Taming the Last Frontier - 8 Days / 7 Nights
Fairbanks, Denali National Park & Reserve, Kenai Peninsula
The Alaska family vacations from Adventures by Disney offer a land tour package that begins in the "Golden Heart City" of Fairbanks. The adventure continues with a majestic Denali National Park tour. Feel the power and awe of the wilderness as you travel through the Kenai Peninsula and cruise along the Kenai Fjords where whales surface and glaciers dominate the horizon.
Trip Highlights Include:
- Happy Trails Kennels and The Iditarod
Cool your tracks at Happy Trails Kennels and go behind the scenes to learn the history of the Iditarod, the world's most famous sled race. Meet the racing dogs and the season's litter of eager puppies!
- Wolf Tracking
Embark on a privately guided hike through Denali National Park and learn how to track wolves with radio telemetry.
- Spencer Glacier
A professional guide steers you on a tranquil float among towering icebergs in the shadow of Spencer Glacier down the idyllic Placer River.
- Kenai Fjords National Park
Cruise through the breathtaking Kenai Fjords National Park and get an up-close view of the dramatic fjords and the tidewater glaciers that tower over the water.
- Private Jet Boat Excursion
Ride an exhilarating jet boat along the glacier-fed Susitna River and visit a private village site and trapper's camp.
- June 23-June 30, 2014
- July 7-July 14, 2014
- July 21-July 28, 2014
- Aug 4-Aug 11, 2014
- Aug 18-Aug 25, 2014: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
Adventure Daily Itinerary
Arrive at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Welcome to The Last Frontier! Upon arrival, an Adventures by Disney representative escorts you to your transfer vehicle. Relax as the driver assists with your luggage and shuttles you to the Anchorage Marriott Downtown.
Anchorage Marriott Downtown
Unwind as your Adventure Guide checks you into your spacious room at this modern, full-service hotel. Ask your Adventure Guides for suggestions as you take the remainder of the day to explore Anchorage on your own.
Welcome Reception and Dinner
Meet your fellow Adventurers as you celebrate your first night in Alaska and the beginning of your trek!
Meal Included: Dinner
Breakfast and Bike Riding
Fuel up on breakfast at the hotel this morning before heading out to the scenic trail of Cook Inlet. Bike along the coastline and soak up stunning views of the Chugach Mountains. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, like bald eagles soaring overhead and moose ambling on the shore.
Bald Eagle Presentation
After the bike ride, meet a bald eagle up close at this fascinating presentation in the park. A handler from the local rehabilitation center introduces you to one of these majestic birds as you learn all about the habits of the general population, as well as the particular bird at hand. Take the opportunity to ask questions and snap photos of this amazing creature, the national bird of the United States of America.
Lunch at the Alaska Native Heritage Center
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Join your fellow Adventurers for lunch at the Alaska Native Heritage Center and share your first impressions of The Last Frontier!
Celebrate the heritage of Native Alaskan cultures as you learn about the ancient traditions and stories of Alaska's first people. Explore the center with a guide and then be blown away by feats of balance, strength and dexterity at a demonstration of the Native Youth Olympics!
Afterward, Junior Adventurers explore the village sites in a whole new way as they embark on an outdoor scavenger hunt for various Native items.
On Your Own in Anchorage
Explore the city where the midnight sun smolders on the summer horizon. Hop on a shuttle from downtown to the Anchorage Zoo, where you can see bald eagles, moose, grizzlies and more.* Or stroll through this historic city and see the spectacular scenery of this metropolis beneath the majestic Chugach Mountains. If you need recommendations for dinner, ask your Adventure Guides!
Travel to Talkeetna and Jet Boat Cruise
Depart Anchorage by coach and voyage to the charming village of Talkeetna. Rich with natural beauty and local color, this small town at the edge of Denali National Park boasts some of the best outdoor sporting in Alaska! Spend the morning there exploring on your own before boarding a jet boat for an exhilarating scenic cruise along the glacier-fed Susitna River into the Alaskan wilderness.
Picnic Lunch at Village
Your jet boat lands ashore at a Native Alaskan village for a picnic boxed lunch.
Listen as a local trapper reveals his story of life in Alaska's vast wilderness.
Reception and Mountain Climber Presentation
Climb back aboard the jet boat for a ride upstream to where the coach continues to our next hotel, the Grande Denali Lodge. Be swept off your feet by the stunning, panoramic views of the Denali Canyon at a reception on the hotel deck. A mountain climber joins you to share his experiences climbing Mt. McKinley. Feel free to check out his climbing gear and ask questions!
Dinner at the Alehouse
Gather at the Prospectors Historic Pizzeria & Alehouse for a hearty pizza dinner and generous portions of rustic charm. Check out the collection of antique Alaskan photos, artifacts and maps for a special peek into the past.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Denali Exploration Hike
Embark on a guided, 1.5-hour hike with the staff of the Murie Science and Learning Center. Stop along the way for your own field research as you learn how to track the elusive wolf with radio telemetry. Your guides will show you how!
Private Lunch at the Murie Science and Learning Center
Delight in a boxed lunch as you soak up the beauty of the science center grounds at this private picnic with your fellow Adventurers.
On Your Own in Denali
Grab breakfast at the hotel and then take some time to see Denali National Park on your won. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of wildlife, including roaming Dall sheep and soaring golden eagles. Hike through novice or expert trails, or take the rest of the day to relax back at the lodge, enjoying spectacular panoramic views of the landscape.
Dinner On Your Own
The local cuisine of Denali favors fresh seafood and delicious grills. Ask your Adventure Guides for recommendations. Of course, you can return to Prospectors for its hearty pizza. Salute Alaska as the 49th state with their 49 beers on tap.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
Depart Denali for Girdwood
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before boarding the coach for your trip to Big Lake, home of the Happy Trails Kennels!
As you blaze through the great frontier of Alaska, cool your tracks at Happy Trails Kennels owned by award-winning dog musher, Martin Buser. A resident puppy and Iditarod veteran greet you on board the coach. Adults watch an exciting sledding demonstration by Buser as Junior Adventurers join the Adventure Guides to meet the season's litter of eager puppies. After lunch, continue your guided visit to the kennel. Learn about the history of Iditarod and the loving care the dogs receive.
Travel to Girdwood
Take in the sights along Turnagain Arm on this stunning drive to the grand Hotel Alyeska in the historic mining town of Girdwood. When you arrive, stretch your legs as your Adventure Guides check you into the hotel.
Dinner at the Resort
Adults will enjoy dinner at their leisure, while kids set off for a special Junior Adventurer's meal.
Junior Adventurer Activity Night
After a private dinner at the hotel, Junior Adventurers head outside for an active night full of entertainment with the Adventure Guides. Kids will learn to spin an Eskimo yo-yo, play soccer or join any one of the other lively games planned for the evening.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Kenai Fjords Cruise
Following breakfast at the hotel, ride to Seward and get your sea legs ready for an unforgettable day of adventure as you cruise through the breathtaking Kenai Fjords National Park. Get an up-close view of the dramatic fjords and the tidewater glaciers that tower over the water. Keep your binoculars at hand to catch popular wildlife throughout the park, including sea lions, sea otters, porpoises, puffins and a variety of whales. Savor a boxed lunch during this scenic cruise.
Alaska SeaLife Center Visit
Maintaining the integrity of the great north's marine ecosystem is the mission of the Alaska SeaLife Center. Head to the touch tanks for a hands-on experience with amazing, colorful creatures that inhabit Alaska's tidal zones, and observe a mysterious Giant Pacific octopus. Then visit the aviary to meet some of the resident puffins before you take time to explore the Center on your own.
Ever dined with a sea lion? We promise you won't have to share a morsel. Take a seat for a one-of-a-kind meal in the underwater-viewing area. Watch puffins, seals and sea lions dance through the arctic water while you fashion your own puffin out of clay to take home.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Visit
Surrounded by mountains and hanging glaciers, the Center is the perfect setting to see firsthand the conservation efforts taking place in Alaska. After exploring the Center with a naturalist and getting up close and personal with bears, moose and bison, learn how they have been rescued and rehabilitated. Get a good seat when one of the Center's rescued family members makes special appearance.
Begich, Boggs Visitor Center and Guided Hike to Byron Glacier
Come to the informative Visitor Center to see the striking ice formations of Portage Glacier from across Portage Lake. You might catch a glimpse of "ice calving," a spectacular event where the ice breaks away from the glacier into the water. Next, hike the gentle Byron Glacier Trail and revel in its dramatic scenery until you reach the mighty Byron Glacier itself.
On Your Own in Girdwood
Lunch time and afternoon are yours as you explore the year-round resort community of Girdwood. Charming shops and friendly folks are just a few of the things you'll come across as you leisurely stroll the streets of this historic gold-mining town on your own. Ask your Adventure Guides for dining ideas.
Farewell Dinner at Alyeska Resort
As your Alaskan vacation comes to a close, join your travel friends back at the resort for a farewell dinner. Get into the rhythm during a performance of traditional dancers and drummers as Alaska's native heritage comes to life before your eyes.
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner
Breakfast and Transfer to Airport
After your last breakfast in the Land of the Midnight Sun, board pre-arranged transportation to the airport and bid each other farewell.
Meal included: Breakfast