Day Three: Talkeetna & Denali National Park
TALKEETNA: Rise & Shine to visit the home of Talkeetna, a local town sporting the most photographed scenes in our state, the towering peaks of Mt. McKinley & the Alaska mountain range. Only 1 ½ hours north, this town is a hub of international mountain climbers.
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ACTIVITY ONE: 2-Hr Riverboat Adventure
Your exciting trip will begin aboard the fifty-one passenger “Talkeetna Queen” as it whisks you into the heart of the wilderness in comfort. This is the most technologically advanced river jet boat in Alaska designed to safely navigate rivers that were previously inaccessible. It is glass-domed, environmentally controlled, and has an on-board restroom for your comfort. You will visit an authentic trapper’s cabin and view how trappers lived in “Bush” Alaska at the turn of the century. Your experienced guide will display raw furs from the local area and demonstrate trapping methods.
Naturalists will acquaint you with the wildflowers and plants that grow in abundance along the river system and you will learn about the edible plants that were used by the Native Indians for cooking and medicines. As you travel ten miles of river you will have opportunities to view nesting bald eagles, beaver activity, and moose and you just might see black bear and grizzly bear roaming the shore. Wildlife, folklore, artifacts and a panoramic view of Denali in the Alaska Range combine to make this an unforgettable Alaskan river adventure.( Available on DELUXE & QUALITY packages, your choice of one)
ACTIVITY TWO: Denali Flight-seeing and Glacier Landing
This magnificent flight takes you within six miles of Mt. McKinley’s summit. As your flight departs Talkeetna, you begin to see how the last ice age has shaped the land. Moments later you enter a world of rugged high mountain peaks and wide glacier filled valleys. Listen as your pilot describes the natural wonders of Denali National Park. See the Sheldon Amphitheater, beautiful Ruth Glacier, and the Great Gorge (the world’s deepest – almost 2 miles from top to bottom). “No visit is complete without this experience!”
The aircraft are equipped with skis, floats, and voice activated headphones. Passengers, each with comfortable window seats, enjoy narration by an experienced pilot-guide highlighting points of interest including geology, wildlife, and history. Consider an Upgrade, to add the option to Land on the Sheldon Amphitheater glacier beneath Mt. McKinley for $100.00 per person. Flight time is 1 hr. Add .30 min if upgrading to glacier landing. (DELUXE Package includes Flightseeing. QUALITY package can upgrade $250.00 flightseeing per person & $100.00 per person glacier landing).
This afternoon, enjoy late lunch and time in this quaint town with shops of local art and trinkets before continuing our adventure to Denali National Park. Crossing over Hurricane Gulch, have your cameras ready. The vistas are breathtaking. Upon arrival in Denali National Park, this evening is at your leisure for shopping, dining or sightseeing. Overnight near Denali National Park.
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Denali National Park Area Lodging