Sunday, June 23, 2024

07-Days | Self Drive - Best of Alaska

The Best of Alaska - Northern Lights Aurora Viewing Self Drive Tours

Alaska Winter Self Drive Adventure Tours - The Best of Alaska

Travel Alaska during the winter months is a truly unforgettable experience. The last frontier is covered with a thick blanket of snow that invites you for snowmobiling, x-country skiing, dog sledding and northern lights (Aurora Borealis) observation. Travel along Turnagain Arm with the scenic snowcapped Kenai Mountains in the background, ski and rejuvenate at the world-class resort of Alyeska - Alaska's largest Ski Area and enjoy a guided snowmobile or sled dog tour from Talkeetna in the shadows of Mt.McKinley. The tour concludes at Chena Hot Springs with its mineral pools and renowned world-class Northern Lights observation possibilities.
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Day 1:  Anchorage – Alyeska Ski Resort

Upon arrival in Anchorage pick up your Jeep, Nissan Pathfinder or Ford Explorer 4x4 rental car and drive south along the Turnagain Arm with panoramic views of the Chugach and Kenai Mountain Ranges. Stopover at the Beluga Viewpoint were you may have an excellent chance to spot roaming Dall Sheep, Mountain Goats or Moose. Continue your journey to Girdwood with Alaska's only four Diamond Resort Hotel nestled at the base of the Alyeska Mountain. Driving Distance: 50 Miles Overnight: Alyeska Resort

Day 2:  Alyeska Ski Resort

The Alyeska Ski Resort is remarkably the lowest base elevation (250 feet) for any major ski resort in the United States. This burgeoning mountain resort features 1,000 acres of terrain, ranging from gentle slopes for beginners to double black diamond runs to challenge the experts - all surrounded by the majestic mountains and glaciers of the Chugach Mountains. Cross-country skiers may enjoy 50 km of untracked trails. Additional winter activities include Dog Sledding, Snowshoeing, Ice Skating and Sled Rides. The resort provides a luxurious spa area, large indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzis, ice skating ring, eight restaurants and bars. Overnight: Alyeska Resort

Day 3:  Alyeska Ski Resort – Talkeetna

Leave Girdwood and continue your journey north with a stopover in Wasilla - Home of the Iditarod Trail Headquarter. Check out the museum with trophy's, displays and photos. The Parks Highway is the state widest and a year-around open road who connects Anchorage and Fairbanks (360 Miles). Enjoy the many vistas before you arrive in Talkeetna - founded 1917 and gateway to the unspoiled wilderness areas of the Denali State Park with excellent panoramic views of the Alaska & Talkeetna Mountain Range, glaciers and snow capped mountain peaks. Stay at a deluxe wilderness lodge with breathtaking views across the Susitna River Valley of the magnificent 20.320 ft Mount McKinley, Mount Foraker and Mount Hunter. The lodge provides restaurant, bar, lobby with open fireplace. Rooms with private bathroom, TV, phone. Driving Distance: 180 Miles Overnight: Talkeetna

Day 4:  Talkeetna

After breakfast you have the option to join a guided snowmobile or sled dog tour starting in historic Talkeetna with a hot beverages and a snack stop at a remote log cabin overlooking the Talkeetna River. (Optional Sightseeing & Activity Tour) Extended tours are available just a short drive from Talkeetna along the Petersville Road. During the remaining day you have plenty of time to enjoy other Winter activities including x-country skiing, ice fishing or snowshoeing on the local trails. Don't miss the beautiful sunset against the Alaska Range and Mt. McKinley! During the evening you may spot already the magnificent Northern Lights. Overnight: Talkeetna

Day 5:  Talkeetna – Fairbanks - Chena Hot Springs

You continue your journey on the Parks Highway via Denali National Park and Nenana to Fairbanks. Stopover and Fairbanks and visit the renowned Alaska University Museum. After arriving at Chena Hot Springs you may enjoy a dip in the natural mineral hot springs. The area is internationally recognized as one of the best places to view the Aurora Borealis in the wintertime. The 440-acre resort area (Ice Hotel) is also known for its healthy outdoor opportunities in the pristine wilderness of Alaska´s great Interior. Driving Distance: 280 Miles Overnight: Resort or Hotel

Day 6:  Chena Hot Springs

Spend your day at leisure: use the different whirlpool tubs, pools and the renowned natural outdoor Rock Lake; snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, get a massage, relax or revitalize your spirit. Afternoon guided sled dog tour (Optional Sightseeing & Activity Tour) Tonight you have the opportunity again to observe the Northern Lights dancing across the northern winter skies. Overnight: Resort or Hotel

Day 7:  Chena Hot Springs – Fairbanks

After breakfast spend some time at Chena Hot Springs before departing for Fairbanks. Driving Distance: 60 Miles You may extend your stay and overnight in Fairbanks before heading back home.

Tour Includes

  • 6 Nights First Class Hotel & Lodge Accommodation
  • Hotel Taxes
  • 6 x Breakfast or Breakfast Buffet
  • 7 Day SUV 4x4 Rental Car
  • Unlimited Mileage
  • Airport Rental Station Concessionary Fee
  • Rental Car Taxes
  • Rental Car CDW Insurance
  • One Way Fee Anchorage - Fairbanks
  • Geo Thermal Energy Tour Chena Hot Springs
  • Chena Hot Springs Pool Pass
  • Alyeska Resort Fee
  • Tour Documentation
  • Reservation Fee
Optional Sightseeing & Activity Package
  • 5-Hour Guided Snowmobile Tour
  • 2-Hour Guided Sled Dog Tour

Rates per Person in US $ from Anchorage to Fairbanks

Tour Number: WSD3
Single Double Triple Quad

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Optional Sightseeing and Activity Package