Cycling Alaska:
Bikes & Craft Beers

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Do you want to ?  ✦  Enjoy evening tastings from one of Alaska's 44 craft breweries  ✦  Cycle through dramatic landscapes  ✦  Have time to explore the vast Denali National Park  ✦  Bed down in eclectic lodges and inns  ✦  Discover alaska

Pedalers has combined two of cyclists' favorite pastimes into one grand vacation - cycling through awe inspiring landscapes and relaxing with extraordinary craft beers afterwards. This one of a kind bicycle tour rolls along some of the most scenic roads in the world, taking cyclists to historic roadhouses and quiet, remote log cabin resorts, finished off with a nightly tasting of craft beers brewed in the 49th state.

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Visit historic Palmer, cycle through poplar forests
Meet your fellow biking and beer aficionados at the Puffin Inn this morning, then head north to the Old Glenn Highway, where we get the bikes out for a leisurely warmup ride to the historic town of Palmer. You have some free time wandering around this town created during the Great Depression as an agricultural community, our hotel was built as part of the original township. Our first round of tastings take place at the towns brewpub.
Meals: D

Cycle to eclectic Talkeetna and renowned Denali Brewery
We are off and riding. Today's route takes us north first along some nicely paved bike paths from Wasilla to the charming village of Willow. We will continue through thick forests of aspen and poplar trees, a lush blanket of green leading our Alaskan bike tour to the eclectic town of Talkeetna, our 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.
Cycling: 70 mi / 112 km, Terrain: rolling terrain, Meals: B L D

Cycle through Denali State Park, enjoy spectacular views of Denali, bed down at historic homestead
The dramatic landscapes of the Alaska range lure us further north today, as we pedal to Denali State Park. Along the way, you will pass through diminutive Trappers Creek, home to the infamous Wal*Mikes with its vast collection of "stuff". Definitely a one of a kind. Our lodge tonight is simple and comfortable, built as a homestead before roads went to Denali National Park, with dramatic views of Denali.
Cycling: 50 mi / 80 km, Terrain: rolling hills, Meals: B L D

Discover Denali National Park, cycle through Broad Pass and dramatic alpine landscapes
Denali National Park here we come. The last ride along the Parks Highway, takes us "up and over" Broad Pass into the heart of the Alaska Mountain Range. But don't let the name fool you, it is a gentle climb, as we follow the rail line and locomotives can't handle anything steeper than 2%. We will end our ride in Cantwell, then shuttle into Denali Village, where we stay for the next two nights. We'll head out the 49th State Brewing for dinner and a tasting.
Cycling: 75 mi / 120 km, Terrain: rolling hills, Meals: B L D

Free day to explore Denali on your own
Today is a free day to do as you please. There are informative tours deep into the heart of Denali National Park, shuttle buses that can take you and your bike into the park for a ride back out, white water rafting and just plain relaxing and strolling around town. No organized tastings tonight, but our hotel's bar has a great selection to wet your whistle.
Meals: none

Bicycle the Denali highway, one of world's most scenic roads.
Back on the bikes, to head back down to Cantwell, biking through the section we shuttled before. In Cantwell, we pick up the Denali Highway, traversing across the southern foothills of the Alaska Range. This highway has be voted in the top 5 most scenic highways by many different groups and it does live up to those accolades. But alas it does turn to dirt, so we will shuttle the last stretch to our lodge.
Cycling: 45 mi / 72 km, Terrain: mostly downhill, Meals: B L D

Cycle to and stay at oldest operating roadhouse in Alaska
The day starts with a few miles on dirt, then its back on pavement for the rest of the Denali Highway to the junction of Paxson, where we meet the Richardson Highway, the first road built in Alaska. The ride is a cruise, as we are going mostly downhill throughout the day, to your right vast tundra dotted with lakes, to your left, the impressive volcanic peaks of the Wrangells start peeking over the tree tops. Alaska oldest operating roadhouse is home tonight, the Gakona Lodge built in 1929.
Cycling: 68 mi / 109 km, Terrain: mostly downhill, Meals: B L D

Cycle past Wrangell Mountains, relax on Lake Louise
Leaving Gakona, we 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 stationary and beer store just outside the city limits. Today's ride highlights the vast tundra of Alaska, flat lands dotted with numerous lakes. We stop tonight on the shores of Louise Lake, encircled by distant mountain ranges forming a delightful 360 degree landscape masterpiece. Sample brews on the porch overlooking the lake.
Cycling: 55 mi / 80 km, Terrain: rolling hills, Meals: B L D

Bike past Chugach mountains, through tundra and lush forests
Our last day of riding, takes us further along the Glenn Highway. We work our 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 our tours finish at Sheep Mountain. We'll try some more brews from Alaska microbreweries tonight, relaxing outside our cabins with the Chugach Mountains and Matanuska Glacier at our door step.
Cycling: 56 mi / 90 km, Terrain: slow climb, then rolling downhill, Meals: B L D

Glacier hiking on Matanuska Glacier, celebrate with tasting at Anchorage Brewery
After breakfast, we will switch gears bit with a stop at Matanuska Glacier. Accompanied and equipped by experienced glacier guides, we will explore the glacier up close and personal, walking across its vast blue ice fields. In the afternoon, we will drive back to Anchorage, where we celebrate the end of a great Alaskan adventure with a final tasting at one of Anchorage's excellent breweries..
Cycling: 31 mi / 50 km, Terrain: flat, Meals: B L D

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I just returned home from Alaska where the weather was actually good, the cycling was wonderful, and there were beers to top things off. This is my third trip with Pedalers, all of them Yukon/Alaska-related and all of them great. Tom does a good job of making sure we are well taken care of, including all the lodging arrangements, side trip reservations, and moral boosting after the uphill parts of the trek. I’d been looking forward to the Yukon tour but at the time the Canadian border was closed, so it was “Alaska Bikes & Beers” instead. Although I had ridden much of this route before, this part of the world is always spectacular; not having to worry at all about any of the planning just makes the cycling really exceptional. If you have the vacation time and a reasonable amount of cycling skill these trips are the best.

Bill M

details details

10 days / 9 nights
Fun: Bicycling & Beer Tasting
Sleep: Première & Classic
Level: Moderate
Avg Rides: ∽60 mi / 96 km
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Tour meets in Anchorage AK ( ANC ), fly in before 7 am on Day 1.

Tour ends in Anchorage AK ( ANC ), fly out after 10 pm on Day 10.
Most fight schedules require arriving the day before.
Dietary Notice
This tour is not vegetarian friendly. The remote lodges we use have very limited menus which focus on meat and fish. Our apologies. Please know that we can accommodate vegetarians on our camping tours in Alaska.
You Will Get
  • Expert local bilingual guides
  • Handpicked lodges, ensuite rooms, double occupancy
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, snacks*
  • Dinners featuring fine local cuisine*
  • Unlimited drinking water**
  • Support van for baggage and lifts
  • Free use of bicycles
  • Airport pick up & drop off
  • Entrance fees
*as noted in itinerary
**during activity, hotel provides water for use in room at night

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18 May 22$4595$995$500BOOK
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7 Sep 22$4595$995$500BOOK

go with just your friends

Book a private departure for your family and friends. Travel sans souci.

Go Private for only $4725 per person for groups of four or more. Contact us for pricing on smaller parties. Book with confidence as dates can be changed if necessary without penalty or fees.

When To Go ?  The trip is available May through September. Late season trips can encounter cold weather, as well as occasionally snow flurries.

where you will sleep

The Colony Inn - PalmerLatitude62 Lodge - TalkeetnaMcKinley View Lodge - Parks HighwayDenali Crows Nest - Denali VillageDenali Highway Cabins - PaxsonGakona Lodge - GakonaLake Louise Lodge - Lake LouiseSheep Mountain Lodge - Sheep Mountain