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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
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 and Native Athabascan culture, and free time for your own discoveries and adventures!
Hosted By: Tim Strong
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Day 1 : Fly to The Last Frontier
We fly to Anchorage to begin our exploration of Alaska, America's Last Frontier.
Day 2 : Anchorage
Begin the day with a tour of the city of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest metropolis. On our tour, we’ll see historic homes, Ship Creek, the Statehood Monument, Lake Hood, Earthquake Park, and more. It’s likely you’ll see seaplanes taking off and landing on the lake and the park will provide fantastic initial glimpses into the great wilderness we explore during this adventure!
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 by rail to Talkeetna. Enjoy onboard breakfast and Alaska’s epic scenery on the ride as we journey north.
Our fun in Talkeetna includes a thrilling Wilderness Jetboat Adventure where the wilderness will be your classroom as you learn about local animals, trapping, 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 : Tundra Wilderness Tour
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 State 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, or 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
This morning, discover Denali however you choose! Check out the visitor center, go hiking, rafting, shopping, visit a kennel, or simply relax in the gorgeous natural surroundings.
Later, we visit the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitor Center where we casually explore and learn about life in Alaska's interior and its four seasons.
Tonight, we check-in for a two-night stay in Fairbanks.
Day 6 : Fairbanks
Start today with a demonstration of different mining methods and learn to pan for gold at Gold Dredge 8. Try panning yourself and keep what you find! We also get to see and learn about the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline.
We’ll have an included lunch at Discovery Landing, a “miner’s lunch,” before our afternoon adventures.
This afternoon, we board the Riverboat Discovery III for a narrated excursion on the Chena River. We will be able to see a bush plane landing and take-off, dog mushing, and stop ashore a recreation of an Athabascan 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 : Alaskan Beauty
After breakfast, we embark on a scenic drive up Keystone Canyon with photo stops for Worthington Glacier and Thompson Pass. Experience the larger-than-life scenery of these mountains and stunning coloration of massive glaciers.
Have the rest of your day at leisure in Valdez. You may wish to go flightseeing, kayaking, hiking, view exhibits at the Valdez or Whitney Museums, or visit a local fish hatchery.
Day 9 : Glacier & Wildlife Cruise
Today we embark on a great adventure with a Glacier & Wildlife Cruise on Prince William Sound. Our narrated cruise offers a chance to see the wildlife that makes the sound its home. See Meares Glacier, a tidewater glacier that is currently advancing, located in the Chugach National Forest. Whales, sea otters, Dall's porpoise, and sea birds are often seen while cruising the waters of Prince William Sound.
Enjoy an included lunch on the cruise.
Then, sit back and relax on our way to Girdwood where we’ll stay the night.
Day 10 : Fond Farewells
Our last full day is filled with appreciation and celebration. Before lunch, we have the opportunity to take the tram at the Alyeska Resort.
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, perhaps 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 : Arrive Home
Arrive home with unforgettable memories from phenomenal Alaska.
July 21st, 2021 - July 31st, 2021
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 04/17/2021
Tim grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. “I’ve always had a fascination with severe weather.”
He is a graduate of Brevard College, Liberty University and Mississippi State; where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Communications and Meteorology degrees.
Tim got his start in television at WIS-TV in Columbia, South Carolina. Then he worked at KLKN-TV Channel 8 in Lincoln, Nebraska, as morning and midday meteorologist. Tim joined the News 12 team in 2005 and has enjoyed bringing the forecast to Augusta viewers.
He married his high-school sweetheart and has two beautiful daughters. Tim enjoys going to church, working out, and playing church league softball.
Join Tim and other News 12 viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
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