Iditarod, Alaska - The Greatest Endurance Race

Leave the civilized niceties of the lower 48 for the vast untamed wilderness of Alaska and the 900-mile long endurance race known as the Iditarod. Witness the ceremonial start of the race in Anchorage, and take advantage of the available optional activities such as a dog sled ride. Venture northward to Willow for the official start of the race and enjoy the beauty of the Knik River and the close by Knik Glacier. Return to Anchorage via a scenic route for further immersion into the beauty of the far north. The Optional extension is a visit to Rainy Pass Check Point to observe the mushers as they come and go.

Degree of Difficulty - Two Paws

Slightly Active. May involve some walking and climbing.

Weather Reports - When To Go

Being our northern-most state, Alaska has tough winters and short summers. Alaska is ideally visited between May and September. Our Iditarod program is offered only during the race time, which is generally at the end of February or early March.

Day 1 ARRIVE ANCHORAGE

This day, wake up to the anticipation of a flight from the dense civilization of the lower 48 to the wilds of Alaska, via Anchorage. Your home for the next four nights offers warm comfortable rooms and spectacular views of the Chugach Mountains or Cook Inlet. The hotel offers a variety of dining choices from the sophistication of the Crow’s Nest perched atop Tower 3, to casual cafes and bistros. Guests can avail themselves of the Athletic Club facilities which include fitness room, classes, swimming pool and Jacuzzi. This evening enjoy your welcome dinner at a local restaurant. HOTEL CAPTAIN COOK. (D)

Day 2 ANCHORAGE

This day, wake up to the anticipation of a flight from the dense civilization of the lower 48 to the wilds of Alaska, via Anchorage. Your home for the next four nights offers warm comfortable rooms and spectacular views of the Chugach Mountains or Cook Inlet. The hotel offers a variety of dining choices from the sophistication of the Crow’s Nest perched atop Tower 3, to casual cafes and bistros. Guests can avail themselves of the Athletic Club facilities which include fitness room, classes, swimming pool and Jacuzzi. This evening enjoy your welcome dinner at a local restaurant. HOTEL CAPTAIN COOK. (D)

Day 3 ANCHORAGE

Today is at leisure and you are free to create your own personal itinerary for a tour of Anchorage or you may choose to participate in one of the available optional activities at an additional cost.

- Taste of Winter-Alaska’s Great Outdoors: Take a-40 minute dog sled ride and participate in an all ability level snowshoe trek through wooded trails in the morning and afterward get rewarded for you efforts with campfire prepared s’mores. Depart at 9:30 AM with return at 12:30 PM or depart 11:00 AM and return at 2:00 PM.

- Turnagain Arm Winter Adventure: Take a road trip down the scenic Seward Highway to Girdwood for exceptional wildlife viewing. Ride the Alyeska Resort Aerial Tramway to the top of Mt. Alyeska and visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and watch as Wood Bison plod through 65 acres of tidal flat terrain, as part of a conservation effort to reintroduce the species back into the wild. HOTEL CAPTAIN COOK. (B)

Day 4 ANCHORAGE

Today you will be present for the ceremonial start of the 900-mile long Iditarod. Early risers will be rewarded with the sights and sounds of staging activities of racing teams as they prepare their teams for the beginning of the race. Watch as the eager dog teams charge down 4th Avenue on the first leg of the race. Enjoy this day’s festivities which will include the 8th Annual Running of the Reindeer, where costumed contestants attempt to outrun reindeer through the streets of Anchorage. HOTEL CAPTAIN COOK. (B)

Day 5 WASSILLA/WILLOW

Travel to Wassilla and visit the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters for a musher’s tutorial before heading on to Willow for the official start of the race. Then drive along the Knik River fed by the melt of the Knik Glacier. The river road twists its way through the rugged landscape and offers spectacular views around every curve, including Pioneer Peak which stands 6,398 feet in the Chugach Range. The Knik River Lodge is tonight’s location for rest and refueling. Enjoy a delicious meal and comfortable night’s rest in the welcoming warmth of the lodge’s frontier cabins. KNIK RIVER LODGE. (B, Boxed L)

Days 6/7 ANCHORAGE/EN ROUTE

Make you way back toward Anchorage today via the scenic George Parks Highway. Along the way pass by the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, a unique flat land park dotted with clear fresh water lakes rimmed by lush unspoiled forests. In Anchorage you will board an overnight flight home. Arrive in the lower 48, with a touch of the wild still clinging to you the next day.

OPTIONAL POST EXTENSION TO RAINY PASS

Travel back to Anchorage via a scenic route and bid adieu to your fellow travelers as they depart for the lower 48. Off to the airport first thing next morning to board a flight to Rainy Pass, an Iditarod checkpoint some 150 miles from the official starting point in Willow. Experience the kinetic energy created by the comings and goings of mushers and dogs, as they stop for a much needed rest and a bite to eat, or head off into the wilderness to continue on with the next leg of the race. Partake of an afternoon meal at Alaska’s oldest hunting lodge, the historic and rustic Rainy Pass Lodge and fly back to Anchorage for your connecting flight home.

YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:

  • Superior accommodations at hotels as indicated in the itinerary (or similar).
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Musher’s Banquet.
  • Admission to the Anchorage Museum.
  • Visit the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters.
  • Visit the Iditarod Museum in Wasilla.
  • All transportation by private coach.
  • All admissions and entry fees.
  • Hotel tips and taxes.
  • Complimentary passport wallets and baggage tags.
Prices starting at $2,695. For further booking, date, and pricing info please contact info@classicescapes.

Does not include international or domestic flights. Prices are based on 10 or more travelers, and are subject to change.