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Explore the farthest reaches of Alaska. The trip starts with the history and culture of Fairbanks and the stunning fall colors in the backcountry of Denali National Park. Then, a flying tour takes you north of the Arctic Circle to the rustic Coldfoot camp to watch for the majestic Northern Lights.
Learn more about Fairbanks and Denali Backcountry Northern Lights Escape
Your arrival day is free to explore Fairbanks, the second-largest city in the state. If time permits, take a self-guided walking tour from the Visitor Information Center with 38 highlighted points of interest. Let your friendly front desk staff know to notify you if and when the Northern Lights are out. Overnight in Fairbanks.
Board the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park. Upon arrival at the Denali Park depot, enjoy some free time before an afternoon adventure bus tour through the national park. Witness spectacular forest, tundra, and mountain scenery and search for wildlife. Overnight at Denali Backcountry Lodge.
Nestled in a snug valley, the Denali Backcountry Lodge is a true wilderness experience. Optional activities include hiking, photography tours, gold-panning, botany walks, and mountain biking. Overnight at Denali Backcountry Lodge.
After breakfast, ride the bus back for more magnificent scenery and wildlife along the famous Park Road. Then, board the Alaska Railroad to Fairbanks. Overnight in Fairbanks.
Fly north above the Arctic Circle and land in rustic Coldfoot, Alaska, a staging area for flights into Gates of the Arctic National Park and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. You can choose to join an optional aurora-viewing expedition to nearby Wiseman, a historic gold mining community. Overnight in Coldfoot.
Today, you may choose from a variety of optional tours which include an excursion along the Dalton Highway into the Brooks Range, as far north as Atigun Pass, and additional aurora viewing in Wiseman. Overnight in Coldfoot.
Return to Fairbanks via a guided ground tour, where you will travel a portion of the rugged, 414 mile Dalton Highway. Cross the Arctic Circle in ceremonious fashion, and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate to prove it. Overnight in Fairbanks.
Begin your day with a tour aboard the Riverboat Discovery to explore the heart of interior Alaska. This itinerary concludes here, but we hope you will continue on with your next Alaska adventure.
Have more time for adventure? Consider departing from Anchorage instead of returning to Fairbanks.
Optional add-on adventures
Fly through the awe-inspiring Alaska Range. The optional scenic Denali flightseeing trip will take you to the North Face of Denali, and over several the north side glaciers of the mountain.
Have more time for adventure? Consider departing from Anchorage to see more of Alaska.
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