Anchorage, Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park, Cooper Landing, Kenai, Ninilchik, Homer
Day 1 Anchorage
Start your journey at the Anchorage Museum featuring world-class art including works by famous Alaskan painters, dioramas and exhibits. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Muse Cafe in the museum. When you've had your fill of culture, catch the courtesy trolley to The Ulu Factory for a Ulu knife demonstration. Then enjoy a free shuttle to the Alaska Native Heritage Center and explore Alaska's cultural heritage while experiencing the passing of traditions between generations. Take a guided tour to five Native village sites, experience a Native dance performance and shop for authentic crafts from Native Alaskan artisans. Enjoy dinner at one of Anchorage's many fine dining establishments.
Day 2 Anchorage
Have breakfast at Gwennie's Old Alaska Restaurant with Anchorage artifacts and vintage photos. Drive to Earthquake Park and learn about the second largest earthquake in recorded history, which hit Anchorage in 1964 registering 9.2 on the Richter scale.
Next, visit Lake Hood, the busiest seaplane base in the world, and the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Make your way to historic city hall for a walking tour and visit the Oomingmak Cooperative Quviut Hand Knit Shop. Try on some incredibly warm, soft and lightweight garments knit from the under-wool of the musk ox. Continue north to Eklutna Historical Park and tour the oldest continually inhabited Athabascan site in the Anchorage area. See the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1830, along with colorful Native spirit houses. Be sure to experience the Native village of Eklutna and take the Athabascan cultural tour. Finish the day at one of Anchorage's fine eating establishments.
Day 3 Seward
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, mush with an Iditarod Champion mushing team or take a helicopter to the top of a glacier. Hike Exit Glacier and beyond to the Harding Ice Field or tour galleries, museum and memorials.
Day 4 Kenai Fjords National Park
From Seward, take a day cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park, carved by glacier ice and submerged under seawater. 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 5 Cooper Landing & City of Kenai
An hour's drive north is Cooper Landing, a quaint roadside community nestled in the Chugach Mountains. Stop by the K'beq site, where Dena'ina Athabascans share their traditions and culture through interpretative walks featuring archaeological sites and artifacts over 500 years old. Continue west another hour to the city of Kenai where you will find the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center. Glimpse the history of the Native Alaskans, the Russians and the oil industry, along with a traveling art exhibit, Alaskan videos and educational programs. Take a historic walking tour of Old Town Kenai and visit the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church. This is one of the oldest Russian Orthodox churches in Alaska and is classified as a National Historic Landmark. Visit Kenai Landing, a "Cultural and Recreational Interest Area," filled with renovated cannery structures from the early 20th century.
Day 6 Ninilchik & Homer
Continue south on the Sterling Highway to the small Russian settlement of Ninilchik. Visit one of the most photographed buildings on the Kenai, Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church, founded in 1901. Resume your journey south to Homer, offering panoramic views of Kachemak Bay, the Kenai Mountains, glaciers and the famous Homer Spit. Visit the Pratt Museum, with exhibits on art, natural history, native cultures, homesteading and more. Visit Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and the famous Salty Dog Saloon. Take a historic harbor walking tour and shop the eclectic art galleries.
Day 7 Across the Bay
Jump aboard a water taxi and head across the bay to the forest of Kachemak Bay State Park with 40 miles of hiking trails, mountains and glaciers. Take a guided natural history tour by kayak or by 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 8 Homer - Anchorage
Return to Anchorage by plane or highway. If traveling by road, visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage for guaranteed wildlife sightings. As you travel Turnagain Arm look for a boar tide and beluga whales on your left and up to the cliffs on your right for mountain goats and Dall Sheep.