Iditarod Sled Dog Race and Fur Rondy Tour
Wednesday through Sunday: February - March , 2012.
Round trip rail on Hurricane Turn Train and four nights accommodations in Anchorage. Meals and optional excursions not included.
Iditarod Sled Dog Race and Fur Rondy Tour: Wednesday through Sunday, February - March , 2012. The Iditarod starts in Anchorage on Saturday, March 3. fans call it the last great race on earth. A race over 1,150 miles of the world's most extreme and beautiful terrain: across mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and arctic coastline.
Wednesday: Arrive and overnight in Anchorage.
Thursday: Board the Alaska Railroad Hurricane Turn Train for a trip into Alaska's Interior. The train travels north from Anchorage to Hurricane gulch, along the Susitna River and through the Indian River canyon. On this wilderness run, you can get off the train anywhere along the way, and stop the train on the return with a wave of a flag. The Hurricane Turn operates on the first Thursday of each month during the winter. Return to hotel in Anchorage.
Friday: Head to the Fur Rondy, an Anchorage family tradition dating back to the days when fur trappers wanted to blow off a little steam during the middle of winter. Now, it's a full-blown winter celebration with sled dog races, snow sculpture, exhibits, car racing and a parade. Overnight in Anchorage.
Saturday: The Iditarod Sled Dog Race is within walking distance of your hotel. After the last musher leaves the chute, plan to visit the Alaska Native Heritage Museum. return to hotel for overnight in Anchorage.
Sunday: Fly home or opt for more activities in the Anchorage area. The Official Iditarod Re-start is as much fun as the Ceremonial Start and provides more chances to see the mushers up-close.
World Championship Ice Art Competition Fairbanks, Alaska, Feb. - Mar. , finished sculptures: Mar.
Saturday: Board the Aurora Winter Train in Anchorage at 8:30 am and overnight in Fairbanks.
Sunday: view the magical creations of the world's best ice artists - showcasing more than 180 sculptures. Take the train north and fly back on Alaska Airlines, or fly to Fairbanks and return to Anchorage by train. Three ice-sculpting competitions take place during an 11-day period from February - March . Note: Admission to Ice Art Festival - Adults $8, children $4.
One-way rail transportation between Anchorage and Fairbanks, one night accommodations in Fairbanks, and air transportation between Fairbanks and Anchorage.