Anchorage, Alaska Railroad, Denali National Park, Fairbanks, Far North, Delta Junction, Copper Valley, Valdez
Day 1 Anchorage
Begin your journey in Alaska’s largest city where you can experience our rich culture & heritage. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Anchorage Museum of History & Art or the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Enjoy fine dining and shopping downtown without having to pay a sales tax! You can also go flightseeing, take a day trip on a small boat cruise or explore the many trails Anchorage has to offer.
Day 2 Anchorage-Denali
Board the Alaska Railroad for an 8 hour scenic rail tour to Denali National Park. Enjoy views of the Great Land from vista dome cars. Upon arriving in Denali enjoy a rafting trip, horseback riding, hiking, a dinner theater show or fly into a lodge in the heart of the park. Overnight at one of the many hotels, lodges, cabins or B&B's available.
Day 3 Denali National Park
Spend the day on a guided wilderness tour of Denali National Park. Panoramic views of mountain ranges, rivers, lakes and glaciers provide the backdrop as you look for bears, caribou, wolves, marmots, ptarmigan and other animals. After the tour continue north to Fairbanks to overnight.
Day 4 Fairbanks
Start the day on a riverboat cruise aboard a sternwheeler. While enjoying the cruise, see a dog sledding presentation, a bush plane perform aerial stunts, and learn about life at an Athabascan Indian village. Afterwards do a gold tour at one of two mines and pan for gold. On the way back to town, stop by the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Visitor Center. Or be sure to visit the University of Alaska Museum of the North, one of the top 10 attractions in the state. Learn about our gold rush history, the dynamic aurora borealis, and the people that have made Alaska the diverse place it is today.
Day 5 Far North
An early start awaits you this morning for your adventure north to Alaska’s Arctic. Several companies offer tours along the famed Dalton Highway, the only highway in the U.S. to cross the mighty Yukon River and to connect the highway system to the Arctic Ocean. View the majestic Brooks Range, walk on spongy Arctic tundra, and keep your eyes peeled for caribou, bears, and other wildlife. You’ll return to Fairbanks with an incredible experience, and an official Arctic Circle Certificate!
Day 6 Delta Junction-Copper Valley
Head south on the Richardson Highway and enjoy a spectacular drive. Visit the Santa Claus House in North Pole where you can mail a letter from Santa. Continue on your journey to Rika's Roadhouse. The centerpiece of the Big Delta State Historical Park, it is located nine miles north of Delta Junction, at the point where the Richardson Highway and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline cross the Tanana River. Stop by for historical tours, good food and unique gifts including specialty furs. The drive continues until you reach the Copper River Valley. Relax at a lodge or cabin or take a guided fishing trip.
Day 7 Valdez
Continue south on the Richardson Highway to the seaside town of Valdez. En route, stop at Worthington Glacier. Valdez is known as “Little Switzerland” because of the dramatic mountains that surround it. It is also the gateway to Prince William Sound. Take a day boat cruise to Columbia Glacier, the second largest tidewater glacier in North America. Or book a full day or half day fishing trip. Guided rafting trips are also available through Keystone Canyon past towering waterfalls. Valdez also offers museums highlighting its history of the Gold Rush and the Good Friday Earthquake of 1964. Spend the night at one of the many B&B’s or hotels. Day 8 Anchorage
Return to Anchorage either by plane or via the Alaska Marine Highway through Whittier for your departure.