Alaska 2019 (For Families)
8 days with Adventures by Disney Rating:
DAY 1: Anchorage
ARRIVE AT TED STEVENS ANCHORAGE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Welcome to The Last Frontier! Upon arrival, an Adventures by Disney representative escorts you to your transfer vehicle. Relax as the driver assists with your luggage and shuttles you to the Anchorage Marriott Downtown.
ANCHORAGE MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN
Unwind as your Adventure Guides check you into your spacious room at this modern, full-service hotel. Ask your Adventure Guides for suggestions as you take the remainder of the day to explore Anchorage on your own.
WELCOME RECEPTION & DINNER AT 49TH STATE BREWING COMPANY
Celebrate your first night in Alaska and the beginning of your trek with a true Alaskan feast featuring fresh seafood and succulent tenderloin tips and more! Plus, try the award-winning beers while you soak up the Alaskan culture that surrounds you. (Dinner)
DAY 2: Anchorage
BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
Fuel up on breakfast at the hotel this morning before beginning today’s adventures.
ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CENTER
Celebrate the rich heritage of Native Alaskan cultures. Learn from one of the Center’s guides about the ancient traditions of Alaska's indigenous population. View their art, discover their games and hear their wondrous stories.
SEPARATE VILLAGE TOURS FOR ADULTS AND JUNIOR ADVENTURERS
As Adults tour village sites, Junior Adventurers explore them in a whole new way—with an outdoor scavenger hunt for various Native items!
WILD BIRD PRESENTATION AT ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CENTER
Meet one of Alaska's native feathered friends up close at this fascinating presentation in the park where a handler from the local rehabilitation center will introduce you to one of the majestic birds. You'll also learn about the general population of Alaska's birds and enjoy the opportunity to ask questions and take photos.
BIKE RIDING & KAYAKING AT EKLUTNA LAKE
Take time to enjoy the great Alaskan outdoors by land and lake as you bike and kayak to your private BBQ lunch on shore. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including bald eagles, ravens and moose!
TRAVEL TO TALKEETNA
Board the coach and travel to the charming village of Talkeetna. Relax as your Adventure Guides handle all the details upon check in at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.
ADULT DINNER AT THE LODGE
Adults savor a delicious dinner at their leisure with fellow Adventurers before exploring the stunning property under the evening sun.
JUNIOR ADVENTURER DINNER AND ACTIVITY NIGHT
Junior Adventurers enjoy a private dinner at the lodge. Afterward, they head outside for an active night full of entertainment with the Adventure Guides. Kids learn to spin an Eskimo yo-yo, play soccer or join any one of the other lively games experienced under the midnight sun. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
DAY 3: Talkeetna and Denali National Park and Preserve
BREAKFAST IN TALKEETNA
Wake up and head into town for a hearty breakfast at the Talkeetna Roadhouse.
ENJOY A BRIEF VISIT TO TALKEETNA
After breakfast, stroll through this small town at the edge of Denali National Park and Preserve that’s known for its outdoor sporting, natural beauty and unique local color.
LUNCH ON A SCENIC ALASKA RAILROAD GOLDSTAR DOME TRAIN TO DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Experience the natural beauty of the Alaskan wilderness with 360 degree views from the spectacular Goldstar Dome cars! With curved glass running the full length of the car, you’ll catch all the scenic splendor while enjoying your tasty lunch.
JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM FOR JUNIOR ADVENTURERS
While traveling through the Alaskan wilderness on the train, Junior Adventurers will have time to complete the Junior Ranger Activity Book for Denali National Park. Once they arrive at the Denali Visitor Center, Junior Adventurers will be sworn in as Junior Rangers.
ON YOUR OWN TIME AT DENALI NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTER
From the train station, follow your Adventure Guides for a short walk to the Denali National Park Visitor Center where you can explore the exhibits and talk to the rangers about the many ways to explore the area during your free time.
CHECK-IN AND DINNER AT GRANDE DENALI LODGE
Unwind as your Adventure Guides check you into the Grande Denali Lodge, perched high above the spectacular Denali Canyon and offering spectacular views. Dine at the Lodge’s Alpenglow Restaurant at your leisure, choosing from a variety of delicious entrées. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
DAY 4: Denali National Park and Preserve
BREAKFAST AT THE LODGE
Start your day with a hearty breakfast and get ready for a fun-filled whitewater float!
CHOOSE AN ACTIVITY IN DENALI
OPTION A: CANYON RUN RAFTING
Brave the Class III - IV rapids on this two-hour adventure on the Nenana River that will have you cruising while surrounded by the Denali National Park frontier, including the majestic Mt. Healy, which rises over 3,000 feet to the summit.
OPTION B: SCENIC WILDERNESS RAFTING
Enjoy the Alaskan splendor as you drift down the river while enjoying natural wonders along the border of Denali National Park, including the wildlife that calls it home. This 2-hour rafting adventure features Class II and mild Class III rapids.
OPTION C: DENALI NATURAL HISTORY TOUR
Led by a driver/naturalist, this 4-5 hour hop on/hop off tour gives you a vivid look at the history and culture of this pristine wilderness. Although no wildlife viewing is guaranteed, keep an eye out for moose, foxes and caribou. And, weather permitting, Denali itself.
LUNCH AT THE DENALI PARK SALMON BAKE RESTAURANT
Experience some of the local flavors with a delicious meal at this Denali haven, known for its fresh seafood. Try the cedar plank salmon, halibut tacos or beer-battered halibut.
ON YOUR OWN AFTERNOON AND DINNER IN DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Spend the afternoon exploring the natural wonders of Denali on your own. Later, enjoy a dinner that reflects the local cuisine—made of fresh seafood and delicious grilled meats and vegetables. Ask your Adventure Guides to recommend the restaurant that best fits your family’s needs. (Breakfast and Lunch)
DAY 5: Big Lake
DEPART DENALI FOR GIRDWOOD
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before boarding the coach for your trip to Big Lake, home of Happy Trails Kennels!
PRIVATE PIZZA LUNCH IN BIG LAKE
Upon arrival in Big Lake, experience a private lunch at a family-owned hotspot that's a favorite with the locals. Get to know the family and learn why they call Big Lake home.
As you blaze through the great frontier of Alaska, cool your tracks at Happy Trails Kennels, owned by awardwinning dog musher, Martin Buser. Your visit includes an exciting sledding demonstration, plus an up-close encounter with the racing dogs and this season's litter of puppies. Learn about the history of Iditarod and the loving care the dogs receive.
TRAVEL TO GIRDWOOD
Take in the sights along Turnagain Arm on this stunning drive to the grand Hotel Alyeska in the historic mining town of Girdwood. When you arrive, stretch your legs as your Adventure Guides check you into the hotel.
DINNER ON YOUR OWN IN GIRDWOOD
Find that perfect meal for your first night in Girdwood. Your Adventure Guides can suggest the perfect restaurant for you and your family, as well as help with reservations as needed. (Breakfast and Lunch)
DAY 6: Girdwood
BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
Fuel up for what will be an action-packed day around the Girdwood area.
GOLD PANNING AT CROW CREEK
Learn about the different types and techniques used by prospectors during the Alaska Gold Rush so you can stake your claim! Discover a truly different way of life unique to the 49th state. Then try your hand at panning for gold in Crow Creek.
LUNCH ON YOUR OWN IN GIRDWOOD
Ask your Adventure Guides for some dining suggestions around town.
SPENCER GLACIER FLOAT TRIP AND SALMON BAKE DINNER
After a short train trip to Spencer Whistle Stop, board your rafts to get up close and personal with the gorgeous glaciers of Spencer Lake, known to be one of the most scenic glacier locations in the state, before coming ashore for a delicious salmon bake. (Breakfast and Dinner)
DAY 7: Girdwood
BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
Enjoy a delicious breakfast before you begin your day of adventures.
ALASKA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER VISIT
See firsthand the conservation efforts taking place in Alaska at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, located on the shores of Turnagain Arm in a beautiful mountainous setting amid hanging glaciers. Explore the Center with a naturalist and get an up-close view of bears, moose and bison. Learn how all the wild animals housed here have been rescued and are in the process of being rehabilitated.
ON YOUR OWN AT PORTAGE GLACIER OR IN GIRDWOOD
Enjoy lunch and the afternoon on your own. Visit either Portage Glacier or Girdwood. If you choose to explore Portage Glacier, get dropped off at Begich Boggs Visitor Center to learn about this glacier and how it once filled the 14-mile-long (22.53-km-long) Portage Valley. After a quick bite at Porter Glacier Day Lodge, take a leisurely hike out to the glacier for some frosty fun. Or if you choose to head back to Girdwood, stroll leisurely down the streets of this historic gold mining town on your own and discover charming shops and friendly folks. Ask your Adventure Guides to recommend a restaurant for lunch that would be ideal for your family.
FAREWELL DINNER AT THE HOTEL ALYESKA
As your Alaskan vacation comes to a close, join your travel friends back at the resort for a farewell dinner. Get into the rhythm during a performance of traditional dancers and drummers as Alaska's Native heritage comes to life before your eyes! (Breakfast and Dinner)
DAY 8: Girdwood
BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
Enjoy your last breakfast in Alaska and get ready for your flight home.
TRANSFER TO TED STEVENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (ANC)
Board pre-arranged transportation to the airport and say goodbye to fellow Adventurers and to Alaska—until you return again. (Breakfast)
All This Included
Discover the beauty and majesty of "The Last Frontier" on this Adventures by Disney Alaska vacation. Alaska is home to Denali—the highest mountain peak in North America—and also boasts over 3 million lakes, volcanic islands and 16,000 square miles (41,439 square km) of glacier ice. Explore some of the most stunning terrains in the world. And take home memories of unforgettable natural splendor!
Anchorage: Anchorage Marriott Downtown
Talkeetna: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Denali National Park: Grande Denali Lodge
Girdwood: The Hotel Alyeska
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