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Attendees and guests will need to sign up for the Guest Tours and Wednesday Outing at the National Board on-site registration desk at the Hilton Anchorage King Salmon & Iliamna Rooms (2nd Floor).

On-Site Registration Desk Hours:
Sunday, May 7 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monday, May 8 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, May 9 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Monday's guest event will be held at the Hilton Anchorage. Tuesday's Guest Tour and Wednesday's Outing will have pick-up and drop-off service from both the Hilton Anchorage and the Anchorage Marriott Downtown. Guests should arrive in the lobby 15 minutes before departure.

 


 

Sled Dogs and Silk Scarves

Monday, May 8
1:00 p.m.  –  5:00 p.m.

In this very special National Board event, guests will meet in the Chart Room (15th floor) of the Hilton Anchorage, where they will be split into two groups and take turns experiencing two very memorable activities.

The first group will meet with the four-time winner of the world-famous Iditarod Dog Sled Race, Martin Buser, and a pack of his spirited dogs. Martin’s energy and passion are bested only by that of his dedicated four-legged friends. As guests interact with the dogs, Martin will share stories of his special connection with them through 28 years of racing in the demanding “Last Frontier sport.”

The second group will have an opportunity to explore their creative sides. In this unique activity, guests will meet with a local artisan who will walk them through the artistry of silk scarf painting. No painting skills required. Each guest will have a palette of fabric-friendly watercolor paints and a silk scarf as the canvas. The result: a personalized, glacier-inspired keepsake from an extraordinary day in Alaska.

This is an on-site indoor activity at the host hotel. Remember to bring a camera to capture a picture of Martin’s playful sled dogs!

NOTE: ATTENDEES ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ATTEND THE MONDAY OR TUESDAY TOURS INTENDED FOR DESIGNATED GUESTS. THIS POLICY IS STRICTLY ENFORCED.

 


 

Experience Alaska

(Tour pick-up at both Hilton Anchorage and Anchorage Marriott Downtown)

Tuesday, May 9
9:00 a.m.  –  5:00 p.m.

Part of the fascination with Alaska is its past. On this “Experience Alaska” tour, guests will explore the rich history of Alaska’s Native people. The tour begins at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, where visitors will experience six authentic village sites, built around a lake, that depict the history and traditions of Alaska’s 11 major Native cultures and their regions.

Next, guests will be transferred to The Roof at Williwaw for an exclusive luncheon in a unique Alaskan dining facility. Attendees will enjoy the modern urban feel and cozy atmosphere of this beautiful rooftop restaurant. After a refreshing lunch, guests will spend the remainder of the afternoon taking in the sites at nearby Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. There, they will experience other interesting aspects of Alaska’s rich cultural legacy, past and present. A docent will guide participants through two galleries: the Alaska Gallery and the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Afterward, guests can explore other areas of the museum before being transported back to the Hilton Anchorage or the Anchorage Marriott Downtown.

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This outing requires a moderate amount of walking.

NOTE: ATTENDEES ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ATTEND THE MONDAY OR TUESDAY TOURS INTENDED FOR DESIGNATED GUESTS. THIS POLICY IS STRICTLY ENFORCED.

 


 

Alaska Railroad Adventure

(Tour pick-up at both Hilton Anchorage and Anchorage Marriott Downtown)

Wednesday, May 10
9:00 a.m.  – 3:00 p.m.

(Duration and route may change due to weather conditions.)

All aboard! Get ready for the ride of a lifetime. Attendees and Guests will gather at the historic Anchorage Depot before stepping aboard the legendary Alaska Railroad. Inside the cars, travelers will settle into comfortable seats surrounded by large windows for maximum viewing pleasure.

Anticipation builds as the train pulls from the station and travels south along the outskirts of downtown Anchorage. The city soon gives way to Cook Inlet and panoramic vistas of pristine wilderness. Breathtaking views change with every mile as the train winds and bends down the track parallel with the National Scenic Byway, arguably one of the most beautiful coastal rides in America. Scenic highlights include Potter Marsh, Turnagain Arm, the Chugach Mountain Range, the Kenai Range, and prominent wildlife viewing spots along the way. 

As the train chugs across the rugged landscape, travelers will enjoy lunch onboard and sip adult refreshments. Docents will be on board to share interesting facts and to point out any wildlife that comes into view. Beluga whales, Dall sheep, eagles, and even glaciers are often seen along the route. This all-American railroad excursion is an exceptional way to see the Last Frontier. When guests return to the Anchorage Depot, they will understand why Alaska is a “bucket list” destination.

Please note smoking is not permitted on board. Travelers are advised to dress comfortably and have cameras on hand.

 

 







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