Two nights inside Denali National Park and the coastal town of Valdez
- Cruise Prince William Sound on a Wildlife & Glacier Cruise
- Ride the Alaska Railroad with Gold Star service from Denali to Anchorage
- Discover the local wildlife on a bus tour in Denali National Park
- Stay at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
- Scenic drives, Thompson Pass & Keystone Canyon
- Roundtrip airfare to Valdez/from Anchorage
Fly to Anchorage via Seattle, pausing for a very special private dining experience before taking a scenic flight over Prince William Sound to the town of Valdez. Mountain Sky Hotel & Suites – 2 nights (L)
Spend the day cruising the majestic waters of Prince William Sound from Valdez to Meares Glacier. En route, the captain will hug the shorelines looking for sea otters, sea lions, Orca whales, eagles, puffins and more that call the sound home. The captain will also share with you stories about this unique area; stories of history and early explorers, gold and copper mining, oil shipping, commercial fishing, and the 1964 Earthquake. (B,L)
Depart Valdez for the quaint “mountain climbing” town of Talkeetna, featured on several TV shows for good food and fun personalities. Drive the Richardson and Glenn Highways, which this writer considers to be two of the most scenic roads in Alaska. Pass through Keystone Canyon, a place of spectacular waterfalls, and stop at the Worthington Glacier. Travel over Thompson Pass, which holds Alaska’s record for snowfall. During your journey your local Alaskan guide will share pioneering stories and the history of the last frontier. Vistas include snowcapped mountains and beautiful glacial valleys. In Talkeetna you will be treated to mountainview rooms of the Alaska Range and Mt. Denali, “The Great One.” Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (B,L)
Enjoy some free time this morning in Talkeetna. This afternoon take flight to your accommodations in Denali National Park. This is a very special and unique stay with local naturalist guides available for guided hikes and talks. Your accommodations are made up of a spacious two-story main lodge with individual cabins that are comfortably appointed with individual private baths and blackout curtains for a peaceful night’s sleep. Kantishna Roadhouse – 2 nights (B,D)
Enjoy a relaxing day in the wilderness today, with ample hiking and exploring opportunities. Try your hand at gold panning and experience the tradition of mining in the Kantishna Hills. Or choose a massage or simply relax. (FB,L,D)
This morning there is unforgettable wildlife and sightseeing on the bus ride out of the park. Board the Alaska Railroad at the Denali Depot with Gold Star Service to Anchorage. En route, sparkling salmon streams and stands of birch and spruce come into view, while carpets of fireweed add a dramatic purple color to the landscape. Gold Star Service provides both lunch and dinner served in the dining car, complimentary nonalcoholic beverages, two adult beverages, and tree line viewing in glass dome cars as well as an open air viewing platform for epic photos along your journey! This evening check into your lodge-style hotel, set on the shore of Lake Spenard, next to Lake Hood. The Lakefront Anchorage (FB,L,D)
In the late morning take a tour of Anchorage and visit the Saturday market where more than 300 arts, crafts and food vendors take over 7 acres of downtown. Your flight home departs in the afternoon. (FB)
Featuring Tioga Pass and Bodie State Historical Park
Featuring covered, reserved seating for the Grand Floral Parade
First offered as a holiday excursion in 2013, it has been often requested by our Christmas crowd ever since, so we are pleased to bring A Coos Bay Christmas back for a return engagement.
This is an all-coach trip. Travel north to Ashland/Medford the first day. There’s a lunch break in Redding and tonight you’ll partake in the annual Christmas Feast at the Winchester Inn. The six-course meal comes with carolers and costumed staff.
The next morning (Christmas Eve), before departing for the coast, make an early morning visit to Harry & David’s. As is our Christmas shopping tradition, we have negotiated a little gift card to get you started on your expedition. Travel to the coast, stopping in Bandon at Washed Ashore, a most unique place that makes art out of ocean trash. At Cranberry Sweets, your sponsored-shopping activities continue. Finish the day at The Mill Casino/Hotel in Coos Bay. Dinner tonight is a Crab Fest (other options available), as the Dungeness season will have just started.
Christmas Day brings our legendary White Elephant Gift Exchange, an ecological tour of the area and a visit to Shore Acres State Park. Not only is there an interesting story, there is a wonderful display of Christmas lights. A holiday feast is planned.
The trip home takes you down the Oregon Coast, with shopping stops at Misty Meadows Jams and the House of Myrtlewood. Spend the night in Eureka and head home through the redwoods.
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