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Denali National Park
Moose in Denali National Park
Passenger Aboard Cruise Line
White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad
Bears Catching Fish in River
Holland America Line
Departs: August 8th, 2020 Tour Dates & Pricing
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Hosted By: Jim Caldwell
Weekday Morning Meteorologist
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Day 1 : Fly to Anchorage
Check-in for a two night stay in historic downtown Anchorage.
Day 2 : Alaskan Scenery
We begin our day traveling along one of the most beautiful stretches of highway in Alaska, Turnagain Arm.
We visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife.
Enjoy a tram ride and special Welcome Lunch at Alyeska Resort, nestled in the Chugach Mountains.
Watch for eagles and moose as we return to Anchorage to enjoy time at leisure.
Day 3 : Veterans Memorial
A scenic drive takes us north into Alaska’s interior. We travel along the Chugach Mountains to the Matanuska Valley, Alaska’s primary agricultural region.
Enjoy a photo stop at the Alaska Veterans Memorial, dedicated to each branch of service.
En route to Denali National Park, we watch for views of Denali, the tallest mountain in North America.
near Denali National Park
Day 4 : Denali National Park & Preserve
This morning we join a naturalist for a narrated journey into the tundra of Denali National Park & Preserve. At six million acres, it is one of the largest unspoiled regions in the world. Watch for grizzly bear, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep.
Later, we cross the Alaska Range, with sweeping vistas of untouched wilderness.
Upon arrival in Fairbanks for two nights we dine at the famed Alaska Salmon Bake, a true Alaska experience.
Day 5 : 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 Oil Pipeline.
At Gold Dredge 8, we learn to pan for gold and keep what we find!
Enjoy a family-style lunch at Steamboat Landing.
We board the Riverboat Discovery III sternwheeler for a narrated excursion on the Chena River and go ashore at a recreated Athabascan camp.
The evening is at our leisure in Fairbanks.
Day 6 : The Alaska Highway
Following a delicious breakfast, browse the amazing collections that preserve the history of this region at the Museum of the North.
Relive childhood memories at the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska.
We travel the Alaska Highway which was originally built as a military supply road during World War II and now links Alaska to Canada.
Tonight’s accommodations are in Tok.
Day 7 : Yukon Territory
Today we traverse the spectacular Yukon Territory, an untouched region of astounding beauty.
We enjoy views of the crystal-clear waters of Kluane Lake and stop at Kluane National Park Visitors Center to learn more about this preserved area.
We arrive at our accommodations in Whitehorse, the Yukon’s capital.
Day 8 : Scenic Rail & Cruise
Spectacular views of mountains, valleys and waterfalls abound during a scenic train excursion on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. This historic route follows the path of the Klondike gold seekers.
We arrive in Skagway and embark on the ms Volendam for our four-night cruise.
The ship stays docked in Skagway into the evening allowing you to go ashore and explore this authentic 1890’s gold rush boomtown.
Day 9 : Glacier Bay Cruise
Enjoy front-row seats for one of nature’s most breathtaking sights, Glacier Bay! Our mid-sized ship maneuvers easily along these pristine shores for close views of glaciers, lush forests, and mountains. A National Park Ranger provides insight into this corner of Alaska. Watch for glacial ice to calve, or break off, crashing into the sea.
Day 10 : Ketchikan
Call on Ketchikan today, the Salmon Fishing Capital of the World. This charming port is a cultural hub and has a colorful history. Browse the shops and galleries along Creek Street or schedule an optional excursion offered by Holland America.
Day 11 : The Inside Passage
Snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and hundreds of islands and coastal inlets mark our progress through an astonishing fjord-like waterway. We trace the southeastern hook of Alaska and Canada’s Pacific Coast and witness firsthand how this vital ocean route still links communities today.
Day 12 : Vancouver to Seattle
Disembark in Vancouver, British Columbia and enjoy a scenic drive to Seattle, The Emerald City.
Tonight we toast to our amazing journey at a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.
Day 13 : Fly Home
We fly home with great memories.
August 8th, 2020 - August 20th, 2020
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 05/05/2020
WKYT TV Pickup Locations:
Lexington, KY - Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
Cincinnati, OH - Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport
When Jim was 15 he started working at WRLV AM/FM in his hometown of Salyersville. His first job was recording the evening weather and commercials.In 1999 he received the title Sports Director and by 2000 he became Music Director
He continued working at WRLV while finishing high school and going to college at Prestonsburg Community College (now known as Big Sandy Community & Technical College). He started work at WYMT in 2001 and by 2003, Jim became a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. He received his Broadcast Meteorology Certificate from Mississippi State University.
In June 2013, he made the decision to become a part of the WKYT First Alert Weather team after spending more than 13 years at WYMT.
He is married to his best friend Terri. They have two sons, Caleb and Carsyn.
Join Jim and WKYT viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
Tour days tend to be shorter in length, at a relaxed pace, and include lots of unscheduled time for leisure. Expect standing and walking for extended periods of time on flat surfaces, mostly low altitudes, and consistent temperatures.
Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.