This trip is designed to showcase the dramatic landscapes and wildlife of Denali National Park. Highlights include a train journey to the park aboard the luxurious Alaska Railroad GoldStar dome train, a flightseeing journey over Denali, a quintessentially Alaskan dogsledding experience, and a night at the Hotel Alyeska, nestled in pristine wilderness amid the Chugach Mountains.
After picking you up at the airport in Anchorage, your driver will transport you to your hotel for the evening. You are free to begin exploring the city on your own, and to enjoy dinner at one of our recommended restaurants. Accommodations are at the Hotel Captain Cook, in a Junior Suite.
After an early morning pick-up, you’ll board the world-famous Alaska Railroad GoldStar dome train for the scenic full-day ride to Denali National Park. From the open-air platform or glass-covered observation deck, you’ll soak up views of tundra, deep river canyons, and mountains—including magnificent Denali. Accommodations are at the Denali Park Village, in a River View Room.
Travel 95 miles into Denali National Park aboard the Denali Backcountry Lodge bus, spotting moose, bear, wolves and other wildlife. Stops on the journey include lunch at the lodge and panning for gold at a historic claim site. Late afternoon, return to the park entrance in a Cessna 206, flying through the awe-inspiring Alaska Range, over glaciers, and to the North Face of Denali. Accommodations are at the Denali Park Village, in a River View Room.
Mid-morning, depart on your private transfer to Girdwood through the Matanuska Valley—one of the most continuously spectacular drives anywhere. Along the way, you’ll stop at Happy Trails Kennel, famous for its championship sled dogs. Meet the dogs, visit with a four-time Iditarod champion, and experience a demonstration run. Accommodations are at the Hotel Alyeska, in a Deluxe Room.
Take a ride up the aerial tram to the summit of Mt. Alyeska—the views of the Chugach Mountains and Glacier Valley are unrivalled. In the afternoon, your driver will transport you to Seward and your cruise ship—with a stop along the way at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to view wildlife close-up. Happy cruising!