to sites and activities not explicitly listed as included
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

20 May 2024
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