Great Family Adventures: Globus' 'Alaska Iditarod'

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

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HIGHLIGHTS: The connection between kids and dogs can’t be overstated. Over eight meticulously planned days, allow your children to see what it looks like when working canines—and people—are on a mission. Attend the festive Mushers’ Banquet to meet the athletes (they’ll be available for photos and autographs) and watch them draw for starting positions. Continue to be a part of the Iditarod’s opening ceremonies in quaint Willow, a former gold-mining camp. You’ll also visit Happy Trails Kennels, where four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser lets you meet his huskies and tells of what it takes to win the 1,131-mile dog-sled race. In addition to all the Iditarod-related activities, the itinerary includes a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center—where orphaned or injured moose, bison, and elk get rehabilitated—and the Alaska Native Heritage Center, a tribute to the state’s 11 indigenous cultures. Also included: a behind-the-scenes tour of the Alaska Zoo, a motorcoach drive along gorgeous Turnagain Arm (look for eagles, sheep, and belugas), and a two-night stay at upscale Hotel Alyeska in the ski-resort town of Girdwood.

OUTFITTER: Globus, founded in 1928, specializes in escorted tours.

ITINERARY: Anchorage to Seward, Girdwood, Willow, and back to Anchorage.

DATES: Departs February 24, 2014.

PRICE: Starting at $2,079 per person ($2,019 if you intend to stay more than three to a room), including lodging, guidance, admission to Iditarod events, ground transportation, daily breakfasts, one lunch, and two three-course dinners.

INFO: globusjourneys.com, (866) 755-8581.

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