If seeing the northern lights is on your bucket list, this trip gives you two full nights on guided tours to experience that natural wonder. Snowshoeing and flightseeing round out this active Alaska winter adventure.
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Fly into Fairbanks and pick up your rental car. Explore Fairbanks on your own before heading out on an all-night northern lights tour. Overnight Fairbanks.
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Enjoy a leisurely morning before bundling up to see the sites of Fairbanks. Check out the Museum of the North or rent cross country skis and head onto Fairbanks’ groomed Nordic trail system. Tonight you’re off to Chena Hot Springs for a night of hot springs soaking and watching for the northern lights. Overnight Fairbanks.
Fairbanks to Anchorage
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Today you’ll make your way from Fairbanks to Anchorage. The drive will take you most of the day, so be sure to break up the scenic miles with a stop at Denali National Park. Here you can visit the Murie Science and Learning Center or take a hike through the park’s beautiful front country. Overnight Anchorage.
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You may have noticed the mountains of Anchorage when you drove in the evening before. This morning you’ll see them up close on a helicopter tour to the Knik Glacier. The afternoon is yours to explore Anchorage. Visit a few local breweries, stroll through the Anchorage Museum, or rent a fat tire bike and ride the Coastal Trail. Overnight Anchorage.
Anchorage to Girdwood
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Your morning starts bright and early with a snowshoeing adventure outside of Anchorage. Afterward, grab a hot beverage and baked good or two for the short drive to Girdwood. Stay local and hit the slopes or head a little further down the road to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Enjoy a final overnight at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.