An Alaska Family Vacation

When you think of a family vacation what comes to mind? Maybe it’s your bucket list and dreams you talk about around the dinner table. Or, it might be the stereotypes of miserable family vacations with too much time together and not a whole lot of stimulation. Either way you roll, you deserve a getaway filled with connection and adventure. So, we curated a list of our favorite family things to do while in Alaska. From the glaciers to the mountains, follow us along for a family vacation you have always dreamed of.

For the Family on the Go

group of people on a glacier

A glacier guide explains aspects of the Matanuska Glacier on a glacier trek

If you and your crew are looking to make the most of your time in Alaska, visiting the Matanuska Valley is a great way to explore and adventure. This area isn’t far from Anchorage. And if you want to take the hassle out of logistics and save time for having a good time, check out the Matanuska Getaway.

This experience hits all the stops, and in just three days. Once you fly into Anchorage your professional guides can pick you up from the airport or your hotel. They help take the hassle out of baggage and transportation. Then it’s off to the get your first views of Alaska.

Activities that you can look forward to choosing from are; exploring a glacier, ATV and UTV riding, ziplining, whitewater rafting, and more. You even get to enjoy the luxuries of glamping at Alpenglow Luxury Camping between all the excitement. You can customize how and what you fill your days with. This is a fun-filled and jammed packed experience for everyone in the family.

ice climbing family on Matanuska

This family poses with their ice axes on their private trip

The Day Trip Extraordinaire

Getting out onto the Matanuska Glacier can involve wading through crowds or bashing through moraine. Well, not if you decide to take the Helicopter Explorer trip with Matanuska Glacier Helicopters. They partner with MICA Guides to provide a private and exclusive trip onto the Matanuska Glacier, far from the crowds that you see at the toe of the glacier.

You’ll start in Glacier View to get geared up and meet your guides, then it’s off to the launching pad. Your own private helicopter will be waiting to take you and your family on a scenic flight over some of Alaska’s finest views. The sprawling sights and photography opportunities are boundless when in the passenger seat.

Once you have had ample time to take in the grandeur, your pilot will land you right onto the ice. Once dropped off, the hands-on adventure begins. Your family will enjoy an advanced trek to look into epic ice features, capture pictures of your favorite spots and memories, and you’ll get to enjoy the safety of managed rope system to get you close to awe inspiring ice features. Lunch is on the ice and the evening ends with another spectacular flight back to base.

glamping on a glacier

Glacier camping comes with a luxury setting

An Overnight Glacier Dream

This is a one of a kind experience that can top all others. We’re talking about a glacier overnight camping experience. This is a gem for anyone looking to have an exclusive glacier experience. This trip starts in Glacier View with Matanuska Glacier Helicopters. These professionals will have you soaring to the backcountry by helicopter in no time.

After flying over spectacular scenery you’ll land right onto the glacier at a the glacier base camp. A full time staff is based out of here to welcome you and show you around. At glacier base camp you’ll find luxury meals prepared for you, top-shelf cocktails, plush amenities, and the vibrant aesthetics of an Alaskan glacier. Especially when you have down booties and thick coats to kick back in.

The daytime is filled with trekking and your choice of an advanced trek or ice climbing. Find rarely seen features and finish your evening around a bonfire on the ice before retiring to your Deluxe Tents. With this two day, one night stay, both days are filled with time to explore the ice. After another afternoon on the glacier, a helicopter will come and pick you up to fly you back.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Want something that is sure to give you a taste of  of everything but want to make it more your own? We are here to help! We partner with local outfitters and regional businesses to get you connected to every bit of your dream. Make a trip centered around gold panning, fishing, or old mining towns. We have over 20 years of experience and knowledge to lend a hand. Let’s collaborate on how to customize your family’s Alaska experience. Click here to contact us and start planning today.