If the thought of exploring to Alaska in the winter is both intriguing and a little intimidating, this trip makes it easy to travel. Your logistics, transportation, lodging, and even some day tours are taken care of by a dedicated guide so that you can thoroughly enjoy the natural beauty of Alaska in the winter and the fun of the annual Iditarod sled dog race.
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Start the day with a city tour of Fairbanks, and then enjoy the afternoon free for optional excursions like sled dog tours and an Arctic Circle flightseeing excursion. Your guide is available to coordinate. The day concludes with a nighttime northern lights tour. Overnight Fairbanks. Breakfast included.
Denali National Park
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It’s off to Denali National Park on a morning drive through wintery forests and windswept tundra. Spend time at the Murie Science and Learning Center before heading out an optional side trip to explore the area by snowshoe. Overnight Healy. Breakfast and a box lunch included.
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Climb aboard the Aurora Winter Train to Anchorage. Keep your camera close, the serene wintertime views through this stretch of Alaska range from frosty glacial valleys to spruce forests blanked in snow. Overnight Anchorage. Breakfast included.
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After a leisurely morning and lunch on your own, travel by motorcoach down the Turnagain Arm for a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Back in Anchorage, enjoy the local festivities at the Iditarod Musher’s Banquet. Overnight Anchorage. Breakfast and dinner included.
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Today learn all about dog mushing from renowned musher Martin Buser. At his Happy Trails Kennel, visit with sled dogs, hear stories from the trail, and check out the route that Iditarod teams travel. Wrap up the day with a stop at the Iditarod Headquarters on the way back to Anchorage. Overnight Anchorage. Breakfast included.
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Head to downtown Anchorage for the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The city streets are full of sled dogs and support teams, Iditarod mushers and fans. After the event, spend the afternoon exploring the Anchorage Museum. Overnight Anchorage. Breakfast included.
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Wear those layers and grab some hand warmers, today you’ll head to the official Iditarod start in Willow. With sleds are packed and mushers dressed in full arctic gear, it’s quite the sight to see. Your escorted winter tour concludes with a return trip to Anchorage in the evening. Breakfast and snacks included.