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Turnagain Arm’s bore tide
Gold Dredge 8
Denali National Park
Alyeska Resort and Tram
The Anchorage Museum
Riverboat Discovery III
Prince William Sound nature cruise
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Scenic drive up Keystone Canyon
Departs: July 13th, 2021 Tour Dates & Pricing
Discover spectacular Alaska in this sweeping tour of The Last Frontier. Explore the history and culture of Anchorage. Unleash your inner adventurer during a cruise on Prince William Sound to see marine wildlife and tidewater glaciers. Travel through Keystone Canyon and over Thompson Pass as we make our way to the Golden Heart City, Fairbanks. Pan for gold and learn about life in the interior before we make our way to Denali National Park. Explore the tundra of this magnificent national park, tucked into the majestic Alaska range and home to the tallest mountain in North America. Enjoy a jet boat adventure in Talkeetna and visit the Iditarod Trail headquarters to learn about dogsledding and the iconic race to Nome. Join us for an amazing adventure to the Great Land!
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Hosted By: Bret Beherns
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Day 1 : Fly to Alaska
Travel to Anchorage, the metropolis in the wilderness, and check-in to our overnight accommodations.
Day 2 : Turnagain Arm
Appreciate the wilderness with intimate views of the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Marvel at snow-capped peaks and hanging glaciers while on the lookout for eagles, moose, and Dall sheep. Learn about Turnagain Arm's fascinating bore tide and love the views at Bird Point.
Meet Alaska’s incredible and varied animals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center before enjoying sweeping views from the tram followed by lunch at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood. Spend the rest of the day in Anchorage as you please with various museums, attractions, and the city to enjoy.
Day 3 : Prince William Sound
Witness state-of-the-art exhibits that capture Alaska's natural wonder using artful lighting and sound at Begich Boggs Visitor Center located in the scenic Portage Valley.
Our adventure continues 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, an advancing tidewater glacier, 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. Later, we arrive in Valdez for two nights.
Day 4 : Alaskan Scenery
Marvel at spectacular waterfalls and steep canyon walls as you hear the story of a fight for control of Keystone Canyon as we make our way to Thompson Pass for views of Worthington Glacier. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Optional activities today in Valdez include visits to the Whitney and Valdez Museums, the Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery as well as flightseeing, kayaking, hiking, and fishing.
Day 5 : The Bold North
Spectacular mountain views abound as we travel along the Richardson Highway, Alaska’s first road. Catch glimpses of the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline along the way. Later we stop at the Santa Claus House before arriving in Fairbanks for a two-night stay.
Day 6 : Gold Panning & Sternwheeler Cruise
We’ll visit historic Gold Dredge 8 to learn about old gold mining methods and pan for gold ourselves!
After lunch at Discovery Landing, we board the Riverboat Discovery III for a narrated cruise. Aboard this sternwheeler, learn about life in Alaska’s Interior along the Chena River. Witness bush plane and sled dog demonstrations. Then, we’ll go ashore to view the recreated Athabascan settlement, learning about indigenous shelter and clothes.
Day 7 : Denali National Park & Preserve
Our accommodations for the evening are in the Denali area.
We travel to Denali where our adventure begins in Denali National Park, a six million acre wilderness. During our Tundra Wilderness Tour we will cross from the boreal forest onto the tundra; our driver guide provides commentary and insights into this rare ecosystem. Watch for bears, moose, caribou and Dall sheep while we also hope to spy majestic Denali, the tallest mountain in North America.
Day 8 : Jet Boat Adventure
Feel the power of the glacially fed Susitna River as our jet boat driver navigates these turbulent waters into the wilderness. We step ashore to visit a Dena’ina Native Encampment and authentic trapper’s cabin. Our guide introduces us to wildflowers and plants once used for medicinal purposes.
While back on the boat, we'll look for views of Denali as we return to Talkeetna for the night.
Day 9 : Iditarod Trail HQ
Enjoy a leisurely start to day before we head out for the day, making our way back to Anchorage.
Our lunch at Settler's Bay Lodge affords breathtaking views of the Chugach Mountains.
We visit the Iditarod Trail Headquarters where we learn about the iconic dogsled race from Anchorage to Nome. We’ll view an authentic checkpoint cabin and get a chance to explore.
We return to Anchorage for our last overnight.
Day 10 : Culture & Celebrations
Take time this morning to relax and reflect on the week’s adventures before our special Holiday Vacations Farewell Lunch where you can share memories with your fellow travelers and new friends.
This afternoon, visit the Anchorage Museum with displays of history, art, ecology, science, and ethnography.
Continue with a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center to learn about Alaska’s indigenous peoples including housing, lifestyles, language, song, and dance. This evening we board our overnight flight back home.
Day 11 : Arrive Home
Travel home with unforgettable memories of our Alaskan adventure.
July 13th, 2021 - July 23rd, 2021
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 05/14/2021
WCIA TV Pickup Locations:
Champaign, IL - Walmart
Danville, IL - Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
Decatur, IL - Decatur Conference Center And Hotel
Springfield, IL - Crown Plaza
Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
Bret grew up watching WCIA-TV and dreamed of working for the station covering the Illini. As the Sports Director he leads a talented three-person sports department which provides television’s best Illinois athletics coverage in the market. Bret grew up in Mahomet, attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and moved back to the area in 2013. Bret has always followed the Illini, both the highs and lows, and enjoys covering Illinois basketball the most.
A severe accident in 2006 nearly cost Bret his life. After spending 13 days in a coma and 56 nights in the hospital, Bret started a new life with an amputated leg. He is not letting it slow him down though and makes the most of his opportunity to raise a family and do the job he loves, all while thanking God along the way.
Bret is an avid golfer, major sports fan, and deer hunter, but he loves spending time with his family the most.
Join Bret and WCIA-TV viewers on this wonderful vacation.
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