• Emily Bean

Alaska Road Trip || Travel

Updated: May 22, 2020

Over the summer, my family and I flew to Alaska for a trip. We spent the first two days in Anchorage, before we went on a camping/road trip with a company where we had a guide and one other couple with us. We ended up camping in tents for seven nights and sleeping in a cabin for three nights.

We spent the first 3 nights at Denali National Park. We stayed at a campsite on Savage Lake. While here, we saw the only dog sled team in a U.S. national park, went white water rafting for 12 miles down the Nenana River, and went trailblazing in the park near the Elison visitor center. Here, we saw a few moose, some caibou, an eagle, and a porcupine.

Day 4 was spent in Tangle Lakes. We drove along the Alaska Highway to get here, which is also a very long and very bumpy gravel road. We did some more trailblazing at our campsite and had s'mores here. The following morning, we went canoeing and saw a moose and some loons.

Days 5-7 were spent in McCarthy National Park. On the way here, we stopped at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park (the biggest national park in the U.S. The park also has 9 of the 16 highest peaks in North America!). Afterwards, we flew in a plane to get into McCarthy. We stayed in cabins here (meaning we slept on real beds!). We hiked on Root Glacier one day and the next day, we hiked over 13 miles on the Bonanza Trail to see the copper mine. We ate at The Potato (one of only two restaurants in town) one night for dinner. While we stayed here, we saw 3 foxes (2 silver and 1 red) and a moose.

Then we drove to Valdez - stopping at Cuscana Bridge, Liberty Falls, Worthington Glacier, and Bridal Veil Falls on the way. But we went out on a boat to go kayaking around Columbia Glacier! Out on the water, we saw sea lions, sea otters, and seals swimming around the chunks of ice floating everywhere. It was in Valdez that we also saw a couple of black bears and bald eagles!

We ended the trip by taking a 6-hour ferry ride back to Anchorage to get to the airport and go home. Honestly, before this trip, I never would have thought I'd ever go camping in a tent and a sleeping bag for more than a long weekend (like 3 nights), but I somehow managed to survive 7 nights of sleeping in a tent + 3 nights in a cabin! It was incredible to experience Alaska while being immersed in its beautiful wilderness and disconnected from the rest of the world for two whole weeks.

Check out the whole gallery from my trip here.

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