See Alaska in an All-New Light on Our Alaskan Aurora Adventure! Holiday Vacations is pleased to announce a brand-new itinerary to one of Holiday Vacations’ most celebrated destinations: The Alaskan Aurora Adventure. On this eight-day tour we will witness Mother Nature’s shimmering light show in the heart of Alaska, relax on a scenic journey on the Alaska Railroad, and take part in a variety of cultural experiences highlighting Alaska’s indigenous, pioneer, and contemporary history. Join us and see the enchanting aurora borealis in “The Last Frontier” in March 2020! Browse the Full Itinerary Here The following are some of the highlights we are most looking forward to. The Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge The Talkeetna Alaska Lodge is our comfortable accommodations for one night in Alaska’s Matanuska Valley featuring a fireplace two stories tall and a back deck pointed towards majestic Denali and the Alaskan range. We’ll enjoy a scrumptious private banquet followed by a fascinating audio-visual presentation by professional aurora photographer “Aurora Dora” Redman. The Alaska Railroad Winter Train Travel by rail on the Alaska Railroad nearly 250 miles north into the Alaska Interior. Keep your camera ready for views of Denali and alpenglow as light fades into darkness against the Alaska range. Our destination is Fairbanks, the “Golden Heart of the North,” and dinner on the train is included. This train is one of the last “whistle stop” railways in operation, meaning people living in the backcountry can flag down the train and get a ride. Aurora Pointe Activity Center Newly opened in 2018, the Aurora Pointe Activity Center is our headquarters for our nightly aurora and stargazing experience. Just far enough outside Fairbanks to avoid light pollution, the center welcomes us with a warm fire, snacks, games, and hot beverages. Friendly staff will share their aurora photography tips and help monitor the night sky. We may relax on the deck, in the meadow, or stay inside where a webcam displays the night sky for our convenience. The Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitor Center Packed with exhibits, displays, and dioramas about the Fairbanks area, a native docent will join us for a private tour of this visitor center and educate us on everything from the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline to the Fairbanks gold rush to living life at “40 below.” We are welcome to have our portraits taken in traditional Athabascan attire and shop at the gift store where all items are produced by native Alaskans. World Ice Art Championships Springtime celebrations like the World Ice Art Championships are major cultural moments in the Alaska Interior as a means to say farewell to winter. This month-long international ice art championship in Fairbanks attracts more than 100 teams from around the world to carve incredible sculptures out of massive blocks of ice. At night the festival becomes a colorful wonderland as the ice sculptures are aglow with vibrant lights.