On the Road Alaska: Utqiagvik, Denali and Kenai Fjords

Explore pristine landscapes and wilderness as you journey through the Arctic, learning from Native Peoples, discovering geological wonders and spotting wildlife.
Rating (4.14)
Program No. 17292RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

Fly to Utqiagvik (Barrow) for a look at how Inupiat Eskimos live off land and sea and watch the sun wheel around the sky, never setting below the horizon. Meet research scientists, take a field trip to see muskoxen, caribou and reindeer and stand underneath the Alaska Pipeline. Spend three nights at the end of the road deep in the heart of Denali National Park, then take the Alaska Railroad through breathtaking scenery to Seward, nestled in beautiful Resurrection Bay. Visit the Alaska SeaLife Center, where researchers share their work rehabilitating the ecosystem after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and observe marine mammals in Kenai Fjords National Park as you cruise past majestic glaciers.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
This is an on-the-go program with several days of very early start times, long drives, and getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking on uneven terrain. Standing for an hour at a time. Several opportunities for hiking, with some options over uneven dirt surfaces, steps, and moderate elevation gain and length. Please refer to daily activity notes.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Fly to the top of the World and stay the night in Utqiagvik (Barrow).
  • Spend three nights 90 miles into the backcountry of Denali National Park.
  • Cruise past tidewater glaciers and watch for whales, otters, sea lions and puffins from a catamaran in Kenai Fjords National Park.
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Dixie Alexander
Gwich'in Athabascan, Dixie Alexander is the cultural program director at the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) and helped create the cultural programs at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center. Dixie was raised in a traditional Athabascan lifestyle in Fort Yukon, Alaska where her grandmother mentored her in skin sewing, beading and traditional knowledge. Dixie and her siblings also learned the traditional Gwich'in Athabascan lifestyle. She built a professional art career and her work was handpicked by the Smithsonian Institution of Natural History in Washington D.C.

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

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