On the Road: Arctic Landscapes, Regal Denali and Kenai Fjords National Park
Explore pristine landscapes and unspoiled wilderness as you journey through the Arctic, learning from Native Peoples, discovering geological wonders and spotting unique wildlife.
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Program No. 17292RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

Fly, bus, train and sail 1,100 miles through the Last Frontier. Fly to Barrow for a look at how Inupiat Eskimos live off land and sea and to celebrate the summer solstice. 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 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks large animal research center and stand underneath the Alaska Pipeline. Spend two nights at the end of the road deep in the heart of Denali National Park, then take the Alaska Railroad to Seward’s Alaska SeaLife Center, where researchers share their work rehabilitating the ecosystem after the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walk short distances, uneven terrain. Optional hikes. Standing about one hour. Sailing on the open ocean during a four-hour field trip in Seward.
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 ...

  • In Denali scout for moose, Dall sheep, wolves and bears.
  • Ride the rails to the “land of ice” and study the ice ages, volcanic forces and rising and falling sea levels.
  • Watch for whales, otters and puffins from a ship in Kenai Fjords National Park.
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Kathleen Leitgeb
Born in Manhattan — about five blocks from the Empire State Building — Kathleen Leitgeb journeyed to Alaska in 1970 for a “short” visit, and is still there 46 years later. After graduating with a degree in anthropology from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks (UAF), she worked as an archaeologist during the building of the Alaska pipeline. In 1990, she was hired as the director of the UAF Road Scholar program, and has enjoyed leading learning adventures since then.
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