Southern Utah Scenic Tours: Experience the Last Frontier as it should be seen. This activity packed tour visits some of the best parts of Alaska. Explore Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park and so much more.

Our guides are all Iditarod racers, and offer a delightfully humorous, behind-the-scenes look at the Seavey family’s training for the most demanding race on earth. Guaranteed to be one of the highlights of your vacation, this tour was chosen as one of Alaska’s Top Twenty Attractions, and is a must-do for all visitors to the Great land.”

Come enjoy the ultimate Alaska experience!

Highlights:

  • Take a breathtaking wildlife cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park, where you can see otters, sea lions, puffins and whales and view beautiful blue glaciers
  • Spot grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, moose, mountain goats, and foxes at the beautiful Denali National Park
  • Take an exhilarating 2 mile dog sled ride guided by Iditarod racers to Resurrection Mountain
  • Board a train and take a ride on the Alaska railroad!
  • Experience a beautiful hike to view the famous Exit Glacier up close!

 

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ITINERARY
Day 1: Anchorage
We begin the day at 8:00 am with a tour of the City of Anchorage and surrounding area. Some of the sites visited include Earthquake Park and a discussion of the impact of the 9.2 earthquake experienced in 1964; Flat Top Mountain which offers a great view of the whole Anchorage area; Potter’s Marsh and Bird Sanctuary where there are bald eagles, an occasional moose, migrating ducks and salmon swimming in the streams; Lake Hood, the worlds busiest seaplane base and then a visit and driving tour of downtown Anchorage.

After lunch, we are off to see the the Alaska Native Heritage Center. This is a renowned cultural center in Anchorage and an exciting place where all people can come to expand their understanding of Alaska’s first people. Here we share the rich heritage of Alaska’s eleven cultural groups drawing upon the life ways of long ago.

Day 2: Talkeetna and Denali
After breakfast, we begin our drive towards Denali approximately four hours away. We make a brief stop in Wasila for pictures with the local10 foot tall grizzly bear and take you to see the lake near where Sarah Palin lives. As we travel, we hope to get a great view of Mt. McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America at 20,320 feet.

In the afternoon, we continue another hour or so towards Denali National Park. After checking into our hotel near the park and refreshing ourselves, we head for the nearby Alaska Dinner Show and theater. Previous guests have loved this fun filled look back at Alaska’s colorful history presented in a comedy format. The food is really good as well (usually salmon and ribs).

Day 3: Denali National Park
We take an extensive bus tour (appx.10 hours) 90 miles deep into Denali National Park. Here, we will have our best opportunity to see and experience Alaskan wildlife. We often see grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, moose, mountain goats, foxes, etc., while on this ride, so keep your fingers crossed. Binoculars are a must. In our 2013 tour, we saw 17 grizzlies including a mother and two cubs next to the roadway as well as many of the other animals listed. Lunch is at the Kantishna Roadhouse. Dinner and lodging will again be next to Denali National Park.

Day 4: Anchorage Museum
We drive back to Anchorage, approximately four hours away. We have a second chance to see Mt. Mckinely which is a good thing as it is only free from clouds a third of the time. Once we arrive in anchorage, we visit the Anchorage Museum, a must see when in town. There is time in the afternoon to visit a number of downtown shops and stores for souvenir shopping. Dinner and lodging will be in Anchorage.

Day 5: Alaska Railroad, Seward and the Sea Life Aquarium
This early morning a narrated, three hour train ride on Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Seward will be one of the highlights of the tour. Wonderful views of ocean shores, rivers, lakes, forest covered mountains, and water falls, are there to enjoy. Don’t be surprised if you see a moose or bear along the way.

Once we are in Seward and check into our hotel, we will visit Alaska’s Sea Life Aquarium. Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center is celebrating ten years on the shores of Resurrection Bay. Visitors to this “window on the sea” have close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other sea life while peeking over the shoulders of ocean scientists studying Alaska’s rich seas and diverse sea life. Lodging is in Seward.

Day 6: Kenai Fjords National Park
We begin our day taking a boat tour into the Kenai Fjords National Park. You are going to love this experience. Welcome aboard for an Alaska glacier and wildlife cruise experience of a lifetime. Imagine pulling up close to otters, sea lions, puffins and whales for that perfect picture opportunity, or drifting slowly by the face of a massive silvery blue glacier, sparkling in all its glory. Breathe in the fresh air from the viewing deck of one of our large, comfortable tour boats and listen as a uniformed Ranger explains the dynamic habits of the surrounding wildlife.

A scrumptious seafood buffet lunch is provided and they spend quite a bit of time next to a glacier so we get to hear and see large chunks of ice crashing into the water. Lodging is in Seward for the second night.

Day 7: Dog Sled Ride, Exit Glacier Hike and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
After breakfast, we drive a short distance to the Seavey’s Iditarod Race Center for a Wilderness dog sled ride and tour. Your real Alaskan adventure begins with a two-mile dog sled ride. Feel the power, excitement, and energy of our amazing sled dogs as they are harnessed to our comfortable wheeled sleds. Your Iditarod veteran guide will thrill and excite you with stories from the trail as you experience the raw power of 13 Iditarod sled dogs.

After lunch, We depart for the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through public education. This is a great place to see bears, moose, eagles, elk, musk oxen and even buffalo up close. We spend time doing some last minute shopping in downtown Anchorage, have dinner, and then return to the airport for a late flight back home.

 

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RATES
Per Person
$4,199.00 per person, double occupancy
$4,999.00.00 per person, single occupancy


DATES
Beginning & Ending in Anchorage, Alaska
July 19 – 25, 2017

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