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Riverboat Cruise Into The Last Frontier
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
- Discovery III: Enjoy a fully narrated tour with a family who has navigated these rivers for generations. Coffee and donuts are included; meals can be purchased.
- Champion sled dogs: See Trail Breaker Kennel, home of the late four-time Iditarod champion, Susan Butcher. Learn first hand about kennel life and the challenges that go into making a champion dogsled team.
- Bush pilot demonstration: Don't get splashed! This takeoff and landing is right next to the boat. You'll hear stories about village life and the seaplane's vital role.
- Chena Indian Village walking tour: Be immersed in a frontier lifestyle as you see authentic buildings and hear how the Athabascans skillfully survived for over 10,000 years.
- 40 Below: Step into a specially designed chamber that is kept at a brisk 40 degrees below zero. Now, that's cool!
About This Fairbanks Tour
Journey into the heart of Last Frontier traditions with the Binkleys, a family whose Alaskan heritage goes back to 1898. That was the year Charles Binkley hiked over Chilkoot Pass with an eye to operating boats on the Yukon and its tributaries. Today, Charles' great-grandchildren run the company. And that's just the tip of the heritage in store for you on this adventure.
The exciting sport of dog sledding is a treasured part of Alaskan heritage too. You may have seen these Huskies race boldly in the world-famous Iditarod across 1,000 miles of rugged terrain in all kinds of weather. Now you can see these valiant canines up close, hear what it takes to make a winning team, and watch in amazement as the dogs show off their speed, strength, and desire to run in a mushing demonstration.
You'll also see a demo of the plane that's humorously known as Alaska's "state bird." But the ubiquitous seaplane is more than a fun way to fly. It's often the only way to get around Alaska's rugged 375,000,000 acres. Seaplanes are a lifeline, providing taxicab, ambulance, and mail carrier services to communities that can't be reached by road. Count on the pilot to help you master Seaplane 101 and throw in a few adventurous tales too.
Traditions run deep in the Athabascan village, where you'll see how spruce logs and bark were used to build shelter and storage. Admire fur pelts as your guide explains how the wolf, fox, marten, and beaver provided food and protection in the harsh Arctic climate. After your tour, there's time to explore the village, chat with the guides, and visit with the sled dogs. To borrow a phrase from the mushers: "Whoa!" This is quite an adventure!
Then there's that chilling tradition
Frigid winters are part of Alaskan life. Step into the Alaska @ 40 Below Experience (also included on this tour) to feel what that bone-chilling weather is really like. This special subzero chamber is kept at 40 degrees below zero, a typical midwinter day in the upper Alaska interior. Think that's cold? Alaska's record low is minus 80 degrees, set at Prospect Creek Camp in January 1971. Pass the hot chocolate please.
Please make your way to Steamboat Landing, 1975 Discovery Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99709. Look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
Coffee and donuts are included. Additional snacks may be purchased onboard the boat.
Most of your tour is onboard the boat where you can walk around and/or sit. For approximately 1 hour, tour a village that involves walking on packed gravel pathways between three stops. There is not more than 150 yards between stops.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Walking Tour, Boat Tour
Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery
Beverages - Coffee
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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