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Address: 31722 Herman Lierer Road, Seward, AK 99664
Phone Number: +1 907-224-6686
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We are two mushers - Travis Beals & Sarah Stokey - who share a passion...

We are two mushers - Travis Beals & Sarah Stokey - who share a passion for dog sledding, the Iditarod sled dog race, & story telling. Come meet our dogs, play with our puppies, and learn a little bit about Alaska's state sport before going for a fun dog sled ride. Our tours are kept small, customized to your groups needs, and are very hands on. We look forward to meeting you!

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This is a must do for anyone visiting Seward! This was the first excursion we booked when planning our Alaska trip, and needless to say, was the most memorable! We had a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 13, 2015
Deb B
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Barto, Pennsylvania

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Montreal, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We booked our visit several weeks ahead. The day before, we received a call saying that it would have to be cancelled, as the owners were going out of town. It was retracted later that day, the visit was still on. The next day, an hour before the scheduled time, we received another call to cancel for the same reasons.... More 

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Barto, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

This is a must do for anyone visiting Seward! This was the first excursion we booked when planning our Alaska trip, and needless to say, was the most memorable! We had a spectacular day to fly out to the glacier, which in itself was an incredible experience! We were met by our truly amazing guides, Andrea and Merritt, who introduced... More 

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Thank Deb B
Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We wanted a fairly quick activity unique to Alaska, and found Turning Heads Kennels, to be just that. You get an appreciation of how dogsleds work, and how much the dogs love to "pull". Because it was 'warm weather', they get to rest a few minutes in the course of the run, which was a hoot in and of itself.... More 

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Thank Janet B
Murray, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Our seven family members ranging from 10 to 76 had a wonderful time holding pups and visiting with the hard-working sled dogs before they pulled us on a sled through the woods. Travis, the young Iditarod musher, was friendly, informative, and clearly knows and loves his work. We would recommend this experience to anyone visiting the Seward area.

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Thank Ron_and_Doris_Cella
Fort Defiance, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Our helicopter ride up to the Glacier and our dog sledding experience was the highlight of our Alaska trip! My conversations with Sara prior to going to Alaska made us anticipate the experience. We followed Travis' Iditerod progress while we anxiously waited for our trip and were not disappointed in the blog or his success! When we arrived in Alaska... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We started our day in Seward and headed on a 15 minute flight up to Godwin Glacier where the dogs train all summer long. Amazing remote location and the staff is so passionate about what they do and are very happy to share it with you. We rode with the dogs for about 40 minutes and wow what an amazing... More 

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Thank Kathrin C
Portage, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

On our third day of vacation we were headed to turning heads kennel for a reservation from Portage, Alaska. Unknown to us the RV we rented from clippership in anchorage has complete disregard to the safety of their customers and had sent us out with 3 bald tires, and a broken tire iron. Unfortunately we were stuck on the side... More 

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Thank jody729
Orebro, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The helicopter flight over the glacier and the dog sled ride was a surreal experience. The staff gave us great information about the dogs, the gear and training, etc. We held puppies that were so cute. It is a relaxed and fun tour. Highly recommended!

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Thank Madeleinewerner
turningheadskennel, Owner at Turning Heads Kennel, responded to this review

Thank you! We are so glad you had fun on our tour. It was great getting to meet you. We have to agree: the puppies are so cute right now. We're having a blast taking and sharing photos of the pups on instragram and facebook so if you haven't yet, check us out there too. More 

Haddonfield, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We did not feel like a "number" at this kennel. The tour was very personal, and they took their time and showed us all around. Wyatt introduced us to all the dogs and gave us an informative talk about mushing, the race, the gear, etc. He was a wonderful, friendly, informative guide. We got to meet Travis, and you could... More 

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turningheadskennel, Owner at Turning Heads Kennel, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you for such a kind review. We really pride ourselves on our hands-on approach and are so glad that you thought so highly of our tour. We work tremendously hard to make our dog yard and our kennel a welcoming environment. Our dogs prefer low-key so we did too -- after all, everything we do is about them!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Dog sledding on Godwin galcier was a surreal experience. With the expanse of the glacier seeming to hit the sky, you sense that you, dogs, and driver are alone on earth. The dog camp at the glacier is interesting, especially each dog's little house. They spend the season on the glacier. Andrea and Wyatt gave us puppies to hold while... More 

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turningheadskennel, Owner at Turning Heads Kennel, responded to this review

We completely agree! I love going up to the glacier. It is so incredibly peaceful up there. Being with the dogs in such a beautiful environment is breath taking. After having mushed all over the state of Alaska racing and training our dogs, I have to admit that running dogs on Godwin glacier is, without a doubt, the best! Andrea... More 

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