Alaska Travel News: bucket-o’-bargains for summer adventures

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Coffee with Denali on a warm summer morning at the Sheldon Chalet

It’s a bucket-o’-bargains for Alaska travelers as we spool up for the weirdest summer ever. Here are a few of the best deals we’re watching right now, with a special emphasis on Alaska resident discounts.

Knik River Lodge

Just 54 minutes from downtown Anchorage, Knik River Lodge is a great getaway and it’s open right now. $99/night through 15 June, $129/night through 30 June.

+ 30 percent off helicopter tours from the lodge on Alpha Air: “Grand Knik Tour” ($399). It’s an awesome trip (below).

Zooming over the Knik Glacier with Alpha Air.

Aspen Hotels statewide (Anchorage, Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, Sitka, Juneau, Haines). $99/night Alaskan rate.

Chinook Shores in Ketchikan

Chinook Shores/Ketchikan. Jeff and Nadra are wonderful hosts. You do your own cooking and you drive your own boat while fishing north of Ketchikan in Knudson Cove.

DISCOUNT: Boat Rental (21′ North River Seahawk) $350/day less $49 for AK Residents

DISCOUNT: Self-Guided Fishing Package (Family of 4). Private Vacation Rental Beach House with 23′ Sport Fishing Boat — all gear and fish processing is included: 3-Nights = $1200 per person less $147 per person ($49 per day)

Talkeetna Air Taxi DHC-3 Turbine Otter on the deck at Ruth Glacier.

Talkeetna Air Taxi is opening on June 1 at the Talkeetna Airport. Alaska residents can get a 20 percent discount on a couple of choice trips. PRO-TIP: get the Glacier Landing add-on. Just do it.

1)  SOUTHSIDE EXPLORER. A robust introduction to Denali and the Alaska Range. Follow the river systems of Talkeetna across the Susitna Valley into an incredible landscape of icefalls, glaciers, and snowy peaks.  $220 per person – 1 hour (add $100 per person for glacier landing).

2) MOUNTAIN VOYAGER. All the awe-inspiring scenic essentials.  Enter further into the heart of the Alaska Range to explore seemingly endless glaciers, massive mountains, and the majesty of Denali itself. $285 per person – 1 ¼ hours   (add $100 per person for glacier landing).

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