Alaska/British Columbia
Alaska: Deep Into the Last Frontier
Immerse yourself in the spirit of Alaska, discovering local culture, enjoying expert lectures and exploring untamed wilderness still roamed by caribou and moose.
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Program No. 18667RJ
14 days
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At a Glance

Come to appreciate the vastness, beauty and cultural and ecological diversity of “The Last Frontier” on a journey by land and sea that takes you to mammoth glaciers, gold rush towns, Denali National Park’s mighty Mount Denali and welcoming communities along the famed Inside Passage.
Activity Level
Walking on city sidewalks, boardwalks and unpaved trail surfaces.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore trails at the base of Mendenhall Glacier, enjoy a whale watching expedition and keep an eye out for bears, moose, eagles and more in Denali National Park.
  • Explore native culture and crafts at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center, Anchorage Museum and Totem Heritage Center.
  • Under the guidance of an expert Group Leader, enjoy learning together with your group of enthusiastic fellow Road Scholars.

General Notes

In some ports you will have the option of enjoying lunch on your own at your expense rather than returning to the ship for lunch.
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Donald Poling
As an educator, naturalist, author and historian, Donald Poling enjoys sharing the history and natural beauty of Alaska with students of all ages. His family’s own history in Alaska is rich — in 1900, Don’s great grandfather arrived in Alaska for the Nome Gold Rush, and ended up with a career as a bookkeeper at the local bank. His parents were teachers for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, a career path that allowed Donald to grow up in a variety of Alaska Native communities including Chenega, Metlakatla, Quinhagak, Juneau, Nenana, Fairbanks, and Nome. After studying sociology, anthropology and education at Alaska Methodist University, Don worked as a teacher and naturalist for the U.S. Forest Service on Alaska Marine Highway vessels, providing presentations on regional ecology and history. In 2011, Don published the book, “Chenega Diaries,” a compilation of letters, diaries and photographs on Chenega history, and is currently working on a history of the Yupik Eskimo village of Quinhagak.
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