Staying in Anchorage and looking for an opportunity to experience dogsledding and the Aurora Borealis? Sign up for this overnight tour to Talkeetna! With its views of the Alaska Range and the stars stretched above it, Talkeetna provides the perfect vantage point for watching the northern lights. Then, let the sled dogs take you through the fields of Matanuska Valley.
Enjoy a choice of rooms for an authentically Alaskan experience. At the Talkeetna Roadhouse, cozy up in a room equipped with one double bed, or select a room that features both double-size and twin-size beds for more space. Restrooms are located just down the hall in true Roadhouse fashion.
If you prefer more private accommodations or need to avoid stairs, upgrade to Trapper John's Cabin. The rugged cabin, which features trapping memorabilia and cozy flannel sheets, also includes a full kitchen, electricity, a TV with VHS/DVD and the much photographed ‘5-Star Outhouse’ — although you won't need to use it, since the cabin now comes equipped with an indoor bathroom.
See Itinerary below for details of each day.
Day 1: Anchorage — Talkeetna (D)
Get picked up from your hotel in Anchorage and head north to the historic village of Talkeetna, nestled at the base of North America’s tallest peak, Mount McKinley.
After checking in at the Talkeetna Roadhouse or Trapper John's Cabin, you will begin your dog sledding adventure through Matanuska Valley’s snowy meadows. Meet your 12 new canine companions, all trained at a 2012 Iditarod Champion Kennel, before they pull you on sled runners over the same training trails favored by Dallas Seavey, the youngest musher to win the Iditarod.
Dinner will get all of us warmed up at the local brewery in Talkeetna. Following your meal, your guide explains the wonders of the Aurora Borealis and the Alaskan night sky, divulging facts about the natural wonder such as why the stars here might look brighter than they do in your hometown. Following your celestial primer, slip into a pair of snowshoes and experience the phenomenon firsthand. Track into the winter air for a chance at an up-close look at the northern lights and the clear sky hanging above the spectacular light display.
Overnight: Talkeetna Roadhouse or similar
Day 2: Talkeetna — Anchorage (B)
Wake up to an Alaskan-sized breakfast at the famous Talkeetna Roadhouse. Featured on both the Travel Channel and the Food Network for their casual family style dining and delicious hand-made food, the Talkeetna Roadhouse has been serving travelers and locals alike since the gold rush days! Following breakfast we will travel back to Anchorage along the scenic Parks Highway.