Alaska Winter Driving Package

Enjoy spectacular snow-covered mountain scenery and world renowned opportunities for viewing the Northern Lights.

Trip Code: 234CTA
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Accommodation: 7 nights
  • Starting at: $1049 / per person
  • Availability: January, February, March, October, November, December
  • Highlights: Designed for independent travelers this SUV (all wheel) self-drive tour features a few days to explore Fairbanks and Chena Hot Springs. The Fairbanks area is one of the best places on earth for the opportunity to experience the amazing northern lights. At Chena Hot Springs admission is included for time in the healing mineral waters of natural hot springs. Both indoor and outdoor pools available, as well as the Unique Aurora Ice Museum. Your Alaska winter adventure continues by driving along the well-maintained and scenic highway to Anchorage, with opportunities to stop at Denali National Park and Talkeetna en route to Anchorage.

Tour Overview

This special winter driving tour, a “safari” by car, is for adventurous Alaska travelers who prefer to take on the challenges and rewards of an SUV self-driving tour in the winter season. In winter, Alaska’s wilderness is in a realm of its own with outstanding scenery. While there are occasionally challenging conditions, there is warm Alaskan hospitality and virtually no traffic! With a reliable four-wheel drive SUV, pre-arranged accommodations, and a detailed winter travel kit, you are set to explore.

Winter outdoor activities abound in winter season including flightseeing to Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), relaxing in an outdoor hot spring, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, crossing the Arctic Circle and viewing the amazing northern lights (aurora borealis). During the winter, Alaska’s main highways are open and well-maintained so driving conditions are reasonably good.

What's Included

  • 7 days SUV rental with unlimited mileage and one-way drop fee from Fairbanks to Anchorage
  • 7 nights moderate level accommodations
  • Aurora Ice Museum tour
  • Pool passes at Chena Hot Springs Resort
  • All taxes and fees

What's Not Included

Meals, excursions, gratuities, and admission fees other than mentioned. Optional insurance for rental vehicle, additional driver fees, or gasoline.

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Tour Itinerary


Fairbanks Arrival

Arrive into Fairbanks at any time and pick up your rental car at the airport. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for optional activities, such as a tour over the Arctic Circle (see Tour Add-Ons). Overnight in Fairbanks.



The day is at your leisure to explore the city of Fairbanks. Take a drive to North Pole, located just outside Fairbanks, and visit the Santa Claus House. One local highlight is the Museum of the North, where you can see ice age animals, learn about the Aurora, and explore cultural artifacts. Or enjoy an optional activity, such as a guided city tour or Northern Lights viewing tour. Another possibility is a guided dog sledding tour (see Tours Add-Ons). Overnight in Fairbanks.


Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs

Today you drive from Fairbanks to the Chena Hot Springs Resort. This comfortable resort is famous for its mineral hot springs and as an excellent location for viewing the Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis. This afternoon enjoy the outdoor hot mineral springs and tour the Aurora Ice Museum, where everything from the chandeliers to the martini glasses are made of ice (included). Or you can add an optional tour, such as a dog sled ride, snow coach tour, cross-country skiing, or massage. Winter gear can be rented at the resort for an additional fee. Overnight at Chena Hot Springs Resort.


Chena Hot Springs

Today is free to enjoy the amenities of the resort. This evening you may want to add a Snow Coach Aurora Viewing tour (see Tours Add-Ons). Overnight at Chena Hot Springs Resort.


Chena Hot Springs to Healy/Denali

On your way back to Fairbanks, you may want to explore the Chena River State Recreation Area before passing through Fairbanks and continuing on to the Parks Highway to Healy. This town of approximately 900 people is home to Alaska’s only commercial coal mine. It is located just north of Denali National Park which is closed to traffic but is staffed by rangers in the winter. You can drive about 5 miles into the park and visit the ranger station. Overnight in Healy (near Denali National Park).


Healy/Denali to Anchorage

Today you continue your driving adventure by heading south on the Parks Highway to Talkeetna. This small but unique gold mining community is famous for its special charm and as the expedition base for mountaineers seeking to summit Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley).  Afterwards, continue driving south to Anchorage. Overnight in Anchorage.



Today is yours to explore the city. Go shopping, tour local attractions, or take a hike or bike ride in one of Anchorage’s many parks. City highlights include the Anchorage Museum, the Log Cabin Visitor Center, the Alaska Zoo, local breweries, and the Coastal Trail. Experience more by adding an optional city sightseeing or flightseeing tour (see Tour Add-Ons). Overnight in Anchorage.


Anchorage Departure

Depending on your departure time, you may have free time for some souvenir shopping or additional excursions. Return your car to the Anchorage airport rental car station. Depart or start an additional program.

Optional: Extend your stay to a 10 day/9 night tour with 2 nights at Alyeska Ski Resort with a lift ticket. Available upon checkout.

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Depart from Fairbanks for a day trip on a small plane and land across the Arctic Circle in a ceremonious fashion, where you will receive an official Arctic Circle certificate. Enjoy a walk on the treeless Arctic tundra, which will give you a sense of the vast scale of Alaska's arctic regions. A short ground tour of the rural truck... Read More

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