Grizzly Bear, Denali National Park, Alaska

Alaska Holidays

Alaska offers profoundly beautiful national parks, superb wildlife and charming pioneer townships.

Alaska is a remote state with vast areas of stunning wilderness, some of the world’s best whale and bear-watching and locals who love to share their passion for this beautiful state.

The Alaskan scenery is incredibly varied, offering everything from snow-capped mountains to remote beaches, turquoise lakes to clear rivers and dense forests to flat tundra. The terrain and location mean it is still relatively undiscovered, so it is easy to find an area that no one has set foot in before.

Alaskan Brown Bear, Brooks River ,Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA
Alaskan Brown Bear, Brooks River, Katmai National Park , Alaska

A little more about Alaska

Eight national parks protect 42.1 million acres of this landscape. A diversity of wildlife and untouched pristine wilderness found ever less around the world, Alaska is an exception and a heaven for nature enthusiasts. As most of Alaska’s national parks are only accessible by plane or boat, you should come expecting an adventurous trip. Floatplanes are the normal mode of transport in Alaska and are used as taxis to get around. Lodges are tucked away in hidden regions offering that longed for seclusion with some of the best nature opportunities on the doorstep. Denali National Park, however, is easier to reach, with a 92-mile park road making it one of the most accessible regions.

Experiences

What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Sea Otter, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Watch Frolicking Sea Otters

Observe as dexterous sea otters move through the water and open clams on their stomachs.

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Grizly Bears, Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA

Watch Bears Catching Salmon

Observe as the largest predators in North America gather along rich streams to catch and feast on the annual salmon run, and observe newborn cubs interacting with their mothers.

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Totem Pole, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Indigenous Cultures

Discover the ancestral stories and hunter-gatherer culture of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and see their heraldic crests and ancestral demi-gods carved in totems.

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Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

Explore the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

Walk atop the ash flow in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a landscape created by a volcanic eruption in 1912.

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Denali National Park, Alaska

Wildlife of Denali National Park

Head out with an expert naturalist guide and tracker in search of the swimming moose, black or grizzly bears, elusive grey wolves and roaming caribou that inhabit the park.

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Denali National Park, Alaska, USA

Kayaking on Wonder Lake

Take to the cold waters of Denali National Park in a kayak, cutting through Wonder Lake with views to the sweeping Alaskan landscape.

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Aerial view of Denali National Park

Fly over Denali

Board a plane for a flightseeing trip around Denali, the third most isolated peak on Earth after Mount Everest and Aconcagua and one of the world’s “Seven Summits”.

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Crow Creek, Girdwood, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Alaska’s Gold Mining Past

Explore the traditional rustic homes of the original gold prospectors who lived in the harsh conditions of the wild Kantishna Valley.

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Kayaking the inlets, Alaska

Kayak in Prince William Sound

Take to the water in a kayak, navigating around a sheltered cove of the Prince William Sound while searching for the sea otters and whales that inhabit these waterways.

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Kenai Fjords National Park

Glaciers & Mountains by 4×4

Embark on a breathtaking 4×4 road trip alongside the glaciers, wild coastline and snow-capped mountains of the Kenai Peninsula, the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Ultima Thule Lodge £££££

  • Alaska
  • Wilderness

Ultima Thule Lodge is an exclusive wilderness lodge within the wild and remote lands of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve, the largest protected wilderness on earth. It offers the opportunity to explore this untamed landscape of glaciers, mountains and rivers that are grand, even in Alaskan terms. The specialist activity at the lodge is adventures by plane, with no agendas, each day is determined by the weather, your mood and interests. The five cabins at this intimate lodge are handcrafted with local timber, each with two bedrooms, a sitting area and superb views of the Chitina River and surrounding mountains.

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Kodiak Brown Bear Centre £££££

  • USA
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Set on the southwest side of Kodiak Island, the Kodiak Brown Bear Centre offers one of the best and most exclusive bear experiences. This small intimate lodge offers prolific bear viewing, whether on foot or by boat, in an environment only accessible by float plane.

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Winterlake Lodge £££££

  • Alaska
  • Wilderness

Winterlake Lodge is an exclusive wilderness lodge near the western edge of the Alaska Range. This remote lodge is off the road network so reached by seaplane. On a clear day the mountain peaks, glaciers and lush flora that surround are all visible. With such spectacular scenery, Winterlake Lodge baits the curious traveller to don the hiking boots and explore. Endless adventures are in easy reach by helicopter, glacier trekking, hiking or salmon fishing. Closer to the lodge, go kayaking or canoeing, have a swim in the lake, take a yoga class or sit by the log fire and just be.

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Brooks Lodge £££££

  • USA
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Brooks Lodge is set in the brown bear country of Katmai National Park and close to the legendary Brooks Falls. Arguably the most iconic destination in the world for brown bear viewing, Brooks Falls comes alive in the summer months when the salmon burst into the streams of Katmai. This draws the bears out to feed and makes for amazing viewing. A short walk from the falls is Brooks Lodge, a relaxed property that has been open since 1950. The lodge offers 16 comfortable rooms with the main building set overlooking Naknek Lake.

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Alaska Small Boat Cruises

Exterior Front View, Wilderness Adventurer, Alaska, United States

Wilderness Adventurer

Exterior Front View, Wilderness Discoverer, Alaska, United States

Wilderness Discoverer

Pacific Yellowfin, British Columbia, Canada

Pacific Yellowfin

Wilderness Explorer

Wilderness Explorer

Island Odyssey Stern, canada

Island Odyssey

Island Solitude, British Columbia, Canada

Island Solitude

Cascadia

Cascadia

Safari Explorer boat

Safari Explorer

Exterior, American Duchess, USA

American Duchess

Island Roamer, British Columbia, Canada

Island Roamer

Humpaback Whales in Juneau, Alaska, USA
Humpaback Whales in Juneau, Alaska, USA

Sail the Inside Passage

The Inside Passage, a vast wilderness of labyrinthine channels, dramatic scenery and untamed forest, offers unrivalled whale and bear watching. A small ship offers the freedom of a flexible itinerary and access to the quieter backwaters, a perfect way to get up close to its wildlife. In the summer, humpback whales congregate in vast numbers in these rich waters, and it is not uncommon to find your ship surrounded by these magnificent beasts.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Roxy Dukes

Roxy has had many adventures throughout the USA, and has a passion for exploring the spectacular National Parks. Roxy’s tip is to invest in a private guides that take you off the grid, transforming your experience of these epic landscapes.

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Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.

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