Another of the exciting, interesting and educational activities to add to your list of possible side trips during your fishing trip to Alaska is a visit to Denali National Park. Denali Park is located in central Alaska in between Anchorage and Fairbanks and gets about 400,000 visitors per year. Denali is accessible by car, plane, or by the Alaskan railroad system.
Denali Park has about 6 million acres of wild country full of the wild terrain, beautiful views, and wild animals that Alaska is famous for. Of course, Denali National Park is home to Mount McKinley which is the highest peak in the US and in North America. Mount McKinley stands at a little over 20,000 feet in height. In the native language Denali means “the High One”.
Some of the possibilities for things to do at Denali are backpacking, hiking, cycling, photography, camping, bus tours, plane tours or flightseeing, animal/bird viewing, and a myriad of other activities.
Denali is home to many if not most of Alaska’s large mammals including 39 species ranging from grizzlies and wolves to caribou, moose, and Dall’s sheep. Also to be found are more than 150 species of birds ranging from gulls and terns to ptarmigan. One species of critter that is scarce in Denali are fish as the rivers there are poor habitat for fish. The fish that are to be found within the park are more likely to be found along the far western border of the park where the rivers are deeper and slower. Probably not the place to wet a worm.
Denali has several teams of sled dogs that work the park on a regular basis, hauling rangers, scientists, researchers, and others along with their gear and equipment to places within the park. The dogs play a very important part of the operations of the park.
One very dramatic way to experience Denali is from the air with a “flightseeing” trip either from a plane or from a helicopter. From the air, one can cover a huge amount of territory from the mountain ranges to the flat planes and grasslands to the glaciers. One may view the wildlife, plant life, and possible even you may see other hikers and mountain climbers doing their thing. These flights are available in either the plane or the helicopter version. These flights even can land on the glaciers for a “hands-on” experience.
Denali also has several roads and trails that are open to cyclists. If you are into cycling, this may be the perfect opportunity for you to sightsee from the seat of a bicycle.
There are also bus tours that will cover large areas of the park. These tours come complete with a guide who can explain the natural scenes, wildlife, and other sights that are found along the way.
If you enjoy nature and all of the things that come with it, a trip to Denali National Park before your fishing trip may be just the thing that you are looking for. Check it out and see if it may be a fit for you. Use the link below for more information.
Today’s Alaskan fishing blog post is going to go in a little different direction. Let’s face it, fishing in Alaska isn’t for everyone. Maybe you or someone close to you would never take the plunge to go fishing. My wife is one of those. Bring the halibut home and she will be first in the serving line for the deep-fried halibut but ask her to go fish Alaska with me…. not a chance.
I would love to get my wife to Alaska. I know that she would love the scenery, the people, and the beauty and grandeur of it all. I am a realist enough to know that she will never commit to accompany me unless I use subversion. The only way that I will ever get her there is to trick her into it. This is where the cruise lines come in.
You see, cruises are a totally different way to see and experience the Alaskan attractions. It brings all of the comforts of home along. In fact, it brings along more than just the comforts of home. It offers anyone the opportunity to view, touch, and EXPERIENCE Alaska without getting dirty, cold, uncomfortable, or even getting up out of their seat.
Many different cruise lines serve the Alaskan waters. Alaskan cruises can begin in far off places like Vancouver, British Columbia or Seattle, WA or they can begin in any of several different Alaskan ports. Cruises come in varying lengths from 3 days to 3 weeks. A cruise can cover all of Alaska or just a few small parts of it.
Trust me, the cruise lines know how to cater to the Alaskan newbie. They know all of the best and most popular places and will get you there in a hands-on type of way. Some of them will pull right up alongside of a glacier, guests lining the rails, and motor along close enough that the guests can almost reach out and touch the glacial ice without ever leaving the boat. They will spend a day covering a particularly scenic area at low speed for your viewing enjoyment and then at night while you sleep, they can make a high-speed dash for the next area. When you awake, you are ready for the next treat.
Most cruises offer side trips during the days. This is where I will get in my fishing fix while my wife sits poolside or checks out the ship’s massage parlor. In addition, one can go and see the glaciers from the air or even land on one and go for a hike. Other side trips options could also include dog sledding, gold mining, hiking, wildlife viewing, whale watching, and any number of other things found in Alaska. Some cruise lines even offer extended overnight trips by train to inland places like Denali National Park.
And for dining, I have eaten well at the fishing lodges but it will never compare to the endless buffets and fine dining found on a cruise ship. Something about flying the food in to the fish camp just about guarantees that it will never quite compete. Cruise ships are legendary in their reputation for great food.
Cruise ships typically cruise Alaska from May through Mid-September. The most popular months are June, July, and August when the temps are the warmest. If you are looking for a cheaper cruise, try May or September as they are a little bit harder months to book and thus the cruise lines often offer a little bit better deals.
Current cruise prices can be as low as the $600 range for the cheaper rooms and off-peak times and can go as high as the $3000 range for the fancy suites in the peak of the season. Cruises can be a very interesting way to experience Alaska and for some people, it may be the only way that they will ever experience Alaska.
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