Best Places to Ring in the New Year
Dec 30, 2020 · By Vacations By Rail
Discover festive itineraries complete with cozy train journeys and uncover seasonal activities that add to the excitement of the season.Read more
2021 Tour code: WC-AKWR-21
About the tour
Alaska is an exciting place to visit at any time of year, but in the winter months, there is a distinct change in the atmosphere that turns America's Last Frontier into a true winter wonderland. Snow covers the untamed landscape and, somehow, the mountainscapes become even more dramatic. Though the days are shorter, the nights bring a magnificent show of rainbow colors across the sky. Experience all of this and more on this 9-day winter wonderland expedition. Begin in Anchorage, where you pick up your rental car and begin the road trip portion of this independent journey through Alaska. Your destination is the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, which you reach by following a scenic highway along the coast of Alaska, passing Turnagain Arm in the Cook Inlet en route. Spend two days here enjoying the resort's amenities, which range from skiing and snowmobiling to snowshoeing and winter hikes. You return to Anchorage by car before boarding the iconic Alaska Railroad for a journey north to Fairbanks, where you spend the evening. From Fairbanks, enjoy an included transfer to Chena Hot Springs Resort - a place of relaxation, immense natural beauty, and a chance to view the magical Aurora Borealis. Spend two days soaking up the offerings of this Alaskan hot spot before transferring back to Fairbanks and subsequently flying to Anchorage, where your vacation concludes. Seeing the untamed beauty of Alaska in the winter is something you will fondly recall for years to come.
Arrive in Anchorage today and make your way to your downtown hotel. Take the rest of the day at leisure to settle into this waterside destination. You may wish to begin sightseeing or explore Anchorage's culinary scene, which is surprisingly diverse, thanks to its large population of immigrants and indigenous people. Overnight Anchorage.
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