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Moose in Denali National Park
White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad
Alaska Native Heritage Center Dancers
Courtesy of Visit Anchorage - Nicole Geils - Man at Glacier
Gold Dredge 8 Panning
Denali National Park
Brown Bear with Cub
Featuring the ms Koningsdam
Departs: July 22nd, 2022 Tour Dates & Pricing
Featuring a spectacular three-night Inside Passage cruise, a historic rail journey, Denali National Park, and much more. Begin the tour with a three-night Inside Passage cruise with a port of call in Juneau, Alaska's capital. All staterooms have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private walk-out verandah. Ride the historic White Pass Yukon Route Railway, then travel the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks, Alaska where we pan for gold and cruise the Chena River on a classic sternwheeler. Go on a fascinating Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park and visit the Iditarod Trail Headquarters in Wasilla. Cruise Prince William Sound’s calm waters for an afternoon of glacier viewing, witness Turnagain Arm's dramatic landscapes, and acquaint yourself with downtown Anchorage, Alaska's largest city.
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Hosted By: Kevin Lighty
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Day 1 : Fly to Seattle
We have accommodations in suburban Seattle this evening before embarking on our journey.
Day 2 : Embark on the ms Koningsdam
After breakfast, we drive north to the vibrant port city of Vancouver. The city’s setting is spectacular, nestled between mountains and ocean. We board the ms Koningsdam for our three-night cruise into the spectacular Inside Passage.
Day 3 : The Inside Passage
Snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and hundreds of islands and coastal inlets mark our progress through an astonishing fjord-like waterway today. We trace Canada's Pacific Coast and Southeastern Alaska, seeing firsthand how this vital ocean route still links communities today. As we cruise, delightful shipboard shows, music, and dance light up the evening.
Day 4 : Juneau
Today, we call on Alaska's beautiful capital, Juneau. The city can only be reached by air or sea. Its natural setting between the waters of Gastineau Channel and coastal mountains and forest make it one of the most stunning capitals. We sightsee and shop on our own or choose an optional excursion.
Day 5 : Scenic Train Ride
After breakfast we disembark in Skagway. Here, we board the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway for an exciting narrow-gauge train ride along the path of the legendary Klondike gold seekers. We pass incredible panoramas of glaciers, mountains and waterfalls. Later, we arrive in Whitehorse.
Day 6 : The Alaska Highway
We travel the Alaska Highway which was originally built as a military supply road during World War II and now links Alaska to Canada. 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.
Day 7 : Alaska's Interior
En route to Fairbanks, we pass through Delta Junction, an inland delta where the Chena and Tanana rivers meet and feed Alaska’s largest agricultural area. Along the way, we can relive childhood dreams at the Santa Claus House in the town of North Pole. Tonight, we head out for dinner and a show, Alaska style! At a traditional Alaska Salmon Bake enjoy generous portions of salmon grilled over a wood fire. Delight at The Golden Heart Revue!, Alaska’s #1 musical show. We have accommodations for two nights in Fairbanks.
Day 8 : Gold Dredge 8 & Riverboat Discovery III
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 Pipeline. At Gold Dredge 8, we learn to pan for gold and keep what we find! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch at Steamboat Landing. We board the Riverboat Discovery lll sternwheeler for a narrated excursion on the Chena River featuring a bush plane and sled dog demonstration before we go ashore to a recreated Athabascan Native camp.
Day 9 : Denali National Park & Preserve
Panoramic views of wilderness and the Alaska Range provide a spectacular backdrop as we travel to Denali National Park & Preserve. At six million acres, it is one of the largest unspoiled regions in the world. A naturalist guide joins us on a journey into the tundra. Watch for grizzly bear, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. We end our day at a Denali Park Lodge.
Day 10 : The Iditarod Trail
A scenic morning drive takes us to Wasilla. After lunch at Settlers Bay Lodge, we learn about extraordinary sled dogs at the Iditarod Trail Headquarters for the treasured Anchorage-to-Nome race. Later, traverse the Matanuska Valley, the state’s first agricultural center, before arriving in Anchorage.
Day 11 : Prince William Sound
We head south immersed in the spellbinding scenery of Turnagain Arm. See animals up-close at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Departing from Whittier we enjoy a Phillips 26 Glacier Cruise on the calm waters of Prince William Sound to view hanging and tidewater glaciers. Watch for glacial ice to calve, or break off, crashing into the sea.
Day 12 : Anchorage
Have the morning at your leisure with time to visit the world-class Anchorage Museum if you choose. Enjoy a special Farewell Meal and an enlightening visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center before transferring to the airport for our overnight flight home.
Day 13 : Arrive Home
We arrive home from our wonderful Alaska experience.
July 22nd, 2022 - August 3rd, 2022
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Final Payment Date: 04/18/2022
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Kevin is the chief meteorologist at WCIA 3. He received his Associate of Arts degree in Radio/TV Broadcasting from Vincennes University and then his Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography with a minor in Climatology and emphasis in Meteorology.
In 2007, Kevin become the Chief Meteorologist at KSPR in Springfield, MO where he spent 10 years. He covered Joplin, MO EF-5 tornado, chased storms with the Vortex 2 research team, received an award for best weathercast in Missouri 7 out of his 10 years, and had 2 Emmy nominations. Kevin was also part of the team that won a national Edward R. Murrow award for Best Newscast the night of the Branson Leap Day tornadoes in 2012. He holds the seal of approval from both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. He is an avid storm chaser, certified FAA drone pilot, and a ham radio operator.
Join Kevin and WCIA 3 viewers on this wonderful vacation!
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