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Denali National Park
Riverboat Discovery Landing
Tram at Alyeska Resort
Meares Glacier at Prince William Sound
Pipeline Suspension Bridge
Bridal Veil Falls
Moose in Denali National Park.
Alaska State Veteran's Memorial
Departs: July 21st, 2021 Tour Dates & Pricing
Experience the best of the Great Land while curating your own Alaskan adventures. Begin in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city with its diverse blend of history, cultures, and personalities. Travel by rail to Talkeetna and have a thrilling Wilderness Jetboat Adventure. Learn about the tundra and watch for Alaskan wildlife during a guided tour in Denali National Park. Pan for gold at the Historic Gold Dredge 8 and enjoy a riverboat excursion in Fairbanks. Relax and be amazed at the scenery as we travel throughout the massive state of Alaska including a scenic drive up Keystone Canyon with photo opportunities at Worthington Glacier and Thompson Pass. Explore more on this tour with a cruise on Prince William Sound, art museums, Native Athabascan culture and free time for your own adventures!
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Hosted By: Tom Hanson
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Day 1 : Fly to Alaska
We fly to Anchorage to begin our exploration of America’s Last Frontier.
Day 2 : Anchorage
Thrust between 5,000-foot peaks and an inlet, Anchorage is unlike any other city. Learn from a local what it’s like to call Alaska’s largest city home, with bears and moose within town limits. See where the original townsite of tents began and where an entire neighborhood slid into the sea during the powerful 1964 earthquake at Earthquake Park. Watch for planes taking off and landing at the world’s busiest seaplane base on Lake Hood, the same location where planes with skis can land in the winter when it freezes over.
Enjoy a Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch and get to know your fellow travelers.
We top the day off discovering new things at the Anchorage Museum that celebrates all-things-Alaska including art, culture, history, ecology, and ethnography.
Day 3 : Talkeetna
We depart from Anchorage to Talkeetna with free time and lunch on our own in historic downtown.
Watch for views of majestic Denali as we travel on a Wilderness Jet Boat Adventure. The wilderness will be your classroom as you learn about local animals and the indigenous Dena’ina people. This immersive experience kicks off our discovery of all that Alaska’s natural wonders offer.
We check in to our hotel in Talkeetna and enjoy free time this evening.
Day 4 : Denali National Park & Preserve
This morning, as we make our way north, watch for views of Denali, North America's tallest mountain. Along the way to Denali, we break at the Alaska Veterans Memorial where you can stretch your legs and take pictures.
We embark on a Tundra Wilderness Tour for a guided exploration of Denali National Park's unique setting. Keep watch for Dall sheep, caribou, moose, grizzly bears, black bears, and wolves. From the boreal forest to the open tundra, experience the untamed beauty and vast landscapes of this protected wilderness.
Day 5 : Denali, Your Way
Today, discover the Denali area however you choose. From hiking, to river rafting, shopping, or visiting a sled dog kennel, there are plenty of options.
Later travel from Denali to Fairbanks in a domed rail car with dinner service included. Relax and watch the changing landscape as we travel further into Alaska’s interior. We check in at our hotel for a two-night stay in Fairbanks.
Day 6 : Gold Dredge 8 & Riverboat Discovery lll
Start today with a visit to the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitor Center where we can casually explore life in the interior during all four seasons.
Learn about different methods of gold mining and learn to pan for gold at historic Gold Dredge 8. Try panning yourself and keep what you find!
We’ll also view and learn about the incredible Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, an engineering marvel. Feast on a "miner’s lunch" at Discovery Landing before our next excursion begins.
We board the Riverboat Discovery III for a fascinating excursion on the Chena River. Witness a bush plane maneuver and watch dog mushing in action. Step ashore at a recreated fishing and hunting camp where we learn about the lifestyles of indigenous peoples in Alaska’s interior.
Day 7 : Valdez
This morning, get a rare photo opportunity with the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, the monumental line crossing the river on an impressive suspension bridge.
Enjoy the remainder of the day on a relaxing ride south to Valdez, the quaint harbor town where we'll stay for the next two nights.
Day 8 : Columbia Glacier & Wildlife Cruise
Today we embark on a great adventure on Prince William Sound with a Columbia Glacier & Wildlife Cruise. See the dynamic Columbia Glacier, one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world. Our narrated cruise offers a chance to see some of the marine life that makes the sound its home. Watch for humpback whales, orcas, Dall’s porpoises, sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles and sea birds. Later we return to port for a relaxing evening.
Day 9 : Scenic Byway
Marvel at the abundant scenic views as we drive up Keystone Canyon, climb Thompson Pass, and stop at Worthington Glacier. We continue on the Glenn Highway, a Scenic Byway of majestic mountain views that takes us to sprawling Matanuska Glacier. Later, we arrive in Girdwood for our last overnight at the incredible Alyeska Resort.
Day 10 : Fond Farewells
Our last full day is filled with appreciation and celebration. Enjoy spectacular views as we glide up Mt. Alyeska aboard an aerial tram.
Then, gather for a Holiday Vacations Farewell Lunch. We’ll enjoy a delicious meal while reliving our fun adventures exploring the great state of Alaska.
We return to Anchorage with time to visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center to learn about the native cultures that have shaped how people in Alaska live. Later, we fly overnight to return home.
Day 11 : Journey’s End
Arrive home with unforgettable memories from phenomenal Alaska.
July 21st, 2021 - July 31st, 2021
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 05/22/2021
KELO TV Pickup Locations:
Rapid City, SD - Rapid City Regional Airport
Sioux Falls, SD - Sioux Falls Regional Airport
Tom Hanson is one of South Dakota’s most experienced television journalists. He currently anchors the KELOLAND News at Midday and 5 p.m. newscasts. Tom joined KELOLAND News in October of 2020. Along with Sioux Falls, he has worked at television stations in Salt Lake City, Colorado Springs and Rapid City.
He is the recipient of several EMMY awards, including the Silver Circle. In 2014, The South Dakota Broadcasters Association honored Tom with the Tom Brokaw award. In 2020, the mayor of Sioux Falls named a day in his honor. He has been awarded fellowships from The National Press Foundation, The Carter Center, and the Poynter Institute. Tom is also a member of the South Dakota Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s of Association.
He grew up in Mitchell and often spent time in Huron and Miller, where his grandparents lived. His wife, Carmen, is originally from Parkston.
Join Tom and KELOLAND viewers on this fabulous trip.
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