Alaska's National Parks

8-Day Escorted Vacation: Trip begins and ends in Anchorage

Much about the 49th state is outsized, from gigantic glaciers to its tallest peak, Mount McKinley. Even the wildlife seems larger! Surrounded by such enormity, you can't help but marvel at the Last Frontier.

Put it all in perspective as you're whisked from Seward to Talkeetna to Denali and more on this wilderness adventure that includes deluxe domed railcar service to Denali National Park. You can also add fun optional activities such as rafting trips, jet boat rides, guided hikes and more!

Highlights include:
• Experience Alaska in all its variety, from coastal preserves to inland mountains.
• Learn about Gold Rush history and local flora and fauna from expert guides.
Take wildlife photo safaris in Kenai Fjords and Denali National Parks, home to species ranging from humpback whales to grizzly bears.

From $2,040
per person*
Guaranteed departures: May 19; Jun 2, 30; Jul 28; Sep 1, 2014
AAA Member Benefits
  • Denali Dinner Theater

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Travel Provider:  AAA Sojourns

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Three Dall sheep on a green Alaska slopeNo place in the Lower 48 states can match the rugged beauty and spirit of adventure you'll find in incredible Alaska. Here the landscape and its inhabitants are super-sized, whether you're talking about majestic Mount McKinley, the highest point in North America at 20,320 feet, or the bulky bears and bull moose you’ll see inside Denali National Park.

But no matter how big the adventure, this coast-to-highlands vacation has you covered! Travel by boat, bus and train to view Alaska’s natural wonders and enjoy glimpses of wildlife, glaciers and snow-capped mountains in summer’s extended daylight. Learn about local flora and fauna, as well as the area’s ties to the Gold Rush, from expert guides. Plus you can pre-book tours and activities such as whitewater rafting, flightseeing, guided hikes jet boat tours and more.

Jet boat ride on Alaska RiverGet a good sense of what makes Alaska so unique by visiting some of the state's most popular attractions. Start in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, where you’ll visit the fascinating Alaska Museum. See the grandeur of Alaska’s coast on a trip down the Turnagain Arm to Kenai Fjords National Park. Here, you’ll learn about the wildlife of the region as you cruise into the fjords, spotting seals, puffins, sea otters and sea lions along the way. You might even see orcas and humpback whales!

Head inland to outdoorsy Talkeetna, which began as a trading post when gold was first discovered in the Susitna River. Explore the area at your leisure or join an experienced guide on an optional flightseeing, hiking or jet boat adventure along the region’s glacier fed rivers. Then set off for Denali National Park aboard deluxe dome railcars that allow for the best views of the passing scenery. Upon arrival, a narrated Tundra Wilderness Tour takes you into the habitats of moose, caribou and Dall sheep, providing insight into the flora and fauna of this spectacular region. Before leaving Denali, you’ll also enjoy a special treat at an evening of Denali Dinner Theater.

Mother bear and cubs in meadowPrice includes:
7 nights accommodations: 2 nights in Anchorage, 2 nights in Seward, 1 night in Talkeetna and 2 nights in Denali
Meals – Daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 3 dinners, including Denali Dinner Theater
• All on-tour transportation by deluxe motor coach, bus and rail
Sights – City tour of Anchorage with visit to Anchorage Museum
Glacier & Wildlife Cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park
Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park
• Round-trip airport transfers

Note: Additional hotel nights and additional or alternate sightseeing can also be added. See below for a sampling of optional tours. Inquire at time of booking.

Itinerary mapDay 1 - Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska
Fly into Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, and meet your Alaska guide for transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel or similar - 1 night

Day 2 - Kenai Fjords National Park
This morning after breakfast, enjoy a brief city tour of Anchorage, including the historic downtown district and a visit to the Anchorage Museum. This world-class museum which seeks to preserve, exhibit and interpret the art and history of Alaska. Then board the deluxe motor coach for today’s grand adventure to Seward, gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park. As you travel along the scenic Turnagain Arm, keep an eye out for Dall sheep high up in the rocky cliffs, as well as moose, bear and eagles. A Welcome Dinner is included this evening.
Accommodation: Seward Windsong Lodge or similar - 2 nights

Day 3 - Seward & Glacier Wildlife Cruise
Spend the morning exploring the coastal community of Seward. Later this morning, board a glacier and wildlife cruise and travel through the majestic Kenai Fjords National Park. Explore the face of a glacier and keep your eyes open for seals, sea lions, sea otters, whales, walrus, bears, eagles and puffins throughout this half-day cruise with lunch included on the boat.

Day 4 – Talkeetna
Board the motor coach for a journey north to Talkeetna, which began as a trading post when gold was first discovered in the Susitna River. The route takes us along the scenic Parks Highway where you will make several stops while your guide offers insightful narrations about the rich landscape and wildlife along the way. Enjoy an afternoon of exploring Talkeetna at your leisure by participating in an optional tour such as flightseeing, hiking or a jet boat adventure.
Accommodation: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge or similar - 1 night

Day 5 - Denali National Park
This morning ride Deluxe Dome Railcars during the day trip to Denali National Park. Watch for a glimpse of the majestic Mt. McKinley or black bear along the banks of the Susitna River. Enjoy an afternoon of exploring this pristine area at your leisure by either participating in a complimentary park service activity or optional tour. There are many to choose from including mild or wild river rafting, flight seeing, a jet boat safari on the Nenana River or a visit to an Iditarod champions award winning dog kennel. Tonight, enjoy the Denali Dinner Theater.
Accommodation: Grand Denali Lodge – 2 nights

Day 6 – Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour
Awake in the peaceful setting of your lodge at the park. Today is your day to explore Denali National park up close on a narrated bus tour. Travel deep into Denali National Park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour and search the pristine wilderness for bear, moose, caribou and Dall sheep. This six- to eight-hour narrated journey** provides insight into the animals, flora and fauna of this spectacular region.
Early May and September tours are shorter due to road conditions.

Day 7 – Return to Anchorage
Ride the motor coach south to Anchorage. Tonight, share stories of your Alaskan Adventure with your traveling companions at a Farewell Dinner.
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel or similar – 1 night

Day 8 - Depart Anchorage
This morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Optional Tours in Anchorage
• Float Plane Sightseeing

Optional Tours in Fairbanks
• Arctic Circle Air Adventure

Optional Tours in Denali
• Helicopter Flightseeing: Denali Excursion. Glacier-Expedition and Heli-Hiking Tour
• Fixed Wing Flightseeing: McKinley Quest and McKinley Glacier Landing
• Rafting: Whitewater or Float and Jet boat Adventure
• Husky Homestead Tour

Limitations & Restrictions

*Prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to availability at time of booking, and may change without notice. Single supplement may apply. Except for packages including air transportation, unless stated otherwise, airfare, taxes and government fees are not included. Offers valid for new bookings only. Member Benefits are per person and apply to first and second traveler only. Member Benefits are available only with advertised fare and are subject to change without notice. Your travel arrangements may be modified or canceled subject to the travel providers’ policies. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. We make every effort for accuracy at time of printing but reserve the right to correct errors. AAA Travel strongly recommends the purchase of trip protection insurance. Except for packages including air transportation, fares may not reflect additional fuel supplement or port charges and vary by provider.

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