Alaska is huge, in a 4-day trip, one can either do northern (Arctic) part or the southern part. We did the latter. Here is the itinerary we followed.

  • Day 0 – Land in Anchorage, drive four hours to Denali national park.
  • Day 1 – Take Kantishna bus tour of Denali national park.  Driving inside the park is not allowed.

Denali National Park

 

Bear spotting in Denali

Moose in Denali National Park

  • Day 2 – Hike to Mt. Healy. Hike on Matanuska Glacier. Hiking on the glacier is highly recommended if you have never walked on ice before.

Matanuska glacier

  • Day 3 – Hike on Harting Icefield trail. It is an amazing hike next to a glacier.

Harting Ice Field

  • Day 4 – Take a day cruise at Whittier to Blackstone bay. Do check the weather, when we did it snowing heavily and that spoiled the cruise a bit. The cruise is definitely overpriced compared to other cruises I have done in the United States.

Otter in Whittier

 

Blackstone glacier

Few tips

  1. Public transport is almost non-existent. Rent a car right from the airport.
  2. Vegetarian food can be a bit hard to come by but thankfully, Subways are everywhere.
  3. Carry pepper spray or walk in groups to avoid bears.
  4. Do carry a good jacket since rainfall/snowfall starts arbitrarily.
  5. The tunnel to Whittier in one-way and switches direction every 30 minutes. Do check it’s schedule.