Alaska Self-Drive Tour

Alaska Self-Drive Tour

Alaska Self-Drive Tour

Prices

From $2,075USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

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Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Highlights

Explore the beautiful Alaskan wilderness on an exhilarating self-drive adventure

Hike and explore the extraordinary Denali National Park and enjoy jaw-dropping views of Mount McKinley.

Enjoy a scenic ferry cruise from Valdez to Whittier and watch for whales and marine life.

Go for a hike in Glacier Bay National Park for an impressive view of the glacier up close.

Visit the spectacular Kenai Fjords to view the mountains and glaciers rising from the sea.

Spend 12 incredible days discovering the wild beauty of Alaska on this self-drive tour in a rental car. The Alaska Self-Drive Tour covers the territory between Seward in the south, to the wilderness of Denali National Park, and all the way north to Fairbanks with plenty of time to explore in between.

This Alaskan road trip will take you on scenic roads through the untouched northern wilderness. Along your route, you can hike through impressive mountains and arctic tundra while watching for caribou, moose in the meadows, and eagles soaring above you. You’ll visit small gold rush towns to immerse yourself in the region’s history. The grand finale is the breathtaking Kenai Fjords, whose impressive mountains and glaciers meet the water where whales and sea lions play. This tour is a spectacular panorama through the wild north that you’ll never forget!

Alaska Self-Drive Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in the North

When you arrive in Anchorage, you can pick up your rental vehicle from the airport and check into your hotel for your first night in Alaska. You may want to take a walk to inhale in the fresh northern air and get stocked up for your road trip.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Anchorage
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Scenic Drive to Denali

This morning, you’ll start your drive through the Matanuska Valley. Keep your eyes open for wildlife as you drive past the mountains, glaciers, and the Nenana River canyon. Get settled in your Denali hotel, and plan how you want to spend your whole day in the park tomorrow.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Denali
Distance
400km
Meals
None

Day 3 Explore Wild Denali National Park

Start your day at the information center to help plan your day in Denali and take the Denali Bus that drops you off near the park. You can book an optional Tundra Wilderness Tour that shows off views of Mount McKinley and the wildlife that roams this enormous wilderness park.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Denali
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 4 Drive Towards the Arctic

Today, you’ll drive away from the spectacular mountain ranges and into valleys and tundra as you approach Fairbanks and the Arctic. You’ll notice the days getting longer and longer as you enter the land of the midnight sun.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Fairbanks
Distance
190km
Meals
None

Day 5 Explore Fairbanks

You have the day to explore Fairbanks. Start with a walk along the Tanana River, which you can cruise if you book a tour on an authentic sternwheeler river cruise. You can also visit the Pioneer theme park or the number 8 dredge, where you’ll learn about the gold extraction process.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Fairbanks
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 6 Journey Back to the Mountains

Leave Fairbanks and enjoy the panoramic views as you drive Richardson Road. After you’ve crossed the Delta Junction, you’ll find yourself back in the beautiful Alaska Range. Take time to stop by some of the roadhouses along the way to get a taste of the historic gold rush towns.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Copper Center
Distance
420km
Meals
None

Day 7 Glaciers and Waterfalls on the Way to Valdez

Start your day with a stroll around Copper Center, and then head to Wrangell Mountains Park for a hike through the wilderness. In the afternoon, you’ll continue your drive through the incredible glaciers and mountains on the way to Valdez. Stop to stretch your legs on a hike at Worthington Glacier, and visit the spectacular Horse Tail and Bridal Veil Waterfalls.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Valdez
Distance
167km
Meals
None

Day 8 Scenic Ferry Ride to Seward

Start the day with a ferry ride to Whittier. The five-and-a-half-hour cruise will navigate the phenomenal scenery of Prince William Sound. You’ll have to tear your eyes away from the glaciers and mountains to scan the water for whales every now and then. From Whittier, you’ll continue driving through the incredible mountains and valleys until you reach Seward.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Seward
Distance
144km
Meals
None

Day 9 Visit the Kenai Fjords

During your stay in Seward, you’ll want to visit the Kenai Fjords. You can take one of the many stunning hiking trails, go on a glacier tour, or book the optional scenic boat cruise of the Kenai Fjords. The views of the mountains and glaciers flowing into the ocean are breathtaking.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Seward
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 10 Glacier Hikes and Scenic Drives

Today, you can visit the Sea Life Center before you leave Seward behind. Then, you’ll drive to Glacier Bay National Park, where a short hike will bring you to the foot of the stunning glacier. Take the route to Anchorage that travels along the Turnagain Arm for majestic views of the mountains rising above the water.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Anchorage
Distance
205km
Meals
None

Day 11 Explore Anchorage

Spend the day wandering the streets of downtown Anchorage to explore the shops and restaurants. Visit the museums to learn about the region’s Indigenous cultures and see the art that they produce. If you’re visiting Alaska during the summer, the midnight sun may have prevented you from seeing the Northern Lights, so you can witness the next best thing at the Alaska Experience Theatre, where you can get a digital glimpse of the Aurora Borealis.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Anchorage
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 12 Final Day in Alaska

Today is your last day in wild Alaska, so take a final walk in the fresh northern air before you head to the airport. Drop off your car rental at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and begin your journey home.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
None

Alaska Self-Drive Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided tour in Alaska is run as private tour for your group only, and the price per person depends on how many people are in your group.

Prices below are per person:

  • Groups of 2+: $2,725CAD per person
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Accommodation on the Alaska Self-Drive Tour

This tour is based on hotel accommodations. Hotels on this trip are 3-star and offer clean, cozy accommodations with modern conveniences. The hotels will be conveniently located along your route.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. Single rooms, including those for solo travellers, are by request.

Night 1

Hotel in Anchorage

Stay in a 3-star hotel in this Alaskan city that blends urban and wilderness. The restaurant scene impresses visitors with local seafood comprises many menu items.

Night 2-3

Hotel in Denali

Sleep amid some of the area’s highest peaks for an adventurous stay with the comforts of a cozy room. Nature is truly at your doorstep here.

Night 4-5

Hotel in Fairbanks

Welcome to the land of the midnight sun. Fairbanks is a large metropolitan area and a perfect base for numerous outdoor adventures.

Night 6

Hotel in Copper Center

Copper Center is a tiny town of about 250 people founded in the days of the Klondike gold rush. Check out the old trading post and post office.

Night 7

Hotel in Valdez

This town is nestled between mountains and glaciers and sits on Alaska’s coast. There are some tasty BBQ shacks to check out while you’re here.

Night 8-9

Hotel in Seward

This city marks the beginning and the end—it’s the southern tip of the Alaska Range and the starting point for the renowned Iditarod Trail to interior Alaska.

Night 10-11

Hotel in Anchorage

Stay in a 3-star hotel in this Alaskan city that blends urban and wilderness. The restaurant scene impresses visitors with local seafood comprises many menu items.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Alaska Self-Drive Tour?

Meals

Meals are not included in this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 11 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Anchorage are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

This is a self-drive tour, and you’ll be provided with a rental vehicle for the duration of the itinerary. Ferry transportation is also included between Valdez and Seward on Day 8.

Also Included

  • Standard vehicle rental, Category B
  • Ferry between Valdez and Seward (does not operate every day)
  • American taxes
  • 24/7 access to helpline

Not included

  • Flights to and from Anchorage
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Guide service
  • Optional activities
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Gratuities for tour guides or other staff if desired
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Fuel

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Optional activities or excursions:
    • Tundra Wilderness tour in Denali
    • Kenai Fjord National Park tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Alaska Self-Drive Tour

How hard is the Alaska Self-Drive Tour?

How hard is the Alaska Self-Drive Tour?

Is my driver’s licence valid in the USA?

Most standard driver’s licences are valid in the United States; however, International Drivers Permit might be required, or some exemptions might apply. Please check this source about driving with foreign license in the United States.

Is the vehicle insurance included?

No, vehicle insurance is not included in the package. We strongly suggest having one for this tour to avoid liability in case there is damage caused to the vehicle. You can either book vehicle insurance during the booking process, or get one by yourself.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel, since you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided with all the information you’ll need to follow the route each day and often have access to phone support or other kinds of assistance. However, self-guided travelling requires good navigation skills and those who don’t feel confident in unknown places should consider booking guided tours.

Do I need a visa to travel to the USA?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Alaska Self-Drive Tour?

Meals are not included in this tour.

Does the Alaska Self-Drive Tour operate every day?

This tour can be requested any day; however, the Valdez–Seward ferry does not run every day. The schedule will have to be consulted before your date request can be confirmed.

Will I see the Northern Lights on the Alaska Self-Drive Tour?

During summer, you won’t have many hours of darkness in the land of the midnight sun, so you are not likely to see the Northern Lights. The best time to see the Aurora Borealis is from August 21 to April 21.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Anchorage to start this tour?

Fly into Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). You can collect your rental vehicle from the airport.

Is the Alaskan Adventure in English?

The route guide, maps, and programs provided will be in English.

Where does the Alaska Self-Drive Tour end?

This tour ends in Anchorage. You can drop off your car rental at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

Do I need special vaccines to travel to the USA?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for the USA?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Canada for this tour?

The best time to travel to Alaska for this road trip tour is during the summer for long, warm days and ideal conditions for exploring outside. This tour is available from June to September.

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Prices

From $2,075USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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We rate this tour as a 1/5. This tour has a flexible itinerary that allows you to choose the hikes and activities so that you can tailor them to your fitness level.

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