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Alaskan Aurora Adventure
Floatplane with Aurora. Aurora Dora
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Alaska Railroad, Aurora Winter Train, ©2012 Steve Heyano
©Aurora Pointe, Alaska, Fairbanks
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Witness Mother Nature’s shimmering light show in the heart of Alaska and relax on a scenic journey on the Alaska Railroad. Acquaint yourself with Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, tour a sled dog kennel owned by an Iditarod champion, and go on a sled dog ride in Talkeetna. Ride the Alaska Railway almost 250 miles north into Alaska’s Interior and spend three nights in Fairbanks stargazing and seeking out the Aurora Borealis at the Aurora Pointe Activity Center. Newly opened in 2018, the center provides a cozy fire, coffee, tea, and snacks as we comfortably observe the night sky. This itinerary provides ample time at leisure for optional excursions in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
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Day 1 : Fly to Alaska
Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, and check-in to our hotel for a two-night stay.
Day 2 : Anchorage
Begin the day with a private Holiday Vacations Welcome Breakfast.
Downtown Anchorage is ours to explore this morning. Now is a great time to go on an optional flightseeing excursion, stroll the halls of the Anchorage Museum, browse the exhibitions or watch a short educational film at the Anchorage Public Lands Information Center, visit the Captain Cook Monument at Resolution Park, or shop for souvenirs.
In the afternoon we acquaint ourselves with Alaska’s many indigenous cultures at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.
We have the evening at our leisure.
Day 3 : Talkeetna Sled Dogs
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, and along the Susitna River to the village of Talkeetna near the base of Denali, North America’s tallest peak.
Upon arrival we visit the scenic homestead of four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey for a tour of his sled dog kennel and a dog sled ride of our own!
Check-in to our Talkeetna hotel for a one-night stay and enjoy an included dinner.
As we dine we’ll watch an audio-visual presentation about the Aurora Borealis presented by professional aurora photographer Dora Redman who will share tips on how to get the best shot. Our lodge’s back deck points towards Denali so keep an eye out for views of the majestic peak in the moonlight as well as stars and shimmering auroras.
Day 4 : A Journey by Rail
All aboard the Alaska Railroad! Today’s scenic journey takes us into the heart of Denali National Park’s six million acres of wilderness. Keep your camera handy for extraordinary views of the Alaska Mountain Range as we travel almost 250 miles north. Dinner is included on the train, then disembark in “The Golden Heart of the North,” Fairbanks.
Check-in to our accommodations in Fairbanks for a three-night stay.
Tonight we watch for auroras at the Aurora Pointe Activity Center, far enough away from city lights to impact our viewing. A cozy fire with coffee, tea, and locally produced snacks await us. Our guide will educate us about the Aurora Borealis as our excitement builds. The center is equipped with a webcam to broadcast Mother Nature’s magical light show to guests inside as well.
Day 5 : Fairbanks
Alaska’s second largest city is ours to explore today.
An Alaskan Native docent joins us for a tour of the Morris Thompson Activity Center, whose interactive exhibits and life-sized dioramas illustrate what life is like in the Alaska Interior.
The afternoon is at leisure. Enticing wintertime excursions include flightseeing, snow machining, ice fishing, or a visit to Chena Hot Springs. Other opportunities include a visit to the Museum of the North, the Ice Museum, the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, or Golden Heart Plaza, a scenic public park overlooking the Chena River. This evening we return to the Aurora Pointe Activity Center for another night of dazzling Aurora Borealis displays and stargazing.
Day 6 : Ice Art Championships
Begin our last full day in Fairbanks with a relaxing late morning.
Later we attend the World Ice Art Championships. Springtime celebrations like the ice championships are major cultural moments in the Alaska Interior as a means to say farewell to winter. More than 100 ice sculptors from across the world will be hard at work creating and displaying jaw-dropping works of art made from enormous blocks of ice.
Tonight we gather for another evening seeking out the enchanting Northern Lights in the heart of the Last Frontier.
Day 7 : Fly Home
Enjoy lunch at leisure with your fellow travelers.
This afternoon we visit Fairbanks’ Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum in which a collection of almost 100 restored vehicles appear alongside classic fashion apparel from the 18th to mid-20th centuries.
Later, we celebrate our Alaskan Aurora Adventure with a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.
Day 8 : Arrive Home
Return home with lifelong memories of our Alaska getaway.
March 9, 2020 - March 16, 2020
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 12/5/2019
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