Arrive Anchorage, Alaska
Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to Girdwood, where you check in to your hotel. Enjoy activities on offer at your resort, such as a ride up Mount Alyeska on the Alyeska Aerial Tram to take in breathtaking views. This evening, gather with fellow families for a festive welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Kenai Peninsula | Scenic Float Trip
Experience Alaska’s jaw-dropping landscapes on a family float trip down the Portage River. Savor Alaska’s prized fish during a lunchtime salmon bake. Later, pay a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates injured or orphaned animals and returns them to the wild. During your visit, keep on the lookout for black and brown bears, moose, bison, and a variety of birds.
Kenai Peninsula | Along the Coast of the Kenai Fjords
Set sail for a cruise along the coast of the stunning Kenai Fjords National Park, where you may spy calving glaciers as well as wildlife that includes orcas, adorable puffins and sea lions at close range; overhead, bald eagles may even come into view. Later, ride the Alaska Railroad GoldStar Dome train, which features an openair platform and a glass-covered observation deck for sensational views of the countryside.
Redoubt Bay | Bear Sanctuary
Approximately 90% of Alaska is not served by roads, which is why aviation plays such an important role in everyday life. Enjoy the chance to Ride Like a Local when you soar by float plane over Cook Inlet en route to Redoubt Bay, a critical habitat for mammals, fish and hundreds of birds. Cruise its waters with your family on a pontoon boat, enjoying the scenery and searching for bears who come to fish for spawning salmon, sometimes snatching the lively fish as they leap from the water. Later, explore the quaint downtown of Talkeetna and continue to your accommodations in a rustic-modern lodge that overlooks Denali National Park and North America’s tallest peak, Denali (formerly Mount McKinley).
Talkeetna | Fishing on the Susitna
Today, look forward to a visit to family-run Kahiltna Birchworks, where learning about birch sap is rewarded with tastings of birchmade candy and ice cream. After lunch at your lodge, head out to try your hand at fishing the Susitna River, where its waters teem with Chinook and Coho salmon, and its banks are lined with towering fir trees. This evening, enjoy time together at your wilderness lodge, perhaps relaxing on the deck with its views of Alaska’s endless mountain scenery; or, head indoors to challenge each other to board games by a giant river rock fireplace.
Talkeetna | Kayaking, Hiking & Glacier Walk
More explorations of the magnificent Denali area begin with an all-ages kayak trip on the placid waters of Byers Lake. Next, your knowledgeable Resident Tour Director brings the forest to life on an exciting hike that reveals Alaska’s abundant flora and fauna. Later, Ride Like a Local again during a thrilling flight over the peaks and glaciers of Denali National Park, all while your pilot explains the highlights via two-way headset. Land — and walk — on a glacier’s surface (weather permitting), all while surrounded by snow-veiled peaks in every direction. Back at your lodge tonight, a cozy celebration of the day awaits with a locally prepared treat, delivered to your room just before bedtime.
Anchorage | Huskies & Iditarod Champions
Depart for Anchorage, stopping en route to visit the kennels of four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser and his Alaskan husky team. Every March, this long distance dog-sled race is run from Anchorage to Nome, with mushers, such as Martin, and their teams of 16 dogs facing everything from blizzards to subzero temperatures. Enjoy learning about these remarkable and energetic canines, who are always eager for a gentle pat on the head. Tonight, meet the chef who prepares your farewell dinner, and then feast and share favorite stories from your journey with the new friends you’ve made.
After breakfast, depart for the airport for your flight home.