Have you always wanted to experience the beauty of Alaska during a family vacation? Do you want to escape the larger cities in this gorgeous oasis and spend most of your time in the great outdoors? Well, a little time in the Kenai Fjords along the peninsula may be exactly what you want! Today I am sharing a sample itinerary that will have your family exploring the Kenai Fjords during your vacation in Alaska. This itinerary is packed with outdoor family adventures. Your itinerary may look slightly different, but that’s the fun part of having it personalized for your family. When you work with me, you always get a personalized vacation itinerary that meets your family’s needs and wants. After all, it is the only way to make those memories you will cherish forever!
Your first day exploring the Kenai Fjords will start out bright and early! You will be picked up in Anchorage for a four-hour train ride on the Alaska Railroad. This scenic ride will take you towards the south until you reach Seward.
When you arrive in Seward, you will receive all you need for your kayaking adventure on Resurrection Bay. During your time out on the water, your family will have the opportunity to see sea lions, orca whales, and Dall’s porpoises.
After your time in the kayak, you will be taken to your hotel to check in. The rest of the evening will be yours to relax, explore the town, and relive the memories you have already made on this family vacation.
A hearty breakfast will be needed on day two of your family vacation along the Kenai Fjords. This is a big day of hiking to see the spectacular sights!
There are two hikes you can choose from on this incredible day. The easier hike will take you along the Exit Glacier Overlook Trail. The more challenging hike takes you to the Harding Ice Field.
The hike your family takes will depend on how skilled your family is at wandering around in the wilderness. Afterwards, a stop at the Alaska Sea Life Center will be the perfect way to unwind. Imagine relaxing amongst the puffins, sea lions, and other sea life.
Yes, you are spending three nights in Seward, so every evening in town brings new sights and sounds. Hopefully, your family didn’t overdo it last night, because you have a big day today! The adventure for day three of your family vacation in Alaska includes a Kenai Fjords National Park Wilderness Cruise.
This will be an easy day where you can sit back and relax, as the captain and crew do all the work. Have your camera ready to capture pictures of the glaciers and marine life. Don’t forget to get the family in the pictures. You won’t want to forget the memories you are making during this time away from home.
After quickly packing your belongings in the morning, it will be time to head out for a bike ride on the Johnson Pass Trail. Your family will pedal along Granite Creek all the way to the gold rush town of Hope. This trail is twenty-five miles long, so it will take a few hours to complete the journey. Don’t worry, you will be rewarded with waterfalls, alpine valleys, and tons of wildflowers along the way.
At the end of the ride, you will be taken to Girdwood to check into your hotel. You may want to grab an early dinner before heading back to your room for a good night’s sleep.
You cannot spend a family vacation in Alaska and not hike the trails of a mountain. At least not when you are in the Kenai Fjords.
On day five of your family vacation, you will hike the trail on Mount Alyeska. Once you reach the summit, you will see glaciers and other mountains for as far as you can see. Hopefully you get a really clear day when you tackle this adventure!
The good news is you won’t need to hike back down to the bottom. There will be a tram waiting to give you a ride.
After a picnic lunch, I recommend heading over to a nearby glacier that you can walk on. It will be the perfect way to spend the end of your family vacation!
Today is your last day in the Kenai Fjords. Thankfully, you can all take a bike ride to Indian Creek before heading back to Anchorage and saying goodbye.
There are so many other fun things your family can do while visiting the Kenai Fjords while on vacation in Alaska. You can even include this adventure with a few days in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and other Alaskan destinations. The choice is yours. All you need to do is let me know what your family wants to do, and I will personalize your vacation accordingly.
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