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Alaska

The Best of Alaska’s National Parks: From Denali to Kenai

Program No. 1012RJ
Come explore the National Parks of Alaska with our experts. Discover unique wildlife, stunning landscapes and ancient forests as you explore one of the most unspoiled regions on earth.
Length
11 days
Rating (4.88)
Activity Level
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5,349

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May 27 - Jun 6, 2023
Starting at
6,539
Jun 10 - Jun 20, 2023
Starting at
6,539
Jun 17 - Jun 27, 2023
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6,539
Jul 1 - Jul 11, 2023
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6,539
Jul 22 - Aug 1, 2023
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Jul 29 - Aug 8, 2023
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Aug 12 - Aug 22, 2023
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Aug 19 - Aug 29, 2023
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At a Glance

In the Alaskan Interior, grizzlies walk lowland rivers, caribou roam the tundra, Dall sheep cling to mountainsides and the golden eagle survey it all. To the south, the glaciers of the Kenai Peninsula carve the landscape as they have for eons. Join expert field educators in the boreal forest, on the tundra of Denali and along the bays of Kenai Fjords National Park.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to three miles on gravel and dirt trails. Elevation change on hikes ranges from 300 to 1,000 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Watch for grizzly bears, Dall sheep, moose and caribou on a journey into Denali National Park.
  • Stretch your legs and minds on hikes that cross alpine tundra, through boreal forest and past mountain lakes.
  • Explore Kenai Fjords National Park on a day-long journey by boat to view marine mammals, tidewater and alpine glaciers and teeming seabird rookeries.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Wildflowers of Denali National Park
by Verna E. Pratt
This book is considered a classic plant ID guide for the Denali area and is a good "picture guide" to many of the flowering plants of central Alaska, more specifically the Denali National Park & Preserve area. It is arranged by color of the flower and then loosely by the family of plant.
The Seventymile Kid: The Lost Legacy of Harry Karstens and the First Ascent of Mount McKinley
by Tom Walker
The Seventymile Kid tells the remarkable account of Harry Karstens, who was the actual—if unheralded—leader of the Hudson Stuck Expedition that was the first to summit Mount McKinley in Alaska. All but forgotten by history, a young Karstens arrived in the Yukon during the 1897 Gold Rush, gained fame as a dog musher hauling U.S. Mail in Alaska, and eventually became the first superintendent of Mount McKinley National Park (now known as Denali National Park and Preserve). Aided by Karstens's own journals, longtime Denali writer and photographer Tom Walker uncovered archival information about the Stuck climb, and reveals that the Stuck "triumph" was an expedition marred by significant conflict. Without Karstens's wilderness skills and Alaska-honed tenacity, it is quite possible Hudson Stuck would never have climbed anywhere near the summit of McKinley. Yet the two men had a falling out shortly after the climb and never spoke again. In this book, Walker attempts to set the record straight about the historic first ascent itself, as well as other pioneer attempts by Frederick Cook and Judge Wickersham.
Two in the Far North
by Margaret Murie
This enduring story of life, adventure, and love in Alaska was written by a woman who embraced the remote Alaskan wilderness and became one of its strongest advocates. In this moving testimonial to the preservation of the Arctic wilderness, Mardy Murie writes from her heart about growing up in Fairbanks, becoming the first woman graduate of the University of Alaska, and marrying noted biologist Olaus J. Murie. So begins her lifelong journey in Alaska and on to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where along with her husband and others, they founded The Wilderness Society. Mardy's work as one of the earliest female voices for the wilderness movement earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Coming Into the Country
by John McPhee
Coming into the Country is an unforgettable account of Alaska and Alaskans. It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive narrative, in three principal segments that deal, respectively, with a total wilderness, with urban Alaska, and with life in the remoteness of the bush.
Snapshots from the Past: A Roadside History of Denali National Park
by Jane Bryant
Visitors come to Denali National Park and Preserve for many reasons - spectacular scenery, wildlife, the continent's highest peak, and the cultural experiences. This amazing book does a wonderful job of presenting snapshots of Denali's past and telling many of the stories that have shaped its history. This book included user-friendly maps of the Park's road and innumerable historic photos to highlight its content. It is arranged to follow the park road from east to west, from the park entrance to Kantishna, and is a must-read for anyone interested in delving into the Park's rich history.
Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival
by Velma Wallis
Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine. Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Velma Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community, and forgiveness "speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness, and wisdom" (Ursula K. Le Guin)
Alaska Native Cultures and Issues
by Edited by Libby Roderick
Making up more than ten percent of Alaska's population, Native Alaskans are the state's largest minority group. Yet most non-Native Alaskans know surprisingly little about the histories and cultures of their indigenous neighbors, or about the important issues they face. This concise book compiles frequently asked questions and provides informative and accessible responses that shed light on some common misconceptions. With responses composed by scholars within the represented communities and reviewed by a panel of experts, this easy-to-read compendium aims to facilitate a deeper exploration and richer discussion of the complex and compelling issues that are part of Alaska Native life today.
Rhythm of the Wild
by Kim Heacox
Rhythm of the Heart is a memoir about Kim Heacox’s 30+ year relationship with the most iconic landscape in Alaska, Denali National Park. Woven throughout the personal narrative are stories on the human and natural histories of the Park, garnished with a conservation polemic. Heacox shows how a place like Denali can touch a life, even save a life, quietly, profoundly, day after day, year after year, and how that saving multiplied by millions of lives over a century makes the world a better place. Heacox makes the argument, through his beautiful and impassioned prose, that we must save these places so they in turn will save us. Denali National Park is the most accessible subarctic sanctuary in the world, and has awakened millions of people to what’s authentic, priceless and true.
Shopping for Porcupine A Life in Arctic Alaska
by Seth Kantner
Seth Kantner returns to the setting of his debut novel , Ordinary Wolves, with an autobiographical account of his own life growing up in Northern Alaska. Beginning with his parents’ migration to the Alaskan wilderness in the 1950s and extending to his own attempts to balance hunting with writing, Kantner recalls cold nights wrapped in caribou hides, fur-clad visitors arriving on dog sleds, swimming amidst ice floes for wounded waterfowl, and his longstanding respect for the old Iñupiaq ways. Captured in words and images, these details combine to reveal a singular landscape at a pivotal moment in its history. Both an elegy and a romp, the book illuminates a world few will see as Kantner has.
Denali's Howl
by Andy Hall
In the summer of 1967, twelve young men ascended Alaska’s Mount McKinley—known to the locals as Denali. Engulfed by a once-in-a-lifetime blizzard, only five made it back down. Andy Hall, a journalist and son of the park superintendent at the time, was living in the park when the tragedy occurred and spent years tracking down rescuers, survivors, lost documents, and recordings of radio communications. In Denali’s Howl, Hall reveals the full story of the expedition in a powerful retelling that will mesmerize the climbing community as well as anyone interested in mega-storms and man’s sometimes deadly drive to challenge the forces of nature.
Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir
by Ernestine Hayes
Told in eloquent layers that blend Native stories and metaphor with social and spiritual journeys, this enchanting memoir traces the author’s life from her difficult childhood growing up in the Tlingit community, through her adulthood, during which she lived for some time in Seattle and San Francisco, and eventually to her return home. Neither fully Native American nor Euro-American, Hayes encounters a unique sense of alienation from both her Native community and the dominant culture. We witness her struggles alongside other Tlingit men and women—many of whom never left their Native community but wrestle with their own challenges, including unemployment, prejudice, alcoholism, and poverty.
Arctic Dreams
by Barry Lopez
Based on Barry Lopez’s years spent traveling the Arctic regions in the company of Eskimo hunting parties and scientific expeditions alike, Arctic Dreams investigates the unique terrain of the human mind, thrown into relief against the vastness of the tundra and the frozen ocean. Eye-opening and profoundly moving, it is a magnificent appreciation of how wilderness challenges and inspires us.
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11 days
10 nights
28 meals
10 B 9 L 9 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Fairbanks, AK
D
River's Edge Resort

Activity note: Welcome to Alaska! Check into your hotel, meet fellow participants and Group Leader, and kick off your learning adventure.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00-5:00 p.m. After checking into your room, come to the Road Scholar table in the main lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In the dining room at the River's Edge Resort in Fairbanks, we’ll have dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation. Just before dinner, the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a great time to get to know your fellow Road Scholars. Here are some topics that will be covered during your orientation: evening presentation topics and local presenters, free time options, and any changes to scheduled programming.

DAY
2
Museum; Coach to Denali; Check-in; Orientation; Speaker
Denali National Park
B,L,D
Denali Education Center

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; The drive is about 120 miles, approximately 2 1/2- 3 hours. Light town walking up to 2 miles; mostly paved, 1-4 steps possible, minimal elevation change.

Breakfast: At the River's Edge Resort, breakfast options include eggs, a breakfast meat, breads and/or cereal, coffee, tea, and water.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we'll board the motor coach and head to a Museum for a deeper look into the history of Fairbanks, an introduction to Alaska's ecology, and a selection of Alaskan art.

Lunch: For lunch, we'll stop at a local establishment offering a variety of different hot and cold lunch options. Non-alcoholic beverage included, other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We'll arrive in Denali at the Denali Education Center (DEC), our home for the next four nights. After arrival, we’ll have a short orientation to DEC, its amenities, and the 10-acre campus. Snacks such as toast, fruit, and granola bars, as well as coffee, tea, and water are available at all times. Alcoholic beverages are not available for sale on campus but can be purchased at a nearby general store.

Dinner: At Riverside Hall, we’ll enjoy delicious local fare for dinner. This may include locally sourced vegetables, homemade breads, and a dessert that will leave you wanting more. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided.

Evening: We’ll gather with a member of Denali Education Center's year-round staff to learn about the seasonal joys and trials of life in Denali. Groceries, babies, outhouses — we'll hear about it all.

DAY
3
Denali National Park, Guided Hike, Sled Dog Demonstrations.
Denali National Park
B,L,D
Denali Education Center

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Driving 30 miles total, approximately 1 hour. Hiking; 2-miles on a maintained trail; approximately 3 hours total; uneven ground, rock steps, some rugged areas, no significant elevation change.

Breakfast: At Riverside Hall, we’ll enjoy breakfast with rotating selections, such as eggs, hot and cold cereals, granola, and fresh fruit, plus coffee, tea, and water.

Morning: Boarding a bus, we’ll travel into Denali National Park where we will get to know the landscape and history of the Park with one of our field educators. Be sure to bring your camera on this wilderness walk along the Savage River Loop Trail, a great area to spot caribou, Dall sheep, marmot, squirrels, and ptarmigan.

Lunch: In the field, we’ll eat to-go lunches that we packed after breakfast, featuring cold cuts and other sandwich fixings, snacks, and fresh fruit.

Afternoon: Returning to Denali’s Visitor Center, we’ll take shuttle buses to Park Headquarters, about 1.5 miles from the Visitor Center, to meet Denali's canine rangers and watch a mushing demonstration. Denali National Park is the only National Park in the world that has a working sled dog kennel. The 30-minute Ranger-led presentation includes the opportunity to pet and visit with the sled dogs! Those who would rather spend this time exploring the Visitor Center are welcome to do so. Denali National Park's main campus includes the Denali Visitor Center, the Morino Grill restaurant, and Alaska Geographic bookstore. There will be time for independent exploration, during which the Group Leader will be available to answer any questions. The Denali Visitor Center features an impressive exhibit hall and regular showings of "Heartbeats of Denali," a 20-minute non-narrated film that shares visuals of the various seasons, landscapes, and wildlife of this beautiful place. We’ll then return to the Denali Education Center.

Dinner: At Riverside Hall, we’ll enjoy delicious local fare for dinner. This may include locally sourced vegetables, homemade breads, and a dessert that will leave you wanting more. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided.

Evening: Evening presentation topics and locations will vary depending on local speaker availability. Presentation topics range from predator-prey relationships to climbing Denali. The schedule for evening presenters at the Denali Education Center will be announced on the first day of the program.

DAY
4
Subarctic Ecosystems, Walk in Alaska's Boreal Forests
Denali National Park
B,L,D
Denali Education Center

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving 20 miles one way, approximately 1/2 hour total. Walking 3 miles on a maintained trail, approximately 4 hours; shorter steep sections, roots, rocks, and mud possible. Approximately 400 feet elevation change total.

Breakfast: At Riverside Hall, we’ll enjoy breakfast with rotating selections, such as eggs, hot and cold cereals, granola, and fresh fruit, plus coffee, tea, and water.

Morning: In a classroom session on campus, one of our expert field educators will teach about the sometimes surprising, always extreme conditions that shape life in Denali and define a subarctic ecosystem. In this 3-hour interactive session, we’ll learn how the complex geology of interior Alaska is connected to annual precipitation, why geographical location determines the adaptations of plants, and how the Native peoples survived for generations in one of the most formidable climates on Earth.

Lunch: In our Riverside Hall dining room, enjoy a hot lunch featuring healthy, homemade local fare. Water, tea, and non-alcoholic beverage included. Other beverages not available for purchase.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll set out to explore the world’s largest biome, the northern boreal forest, on an expert-led walk on one of Denali's maintained trails. We'll take a bus to the trail head. Denali's forested trails are occasionally steep with 400 feet elevation change possible. Hikes provide beautiful views and an intimate look into the serenity and severity of Alaska’s boreal forest.

Dinner: At Riverside Hall, we’ll enjoy delicious local fare for dinner. This may include locally sourced vegetables, homemade breads, and a dessert that will leave you wanting more. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided.

Evening: We'll gather together for a presentation given by a local speaker on a topic pertinent to the program theme.

DAY
5
Heart of the Wilderness, Journey into Denali National Park.
Denali National Park
B,L,D
Denali Education Center

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Driving into Denali National Park, approximately 5 hours total aboard, with rest stops every 1-1.5 hours. Walking up to 1-mile throughout the day; opportunities for more walking dependent on personal preference.

Breakfast: At Riverside Hall, we’ll enjoy a breakfast with rotating selections, such as eggs, hot and cold cereals, granola, and fresh fruit, plus coffee, tea, and water.

Morning: We’ll board a bus and travel into Denali National Park on a journey into the wilderness. Along the way, we’ll enjoy commentary about the park from our bus driver and on-board educator while we take in breathtaking views of the many peaks of the Alaska Range. Have your cameras ready, the ride offers a good chance to view Denali's wildlife, which may include caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, moose, and more!

Lunch: Enjoy your to-go lunch at your own pace. Lunches will vary each day, but will include sandwich fixings, snacks, and fresh fruit or veggies.

Afternoon: As you traverse the landscape, your on-board educator will keep their eyes peeled for wildlife and learning opportunities. Throughout the day, your educator will explain the history, ecology, and cultural significance of Denali National Park. Opportunities to stretch your legs will be available throughout the trip. Restrooms are available every 1-1.5 hours. Stops will be made periodically to observe wildlife when sighted and for photo opportunities.

Dinner: At Riverside Hall, we’ll enjoy delicious local fare for dinner. This may include locally sourced vegetables, homemade breads, and a dessert that will leave you wanting more. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided.

Evening: Spend the evening resting, relaxing, and enjoying your time in Alaska.

DAY
6
Wildlife of Denali, Interpretive Hike on Maintained Trail.
Denali National Park
B,L,D
Denali Education Center

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Driving about 15 miles total; approximately 1/2 hour. Walking 3.5 miles on a maintained trail, approximately 4 hours; compact gravel, boardwalks, roots, rock, and stairs. About 250 feet of elevation change.

Breakfast: At Riverside Hall, we’ll enjoy breakfast with rotating selections, such as eggs, hot and cold cereals, granola, and fresh fruit, plus coffee, tea, and water.

Morning: Denali is home to 39 species of mammals and 169 species of birds. We’ll join a Denali Education Center field educator in class in Riverside Hall to discuss the extraordinary adaptations that allow local wildlife to survive in Alaska’s extreme subarctic climate. During this educational program, we will examine fur pelts, skulls, and hooves from regional species as we learn about how they survive in the North.

Lunch: In our Riverside Hall dinning room, enjoy a hot lunch featuring healthy, homemade local fare. Water, tea, and non-alcoholic beverage included. Other beverages not available for purchase.

Afternoon: After traveling to the trailhead by bus, we’ll explore the rich and varied habitat along a 3.2 mile maintained trail with one of our expert field educators. Look for evidence of wildlife along the winding trail and put your newly gained wildlife knowledge to the test. We’ll return to the Denali Education Center upon completion of the hike.

Dinner: At Riverside Hall, we’ll enjoy delicious local fare for dinner. This may include locally sourced vegetables, homemade breads, and a dessert that will leave you wanting more. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided.

Evening: A local speaker will join us for an informative presentation.

DAY
7
Through the Alaska Range, South to Seward
Seward
B,L,D
Gateway Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Driving 375 miles, approximately 9 hours total including stops.

Breakfast: At Riverside Hall, we’ll enjoy breakfast with rotating selections, such as eggs, hot and cold cereals, granola, and fresh fruit, plus coffee, tea, and water.

Morning: After checking out of our rooms, we will board a motorcoach and journey to the Kenai Peninsula and the harbor town of Seward, home of Kenai Fjords National Park. Depending on weather and visibility, we may get a glimpse of Mt. Denali as we pass through Denali State Park. We’ll stop at several places to stretch our legs and take photos of the magnificent views afforded in this beautiful landscape.

Lunch: Enjoy a to-go lunch on the bus, or at a stop along the way.

Afternoon: We'll check into our rooms at the new Gateway Hotel, halfway between the Small Boat Harbor and downtown Seward. Enjoy panoramic mountain views from the outdoor deck, and scan a nearby stream for salmon from an elevated viewing platform. After getting settled, we'll board the motor coach to our dinner location.

Dinner: We will have dinner at a local restaurant where we will be treated to a delicious meal highlighting the flavors of this coastal town. Dinner will include local seafood, mixed green salad, and a home made dessert. Water, coffee, and non-alcoholic beverage included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: After dinner, we'll have a brief introduction to our time in Seward and go over the schedule for the upcoming days. Transportation is available for the one-mile trip back to the Gateway Hotel, or feel free to stretch your legs and walk the short distance after a full day of travel. The rest of the evening is yours.

DAY
8
Exit Glacier Hike, Behind-the-Scenes at SeaLife Center,
Seward
B,L,D
Gateway Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Driving about 25 miles total, approximately 1 hour. Walking and standing at SeaLife Center. Hiking 2-miles round trip, approximately 2.5 hours; moderately strenuous terrain, some steep inclines, rocky areas, and sloping terrain. There are some benches along the way to rest.

Breakfast: The Gateway Hotel will provide a breakfast buffet. Coffee, tea, and water are included; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: We’ll travel by bus to Exit Glacier. As we get closer to the glacier, be sure to watch for the date markers along the roadside: these markers indicate where the glacier’s terminus was located over the years. Once we arrive, we’ll be joined by a ranger who will lead us on an interpretive hike to the edge of the glacier, teaching us about the ecosystem that surrounds this iconic icy behemoth.

Lunch: We'll eat lunch at a local restaurant with coastal flair and fare.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll head to the Alaska SeaLife Center, a public aquarium and the state's only permanent marine mammal rehabilitation facility. An expert will take us on a behind-the-scenes exploration of the facility, and we'll learn about the Center’s marine wildlife research, rehabilitation projects, and life support systems. We'll discover what it takes to care for seals, sea lions, octopi, seabirds, and over 154 species of fish that are all housed at the Center.

Dinner: We'll visit a local restaurant for dinner. The meal will include local seafood, a mixed green salad, and a homemade dessert. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided; other beverages may be available for purchase

Evening: After dinner we'll gather for a presentation by a local expert on glaciers and glaciology.

DAY
9
Kenai Fjords National Park Marine Wildlife Cruise
Seward
B,L
Gateway Hotel

Activity note: Short walk to the small boat harbor: less than a mile. Getting on/off a boat; riding approximately 6 hours.

Breakfast: The Gateway Hotel will provide a breakfast buffet. Coffee, tea, and water are included; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: After a short walk to the small boat harbor, we’ll board a catamaran-style boat for a full-day, expert-led field trip into Kenai Fjords National Park and Resurrection Bay. A park ranger will be aboard the boat to interpret what we see and answer questions. This trip is a great opportunity to spot wildlife, so be on the lookout, and have your camera ready as we travel through this strikingly beautiful habitat. We may be lucky enough to see whales, sea otters, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles, and more. Along our route, we will visit two active tidewater glaciers: the Holgate and the Aialik.

Lunch: A deli lunch will be provided aboard the boat during our Kenai Fjords adventure, and will include coffee, tea, water, and non-alcoholic beverages; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our expert-led field trip aboard the boat in Kenai Fjords National Park and Resurrection Bay. Upon our return to the dock, we’ll walk back to the hotel. Before breaking for the evening we'll discuss the following day's schedule and our travels north to Anchorage. The rest of the evening is yours for you to do any final exploring of Seward.

Dinner: Dinner will be "on your own!" Ask your Group Leader for suggestions, or strike out and explore this small harbor town.

DAY
10
Native Heritage Center, Program Wrap-Up
Anchorage, AK
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Anchorage-Midtown

Activity note: Check-out by 10:00 a.m. Getting on/off a motor coach. Driving about 130 miles to Anchorage, approximately 3 hours with stops. Expected hotel arrival approximately 4:00 p.m. Town walking up to 3 miles; mostly paved, 1-4 steps and gentle inclines possible.

Breakfast: The Gateway Hotel will provide a breakfast buffet. Coffee, tea, and water are included; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board a chartered motorcoach bound for Anchorage. Enjoy the scenery and dramatic shorelines as we travel on the Seward Highway along the Turnagain Arm. Keep an eye out for wildlife: if we are lucky, we might spot a beluga in the waters of the Arm, or dall sheep in the Chugach mountains above the road.

Lunch: Enjoy your to-go lunch on the bus, or at one of our stops along the way.

Afternoon: The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a gathering place that celebrates, perpetuates, and shares Alaska Native culture, language, heritage and tradition. Explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits and take in one-of-a-kind demonstrations by Alaska Native artists, dancers, musicians, and storytellers of all ages. After leaving the Native Heritage Center, we will check into the Hyatt Place Anchorage-Midtown.

Dinner: We'll enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Coffee, tea, and water are included, and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: During the program wrap-up, we’ll tell stories and share favorite experiences from our time together in Alaska. We'll recount our explorations of two of Alaska's incredible national parks and recount new knowledge that we'll take home to share with others. After wrap-up, the remainder of the evening is yours to explore Anchorage or prepare for departure in the morning.

DAY
11
Program Concludes
Anchorage, AK
B

Activity note: Breakfast at your pace. Check out by 12:00 p.m. Hotel offers 24-hour airport shuttle service.

Breakfast: A breakfast buffet will be provided by the Hyatt Place Anchorage-Midtown. Coffee, tea and water are included. Additional beverages available for purchase.

Morning: Hotel checkout is at noon. The Hyatt Place Anchorage-Midtown offers a 24-hour courtesy airport shuttle service, allowing you to head to the airport at your convenience. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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