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Welcome to Alaska! After arriving in Anchorage this evening, you will be able to meet all of your new friends at a welcome dinner to set the stage for a wonderful adventure!
Today we will leave Anchorage and travel south to Kenai Fjords National Park, which contains the Harding icefield, one of the largest ice fields in the country and is named for the numerous fjords carved into the landscape by glaciers moving down the mountains. We’ll learn all about Alaska’s unique geology and the effects of climate change in the state today while hiking through the National Park.
Today we take to the water and discover Kenai Fjords from a completely different vantage point. In the morning we’ll take a guided kayak tour through the fjords, followed by an opportunity to spot some of the great marine mammals that spend their summers in the National Park on a whale watching cruise!
Today we’ll head back to Anchorage and spend the day in Alaska’s most populous and vibrant cities.
After breakfast we’ll hop on the train towards Denali National Park, home of North America’s highest mountain, Denali (formerly known as Mt. McKinley)! The park itself is a diverse landscape of taiga, tundra, and glaciers, and is one of the largest parks in the United States.
Today we will take a wilderness bus tour where we will learn about the landscape, geology, and history of Denali National Park, as well as an interpretive hike and a presentation about Alaskan Native history that will teach us about how the land has been used for over 10,000 years. Later in the day we will give back by assisting in a volunteer activity with a local nature conservation.
Strike gold today in Fairbanks, Alaska’s largest interior city, and learn about it’s gold rush history and get a glimpse at the same thrill that brought so many people to Alaska in the first place on a walking tour of the city.
This morning we’ll visit the University of Alaska Museum of the North and learn about Alaska’s people, places, and diverse wildlife. The museum’s research collection houses 2.5 million artifacts and specimens that represent millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions in the state. Later in the day we’ll head out of Fairbanks and towards the third National Park on our journey, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park!
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park forms the largest area managed by the National Park Service, and could fit Yellowstone National Park within its borders six times! It is home to some of the tallest mountains in North America, including some active volcanoes, the world’s longest glacier, and a tremendous amount of natural resources, including one of the world’s largest copper deposits. Today we’ll tour the park and visit the ghost towns of McCarthy and Kennicott, once incredibly active centers of commerce during Alaska’s copper rush.
In the morning we will visit the Wrangell- St. Elias National Park and Preserve visitors center to learn about the Ahtna Native Alaskans and their culture. Afterwards we’ll set out on foot on a backcountry hike through the park to our campsite, where we’ll have a cookout dinner and sleep under the Alaskan stars!
Today we’ll leave Wrangell-St. Elias and heard towards the fishing town of Valdez on Alaska’s south coast. The heart of Valdez, like so many other coastal town in Alaska, is centered around its harbor under the backdrop of breathtaking mountains. All around Valdez there are glaciers galore, stunning mountain scenery, an abundance of marine wildlife, and opportunities for outdoor adventure.
Today we’ll take a ferry to Whittier, another coastal town that is known for its proximity to beautiful waterfalls and some of Alaska’s most impressive natural areas. We’ll hike along the Blackstone Ridge to Cove Creek and Horsetail Falls, along with many more smaller waterfalls.
On our last full day in Alaska, we’ll visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage, a non-profit organization that provides refuge for orphaned, injured, and sick animals. It’s a great place to safely view grizzly bears, musk ox, and many more of Alaska’s largest and impressive species. Later we’ll head back to Anchorage for a farewell dinner to wrap up our Alaskan adventure!
Today we’ll transfer to the Anchorage- Ted Stevens International Airport for our flights back down to the lower 48.