Alaska Off The Beaten Path
Anan Creek Black Bears
Anan Creek Black Bears
The stove in front of our seat/one of...
The train entering one of the tunnels
Off The Beaten Path
Off The Beaten Path
Wildlife Denali National Park and Preserve
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Wrangell St Elias vs Denali
I always recommend Wrangell St. Elias over Denali. Denali is much more developed so has more ammenities, lodges, and crowds. Not quite as bad as Yellowstone or Yosemite but far more people that I expected.Wrangell St Elias is huge - the largest in North America - with very few lodges but more road access, more camping just about anywhere you want and more chances of seeing wildlife. You could stay at the Copper Center Princess lodge by the entrance and then drive in to McCarthy / Kennicott Mine. Or there are lodges and cabins in and around McCarthy.The NPS website below is a good source of info.
Must Scenic Drive!
Want a totally different experience in Alaska? If the Cruise is not your thing, try this. Take a 300 mile drive from Anchorage to Valdez (Where the pipeline ends).Along the way you will encounter the most beautiful scenery, wildlife, and open skies.From Rivers running through vast, vast valleys, to Mountain goats to driving through mountains just to enter Valdez port. The scenery is so beautiful you will want to stop and take pictures every step of the way. Do not miss. Summer/Spring only. Check to see when roads open up.Take time to coordinate your trip so you can take a ferry back to Seward for the drive back to Anchorage. The Southcentral ferry service takes you through Prince William Sound and into the Gulf of Alaska and Lower Cook Inlet. You will have spectacular views of ice-blue glaciers and marine wildlife. Enjoy!
Solo canoe travel above the Arctic Circle
Chronicle of a 375 mile solo canoe trip down the Noatak River, above the Arctic Circle, Gates Of The Arctic National Park, Alaska '94.http://intothegreatempty.blogspot.com/2010/07/solo-canoe-trip-noatak-river-994-day-1.html
Just off the path
There are many roads on the southeast islands and they are very large. You can drive on many of the "logging" roads. These roads are generally in very good condition. If you long to see back country in the southeast, then bring an auto or just rent one and get exploring. There are maps available to tell all of these roads. The picture that is shown was taken about 50km from Petersburg, Alaska. Mostly on graveled/dirt roads. On some roads a four wheel drive is recommended, but there are enough improved roads to drive all day with a standard car and never see another person. If you go to central Alaska, There are not nearly as many off track roads, but there are still amazing views to be seen. See the other photos in this series to further explain.
the lodge for search bears in wildlife
Brooks Lodge overlooks the world famous Brooks River in the heart of Katmai National Park. The lodge, originally conceived as a fishing camp, has been in operation since 1950. The facilities have seen continuous upgrading and have gained a world-wide reputation, attracting visitors from all continents. Guest accommodations consist of sixteen modern rooms all with modern private facilities. Rooms accommodate two to four persons. The beautiful main lodge building boasts a spectacular view of aquamarine Naknek Lake. Its large circular fireplace is popular for evening relaxing and reminiscing about the day's adventures. Hearty Alaskan fare is served three times a day buffet style in the dining area of the lodge. Cocktails are available for purchase at the lodge bar each afternoon and evening. The World Famous bear viewing at Brooks Falls is only a short walk from Katmailand's Brooks Lodge....
katmai national park
if you like to have a special experience in outside nature, maybe you will be lucky to see any bear in free nature while catching salmon, go to Brooks lodge on Katmai NationalparkKatmai National Monument was created in 1918 to preserve the famed Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a spectacular forty square mile, 100 to 700 foot deep ash flow deposited by Novarupta Volcano. A National Park & Preserve since 1980, today Katmai is still famous for volcanoes, but also for brown bears, pristine waterways with abundant fish, remote wilderness, and a rugged coastline.
Salmon Spawning -- Russian River
Most people that I know that have visited the Kenai Peninsula miss this one because it is not on most of the hot spots maps. Just west of Cooper Landing off of Hwy 1 to the south is a park administered by the National Wildlife Refuge. If you enter that park and pay the fee go as far as you can to the South to a small parking lot with a left entrance. There is a trail head in that parking lot. The trail is very nice, wide crushed stone. It is an amazing hike about 2 miles. At the end of the trail, there is a viewing platform where you can see the Salmon jumping up the flowing river. I've been here three times and it never fails to amaze me. Beware, the last time I was there a black bear was in the parking lot. No big deal as he wondered back into the woods when he heard the car but realize this is not a zoo.
Rent an RV and see Alaska!
We chose to rent an RV in Anchorage upon our arrival in Alaska because we wanted to do our own thing at our own pace. I highly recommend this mode of travel....you've got your vehicle and your hotel room all in one! The roads are a bit rough, but the rental companies are aware of this and offer advice on how to navigate them. The cost was around $150 per day, not including gas. And the vehicle is self-contained. It's a lovely way to see this beautiful state.To find a rental agency, simply google RV rentals, Alaska and there's a plethora of links to follow.Our experience was just wonderful. We stopped to capture wildlife and scenery on film at our leisure. And the best thing about the Mini-Wini (motorhome) is when you decide you've had all the fun you can have for one day.....pull over. You're home! No hotels to drive back to or hunting for restaurants. Pull up into a campsite, build a...
Even though it took 8 hours by bus to get to the Arctic Circle from Fairbanks I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Driving along the unpaved roads lead to sights not seen by many tourist. i enjoyed the pipeline, tundra and unique scenery. Watch out for Mosquitos though!
to the arctic circle and beyond
The Dalton Highway, known as “The Haul” or “The Long Haul” is considered the last great highway. I suppose this depends on your idea of great highways. This one is the most desolate of all highways, certainly in Alaska & that is a high standard to have as most of our roads are desolate. It’s technically Alaska route 11, runs 414 miles north of Livengood to Deadhorse up near the Arctic Ocean. Very few sections are paved and parts of the road are in terrible condition. It’s mainly used as a way to get supplies up to the oil fields at Prudhoe Bay but almost the entire thing is pure wilderness. For 240 miles, there are no services whatsoever so bringing your own gasoline, spare tires and tools to fix your car are a must. Plus food and something to sleep in, on or with. Once you get to Deadhorse, you cannot go to the Arctic Ocean by yourself—you have to arrange a tour to get out there. While...
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