As You Plan for 2013, Remember Gray Line Alaska’s Best of 2012
As you kick off a new year and begin planning for the adventures that await you in 2013, we’d like to share some of our guests’ favorite Gray Line Alaska experiences from last summer.
The Denali-Kenai Explorer, our most popular tour in 2012, includes seven days and six nights of adventure — from cruising Portage Lake near an actively calving glacier, to viewing animals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, to a rail trip to Denali National Park and Preserve. With two nights in Denali, there is plenty of time to take in views of Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest peak. During your stay, embark on the Tundra Wilderness Tour, traveling 54 miles into the park for a chance to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Then choose from optional activities such as golfing, fly fishing or flightseeing.
The Denali-Kenai Explorer rounds out with a motor coach tour south of Anchorage along scenic Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach Mountains to the town of Seward, an awe-inspiring coastal community with front-row access to Resurrection Bay. Here, guests embark on a scenic wildlife and glacier cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park, viewing dozens of seabird species, porpoises, sea otters, seals, whales and more along the way.
The Escorted Alaska adventure offers many of the same activities as the Denali- Kenai Explorerbut is led by a knowledgeable guide sharing local insight along the way and offers special group functions to enhance the journey. On this eight-day trip, you won’t have to lift a finger because all the logistics, transfers and baggage handling are taken care of by your tour director.
The first stop of the journey takes guests to Talkeetna by luxury rail car where they overnight at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, boasting one of the best views of Mt. McKinley in the state. The quaint, riverside town is the staging point for mountaineers daring to attempt the 20,320-foot climb up Mount McKinley and offers a list of adventures for the leisure traveler as well. Guests can go flightseeing, take off on a river tour or just sit back and enjoy the scenery.
Back on the train, the journey continues to Denali for two days of exploration before a motor coach transports the group south along the Seward Highway to Girdwood and on to Seward for a day in Kenai Fjords National Park. Back in Anchorage, the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Anchorage Museum are just a couple of the sites to visit before the trip concludes with a farewell dinner spent swapping stories with new friends.
Both the Denali-Kenai Explorer and the Escorted Alaska tour offer unparalleled exploration of the state to ensure you see the best parts of Alaska. We hope to see you on one of these or any of Gray Line Alaska’s tours in 2013.
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