Day One: Hatcher Pass & Knik Glacier
Knik Glacier, Hatcher Pass Independence Mine & Eklutna Village
Our representatives will meet you at the Anchorage Visitor’s center at 9:00 AM.* Our private transport service is customized with large picture windows, complete narration, TV/DVD and complimentary bottled water. Begin your Alaskan adventure with additional guests and a meet & greet. Upon leaving the Anchorage area, you will travel north to the Matanuska Valley, the farming belt of Alaska. Along the way, visit the native village of Eklutna. Enjoy the Russian Orthodox influenced Chapel and native influenced “spirit houses”, while sharing in their cultural traditions. Continuing north, pass the “Palmer Hay Flats”, and the Knik Arm of the Cook Inlet. This tundra-covered lowland is home to wildlife and several species of birds.
Next, imagine a place where wild flowers surround you, cascading crystal waters offer perfect photos and a marmot pops out to say hello. Your local Alaskan guide is there to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Try your hand at gold panning. Nuggets wait to be discovered in the creeks of the motherlode. Independence Mine offers a glimpse into the history of the great men of the gold rush and the lore of gold fever.
Noon brings a lunch stop at a local area eatery. From homemade soups to fresh locally grown veggies, Palmer offers some great restaurants.
The afternoon presents a 2 PM adventure that will take you aboard an airboat ride to Lake George, at the base of Knik Glacier. Lake George, an ice berg dammed lake was once responsible for floods of cataclysmic proportions. Knik Glacier, 28 miles long, 6 miles wide and over 1000 feet thick, is one of Alaska’s grandest natural attractions. Knik Glacier, born in the Pleistocene Glaciation period (the beginning of the Ice Age) 600,000 years ago, covered the Anchorage bowl and the entire Cook Inlet. While it remains active, this glacier is in a constant state of change. Knik Glacier always turns out to be a trip highlight.
In the evening, return back to the visitor center by 7 PM. (Times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed.)
*If you have a group of six or more guests, we will provide transportation from any downtown area hotel.