30 Oct

2012 JHA Tour Awards

As rated by 2012 John Hall’s Alaska tour guests! 

Best Overall Partner – Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Stay Here On Our: 19 Day National Parks20 Day Klondike Gold Rush15 Day Grand Slam Alaska 

Best Attraction – Alaska Railroad GoldStar
Experience GoldStar Rail Service On:  19 Day National Parks20 Day Klondike Gold Rush15 Day Grand Slam Alaska; 14 Day Denali Explorer


Highest Rated Breakfast – Finish Line at Alpine Lodge
Guests See This On: ALL TOURS!

Highest Rated Lunch – Simon and Seaforts
Dine Here On: 23 Day Fall Colors; 19 Day National Parks; 20 Day Klondike Gold Rush; 15 Day Grand Slam Alaska

Highest Rated Dinner – Parks 229
Dine Here On: 14 Day Denali Explorer; 23 Day Fall Colors Tour


Best Alaskan Experience – Trail Breakers Kennels
Guests See This On: ALL TOURS!


Best Remote Lodge Experience – Ma Johnson’s
Stay Here On Our : 19 Day National Park’s Tour


Thank you to our special partners who continuously strive to bring a rich and fantastic experience to our guests!

29 Oct

Daily Sun Spotted Again!

This time, John Hall Sr, new resident to The Villages, was in tow.

So that’s where he’s been hiding!

23 Oct

Outhouses of the North

This may be the strangest post on this blog so far…

The north is known for a lot of things but outhouses???? One of our 2012 guests sent us these photos taken as he journeyed through Alaska and the Yukon Territories. His pictures were so unique, we felt obliged to share them with you.

So…here you go…

We present to you: “OUTHOUSES OF THE NORTH!”

Outhouse seen on the Riverboat Discovery tour in Fairbanks, Alaska. After enjoying a cruise down the Chena and Tanana Rivers aboard the paddle wheeler Discovery, guests explore a Chena Indian Village where they will learn about native traditions and customs for making it through harsh Alaskan winters.

Outhouse on the property of the historic Braeburn Lodge – At mile 55, Klondike Highway, one hour from Whitehorse and six hours from Dawson in the Yukon Territories. The Braeburn Lodge is famous for its tasty, monster cinnamon buns, and serves as a stop on the Yukon Quest sled dog race.

Outhouse located in Chicken, Alaska (population 11). The town of Chicken was once the mining hub for the Fortymile district. In 1886, ten years before the Klondike Gold Rush, gold was discovered on Franklin Creek and the community of Chicken was founded.

As the story goes, the miners wanted to name the town ‘Ptarmigan’ after the bird which is common in the area. Unfortunately, people couldn’t agree on how to spell it! Finally they settled with the easier name of Chicken.

Outhouse located just across the Yukon Border from Alaska. Obviously this location was chosen for its extraordinary views. Who wouldn’t want to stop here? Though, the place does look a bit drafty.

Outhouse in Denali National Park along the Denali Park Road. A great little stop if you can get the bears, moose, Dall sheep, caribou and wolves out of the bathroom.

Outhouse located by the Moose Creek Lodge. One of the best-known roadhouses in the North, this lodge is located between Whitehorse and Dawson City in the Yukon Territories. Deep in the boreal forest, the Moose Creek Lodge is a haven for weary travelers as well as those looking for relief!

This outhouse is located just inside Alaska as you cross over the border from Yukon Territory. Nice view of the valley below…

The last photo isn’t actually an outhouse, although there are usable outhouses at that same pullover. It’s an old sod roof cabin and is located on the Top of the World Highway on the Canadian side of the border.

Thanks to Mike and Lyn for giving us one more thing to appreciate about the Great North! Let’s end this photo tour with a quick poem of appreciation -

"Forgotten, lonely
Here I stand.
Unused by 
Any man.
Fancy plumbing 
Edged me out!
But it will fail
Without a doubt!
Then, once again,
As in days of yore,
They'll beat a path 
Straight to my door!"
22 Oct

Anderson House Hotel- Wabasha, MN

Thought you might like to see what kind of business John Hall Sr was running when he started John Hall’s Alaska. Enjoy!

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24 Sep

Another Daily Sun Sighting

….for all of you Villages, Florida people!

This time we found you in Barrow, Alaska- the northernmost town in North America – hanging out under some harvested whale bones with the Arctic Ocean in the background!

24 Sep

Baby Emerson Helps Out

7 month old baby Emerson Hall is already active in the family business. Here he is picking out carpet and seat cover samples for our newest motorcoach. He took into account color and taste. Durability was also tested.

27 Aug

Dear Diary…

Excerpt from Tour Manager Caryn McElroy’s diary of her stay at the BackCountry Lodge in Kantishna, located at the end of the Denali Park Road in Denali National Park:

Wow! What a time we’ve had in Denali! Absolutely wonderful! We’ve seen bears, moose, caribou and Denali (aka Mt. McKinley) in all her glory. Today some of us went berry picking or hiking, some went flight seeing, some read, and some went fishing.

I spent the day barefoot on the tundra. The cool, damp bed of lichen and moss was soft and springy. So refreshing. Everyone should have the opportunity to run barefoot on the tundra! It also makes a great place to nap under the warm Alaskan sun! I fell asleep to the sound of a gentle wind and a Loon calling from somewhere on Wonder Lake.  Heaven.

Waking up to the sight of “The Great One” with the smell of Labrador Tea wafting through the air made up for the annoying buzzing of mosquitos in my ears. Feeling rested, I jumped up, berry picker in hand, and went to work gathering the wild Alaskan blueberries. Although the area was fairly well picked over by bears and backpackers, I was still able to fill two small bags before heading back to the lodge for 5:00 hors d’oeuvres.

Poached halibut bruschetta and a drink on the deck overlooking Moose Creek preceded a tasty dinner of Salmon, roasted red potatoes, and fresh, crisp green beans drowned in Chef Ben’s amazing Green Dressing.

This perfect Denali day ended with a Moose Creek campfire. At the campfire,  John Hall’s Alaska guests ate s’mores and drank chocolate wine while BackCountry Lodge guide, Tim, instructed the group on how to select a championship winning skipping rock. Before heading off to bed, we all lined up and took a turn skipping our carefully selected rocks. A perfect ending to a perfect day!  ~ Caryn McElroy, JHA Tour Manager ~

All 2013 itineraries spend time at the BackCountry Lodge at Kantishna, located 95 miles deep within Denali National Park. The 20 Day Klondike Gold Rush, the 19 Day National Parks of Alaska, and the 15 day Grand Slam Alaska all spend 2 nights at Kantishna! 


27 Aug

Alumni Adventures are here! April 2013 – Panama Canal Cruise!

We are happy to announce our new product offering, Alumni Adventures™ which will focus on popular destinations across the globe while hosted by professional John Hall’s Alaska family members. Destinations will vary each year with approximately two Alumni Adventure™ offerings per year, one in the spring and one in the fall following the Alaska season. Look for our “Genuine John Hall’s Alaska Alumni Adventure” seal on all future Alumni Adventure™ materials.

This product will debut in April of 2013 with John Hall’s Alaska hosting a 17-day cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas featuring the Panama Canal. For More Information Please Read On!

FIRST EVER ALUMNI ADVENTURE! Exclusively for past JHA guests!

Join John Hall’s Alaska this coming April for a 17 day, 16 night journey through the Panama Canal aboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas! 

April 1st-April 17th, 2013
Set Sail From:
San Diego, California.

Ports of Call: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerta Vallarta, Mexico; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Panama Canal Cruising; Colon, Panana; Cartagena, Colombia
Return To: Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Double Occupancy, Per Person Pricing:
Inside Cabin: $2209
Outside Cabin: $2619
Verandah (Balcony) Cabin: $4139

Contact us for Single Occupancy and Suite Cabin Pricing! 800-325-2270 

‘Worry free’ is the way we prefer to travel the world so we’ve built everything into your price! Per person pricing includes meet and greet service at the San Diego airport, an overnight in San Diego, a breakfast before boarding, a John Hall’s Alaska cruise escort and a special John Hall’s Alaska keepsake for remembering your time with us. Of course, pricing includes all taxes, port charges, fees, airport transfers and cruise ship gratuities.

We can assist you with round-trip airfare through Royal Caribbean Line’s Choice Air program.

 ~Space is limited!~

Call us at 800-325-2270 for pricing and to reserve your JHA Alumni Adventures cruise today!


UPDATE: Reservations for this trip are now closed. We are happy to say that  30 JHA Alumni will be cruising with us through the PANAMA CANAL! Our next Alumni Adventure will be a trip through Nova Scotia in the fall of 2013. Look for more info to come!

25 Jul

Photo Fun

Tour pics from this summer’s:

23 Day Alaska & The Canadian Rockies Tour

View from Jasper Tramway

Icefields Parkway

Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies, a glacially-fed lake in Banff National Park.

The group enters Alaska after spending 10 days  in the Canadian Rockies and the Yukon Territories!

2013 Tour Update:

We’ve added more time in the town of Banff on our 23 Day Fall Colors of Alaska and The Canadian Rockies tour. Now spend two nights in this eclectic mountain town! Highlighting the lakes, river and mountains of Alaska and the Canadian Rockies, you can expect breathtaking scenery and multiple wildlife viewing opportunities on this tour. As a bonus, you can brag to your friends about traveling the famed Alaska Highway! For reservations call 800-325-2270.




15 Day Grand Slam Tour:

Bear with cubs in Denali National Park

Hubbard Glacier Calving

Great BackCountry Lodge shot in Kantishna

Baby Moose

24 Jul

Watch Brown Bears- Streaming Live Video

If you missed out on the fishing bears of Katmai National Park this summer, don’t worry!

These famous bears can now come to you through your computer or smart phone! Four high definition cameras have been set up by Katmai National Park and Preserve in partnership with Explore.org bringing the action straight to you.

Web Cam: http://explore.org/#!/live-cams/player/brown-bear-salmon-cam-brooks-falls

Over 2,000 brown bears call Katmai National Park home and each summer many migrate to the waters of Brooks Falls in search of the perfect salmon dinner. Visitors to Brooks Falls stand on platforms and observe the bears from above.

We think this webcam is just awesome! Just remember,  you can experience the REAL THING on our 19 DAY NATIONAL PARKS TOUR!

(Above picture taken by JHA tour guest this summer!)

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