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Alaska Denali National Park
Departs: August 24th, 2019 Tour Dates & Pricing
Discover Alaska’s natural wonders, colorful history, and experience the agricultural highlights of “The Great Land.” Fly to Fairbanks where we’ll pan for gold and go on a sternwheeler river cruise. 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. 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. Majestic beauty surrounds us as we travel aboard the Alaska Railroad’s Coastal Classic to Seward where we’ll cruise spectacular Kenai Fjords National Park and the Alaska SeaLife Center.Travel Shows have been announced! Click HERE to learn more!
Hosted By: Kelly Lenz
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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’re 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. At Gold Dredge 8, we learn to pan for gold and keep what we find! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch at Steamboat Landing. We 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. Complimented by spectacular views of the Alaska Range, this picturesque rural setting lies in the fertile Tanana River Valley. Barley is the major feed grain grown here. We are given the unique opportunity to visit a family run barley farm and mill called The Alaska Flour Company. Later we visit Mugrage Hay & Cattle for a chance 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 while prime rib is slow roasted. Beer battered Bering Sea cod rounds out the all-you-can-eat menu.
Day 4 : Denali National Park
Sit back and relax as we travel by motorcoach through the incredible Alaskan wilderness towards what is sure to be a 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 in 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. Upon arrival in Anchorage we’ll check-in to the Anchorage Hilton for a two-night stay.
Day 6 : Alaska State Fair
Our full day of Alaskan agriculture begins with a visit to The Musk Ox Farm in Palmer. We’ll see these magnificent animals up-close and learn about qiviut, their fine underwool, the basis of an Arctic native textile industry. 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 return to our downtown Anchorage hotel for a second night.
Day 7 : Kenai 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. In Seward we’ll board The Coastal Explorer for a narrated excursion on the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park. Our voyage will include a visit to a tidewater glacier. Be sure to keep an eye out for sea otters, seals, whales and other wildlife while we indulge in our included lunch. Our accommodations this evening are at the Harbor 360 Hotel in Seward.
Day 8 : Alaska Sealife
We have a leisurely morning before visiting the Alaska SeaLife Center. Learn about research and rehabilitation efforts to help Alaska’s threatened and endangered marine life. Enjoy a Holiday Vacations Farewell Lunch at Ray’s Waterfront overlooking the Seward small boat harbor. We return to Anchorage and board our overnight flight home.
Day 9 : Arrive Home
We fly home with wonderful memories of Alaska.
August 24th, 2019 - September 1st, 2019
Category - Occupancy
Price (Per Person)
Final Payment Date: 05/21/2019
WIBW Radio Pickup Locations:
Lawrence, KS - Hy-Vee Grocery Store
Topeka, KS - Capitol Plaza Hotel
Kansas City, MO - Kansas City International Airport
Kelly grew up on an Iowa farm and attended Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s a veteran broadcaster with over 30 years of radio and TV farm broadcast experience in both Illinois and Kansas. His is one of the most recognized and respected voices in the Kansas Radio industry and in Kansas agriculture. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the honorary American and state farmer degrees from the FFA, the “Salute Award” from Mid-America Dairymen, and many more.
Kelly has served as a regional Vice-President in the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, and he has been named as regional NAFB Farm Broadcaster of the Year.
Join Kelly and WIBW Radio listeners on this vacation of a lifetime.