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BEGINS IN: DENALI NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA

On the Road in Interior Alaska in Winter: Adventure, Adaptation and the Aurora Borealis

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Program #14630RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Mar 5 — Mar 10, 2013

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Type: Motel

Contact info:
F Street
Talkeetna, AK 99676 USA
phone: 907-733-2424
web: www.swissalaska.com

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day One: Tuesday, March 05 - Walking tour of historic Talkeetna
Arrive To: Gather at the Westmark Anchorage hotel to meet your coordinator and fellow participants. The group will depart for Talkeetna immediately after introductions. Note: We will NOT be staying overnight at the Westmark Anchorage. We will only meet here to board the motor coach for Talkeetna.

Morning: See the Alaska Range, and possibly even Mt. McKinley, on the journey north to the eclectic mountaineering town of Talkeetna, Alaska.

Lunch: A local restaurant

Afternoon: Catch a glimpse of Alaska's frontier history in the town of Talkeetna. This town is known for its commitment to historic preservation and self-determination. Learn about the town's history and historic structures from a local expert.

Dinner: Twister Creek

Evening: Learn what it takes to climb to the highest point in North America through a presentation by one of Talkeetna's most respected mountain guides. Afterwards, watch for the aurora, weather permitting.

Lodging: Swiss-Alaska Inn

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Contact info:
Mile 249.5 Parks Highway
Healy, AK 99743 USA
phone: 907-683-4500
web: www.motelnordhaven.com/

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Wednesday, March 06 - Travel through the Alaska Range
Breakfast: Talkeetna Roadhouse (the world-famous local bakery)

Morning: Visit the Ranger Station to learn more about the logistics of climbing Denali.

Lunch: En route

Afternoon: Journey through the heart of the Alaska Range, through Denali State Park, across the Denali Fault, and into Denali National Park and Preserve. Arrive at the Park Visitor Center, see “Hearbeats of Denali,” the award-winning film. Explore Denali's winter trails (weather permitting) and learn about the wintertime habitat of local wildlife.

Dinner: Motel Nord Haven

Evening: A local presenter creates a window into the lives of those who embrace the challenges of an Alaskan winter. Afterwards, watch for the aurora, weather permitting.

Lodging: Motel Nord Haven

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Contact info:
Mile 249.5 Parks Highway
Healy, AK 99743 USA
phone: 907-683-4500
web: www.motelnordhaven.com/

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Thursday, March 07 - Meet Denali's sled dogs
Breakfast: Motel Nord Haven

Morning: Learn about the sometimes surprising, always extreme, conditions that shape life in Denali and define a subarctic ecosystem in “Welcome to the Subarctic.”

Lunch: Motel Nord Haven

Afternoon: Visit working sled dogs and learn about their home life! Be impressed by how well-adapted these dogs are to their wintry world.

Dinner: Motel Nord Haven

Evening: Gather round for an evening guest speaker. Afterwards, watch for the aurora, weather permitting.

Lodging: Motel Nord Haven

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located downtown Fairbanks; Restaurants and shopping within walking distance; Restaurant on site

Contact info:
813 Noble Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701 USA
phone: 907-456-7722
web: www.westmarkhotels.com/fairbanks.php

Room amenities: Free Newspapers, In-room coffee, Iron and Ironing Boards, Hairdryers, Data Ports, HBO/CNN/ESPN

Facility amenities: Elevators, Interior Corridors, Guest Laundry, Exercise Room, Private Balconies in every guest room, smoking allowed only on balconies.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Ask for the Road Scholar rate.
Contact the hotel directly, let them know you are with the Denali Education Center Road Scholar group. Additional room nights will be reserved for and paid for by participants independently.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Four: Friday, March 08 - Visit the University of Alaska Museum of the Nort...
Breakfast: Motel Nord Haven

Morning: Discover the extraordinary animals that call Denali home and learn about their marvelous adaptations to life at high latitudes in “Wildlife of Denali.”

Morning: Depart for Fairbanks by motor coach

Lunch: Lunch en route

Afternoon: Visit the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Encounter Alaska's stories through exhibitions that highlight state history and Alaskan art.

Dinner: Fairbanks restaurant

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Westmark Fairbanks

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located downtown Fairbanks; Restaurants and shopping within walking distance; Restaurant on site

Contact info:
813 Noble Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701 USA
phone: 907-456-7722
web: www.westmarkhotels.com/fairbanks.php

Room amenities: Free Newspapers, In-room coffee, Iron and Ironing Boards, Hairdryers, Data Ports, HBO/CNN/ESPN

Facility amenities: Elevators, Interior Corridors, Guest Laundry, Exercise Room, Private Balconies in every guest room, smoking allowed only on balconies.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Ask for the Road Scholar rate.
Contact the hotel directly, let them know you are with the Denali Education Center Road Scholar group. Additional room nights will be reserved for and paid for by participants independently.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Five: Saturday, March 09 - World Ice Art Championship
Breakfast: Westmark restaurant

Morning: Visit the University of Alaska’s newly-expanded Museum of the North and learn about the natural and cultural history of interior Alaska. Highlights include a light-and-sound display that interprets seismic vibrations and the dance of the northern lights in real time.

Lunch: In town

Afternoon: Visit the magnificent display of ice carvings at the World Ice Art Championships.

Dinner: Westmark restaurant

Evening: Program wrap-up. Afterwards, watch for the aurora, weather permitting.

Lodging: Westmark Fairbanks

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Sunday, March 10 - Departure Day
Depart From: After breakfast, independent departures from Fairbanks.

Breakfast: Westmark

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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