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Alaska Explorer

Unleash your inner explorer on this exciting trip to Alaska. 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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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.

Breakfast, Lunch

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Breakfast, Lunch

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.

Breakfast, Lunch

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.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 2 nights at the Hilton Anchorage
  • 1 night at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
  • 1 night at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
  • 2 nights in Fairbanks
  • 2 nights in Valdez
  • 1 night at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood

Attractions & Highlights

  • Anchorage city tour
  • The Anchorage Museum
  • Jet Boat Adventure
  • Alaska Veterans Memorial
  • Denali National Park Tundra Wilderness Tour
  • Train ride from Denali National Park to Fairbanks in Wilderness Express dome car
  • Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitor Center
  • Gold Dredge 8
  • Riverboat Discovery III
  • Floatplane & sled dog demonstration
  • Recreated Athabascan Native camp
  • Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline
  • Scenic drive up Keystone Canyon
  • Columbia Glacier & Wildlife Cruise
  • Time at leisure in Talkeetna, Valdez, Girdwood & the Denali area
  • Alyeska’s Aerial Tram
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center

15 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch
  • Miner's Lunch at Discovery Landing
  • Lunch on Glacier & Wildlife Cruise
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Lunch at Alyeska Resort

Highest Elevation: 3,900 feet.

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Final Payment Date: 06/12/2021

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Departure Cities

WISN TV Pickup Locations:

Bayside, WI - McDonalds

Brookfield, WI - Milwaukee-Brookfield Hotel & Suites

Germantown, WI - Country Inn & Suites

Johnson Creek, WI - Pine Cone Café

Kenosha, WI - McDonalds

Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee Airport Hotel

Oconomowoc, WI - Metro Market

Racine, WI - Petro Station

Sheboygan, WI - McDonalds

Waukesha, WI - McDonalds

Wauwatosa, WI - Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West

West Bend, WI - AmericInn

Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport

Kathy Mykleby

After starting her news career in 1976 and spending 38 of those years at WISN 12, veteran journalist, anchor, and reporter Kathy Mykleby retired in November 2018.

Kathy is a renowned journalist, receiving awards and recognitions from numerous organizations, including the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Milwaukee Press Club, the Associated Press, and the United Press International. She was inducted into Milwaukee’s Silver Circle by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, served as 2010/2011 president of the Milwaukee Press Club, and won a regional Emmy Award for storytelling about Alzheimer’s Disease. In 2017, Mykleby co-anchored the newscast that earned WISN 12 News an Edward R. Murrow Award for “Best Large Market Newscast.”

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