RSSE01 Alaska At A Glance - Road & Rail Vacation from Seward

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The city of Seward, located at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula, is nestled in front of snow-capped mountains, surrounded by lush Pacific Temperate Rainforest, and initially originated because of its access to the fruitful Pacific Ocean. Close by is the Harding Ice Field, Chugach National Forest, Kenai Fjords National Park and Caines Head State Recreation area. Seward is world famous for its Mt Marathon Race held on the Fourth of July, where up to 1000 racers run up the 3022' mountain and back to town.

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Seward – Anchorage – Copper Center | Start Self Drive Tour ( Driving Distance: 195 miles | Overnight: Copper Center )

Arrive in Seward by cruiseship or the Alaska Ferry. Board the motorcoach in Seward and enjoy the scenic transfer to Anchorage. Your professional guide will amaze you with fascinating narration as you travel along Turnagain Arm. Photo stops at Beluga Point and Portage Glacier offer multiple chances to view the Alaskan wilderness in all its glory. Included is a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to view Alaska's most famous animals up close in a natural setting. Pick up your rental car in Anchorage and drive towards the Matanuska Valley. Because of the fertile farmland and the immense amount of summer sunlight, vegetables grow to incredible sizes. Overnight in the Copper River area - known as a paradise for anglers and rafters. Included: Sightseeing Motorcoach Tour to Anchorage

Copper Center (Wrangell-St. Elias National Park) ( Overnight: Copper Center )

Today you have several options to spend your day. Visit historic Kennicott in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park for a day. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is home to nine of the sixteen highest peaks in the United States and Kennicott, a historic copper-mining boomtown. This tour includes the scenic flightseeing tour to McCarthy and the 1/2 day Root Glacier Hike or Kennecott Mill Town Tour with a delicious lunch at Kennicott Glacier Lodge. Another option is the day trip to Valdez and join the Columbia Glacier Cruise. Stopover at Worthington Glacier and drive through scenic Keystone Canyon, take pictures at the "Bridal Veil Falls" and arrive in Valdez. Take a scenic cruise to the Columbia Glacier. Spot the Sound's marine wildlife, including Bull Head Sea Lions, Seals, Otters and Whales.

Copper Center – Fairbanks | End of Self Drive Tour ( Driving Distance: 260 miles | Overnight: Fairbanks )

Leave Copper Center on the Richardson Highway. Known as a paradise for anglers searching for big fish, Copper Center is the jump-off point during the famed Copper River Red Salmon runs. Continue to Paxson with it's many sled dog kennels and further on to Delta Junction - a telegraph station established in 1904. The intersection, marked by an oversized white milepost for Mile 1422 of the Alaska Highway, is known as the Triangle. Delta Junction is home to the 90,000-acre Delta Bison Sanctuary, which was created to contain a free-roaming herd of more than 500 animals. The area features spectacular views of the Alaska Range and the Delta River. On clear days the panoramas of Mount Hayes, Mount Moffit and other peaks are stunning. Drop off youre rental car in Fairbanks.

Fairbanks – Denali National Park | Rail Tour ( Overnight: Denali Village )

Enjoy the scenic ride onboard the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park. Choose between the standard rail car or the glass-dome compartments with large panorama windows ensuring unobstructed views of snowcapped mountain ranges, pristine scenery and abundant wildlife. The train passes through the small community of Nenana, known for the Nenana Ice Classic Lottery. Just north of the Denali park, the train winds along Healy Canyon, following the curves of the Nenana River below. Arrive at Denali Village at noon. Transfer to your hotel and check into your room. Once you settled take a stroll through Denali Village, join a flightseeing tour, wildwater rafting trip or visit Jeff King’s Husky Homestead Kennel for a personal tour with four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King and his sled dogs.

Denali National Park ( Overnight: Denali Village )

Denali National Park offers excellent wildlife viewing and spectacular sceneries. Pick up your tickets, board the bus and watch out for grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolf and fox moving along the ridges and river beds. Your driver informs about the history of Denali National Park, its diverse wildlife and flora. Once an animal has been spotted the bus will stop that everyone can watch and take pictures. The bus turns around at Eielson Visitor Center - 66 miles one way/8 hours round trip. You can get off the bus anytime to go for a hike. Return to the Denali Park entrance anytime during the day. Optional: We can extend the transit bus tour to Wonder Lake or exchange to the Tundra Wilderness Tour, Kantishna Wilderness Trails or Backcountry Lodge Tour. Included: Denali Transit Bus to Eielson Center

Denali National Park – Anchorage | Rail Tour ( Overnight: Anchorage )

Board the Alaska Railroad and relax in your comfortable reclining seats, have a delicious lunch onboard or listen to the commentaries from an onboard interpreter. Just south of Denali you'll enter Broad Pass, offering majestic views of the Alaska Range in all directions. Your rail tour continues via Wasilla and crosses the Knik River with the Chugach Mountains as a backdrop before arriving in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Nestled along the Chugach Mountains, the coastal city is brimming with activities for the outdoorsy and adventurous, as well as the more relaxed. Visit the Log Cabin Visitor Center and its Crossroad, Ship Creek Viewpoint overlooking Cook Inlet and the Resolution Park with its Captain Cook Monument. Try out one of the popular seafood restaurants this evening.