Experience: 20 years, over 200 tours, over 2,000 happy customers!
challenging All-Alaskan Tour, the Bicycle Alaska Tour has six days that
average 70 miles of bicycling. Our route has views of Mt.
McKinley, visits Fairbanks, and is highlighted by a 300-mile bicycle ride down the
spectacular Richardson Highway. The Richardson Highway runs from the
center of the state to the coast, almost in a straight line. This gives
you the opportunity to see the different climate zones, mountains, and
river basins of the Alaskan interior and Southcentral Alaska.
Taking us far from comercialized ‘tourist’ areas, in our opinion
it is the most scenic, low traffic, paved highway in the state.
We return to the Anchorage area via a cruise across Prince
All together, this tour gives you the
best-detailed overview of Alaska possible in this amount of time.
After breakfast in Anchorage, we van north beyond the population
centers and down the Parks Highway into the wilderness. We
bicycle along the Parks Highway toward Mt. McKinley and Denali
National Park. The road passes along the south face of Mt.
McKinley and offers excellent vistas of the mountain and the
other peaks and glaciers of the Alaska Range. We rise above
treeline at Broad Pass (only 2,200 feet!) where we have a
magnificent view of the Alaska Range to the left and front, and
see a beautiful series of glacial valleys in the Talkeetna Range
to the right. We ride to our cabins at the Perch Restaurant,
near the Entrance of Denali National Park. Total bicycling 54
Day 2: We
mount our bicycle for a
beautiful ride along the Nenana River, through the backbone of
the Alaska Range. We pass the headquarters of Denali National
Park, then exit the park through the Nenana River Canyon.
At the mouth of the canyon the land opens up and we enter the
vast forest of the great Alaskan interior. We continue
paralleling the Nanana River to the town of Nenana. We
then van to dinner and our rooms in Fairbanks.
Totaly Cycling 80 miles
Day 3: Our tour
of the Richardson Highway begins with a 75-mile ride from the
outskirts of Fairbanks to Delta Junction. The road winds along
the magnificent, wild Tanana River as it flows through the
interior of Alaska on its way to join the Yukon. The warm
weather and thick forest here are typical of the huge Alaskan
Interior. As we cross the Tanana River, we get an excellent view
of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Ahead looms the mighty Alaska
Range, highlighted by Mt. Deborah (12,339 ft.) and Mt. Hayes
(13,832 ft). Total bicycling 75 miles.
Day 4: We leave Delta Junction and
began the gradual climb up the glacial Delta River toward Isabel
Pass. Passing through the Alaska Range, we see huge ice fields
on either side of the road. Enormous mineral fields color the
mountains in different hues of red, gray and brown. We ride
along beautiful Summit Lake, only 3,000 feet in elevation, yet
well above treeline. Total bicycling 68 miles.
Day 5: Leaving the Alaska Range
behind us, we pass Paxson Lake and drop into the Copper River
Basin. We pass many small rivers and lakes as the road parallels
the Gulkana River. Moose, caribou, and trumpeter swans are
common sights in this area. We stop for dinner at the historic
Gakona Lodge (built in 1906). Total bicycling 70
Day 6: We wind our way up the Tsaina River,
toward Thompson Pass. On the way we stop off at Worthington
Glacier, only yards from the road! Thompson Pass is only 2,678
feet, but far above treeline, and the views from here are truly
spectacular. Don't forget your camera! We now drop 2,500 feet in
six miles into the Lowe River Valley. Following the Lowe River,
we ride through the vertical rock walls and numerous waterfalls
of Keystone Canyon. We spend the night in Valdez, port for the
Alaska State Ferry, and across the bay from the Trans - Alaska
Pipeline Terminal. Total bicycling 58 miles.
Day 7: We wake up early and board a ship of the Alaska Marine
Highway for an unforgettable trip across Glacier studded Prince
William Sound. We leave the ship in Whittier, and board a
shuttle for a fifteen-minute ride UNDER the Chugach Mountains to
Portage. From Portage, we van back to Anchorage and say
Please note: Over the last few
years, budget cuts have been making the Alaska Marine Highway
increasingly unreliable and difficult to work with. we
have been having problems with cancellations and schedule
changes. If that happens on the tour you sign up for, we
will run a different itinerary on Day 7, which
will include cycling and or hiking in another beautiful