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Alaska
Discover Alaska by Rail: A Traveling Adventure
Learn about the Alaska Railroad while journeying its entire length. Explore a cross-section of Alaska life (and wildlife) in Fairbanks, Denali, Talkeetna, Anchorage, and Seward.
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Program No. 1014RJ
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12 days
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12 days
11 nights
32 meals
11 B 10 L 11 D
Getting There
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Fairbanks
D
River's Edge Resort

Dinner: Dinner- At the River's Edge Resort in a private Banquet Room.

Evening: Introductions- Meet and mingle with your fellow Road Scholars and your Group Leader.

DAY
2
Mary Shields Tour and Museum of the North
Fairbanks
B,L,D
River's Edge Resort

Breakfast: Breakfast at the River's Edge Resort

Morning: Morning tour at the kennel of Mary Shields, the first women to run the Iditarod. Get up close and personal with Mary's dog team. On the way, enjoy a brief stop at a view point of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Discover the pioneer history of Fairbanks, Alaska's WWII history, and the spectacle of the northern lights at the newly renovated University of Alaska Museum of the North.

Dinner: Dinner at the River's Edge Resort

Evening: Free time to relax and explore

DAY
3
Train to Denali National Park
Denali National Park
B,L,D
Denali Education Center

Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: Enjoy the first leg of the 470 mile train journey south to Denali National Park

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Get oriented to Denali National Park, take a hike, or enjoy free time to relax and explore

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Life in Denali- Learn about the trials and joys of each season from one of our year-round staff.

DAY
4
Sled Dog Demo and Welcome to the Subartic
Denali National Park
B,L,D
Denali Education Center

Breakfast: Breakfast

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: Lunch

Afternoon: Attend a Sled Dog demonstration with the only National Park sled dog team. Learn about these amazing working dogs and how they spend their winters patrolling this 6 million acre park.

Dinner: Riverside Hall

Evening: Evening presentation with a local Alaskan

DAY
5
Journey to the Heart of the Park
Denali National Park
B,L,D
Denali Education Center

Breakfast: Riverside Hall

Morning: Enjoy stunning scenery and wildlife watching opportunities on a day-long journey into Denali National Park by shuttle bus to Eielson Visitor Center.

Lunch: In the field

Afternoon: Want to hike independently in this pristine wilderness? We invite you to leave the bus behind and travel cross-country... at any time throughout the day.

Dinner: Riverside Hall

Evening: Free time to relax or explore

DAY
6
Wildlife of Denali
Denali National Park
B,L,D
Denali Education Center

Breakfast: Riverside Hall

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

Lunch: Riverside Hall

Afternoon: Explore the rich habitat of Horseshoe Lake. Join an expert naturalist for a 1.5 mile round-trip walk with 250 feet elevation change. Or, take off on your own for free time or optional activities including rafting, flightseeing, flyfishing, or visiting sled dog kennels.

Dinner: Riverside Hall

Evening: Evening presentation with a local Alaskan.

DAY
7
Ride the rails to Talkeetna
Talkeetna, AK
B,L,D
Talkeetna Alaska Lodge

Breakfast: Riverside Hall

Morning: Learn about the pioneer community of McKinley Station, the beginnings of what is now the gateway to Denali National Park. This is an optional walk that travels 1.6 miles with 100 feet of elevation gain.

Lunch: Bag lunch for the train.

Afternoon: Enjoy a scenic journey on the Alaska Railroad through Broad Pass, over the Alaska Range to Talkeetna. Hope for a glimpses of Mt. McKinley and wildlife as you pass through Denali State Park.

Dinner: Dine at a locally owned and operated Talkeetna restaurant

Evening: Check-in to the Talkeetna Alaska Lodge, the only Talkeetna lodging with unsurpassed Mt. McKinley views.

DAY
8
Train Travel to Anchorage
Anchorage
B,L,D
Inlet Tower Hotel and Suites

Breakfast: Talkeetna Alaska Lodge

Morning: Visit the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, learn about what it takes to climb Denali at the Ranger's Station, and explore this uniquely Alaskan town on your own

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Travel to Anchorage by train

Dinner: On board the train

Evening: Check into the Inlet Towers

DAY
9
Alaska Native Heritage Center and Alaska History Museum
Anchorage
B,L,D
Inlet Tower Hotel and Suites

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the Inlet Towers

Morning: Join a docent for a tour of the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. After learning some Alaskan history, continue on to explore the awe inspiring collection of Alaskan art

Lunch: At the museum

Afternoon: The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a gathering place that celebrates, perpetuates and shares Alaska Native culture, language, heritage and tradition. Explore the exhibits and take in one-of-a-kind demonstrations by Alaska Native artists, dancers, musicians, and story tellers of all ages

Dinner: Dinner in downtown Anchorage

Evening: Explore downtown Anchorage

DAY
10
Train to Seward, Behind the Scenes at Alaska Sealife Center
Seward
B,L,D
Breeze Inn

Breakfast: Breakfast on the train to Seward

Morning: Early morning departure to travel the final stretch of the Alaska Railroad... one of the most spectacular railroad journeys on the continent.

Lunch: At the SeaLife Center

Afternoon: Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Learn about the Center’s marine wildlife research, rehabilitation projects, and life support systems. Discover what is takes to care for seals, sea lions, octopus, seabirds, and 154 species of fish.

Dinner: Dinner at the Breeze Inn

Evening: Check in to the Breeze Inn

DAY
11
Kenai Fjords National Park Marine Wildlife Cruise
Seward
B,L,D
Breeze Inn

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Breeze Inn

Morning: A bit of free time at Seward's small boat harbor.

Lunch: Onboard boat

Afternoon: Continue glacier-spotting and wildlife watching on Kenai Fjords cruise.

Dinner: Dinner at the Breeze Inn

Evening: Program wrap-up.

DAY
12
Program Concludes
Anchorage
B

Activity note: Motorcoach to Anchorage. Please book a flight departing after 3:00pm AKST

Breakfast: Early Breakfast at the Breeze Inn.

Morning: Board a chartered motor coach bound for the Anchorage Airport. The coach is expected to arrive at the airport at approximately 11:30 a.m. Please do not make departure flight reservations before 3:00 p.m. The coach will make drop offs at major hotels in Anchorage.