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Alaska Wild Family Adventure

Rafting Alaska's Kenai River

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Alaska Wild Family Adventure

Whether your family spends this Alaska vacation hiking through a spruce forest or paddling a kayak amid harbor seals and glacial ice, your day’s “To Do” list will be long on fun!

Daily Itinerary

Alaska Wild Family Adventure

  • Day
    1

    Anchorage / Chugach National Forest / Cooper Landing

    Depart your hotel in Anchorage. Enjoy a scenic drive south along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach National Forest to the quaint community of Cooper Landing. Arrive at the Kenai Riverside Lodge in time for dinner and an orientation to your Alaska tour. (D)

  • Day
    2

    Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

    From our launch site on the Kenai River, gear up for a scenic raft trip into the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. On this class II, casual stretch of river, we'll be able to access stunning backcountry sights and protected wilderness areas. Along the river during our raft trip, scan for moose, bald eagles and other bird species, and salmon. A delicious picnic lunch will be served along the river or on the shore of Skilak Lake. Late afternoon, arrive at our boat-in only Kenai Backcountry Lodge, a unique, historic in holding. Appetizers and dinner welcome us in the main lodge, followed by evening activities. Relax in the outdoor gazebo or in the wood-fired sauna. For those brave souls, take a dip into the glacier-fed waters of Skilak Lake. Overnight at Kenai Backcountry Lodge. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    3

    Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

    Spend a full day exploring the remote wilderness of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Hike the Cottonwood Creek Trail and travel through several fascinating ecological communities. At the top of the trail, explore the alpine tundra and enjoy splendid views of Skilak Lake and the surrounding wilderness. Return to the lodge in the afternoon and enjoy the wood-fired sauna or simply relax at the lodge. Depending on the weather, options for the evening may include an evening sunset kayak under the Midnight Sun or a fireside natural history presentation by one of the lodge's guides. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    4

    Kenai National Wildlife Refuge / Cooper Landing

    Cross the lake in the morning, and say farewell to Kenai Backcountry Lodge as you return to Kenai Riverside Lodge. Enjoy a casual afternoon hike on a trail in the Chugach National Forest or Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Ask your guide about hiking to the Russian River Falls to view salmon as they swim upstream, trying to leap over the falls to return to their spawning waters or venture along the Hideout Overlook Trail for views of open alpine meadows, a perfect opportunity to view wildlife and, in late summer, great berry picking! Relax in the evening on the riverside deck or enjoy a nice wood-fired sauna. Dinner and overnight at Kenai Riverside Lodge. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    5

    Cooper Landing / Kenai Fjords National Park

    Travel through the Chugach National Forest to the picturesque seacoast town of Seward, situated at the head of Resurrection Bay. Board a custom catamaran bound for Kenai Fjords National Park, home to an array of glaciers and marine wildlife such as whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, puffins and more! A four-hour cruise allows time to explore the dramatic coastlines. Enjoy lunch in front of a tidewater glacier before arriving at our home for two nights, Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. Enjoy dinner and evening presentations. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    6

    Kenai Fjords National Park

    Choose from an array of activities to match your interest and energy level. Guided options include interpretive nature walks, canoeing, sea kayaking and coastal explorations. You may also relax at the lodge and peruse the natural history library, or take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    7

    Kenai Fjords National Park / Seward / Anchorage

    This morning allows another opportunity to canoe, kayak, or explore the area in the morning before bidding farewell to Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. Midday, we'll embark on a return coastal wildlife cruise back to Seward and from there, board the historic Alaska Railroad for a scenic backcountry rail tour back to Anchorage. (B,L)

Accommodations

Kenai Backcountry Lodge

Kenai Backcountry Lodge

In the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s two million acres of stunning mountain, lake and river habitat lies Kenai Backcountry Lodge: a unique, historic property offering discerning travelers a rustic and remote Alaskan experience.  Tucked along the shoreline of a glacier-carved lake and accessed only by boat, Kenai Backcountry Lodge promises a picturesque wilderness setting rich with history, comfort, hospitality and natural beauty. 

Nine guest cabins ensure a small group atmosphere at all times and a lighter footprint on the Earth. Near the historic main log lodge, there are nine cabins in wooded settings, connected by gravel pathways and boardwalks to protect the fragile ground below. Kenai Backcountry Lodge features custom designed Yukon-style cabin tents! These comfortable accommodations combine cabin comfort and canvas tent charm. Two lakeside log cabins* reflect the original property’s history and charm (one has a loft that kids love), and two newer log cabins have attached private baths/showers in a wooded setting. All cabins offer charming indoor amenities, including lodge-style furnishings, linens, comforters, and propane heaters and lights.

Modern “his and hers” bathhouses with flush toilets and hot showers are located a short distance from the cabins. You are sure to appreciate the soft jazz music piped into the bathhouse, and the privacy provided in their design.

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge

Welcome to the only lodge within the 700,000 acre Kenai Fjords National Park! Situated on the shores of a protected lagoon in full view of Pedersen Glacier, Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge offers an unprecedented way for Alaska travelers to experience Kenai Fjords National Park. Featuring an elegantly rustic main lodge and sixteen nicely appointed cabins, the Glacier Lodge pairs modern comfort with the wilds of remote Alaska.

By day, guests can choose from a range of activities to match individual interests and energy levels including guided nature walks, sea kayaking, strolling along the beachfront or perusing the naturalist library. In the evening, the lodge serves as the dining room and lounge, featuring wilderness fine dining and a stunning view of Pedersen Glacier.

As an Alaska eco lodge, Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge was built to minimize the impact on the natural area and is managed with a strong commitment to ecological sensitivity. The Glacier Lodge and guest cabins reside within the Native-owned, 1,700 acre Pedersen Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary. These heritage lands, owned by Port Graham Native Corporation, represent a small portion of the ancestral homeland of the Alutiiq people that once lived along and roamed the entire coast of Southcentral Alaska.

With only 16 cabins surrounded by a 1,700 acre wildlife sanctuary, it's safe to assume you'll find plenty of "me time." A network of boardwalks connects the cabins, providing a comfortable walkway for guests and protecting the environment. In addition to these creature comforts, the unique and breathtaking location of this wilderness lodge is another highlight of the cabins. Guest cabins were designed to be minimally visible from the adjacent Pedersen Lagoon while still offering spectacular views from within. Built with the surrounding wilderness in mind, guests need not leave the comforts of their private cabin to soak in a sense of place; the immensity of the Alaskan landscape is just outside the cabin window.

Kenai Riverside Lodge

From: $3,795 per person
Duration
7 Days, 6 Nights
Trip Type
Land

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Trip Highlights

  • 2017 Departures: June 7 & 11; August 16, 22 & 30
  • Enjoy elegantly rustic lodges, delicious meals & comfortably appointed accommodations.
  • In-depth exploration of the magical Kenai Peninsula.
  • Choose daily activities to meet your energy & interest level.