Juneau to Anchorage and Everything in Between
All Gray Line Alaska tours offer travelers exceptional sightseeing, adventure and a close look into Alaska’s unique cultures. The 10-day “Denali and The Alaska Highway Coach and Rail Tour,” Gray Line Alaska’s longest-running tour, ventures through the state’s historically rich towns and provides perhaps the most in-depth look into the 49th state and its most notable landmarks.
Begin your adventure along the coast of the Inside Passage with an overnight stay in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau where you may choose between exploring the city at your leisure or heading out on one of two optional sight-seeing tours to Mendenhall Glacier or on a whale watching excursion. From Juneau, travel by air to Skagway, a town rich with gold rush history, then enjoy a guided morning tour that will teach you all about Skagway’s wild frontier history when gangsters like Soapy Smith roamed the streets during the Klondike’s hay day. In the afternoon explore the town on your own or venture over to the the famous Klondike Gold Rush Museum and learn about the Chilkoot Trail, where miners gambled with Mother Nature in hopes of striking it rich along the treacherous trail.
On day three, travelers board the Yukon and White Pass railway. As you summit White Pass you can even see remnants of the gold rush stampeders’ machinery and belongings scattered about as the train weaves its way over the pass and into Whitehorse, capital city of Canada’s Yukon Territory. The tour continues deeper into the Yukon on day four, and passengers are treated to exquisite panoramic views from the comfort of their Gray Line motor coach. The coach stops in beautiful Haines Junction for a quick lunch and a natural history presentation from a local naturalist. That evening you will be treated to a delicious “Yukon-style” barbeque before staying the night in Beaver Creek.
Next, the tour will head north from Beaver Creek on the famed Alaska Highway to the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks. This ride presents ample opportunities to view such remarkable wildlife as moose, bear, trumpeter swans and bald eagles along the way. Upon arrival in Fairbanks, check into your hotel before stepping out to explore the city then rest up for the next day’s activities. Day two in Alaska’s second largest city is packed full, from panning for gold at Gold Dredge #8 to enjoying a miners’ lunch at Steamboat Landing on the banks of the Chena River, before boarding the riverboat Discovery for an afternoon cruise.
On the morning of day eight, board the luxurious rail cars of the Alaska Railroad and head south to Denali National Park and Preserve for the educational Tundra Wilderness Tour. From Denali, head further south by rail, and experience the breathtaking views of the spectacular Talkeetna and Chugach mountain ranges before arriving for an overnight stay in Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city.
Day nine is the last full day of traveling. A short scenic trip will take you south along the Turnagain Arm to Portage where a cruise on the MV Ptarmigan offers exquisite views of Portage Glacier. Upon return from Portage, you will have a chance to explore Anchorage’s bustling downtown scene, restaurants and many local shops with handmade Alaska gifts, art and crafts.
For more information about Gray Line’s most historic tour of the Great North or any other of the Gray Line Alaska motor coach or rail tours, visit graylinealaska.com or call 1-888-425-1737 for reservations.
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