Celebrate the National Park Centennial in Alaska

A new tour offers a one-of-a-kind experience

Glacier National Park, Alaska
••• Glacier National Park, Alaska. Getty Images

Alaska is home to some of the largest national parks in the country and, during as our nation’s national parks celebrate 100 years of operation, there isn’t a better time to try to take in as many parks as possible.

John Hall’s Alaska is a family-owned and operated company and specialists in Alaska. For travelers desiring to head well inland and touch, taste, feel, smell and be a part of what makes Alaska so majestic, this company presents unique opportunities for its guests.

Launched in 1983, the tour company entices its guests with extensive, all-inclusive cruise and land tours. John Hall’s Alaska itineraries offer an in-depth exploration of the Frontier State with a custom fleet of motorcoaches and vessels. The journeys encompass abundant wildlife, colorful history, enriching cultural encounters, local cuisine, and spectacular scenery. The tours are guided by Alaskan residents who inform and entertain along the way.

If you have some time on your hands, John Hall's Alaska's 12-day land and seven-night cruise that explores the National Parks of Alaska by land and sea offers an adventure that will take travelers into deep into the heart of Alaskan wilderness.

What to Expect on Your Journey

The adventure begins with a welcome in Anchorage and a flightseeing tour to Katmai National Park, which was established in 1918 to protect the region, devastated by the volcanic activity of Mount Katmai and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.

Visitors will be able to watch bears feed on salmon at Brooks Falls, known as a bear-viewing destination.


Flightseeing is one of the best ways to see some of the state’s most remote locations. It provides unprecedented access to almost unreachable locations within the parks. Guests will experience another flightseeing tour over Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, with landings in the old mining cities of Kennicott and McCarthy.

Rugged and inviting, at 13.2 million acres, Wrangell St.-Elias is the largest national park in the the country, stretching from Mount St. Elias to the Pacific Ocean. It is so large that you could put Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks plus all of Switzerland - Alps included - within its borders.

There is more flightseeing ahead. From Fairbanks, guests will fly across the Arctic Circle for a cultural tour of the native village of Anaktuvuk Pass in Gates of the Arctic National Park. This national park is one of the few with neither roads nor trails.

Then, a comfortable motorcoach journey takes guests into the heart of Denali National Park, home to Alaska’s “Big Five:” moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and bears.

The next experience is an eight-and-a-half-hour cruise out of Seward through Kenai Fjords National Park. At sea, keep cameras poised and focused for humpback whale, sea otters, sea lions, eagles, puffins, and calving glaciers.

The sixth and final park is Glacier Bay National Park, where guests will be able to see some of the world's most active glaciers. Visitors will sail Alaska's Inside Passage and take in the beauty of one of the world's largest international protected areas.


These are just some of the experiences that guest have on John Hall's Alaska's National Parks of Alaska adventure. Other activities include the copper mines in Kennicott, a visit to the native village of Barrow, a visit to the Anchorage Museum, exploring Alaska's capital in downtown Juneau; the magical forest path in Kasaan, the Misty Fjords' 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs, and the town of Ketchikan, a.k.a., the “Salmon Capital of the World.”

John Hall's Alaska has two departures of the National Parks of Alaska adventure during the centennial year of the National Park Service: July 4 to July 22, and July 18 to Aug. 5, 2016.

Pricing for the land-and-sea itinerary with Alaskan Dream Cruises starts at $12,000 per person/double occupancy. A land-and-sea itinerary with Celebrity's Millennium and a 12-day “land only” option is also available.