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Travel Thursday: Alaskan Adventure

Sep 21, 2023 03:09PM ● By Staff Writer

Destination: Alaska
Dates: August 19-28, 2023 
Travelers: Kathy & Johnny Welch
Group tour planned by Zachary Travel, Porch & Parish Sponsor
Choosing the Destination
Kathy & Johnny Welch have always felt like Alaska and Hawaii were bucket list destinations. Zachary Travel planned trips for the couple to take alone, but they were really excited about the thought of doing a group tour. When the opportunity came up for an Alaska
Land tour, they jumped on the opportunity. The tour includes the Alaskan cities of Fairbanks, Denali and Anchorage, hitting the highlights of each city.
Exceeding Expectations
Kathy says that Alaska did not disappoint. "The entire trip was top notch. Everything was planned perfectly, and the majesty of Alaska was everything we had hoped for." The couple especially enjoyed visiting the Athabascan Indian Village. "It was so interesting hearing the native indigenous people talk about their culture and way of life. As a retired history and geography teacher, I would have loved to share this trip with my students."
Other stand outs from the trip were a fully narrated cruise on the authentic sternwheeler, Discovery III, along the Chena and Tanana rivers. And of course, you can't go to Alaska without panning for gold. "So much fun and there's gold still there!" The excursions also included a mid-day cruise aboard the Klondike Express, a luxury catamaran, visiting the largest concentration of glaciers in Alaska. "The glacier tour was just fabulous. The weather temperatures were in the 40's, 50's, and 60's. There was some drizzling rain, but that didn't affect us."
Words of Wisdom
"I would highly recommend the Alaska Land tour. Several people talked about going back and flying into Anchorage and going into Denali, to stay 3 or 4 days there. Once you've been there, it's one of those places that you want to go back to."
Kathy recommends Alaska for families, especially more adventurous ones who like hiking. "Definitely take advantage of the side trips. Several people went white water rafting. Those who took a plane to Denali really enjoyed that as well."
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