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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: June 9th, 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: Joe Murgo
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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 by rail to Talkeetna. Enjoy onboard breakfast and Alaska’s epic scenery on the ride as we journey north in a dome rail car.
Our fun in Talkeetna includes a thrilling Wilderness Jet Boat 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 : 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
This morning, discover Denali however you choose. From hiking to river rafting, shopping, or visiting a sled dog kennel, there are plenty of options!
In Fairbanks, we visit the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitor Center where we casually explore and learn about life in Alaska's interior and its four seasons.
We check-in to our hotel for a two-night stay in Fairbanks.
Day 6 : Gold Dredge 8 & Riverboat Discovery lll
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’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 afternoon adventures.
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 : Alaskan Beauty
After breakfast, we embark on a scenic drive up Keystone Canyon with photo stops at 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 take a flightseeing trip, kayak or hike, 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 Whittier, where we’ll disembark and board our coach for a short ride to Girdwood for our overnight accommodations at the spectacular 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.
June 9th, 2021 - June 19th, 2021
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Final Payment Date: 04/10/2021
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Joe has been the Chief Meteorologist at WTAJ over the past 18 years. He studied the weather at the Pennsylvania State University where he now teaches some introductory courses in meteorology.
In 2005, Joe was one of the first meteorologists in the nation and the first in Pennsylvania to be designated as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). This is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of Broadcast Meteorology.
In 2008, Joe also earned a Television Seal of Approval for the National Weather Association, completing a sweep of all possible certifications for television meteorologists. He also is a leader in the field of Broadcast Meteorology by being active in both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society, of which he services on the board of Broadcast Meteorology.
Joe is married to Mara and has two daughters, Kristen and Rebecca.
Join Joe and WTAJ viewers on this wonderful vacation!
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