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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

#1 of 52 Tours in Fairbanks Features Animals
2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
+1 907-455-6469
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The best truly Alaskan experience in Fairbanks.

Amazing, genuine, not to be missed, unforgettable. All these superlatives are true! Mary, who has... read more

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Media, Pennsylvania
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What an amazing day I at Tails and Trails, Mary Shields welcomed meInto her log cabin home and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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I invite you to visit my home, when you come to Fairbanks. I can introduce to my big , friendly huskies, (incase you need a dog- fix while you're away from your own dog) and explain what it's like out on the winter trail camping at 30 ° below zero. I will compare the camping with the routine on the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest ( I was the first woman to complete the race back in 1974, the second running.) And I will share tales of the 1,200 mile dog sled journey in Siberia, the greatest adventure I've experienced so far. Of course you'll check out the garden and go in the cabin and have some home baked refreshments, (You may have seen the cabin on the Home & Garden show) I feel so lucky to live here and I love to share my life with travelers.
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2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
+1 907-455-6469

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Reviewed yesterday

Amazing, genuine, not to be missed, unforgettable. All these superlatives are true! Mary, who has written a number of books for adults and children, shares her lifetime of experience living in Alaska in a warm, natural and almost poetic style. Meet her dogs, hear the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What an amazing day I at Tails and Trails, Mary Shields welcomed meInto her log cabin home and kennel. Her cabin actually has a sod roof! Mary has fascinating stories of her life in Alaska and adventures as a musher in Alaska and Siberia. This...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Mary Shields is one of those people who is so genuinely lovely that after an afternoon of tea at her table, we felt we had been with an old friend. What stories of pluck and tenacity! We and our nine year old twins were fascinated...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Mary was so gracious inviting us into her home and recounting her amazing adventures as a musher and of being the first woman in history to complete the Ititarod! The dogs are stunningly gorgeous! And we were lucky enough to see the 9 day old...More

Thank sonyaandonov
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful experience meeting Mary and her dogs and getting an understanding of what life on the sled trail is like. One of the best mornings of our trip!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Mary was wonderful to visit with. She is an inspiration to girls and women to grasp the outdoor life and run with it. Her dogs are friendly and fun.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This woman was fascinating and so gracious to invite us into her house and let us play with her dogs. She offered us one of her books and her cake she makes daily. Highly recommend this wonderful tour!

Thank drivergirl907
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were so lucky to spend the morning with Mary Shields and her huskies! She holds the honor of being the first woman to complete the Iditarod Dog Sled race but more than that she has led a fascinating life. Her tour group is small,...More

Thank mgschroeder
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WE LOVED our visit with Mary earlier this week. It was a welcome escape from the 'touristy' excursions we did on the cruise ship and in Denali. Meeting with Mary gave us a glimpse into the real world experience of understanding what it is like...More

Thank Laura964
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was so nice to meet Mary personally and listen to the stories that she experienced in her life. A special highlight was the meeting with her huskies.

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1 March 2017|
Response from love2go2015 | Reviewed this property |
You can probably contact Mary through her website to ask about schedule for the summer of 2017.
13 July 2015|
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Response from maryshields | Property representative |
I lie about 12 miles northwest of Fairbanks. If you have a rental car, allow yourself 30 minutes to drive out, so you can enjoy the ride and see the variety of owner-built homes, and the lovely boreal forest along the way... More
18 June 2015|
Response from AlanandSara2015 | Reviewed this property |
Just give Mary a call. She will surely greet you openly and honestly. She will certainly take every chance she can get to share.