Great Family Adventures: Tauck Bridges' 'Alaska: Call of the Wild'

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: This eight-day Alaska itinerary is packed with anything a kid could want. Families get to pan for gold at Crow Creek Mine, ride a train on Turnagain Arm, touch a glacier on Prince William Sound, meet the Iditarod huskies, go on a GPS-enabled treasure hunt, and fly over Denali in a small plane. Along the way are kayaking or rafting excursions on the Kenai Peninsula, hikes and a jet-boat ride into the Alaskan bush, campfire barbecues and storytelling, and lots of animals; the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is home to grizzlies, moose, oxen, and caribou. This tour is recommended for ages eight and older.

OUTFITTER: The Tauck Bridges trips are specifically designed for the needs of families wanting to experience a destination together.

ITINERARY: Anchorage to Talkeetna , Denali, Chugach National Forest, Kenai Peninsula, Turnagain Arm, Prince William Sound, Girdwood, and back to Anchorage.

DATES: Multiple departures available in June, July, and August.

PRICE: $3,990 per person ($3,815 for ages 11 and younger), including lodging (at Hotel Captain Cook, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, and Hotel Alyeska), guidance, taxes, most meals, gratuities, ground transportation, and porterage.

INFO:, (800) 788-7885.

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