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Alaska’s Iditarod Winter Wonderland
Mar 1, 2023

5 Days

March 1, 2023

From: $1,300*
per person

AAA Travel invites you on a unique journey to cheer on your favorite dogsled team as they begin a harrowing 1,049-mile odyssey across the icy tundra.

Join us on this unique and once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in many of the Iditarod festivities and attend the ceremonial and official starts to the Iditarod Race. Meet the mushers and their dogs and marvel at the fascinating stories about their experiences. Enjoy a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where you will have a chance to see Alaska’s Wildlife up close and personal.  

*Rates are per person, based on double occupancy, land only. Rates, events, hotels, terms, conditions and itinerary are subject to change. Rates do not include airfare. AAA member benefits are valid for passengers who book through AAA travel only. Benefits listed may be substituted/eliminated based on passenger participation and have no cash value. Participants should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground, or unpaved trails.  Temperatures will be in the teens and 20’s so it is recommended to dress in layers to maximize staying warm. Other restrictions may apply. The Auto Club Group is not responsible for any errors or omissions in the promotion of this tour.

DAILY ITINERARY:

Upon arrival in Anchorage, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel to relax for the evening and prepare for an exciting day tomorrow!

Sheraton Anchorage or similar – 4 nights

Today, enjoy a city tour of Anchorage featuring the historic downtown area, Lake Hood where 190+ floatplanes take off and land daily, and Earthquake Park to learn about the 1964 Earthquake. There will be time for lunch on own today. 

Later, travel along the scenic Seward Highway and enjoy a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where you will have a chance to see Alaska’s Wildlife up-close and personal.

Tonight, enjoy Iditarod festivities and dinner at the Mushers Banquet. (Must deposit by December 23, 2022) (B)

Today, we’ll travel north to meet four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his Happy Trails Kennel. Hear personal stories while viewing a glimpse of the grandeur Alaska has to offer along the Iditarod Trail.

Later, return to Anchorage with a stop at the Iditarod Headquarters. (B)

This morning, we’ll head to 4th Avenue to get a great spot at the Official Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Spend time cheering on mushers from all over the world. Mushers will depart the starting gate every two minutes. Watch each one of them depart or you may take off early and enjoy other Iditarod festivities in Anchorage.

This afternoon, visit the Anchorage Museum, a large art, history, ethnography, ecology, and science museum in the heart of downtown Anchorage. (B)

This morning, depart from your hotel for the adventure north to Willow for the restart of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Be sure to dress in layers to maximize staying warm as the entire day will be spent outside cheering on your favorite dog teams. Temperatures will be in the teens and 20’s.

On the way, we’ll stop at a local grocery store in Wasilla to pick-up a snack and lunch items. Prepare for a bit of a walk to find the perfect spot along the fence line of the race. Mushers take off across Willow Lake on their 1,049-mile journey by dog sled to Nome. The Willow Community Center is open and offers a break from the cold with vendors selling food and drink as well as local crafts. Don’t miss out on snacks throughout the day! Your Tour Director will have more information on this edible portion of the program!

The departure time from Willow will depend on weather conditions and guests comfort level. It is our goal to see as many of the Mushers depart as possible while still arriving back into Anchorage by 6:00/6:30pm. Upon return to Anchorage it will be time to say goodbye to your local Tour Director as you are transferred to the Anchorage Airport for your flight. Flights should be scheduled after 9:00pm

******Depending upon flight schedules you may need to book 1 post night in Anchorage for an additional cost.

*All itineraries, fares, programs and policies are subject to change.

AAA EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Round-Trip Airport Meet and Greet Transfers
  • 4 Nights’ Hotel Accommodations
  • 5 Meals; 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner
    (if booked by 12/23/22)
  • City Tour of Anchorage
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Iditarod Musher’s Banquet (must be booked and deposited by 12/23/22)
  • Visit Happy Trails Kennel and meet Iditarod Champion Martin Buser
  • Visit Iditarod Headquarters
  • Ceremonial and Official Start of the Iditarod
  • Anchorage Museum
  • Fully Escorted by a local Professional Tour Manager

      Pre and post night options available

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