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Kenai Fjords National Park
Departs: August 19th, 2021 Tour Dates & Pricing
Discover Alaska’s natural wonders, colorful history, and experience agricultural highlights of “The Great Land.” Fly to Fairbanks where we will pan for gold and cruise the Tanana River on a classic sternwheeler. Visit family farms and businesses in the fertile Tanana Valley to learn about the challenges of farming in Alaska. Travel to Denali National Park, home to North America’s tallest mountain, and enjoy a fascinating Tundra Wilderness Tour. Majestic beauty surrounds us as we travel aboard the Alaska Railroad’s Coastal Classic to Seward where we will cruise spectacular Kenai Fjords National Park and visit the Alaska SeaLife Center. Traverse the Matanuska Valley and explore Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. In Palmer, tour a Musk Ox farm and witness gigantic vegetables at the Alaska State Fair.
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Hosted By: Bob Bosold
WAXX 104.5 Farm Director
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Day 1 : Fly to Alaska
Our Alaska adventure begins with a flight to Fairbanks, “Golden Heart” of the Last Frontier. Our accommodations for the next three nights are in Fairbanks.
Day 2 : Fairbanks
Today we are introduced to Fairbanks’ history as we trace its development from the gold rush to the discovery of “Black Gold.” Get a glimpse of the famed Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and at Gold Dredge 8, learn about gold dredging and how to pan for gold, then we’ll pan for gold together and keep the treasures we find! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch at Steamboat Landing, then board the Riverboat Discovery sternwheeler for a narrated excursion on the Chena River and go ashore at a recreated Athabascan Indian camp.
Day 3 : Delta Junction Farms
Today’s travels take us to the official “end of the Alaska Highway,” the friendly frontier of Delta Junction. Complemented by spectacular views of the Alaska Range, this picturesque rural setting lies in the fertile Tanana River Valley where barley is the major feed grain grown here. We have the unique opportunity to visit a family-run barley farm and mill called The Alaska Flour Company. Later we visit Mugrage Hay & Cattle to learn about raising livestock in the far north. This evening we enjoy delicious food as we’re treated to a true Alaskan experience, a traditional salmon bake. Fresh from Alaska’s icy waters, watch as skilled chefs expertly cook salmon on an open wood grill. Slow roasted prime rib and beer battered Bering Sea cod rounds out the all-you-can-eat menu.
Day 4 : Denali National Park & Preserve
Sit back and relax as we travel by motorcoach through the incredible Alaskan wilderness towards a sure highlight, Denali National Park. As we make our way south we cross the Parks Highway bridge over the Tanana River and begin to climb into the Alaska Range and arrive at our lodge accommodations near Denali National Park. After a delicious lunch, we begin our guided tundra tour of Denali National Park. An expert park naturalist will be with us to provide information as we look for wildlife in this unique ecosystem.
Day 5 : Iditarod Trail Headquarters
Take in the Alaskan scenery as we travel south from Denali to the Matanuska Valley, the heart of Alaskan agriculture. This area is known for the huge vegetables grown under nearly continuous sunlight during summer months. At the Iditarod Trail Headquarters, we’ll learn about sled dogs and “mushing” through exhibits and a video presentation featuring the famous Anchorage to Nome sled dog race. Next we visit Havemeister Dairy, the only dairy farm and creamery still in operation from the Matanuska Colony days. Later we arrive at our hotel for a one-night stay in the heart of downtown Anchorage.
Day 6 : Alaska Railroad & Kenai Fjords Cruise
Our day begins with a ride on the Alaska Railroad’s Coastal Classic from Anchorage to Seward, a truly astounding journey. This train’s route is considered by many to be the most scenic in all of Alaska. Aboard the train we enjoy beautiful views of Turnagain Arm, a spectacular fjord-like inlet. Upon arrival we depart on a narrated cruise excursion to Kenai Fjords National Park aboard the Coastal Explorer. Our voyage will include a visit to a tidewater glacier. Keep an eye out for sea otters, seals, whales and other wildlife while we indulge in an included lunch. Our accommodations this evening are in Seward.
Day 7 : Alaska Sealife Center
Enjoy a leisurely morning before visiting the Alaska SeaLife Center. Learn about research and rehabilitation efforts to help Alaska’s threatened and endangered marine life. Today’s included lunch is held at Ray’s Waterfront overlooking the Seward small boat harbor. Witness astonishing mountain peaks and bucolic alpine meadows as we return to Anchorage by motorcoach.
Day 8 : Alaska State Fair
Visit the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer where we'll see these magnificent animals up-close and learn about their fine underwool called qiviut, a rare fiber that is warmer, softer, and more durable than most other types of wool. This afternoon finds us at the Alaska State Fair. There’s time to visit exhibits, booths and displays that feature livestock, poultry, beekeeping, baked goods, vegetables and more. We celebrate our Alaskan adventure with a joyful Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner at the Bridge Restaurant, then head to the Anchorage airport for our overnight flight home.
Day 9 : Arrive Home
We return home with wonderful memories of Alaska.
August 19th, 2021 - August 27th, 2021
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 05/16/2021
WAXX Radio Pickup Locations:
Baldwin, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 55-02
Black River Falls, WI - Perkins Restaurant
Cadott, WI - River Country Plaza
Chippewa Falls, WI - McDonalds
Colby/Abbotsford, WI - Hardees/Shell Truck Stop
Eau Claire, WI - Holiday Vacations Office
Hixton, WI - Hixton Travel Plaza
Hudson, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 55-05
Marshfield, WI - Holiday Inn & Conv. Center
Menomonie, WI - AmericInn
Neillsville, WI - Russell's Of Neillsville
Onalaska, WI - Holiday Inn Express
Osseo, WI - McDonalds
Stanley, WI - Stanley Travel Stop
Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport
Bob Bosold has been the Farm Director at WAXX 104.5 for over 40 years. Bob received the Farm Broadcaster of the Year award in 2002 and was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He also makes many appearances at farm related events where he enjoys visiting with WAXX listeners. Bob spends much of his leisure time with his two sons.
Bob has hosted over 40 farm tours to many fascinating destinations including San Antonio, New Orleans, Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, and New England. His international tours include Italy, China, Railroading in the Rockies, Austria & Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and Holland.
Bob’s enthusiasm, humor, agricultural expertise and farming experiences will add to the enjoyment of your tour. Join him on this spectacular vacation!
Tour days tend to be shorter in length, at a relaxed pace, and include lots of unscheduled time for leisure. Expect standing and walking for extended periods of time on flat surfaces, mostly low altitudes, and consistent temperatures.
Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.