Anchorage, Seward, Hope, Cooper Landing, Sterling, Soldotna, Homer
Day 1 Anchorage - Seward
From Ted Stevens International Airport board the Alaska Railroad or drive south on the "All American Road," the Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway, to the coastal community of Seward. If you are traveling by cruise, disembark in this quaint waterfront port. Visit Alaska's SeaLife Center or mush with an Iditarod Champion mushing team on top of a glacier. Take a hike out to Exit Glacier and to the Harding Ice Field, a contiguous ice field larger than the state of Rhode Island.
Day 2 Seward
Cruise or kayak Kenai Fjords National Park and observe stunning concentrations of wildlife up close and in person: sea otters, puffins, sea lions, kittiwakes, humpback and orca whales, harbor seals and more. Witness glaciers calving huge chunks of ice into the sea.
Day 3 Hope & Cooper Landing
An hour drive from Seward will take you to the communities of Hope or Cooper Landing. Hope offers Alaska's finest Class IV and Class V guided rafting trips on Six Mile Creek as well as opportunities for gold panning. Cooper Landing hosts milder scenic floats on the Kenai River, excellent guided trout fishing, hiking and horseback riding through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, mountain biking and the famous combat fishing on the Russian River.
Day 4 Sterling & Soldotna
Head south on the Sterling Highway, to the small roadside community of Sterling. Canoe fans from all over the world travel to the Swanson River System to portage and paddle the 150 mile canoe system that begins there. In Soldotna, charter a Kenai River fishing guide to take you on the famous Kenai River to fish for the largest King salmon in the world. Soldotna also has an abundance of boardwalks along the river for those who prefer to fish from the bank.
Day 5 Homer
Continue your journey on the Sterling Highway to Homer, which offers panoramic views of Kachemak Bay State Park and the Homer Spit, a narrow arm of land that extends 4.5 miles into the water. Enjoy the shops and restaurants on the boardwalk, then get out and explore the bay by charter cruise, sea kayak or water taxi. Fish for world class halibut or charter a flightseeing trip to view the Katmai bears. Stop of the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.
Day 6 Across the Bay
Jump aboard a water taxi and head across the bay to the forest surrounding Kachemak Bay State Park, featuring 40 miles of hiking trails, mountains and glaciers. Take a guided natural history tour by kayak or foot and explore lush coastal forest and tidal pools teeming with marine, plant and animal life. Stay overnight in a private lodge perched on the shoreline, or visit a classic Alaskan seacoast settlement, such as Halibut Cove or Seldovia.
Day 7 Homer - Anchorage
Head north via the Seward Highway. While traveling around Turnagain Arm look for a bore tide and beluga whales on your left and up to the cliffs on your right for mountain goats and Dall sheep. Arrive at the Girdwood Airport and check-in at Alpine for an amazing helicopter flight to a nearby glacier where a musher is waiting with his dog team. Gear up, slide into the dog sled and prepare for the ride of a lifetime along 3-miles of glacier!
Near Portage, tour the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Alaska's only drive through wildlife park and see grizzly and black bears, moose, elk, caribou, musk ox, wood bison, hawks, eagles and more.
In Anchorage, head to Sourdough Mining Company restaurant for dinner. Afterwards, take in a show at the new Alaska Wild Berry Theatre located across the street. For dessert, don't forget to sample the yummy confections available at Alaska Wild Berry Products.
Day 8 Anchorage Area
Drive north to Eklutna Lake Recreation Area. Rent a kayak or boat to explore the glacier-fed turquoise lake or rent a bicycle and explore the network of trails in this picturesque area.