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Come gee! Come haw! Come out for Alaska’s best known sporting event. “Alaska’s Last Great Race” takes place every March as mushers bark commands to teams of sled dogs in hopes of being the first to cross 1,000 treacherous miles of frozen, rugged terrain. On this thrill-filled Alaska vacation, you’ll stop by Iditarod headquarters, visit the kennels of four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser, and attend the annual Mushers Banquet where you can meet, mingle, and even witness the draw for starting positions. Cheer on your favorite mushers at the ceremonial start of the race in Anchorage and again at the official restart in the quaint community of Willow. Of course, the Siberian Husky isn’t the only animal you’ll see on this tour of Alaska. Have your camera ready for moose, musk ox, and more as you enjoy visits to Anchorage’s renowned wildlife centers and the Girdwood ski resort where you can put your own paws in the snow. Complement “Alaska’s Great Race” with “The Greatest Light Show on Earth” when you add Fairbanks & the Northern Lights to your Alaska tour. Two opportunities to witness the ethereal green glow of the amazing aurora borealis, a ride on the world-famous Alaska Railroad, and leisure time in outdoorsy Anchorage present the perfect kick start to your Iditarod vacation.
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FAIRBANKS Morris Thompson Cultural Center; Trans-Alaska Pipeline; 2 excursions for a chance to see the Northern Lights ALASKA RAILROAD Scenic journey from Fairbanks to AnchorageSEWARD Alaska Sealife CenterGIRDWOOD Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center; aerial tram rideANCHORAGE Sightseeing; behind-the-scenes visit at Alaska Zoo; attend the Musher’s Banquet; visit Iditarod Headquarters; see the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Race; visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center; farewell dinnerBIG LAKE Visit Happy Trails KennelsWILLOW Attend the official “restart” of the Iditarod race
In the event the Iditarod Official Start is relocated (beyond Willow) due to weather and trail conditions, a full day of activities will be substituted in Anchorage. The aurora is most active February – March with viewings scheduled from 10 pm – 2 am. Appearance of the Northern Lights is dependent on temperature and sky conditions. Schedule arrival by 3 pm to attend the evening viewing. Guests may choose to arrive a day early and purchase a hotel pre-night in Fairbanks to ensure arrival in time for the next evening’s lights.
Free Wi-Fi available in most hotels
Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
ARRIVE IN FAIRBANKS Welcome to Alaska! Schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm to be prepared for this evening’s late-night aurora borealis viewing opportunity.
FAIRBANKS FAIRBANKS Free time this morning. Sightseeing tour includes Morris Thompson Cultural Center and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Free time this evening followed by a late-night aurora borealis viewing opportunity.
FAIRBANKS–ALASKA RAILROAD–TALKEETNA–ANCHORAGE ALASKA RAILROAD Scenic train ride to Talkeetna followed by a drive to Anchorage. ANCHORAGE Free time this evening.
ANCHORAGE ANCHORAGE Free day.
ANCHORAGE–SEWARD–GIRDWOOD ANCHORAGE Welcome breakfast. Scenic drive past Turnagain Arm en route to the Alaska Sealife Center. SEWARD Visit Alaska Sealife Center. GIRDWOOD Free time this evening.
GIRDWOOD GIRDWOOD Scenic aerial tram. Remainder of the day is free.
GIRDWOOD–ANCHORAGE ANCHORAGE Guided city sightseeing. Visit to Lake Hood Seaplane Airport. Visit Alaska Zoo. Mushers Banquet dinner and Iditarod festivities.
ANCHORAGE. EXCURSION TO BIG LAKE BIG LAKE Visit Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his home, Happy Trails Kennels. Visit Iditarod Trail Race Headquarters. Free time in Anchorage this evening.
Breakfast ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Anchorage with a Northern Lights photography tour. This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
ANCHORAGE. CEREMONIAL START OF THE IDITAROD ANCHORAGE Free time this morning before the Iditarod starting ceremonies. Visit to the Anchorage Museum. Farewell dinner this evening.
ANCHORAGE. EXCURSION TO WILLOW WILLOW Attend the Iditarod official restart (weather and trail conditions permitting). Free time this evening.
ANCHORAGE Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
"Born and raised in Anchorage, I love Alaska and cannot imagine living anywhere else. I grew up camping, fishing, and hiking and still enjoy spending time outdoors. I have led tours in Alaska for over 20 years and still enjoy sharing the history, culture, and economics of my home state. I am a teacher during the school year and apply similar lesson plans and organization to each tour. My goal is to share Alaska with every guest as I would share it with a relative. Above all else I want my guests to have fun, but that does not mean that they won't learn a lot about Alaska and being an Alaskan while they are enjoying The Land of the Midnight Sun!"