See six Alaska national parks by bus, plane and cruise ship


A brown bear lunges for his lunch in Katmai National Park, Alaska.

(John Hall’s Alaska)

The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial next year, and to mark the occasion John Hall’s Alaska is offering a tour by bus, plane and ship to six of the state’s eight national parks.

The 19-day excursion (12 on land, seven at sea) begins in Anchorage with “flightseeing” trips to Katmai National Park to view bears; Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and the old mining towns of McCarthy and Kennecott; and Gates of Arctic National Park and the native village of Anaktuvuk Pass. Also on the tour are wildlife viewing in Denali National Park, whale watching in Kenai Fjords National Park and observing glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park.

In Seward, participants will board Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas for a seven-day cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage, with stops in Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan before concluding in Vancouver. Group size is limited to 34.

Dates: July 4-22, July 18-Aug. 5

Price: From $9,579 per person, double occupancy. Includes all listed attractions; accommodations; guides; land, rail and cruise transportation and walking tours in Ketchikan and Juneau. Cruise-line shore excursions and airfare to and from Alaska are not included.

Info: John Hall’s Alaska, (800) 325-2270


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