Visible approximately seven miles up the Knik River Road, several companies offer airboat trips to the face of the unusual and impressive riverside Knik Glacier. Recommended is Hunter Creek Adventures (907/745-1577, www.knikglacier.com), with four-hour trips ($100) that include two hours at a camp next to the glacier, with kayaks for those who want to explore on their own. Overnight stays are possible in the fully outfitted camp for $250 per person including meals.
Mountain View Boat Tours (907/745-5747 or 800/264-4582, www.mtviewrvpark.com) has shorter trips to the glacier.
Knik River Lodge (907/745-5002, www.knikriverlodge.com, $164 d) has 15 modern cabins 11 miles out on Knik River Road. All include private baths, decks, microwaves, fridges, Wi-Fi, and continental breakfasts.
Also here is a surprisingly good restaurant (in a yurt!) with a changing menu that emphasizes locally grown produce, meats, and seafood. It’s open daily for lunch and dinner with such specials as beef Wellington and rack of lamb; entrées are $21–29, and reservations are required.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition