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Northern Lights Adventure

Ride stunning Thompson Pass, explore Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, and be in awe at the scenery on the Denali Highway. This tour is during the peak fall color season in Alaska, and features the Northern Lights at night!

Tour Details

Road Conditions

40% Dirt Surfaces the rest paved. Most of the days are spent on paved roads through spectacular scenery. There are multiple chances to explore dirt roads including stream crossings.


Comfortable to above average. All of the hotels are good quality with some of the lodging being "Alaska Rustic" meaning remote and clean.

Tour Difficulty


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Highlights for this motorcycle tour

  • Wrangell- St. Elias National Park
  • McCarthy
  • Valdez
  • Denali Highway
  • Thompson Pass
  • Matanuska Glacier
  • Mt McKinley
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Northern Lights Adventure Itinerary


Saturday, August 27th, 2016:

Arrival Day

Please fly in by mid-afternoon on this day (or before) to be ready for the tour. MotoQuest treats guests to a Welcome Dinner. Accommodations tonight are included in the package.

Ride past Mt. Drum of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. One of the tallest on the continent.


Sunday August 28th

Anchorage to Matanuska Glacier Area - 160 miles (40 miles dirt)

Join up with the group at MotoQuest Tours Adventure HQ and saddle up and head out to the Old Glenn highway, play around at Hatcher's Pass area, and explore the Matanuska Glacier before settling in for the night.

The Kennecott Mine, Wrangell, St. Elias National Park


Monday August 29th

Matanuska Glacier area to McCarthy - 195 miles (60 miles dirt)

The roads are paved except for the last 60 miles of the road from Chitina to McCarthy. Explore Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is the largest National Park in the United States, and boasts 9 of the 16 tallest peaks in North America!! At night, search the sky, as we have the possibility to view the Aurora Borealis here, and throughout the week! Stay near McCarthy.


Tuesday August 30th

McCarthy to Copper Center - 116 miles (60 miles dirt)
Spend the day exploring the abandoned Kennecott mines near McCarthy! You can read about Lee Klancher's experience in McCarthy and the Kennecott mines in his article for the fall 2006 issue of Motorcycle Escape magazine. Stay the night in Copper Center.

Discover lost Gold Rush Camps in Wrangell-St.Elias National Park.


Wednesday August 31st

Free Day in Copper Center

There are so many things to see in this area! Some riders may want to go down to Valdez and ride the epic Keystone Canyon and Thompson Pass. Others may want to go explore the northern Nebesna Road entrance to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. There's no end to the amazing scenery and great riding.
Stay in Copper Center.


Thursday September 1st

Copper Center to Gracious House - 164 miles (50 miles dirt)

Ride North to Paxson to enter the Denali Highway. The Denali Highway is paved for the first 20 miles and then the gravel/dirt begins. Here you will be inspired by the remoteness of Alaska and fascinated by the people who live here. There are lots of great 2-track mining roads here to explore, as well. Great klr roads with stream crossings, mud and lots of rocks. We stay at the welcoming Gracious House Lodge.

The homey Ma Johnson´s Hotel  Why not explore a glacier up side down?  Beautiful autumn colours


Friday September 2nd

Gracious House to Trapper Creek - 170 miles (up to 40 miles dirt)

We will finish the rest of the Denali Highway and join the Parks Highway. Riders can stop off at Denali National Park, and maybe get a glimpse of Mt McKinley. We will spend the night in the Trapper Creek area. Barbeque this night provided by MotoQuest Tours.

Northern lights in Alaska


Saturday September 3rd

Trapper Creek to Anchorage – 125 miles (up to 60 miles dirt)

Ride Scenic Hatcher's Pass on the way back to Anchorage.

Farewell Dinner this evening.


Sunday September 4th

Fly Home or keep the dream alive

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Reserve and book your place on this tour

SmugMug Gallery: Photos from previous Alaska Northern Lights Adventures

Take in the Alaskan nature


This is not a normal motorcycle ride. This is an adventure. This ride is not for wimps. This tour requires elements of endurance and stamina. Riders must be able to ride in adverse weather conditions and adverse road conditions. These roads are some of the roughest and most remote in the world. Riders must be physically fit, mentally strong, and able to cope with adversity. The accommodations on this trip range from luxurious to disappointing. Be ready for a true adventure!

Walk out onto the Matanuska Glacier.

To Book this Tour:

To secure a spot for our Northern Lights Adventure please register and pay $1,000 deposit.


Arrive and depart from Anchorage International Airport (ANC) 
For any other travel options, please contact us at: 1-800-756-1990 for advice. 
You may also reach our travel agent Sally at:, or(907) 562- 2213 
Just tell her you are part of a MotoQuest Tour!


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Please note that meals and fuel are not included in the tour price. We recommend that you budget about $100.00 per day for food and fuel (this is just an estimate of expenses and is not including adult beverages.) Many places in Alaska accept Visa and MasterCard but it would be wise to have some cash on hand in case there are problems at remote lodges.

Ride the Denali Highway.

Arrival Day:

Send us your travel information so we know when and where to meet you. Please be prepared to show your current motorcycle drivers license.


Bring riding suit, top and bottom, with pads. Have something that is waterproof, or bring an outer waterproof layer for rainy days.

In Alaska and Long Beach we have riding gear available for rent if you do not currently own your own gear. Please call us and let us know if you will need us to reserve the jacket, pants or both for your tour.

Also bring:

Stout water-proof boots, rain gear, a warm hat, rain-proof gloves (2 pair), hiking shoes, bug spray, lots of underwear, fleece layers, full-faced helmet, swim suit, and a good camera are the things you need on the trail.

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The fall colors were amazing with two nights under the Northern Lights! The dirt highways were challenging and memorable. I especially enjoyed the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. What a ride!

William Fergans, USA

Aug 27th 2016 Tour Details

Places still available on this tour

Book tour by: Monday, Jun 27th 2016

Type of Tour: Dual Sport
Number of Stages: 1

Full Tour Price

  • Rider sharing twin room *: US $ 4,950
  • Rider with own room *: US $ 5,800
  • Couples *: US $ 8,400
  • * Includes basic bike rental

Aug 26th 2017 Tour Details

Places still available on this tour

Book tour by: Monday, Jun 26th 2017

Full Tour Price

  • Rider sharing twin room *: US $ 5,200
  • Rider with own room *: US $ 6,000
  • Couples *: US $ 8,850
  • * Includes basic bike rental

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Motorcycle Included in Price

Motorcycle Upgrade Prices

Included in this tour

  • Kawasaki KLR 650 (7 days)
  • All Accommodations (8 nights)
  • Premier Welcome and Farewell Dinners excluding alcohol
  • Professional and Experienced MotoQuest Guide on Motorcycle
  • Staff Mechanic
  • Support vehicle (carrying spare parts, tools, luggage and extra motorcycle)
  • Staff Trained in First Aid with satellite phone
  • MotoQuest T-Shirt and Hat
  • Copy of Photos taken on the trip
  • Custom Photo Book from photos taken on the trip
  • Automatic enrollment in Global Rescue

    Excluded in this tour

    MotoQuest Tours recommends Global Rescue


    4346 Spenard Road
    Anchorage, AK 99517
    1-800-756-1990 / (907) 272-2777

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