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Alaska

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

Program No. 1012GS15
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.

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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
This program is "Keep the Pace." Your mobility must match this description. Reach out to Road Scholar or DEC with questions. Activities include city walking, hiking on maintained trails with varied terrain, wet/dry conditions, and even ice/snow. You must move about on a catamaran in open water and get on/off a motorcoach. Distance will not exceed 4 mi during scheduled activities. Trails are up to 3 mi in length with elevation changes up to 600 ft. The pace of the hikes is up to 2 mi per hour.

What You'll Learn

  • 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.
Featured Expert
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JoHanna Sestito
JoHanna Sestito has worked and lived in Denali, Alaska since 2012. During her time at the Denali Education Center she has been a Road Scholar Group Leader and Program Coordinator. JoHanna earned a master’s degree in special education and has taught in Ohio and Alaska. JoHanna returns to Denali after completing a research project in India focusing on secondary school attainment in government schools. She is excited to share the midnight sun and fresh air with guests this summer.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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JoHanna Sestito has worked and lived in Denali, Alaska since 2012. During her time at the Denali Education Center she has been a Road Scholar Group Leader and Program Coordinator. JoHanna earned a master’s degree in special education and has taught in Ohio and Alaska. JoHanna returns to Denali after completing a research project in India focusing on secondary school attainment in government schools. She is excited to share the midnight sun and fresh air with guests this summer.
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Bones Waggoner has been working as a field educator at the Denali Education Center since 2017. He has years of experience as a backpacking leader and as an educator. He loves all outdoor activities and learning about nature. He enjoys hiking, fishing, and cooking.
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Karie Vix has enjoyed showing Alaska to groups from around the world since coming up to drive a bus “for one summer” in 2004. She has held a variety of roles in the travel industry though she has an accounting degree. During the off-season, she works as a flight attendant and a truck driver. Karie lives in a cabin she built with her husband and stays busy doing carpentry projects, hiking with her dog, and inventing new ways to cook salmon.
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Katie Miller is a hospitality specialist with over two decades' experience in the travel and restaurant industry. Her love of travel brought her to Alaska in 2010 where she worked on the Wilderness Express, providing education and guest service for travelers on the Alaska Railroad. Katie’s career focus is on the growth and connection of the guest experience through travel and community. In her free time, Katie enjoys tending to her native plant garden and cooking for family and friends.
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