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10 Days Alaska Brews and Bicycle Tour in the USA

Long House Alaskan Hotel, 2884, 4335 Wisconsin St, Anchorage, Alaska 99517, United States

USA Beer Tasting and Bike Tour

Pedalers has combined two of cyclists' favorite pastimes into one grand adventure! In this Craft Beers and Roadhouses cycling tour in Alaska, you will cycle through awe-inspiring landscapes and relax with extraordinary craft beers afterward. This one-of-a-kind bike tour rolls along some of the most scenic roads in the world, taking cyclists to historic roadhouses and quiet, remote log cabin resorts and finishing off with a nightly tasting of craft beers brewed in the 49th state.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Hilly terrain, mostly paved roads with one long gravel road
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, the terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometimes, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 419 miles / 674 kilometers
  • Bike type: Road bike

Highlights

  • Bike rental
  • Visit to local micro-breweries
  • Cycle through Denali State Park
  • Cycle past Wrangell and Chugach mountains
  • Glacier hiking on Matanuska Glacier
  • Tour of Denali National Park
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Support vans

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


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Accommodation

While on tour, you will stay in two-star or three-star inns, hotels, and roadhouses depending on your destination.

Program

The tour starts off along the Parks Highway, not named for the beautiful national parks along its route, but rather for George Parks, the governor of Alaska. Thee riding starts in the thick forests of bright green poplars, then rolls north into the heart of the magnificent Alaska Mountain Range, home to America's tallest peak, Denali.

You will visit several microbreweries along the way, discovering how its done up there, and taste plenty of award-winning brews. And you have a full day free to explore Denali National Park as you see fit, like some rafting or hiking or just a leisurely guided tour deep into the heart of the park.

The second leg highlights the dramatic landscapes that make Alaska one of the most photographed states in the United States. You will start on the Denali Highway, consistently voted in the Top 5 most scenic highways worldwide, then round out your scenic cycling on the historic Richardson and mountain-lined Glenn Highways. Along the way, you will be sampling beers from more remote parts of Alaska, tasting the specialties of breweries in the inside passage and Kenai Peninsulas.

You will give your bikes a break and go glacier hiking one day, exploring the Matanuska Glacier away from the crowds, and then wrap up your adventure with a great dinner and last tasting at one of Anchorage's great brewpubs. Its an adventure unlike any other and a chance to discover some other aspects of Alaska.

Itinerary

Day 1: Visit local micro-breweries in Wasilla

Meet your fellow biking and beer aficionados at the Long House Alaska Hotel this morning, then head north to Wasilla where your adventure starts. Someone once claimed you could see Russia from their backyard. Wasilla is home to two microbreweries, so you will start off with a short ride to visit one of the breweries for double tasting. Only dinner will be provided.

Day 2: Visit eclectic Talkeetna (70 miles / 112 kilometers)

Today, you will be off and riding. Today's route will take you north first along some nicely paved bike paths from Wasilla to the charming village of Willow. You will continue through thick forests of aspen and poplar trees, a lush blanket of green leading your Alaskan bike tour to the eclectic town of Talkeetna, your home for tonight. This historic rail town is thought to be the inspiration for the town of Cicely in the TV series Northern Exposure and is home to Denali Brewing.

Day 3: Cycle through Denali State Park (50 miles / 80 kilometers)

The dramatic landscapes of the Alaska range will lure you farther north today as you pedal to Denali State Park. Along the way, you will pass through the diminutive Trappers Creek, home to the infamous Wal Mikes with its vast collection of "stuff." It is definitely one of a kind. Your lodge tonight is simple and comfortable, built as a homestead before roads went to Denali National Park, with dramatic views of Denali. Before dinner, you will sample brews from Baranof Island Brewery located in Sitka, far away in Alaska's Inside Passage.

Day 4: Discover Denali National Park and cycle through Broad Pass (75 miles / 120 kilometers)

The last ride along the Parks Highway will take you "up and over" Broad Pass into the heart of the Alaska Mountain Range. But do not let the name fool you. It is a gentle climb as you follow the rail line, and locomotives cannot handle anything steeper than 2%. You will end your ride in Cantwell, then shuttle into Denali Village, where you will stay for the next two nights. You will head out the 49th State Brewing for dinner and a tasting.

Day 5: Free day to spend at your leisure

Today is a free day to do as you please. There are informative tours deep into the heart of Denali National Park and shuttle buses that can take you and your bike into the park for a ride back out. You can also do white water rafting or just plain relaxing and strolling around town. No organized tastings tonight, but your hotel's bar has a great selection to wet your whistle.

Day 6: Cycle the Denali highway (45 miles / 72 kilometers)

Go back on the bikes to head back down to Cantwell, biking through the section you shuttled before. In Cantwell, you will pick up the Denali Highway, traversing across the southern foothills of the Alaska Range. This highway has been voted in the top five most scenic highways by many different groups, and it does live up to those accolades. But alas, it does turn to dirt, so you will shuttle the last stretch to your lodge. Beers from Silver Gulch Brewing in Fairbanks highlight tonight's tasting.

Day 7: Cycle the Denali highway (68 miles / 109 kilometers)

The day will start with a few miles on dirt, then back on pavement for the rest of the Denali Highway to the junction of Paxson, where you will meet the Richardson Highway, the first road built in Alaska. The ride is a cruise, as you will go mostly downhill throughout the day.

To your right, the vast tundra dotted with lakes, and to your left, the impressive volcanic peaks of the Wrangells, will start peeking over the treetops. Alaska's oldest operating roadhouse is home tonight, the Gakona Lodge built in 1929. You will be sampling brews from Alaska's oldest brewery as well, Alaskan Brewing Co, tasting some of their specialty and seasonal brews.

Day 8: Cycle past Wrangell Mountains and relax on Lake Louise (55 miles / 80 kilometers)

Leaving Gakona, you will roll through Glenallen, a dry community at the junction of the Richardson and Glenn Highways, but fear not, as you leave town, there is a combination of a stationary and beer store just outside the city limits. Today's ride highlights the vast tundra of Alaska, flat lands dotted with numerous lakes. You will stop tonight on the shores of Louise Lake, encircled by distant mountain ranges forming a delightful 360-degree landscape masterpiece. Sample brews from the Kenai Peninsula on the porch overlooking the lake.

Day 9: Bike past Chugach mountains (56 miles / 90 kilometers)

Your last day of riding will take you further along the Glenn Highway. You will work your way over Eureka Summit, but again in true Alaska style, it is a long gradual uphill, not an alpine type climb. But with the Chugach Mountain Range to the south and the Alaska and Talkeetna Ranges to the north, the grandeur will keep your mind off the thighs. From the summit, it is a rolling downhill to the tour's finish at Sheep Mountain. You will try some more brews from the Kenai Peninsula tonight, relaxing outside your cabins with the Chugach Mountains and Matanuska Glacier at your doorstep.

Day 10: Glacier hiking on Matanuska Glacier (31 miles / 50 kilometers)

After breakfast, you will switch gears bit with a stop at Matanuska Glacier. Accompanied and equipped by experienced glacier guides, you will explore the glacier up close and personal, walking across its vast blue ice fields. In the afternoon, you will drive back to Anchorage, where you will celebrate the end of a great Alaskan adventure with dinner and a final tasting at one of Anchorage's excellent brewpubs.

Location

This bike tour will take place in Alaska, USA, starting and ending in Anchorage. It will cover Wasilla, Talkeetna, Parks Highway, Denali National Park, Denali Highway, Glennallen, Richardson Highway, Glenn Highway, and the Matanuska Glacier.

Food

The price includes eight breakfasts, six lunches, and nine dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Complimentary rental bike to use during the tour
  • Services of local guides and drivers
  • Air-conditioned newer model support vans
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 9 dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • Tour preparation information available online

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Visa
  • A rigid timetable during the rides
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Internet fees

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.
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