ALASKA NORTHERN LIGHTS ADVENTURE
We call this the Goldilocks Zone of Alaska motorcycle adventure touring, with a perfect combination of maintained dirt roads and scenic paved byways making this ride a staff favorite. Stand on the pegs while glancing out at the Alaska Range on the unpaved Denali Highway. Lean into the curves of Keystone Canyon into and out of Valdez. Rest or explore more remote trails in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. This adventure is scheduled late in our Alaska riding season so that, if you stay up late enough and the conditions are right, you might see the aurora borealis.
Road Conditions: This tour features 40% dirt surfaces and 60% paved surfaces.
|Arrival||Departure||*Double Occupancy||*Single Occupancy||*Couples Package|
|August 22, 2020||August 30, 2020||$5,250||$6,350||$8,950|
|August 21, 2021||August 29, 2021||$5,350||$6,450||$9,050|
|August 20, 2022||August 28, 2022||$5,650||$6,800||$9,550|
*Double Occupancy - Base Bike with a Shared Room
*Single Occupancy - Base Bike with Your Own Room
*Couples Package - Two Participants on One Base Bike in One Private Room
|Own Bike||Suzuki V-Strom 650||BMW F 750 GS||BMW F 850 GS||BMW R 1250 GS|
DAY 1 - Arrival for your guided motorcycle tour starts today in Anchorage, Alaska by mid-afternoon. Hotel check-in. Meet the other touring members and the MotoQuest staff at the Welcome Dinner at one of Anchorage’s premier restaurants.(D)
DAY 2 - Anchorage, Alaska to Talkeetna, Alaska: Ride stunning Hatchers Pass on your way to the mountain climbing capital of Alaska. Walk the streets of the town that inspired "Northern Exposure". If weather permits, take a flight see of the "The Great One" Denali Peak - North America's Tallest. Stay in Talkeetna.
DAY 3 - Talkeetna, Alaska to Denali Highway, Alaska: Ride the Parks Highway to Cantwell, Alaska, past Mt. Denali. Ride 50 miles of dirt on the Denali Highway to Clearwater Mountain Lodge, located in the middle of pristine Alaskan wilderness. Stay at Clearwater Mountain Lodge.
DAY 4 - Denali Highway to McCarthy, Alaska: This will be the longest day of the trip and end with a big pay-off: the lost town of McCarthy, Alaska. It is located in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. After riding the world class scenic dirt-surfaced Denali Highway, head south on the Richardson Highway. Get ready to see some more giant mountains as you approach the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park: North America's Largest preserve, home to 9 of North America's 16 tallest peaks. End the day riding on top of the old copper railroad bed that ends at the Kennicott Mine. Be one of the few to be able to ride all the way to McCarthy, since only motorcycles can cross the pedestrian bridge, distancing yourself from public automobile traffic. Stay in McCarthy, Alaska.
DAY 5 - Free Day in McCarthy, Alaska. So much to see in the heart of the largest natural preserve on the continent! Go up and check out the Kennicott Copper Mine. Take a tour of the old buildings, hike to the glaciers, ride the old wagon road to the mine and check out the cemetery, lost in time. Take a flight-see of the surrounding area and get ready to be spellbound by the unbelievable scale of Wrangell-St. Elias. Stay in McCarthy.
DAY 6 - McCarthy, Alaska to Valdez, Alaska: Ride back out to the Richardson Highway and turn south towards Thompson Pass, one of most scenic rides in the world. Glaciers, canyons, waterfalls and fjords - the ride through Thompson Pass can only be described as world-class. Explore around the fishing port of Valdez, Alaska. Check out the Oil Terminal, explore Esmerald Creek Road, or just walk the docks and see what that days' catch was. Stay in Valdez, Alaska.
DAY 7 - Valdez, Alaska to Matanuska Glacier Area: Ride through stunning Thompson Pass on the Richardson Highway once more and take it all in. Head west on the Glenn Highway and be ready for more impressive scenery of mountains, wild rivers and glaciers. Stay at a classy mountain lodge featuring great food and fire pit, to the backdrop of sharp mountains and vibrant glaciers.
DAY 8 - Matanuska Glacier Area to Anchorage, Alaska: Ride the spectacular Glenn Highway past epic Matanuska Glacier to Anchorage. The Glenn Highway is regarded as one of the top ten scenic drives in the United States. Farewell Dinner this evening. Stay in Anchorage, Alaska.
DAY 9 - Fly Home or keep the dream alive. The next motorcycle adventure vacation awaits.
THE GEAR TO BRING
MotoQuest guides wear KLIM helmets, jackets, pants and gloves, and we outfit our motorcycles with luggage and accessories from Twisted Throttle. You can view and download our complete MotoQuest packing list here.
MotoQuest Staff on Tour
Included With the Tour
- Hotel Accommodations
- Premiere Welcome and Farewell Dinners
- Professional MotoQuest Guide(s)
- Support Vehicle
- Support Vehicle Driver
- Staff Trained in First Aid with Satellite Phone
- MotoQuest Swag Bag
- Photos Taken on the Trip
- Automatic Enrollment in Global Rescue
- Meals on the Road
- Alternative Tours
- Travel Insurance
- National Park Entrance Fees