This past summer (2016) Dan and I drove ~8,200 miles road tripping up to Alaska and back. For the month-long road trip portion, we spent about $800 on gas, $80 on ice for the cooler, $136 for a Canadian National Parks pass, $100 for campgrounds, and $10 for showers. Here are 5 things we experienced along the road trip portion!
The hike to Pioneer Ridge is a strenuous full day hike with incredible views of the Knik River and Knik Glacier. If you are ambitious you can continue to the scramble of South Pioneer Peak – 1.5 miles and 1,000 vertical feet further.
Only 45 minutes from Anchorage, this is a must-do hike if you’re in the area!
Another good half-day hike in the Kenai Peninsula area featuring spectacular views of the Kenai Mountains, the Cook Inlet, and if you’re lucky – Denali to the north. One of fastest hikes to the alpine zone in the Kenai Peninsula – and your thighs will feel it!
This is a moderate half-day hike that brings you to sweeping 360 degree views of the Skilak Lake area. The trail head is approximately 1.5 hours from Seward and 2.5 hours from Anchorage, Alaska.
I would recommend this hike if you’re in Seward and looking for a nice [strenuous] half-day activity – fantastic views of Seward and Resurrection Bay.
We had to [extensively] plan our food for 30 days in the middle of nowhere, Alaska. No refrigeration and everything had to fit in a 30 gallon steel drum. In summary, we succeeded – read about how we did it!
One of my favorite parts of our Alaskan adventure was a 5 day backpacking trip to Turquoise Lake. The soul-crushing bushwhacking and mosquitoes were a small price to pay for the incredible views.
So finally, after 2 years of thinking about it and planning it and molding our lives around it, we arrived at our dream-now-a-reality. Thirty days in the Alaskan wilderness.
We drove to Alaska. From Colorado. It took 6 days – 60 hours – of driving to reach the land of the midnight sun. The highlight was seeing the world’s largest beaver.
We drove 8,159 miles up to Alaska and back in an epic road-trip. We also lived for 30 days in a tipi set in the Alaskan wilderness. Here is a photo overview of our adventures.