Lifestyles & Locals

Browsing Stories from Alaska

Exploring Kodiak Island

Kodiak Island juts out of the Gulf of Alaska with a rugged beauty all its own. Snow-capped mountains, dense old growth forests, rocky cliffs, wildflower-laced meadows, and sandy beaches are the foundation for this stunning landscape. In 1912, a massive volcanic eruption 100-miles to the east rained thick ash across the island for three days, completely blocking light from the sun.... Read More

Alaska’s Must Eats

Appetite for Alaska: The great state’s must-eat meals Every journey around the Last Frontier is filled with Alaska flavor – figuratively and literally! Special sights, sounds and smells will overwhelm your senses in a dramatic way. And then there are the savory tastes you’ll only find up north. You aren’t likely to see Baked Alaska on menus around these parts –... Read More

Anchorage’s Coastal Trail: A walk (jog, bike ride, or ski) to remember

When people dream of visiting Alaska, thoughts often drift to the unique and untamed wilds of the state. Eagles, moose, salmon and even a rare bear or beluga whale sighting. The grandeur of massive, snowcapped peaks. Denali towering on the distant horizon. Lush green forests. Tranquil blue waterways. For travelers, imagination becomes reality as those amazing aspects of Alaska’s environment combine... Read More

Exploring McCarthy, Kennicott, and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska

McCarthy, Kennicott & Wrangell-St. Elias: A Motherlode of Magnificent Mountains and Alaska Mining History   Located at the end of one of Alaska’s roughest rural roads, and set deep in the Interior and mountainous wilds of America’s largest national park, the 13.2 million acre Wrangell-St. Elias National Park has two tiny towns with one big history: Kennicott and McCarthy. This is where... Read More

A Quick and Simple Alaska King Crab Recipe

From the depths of the sea comes a meal fit for a king, queen, prince, princess and anyone who likes to treat themselves: Alaska King Crab. Sure, these big beasts look intimidating and you’ll have to often work for it, shell-cracking to get to the thick meat hidden within its legs. But all of that effort is instantly forgotten when... Read More

Alaska Fashion and Style

Alaskans are not really known for their sense of fashion. In fact, blogs and magazines scoff at the state’s style. Travel + Leisure Magazine as well as online news site Fashionista have named Anchorage America’s “worst dressed city.” What are Alaskans to do? Wear five-inch heels while navigating six-inch-wide puddles? Break out their best during breakup? Dress to the nines in... Read More

Fishing in Alaska: It’s Easy to Get “Hooked”

For avid anglers and first-time fishermen, Alaska is where most fishing fantasies come true. Fishermen travel to Alaska from around the world with dreams of hooking a spectrum of salmon, heavy and hearty halibut, beautiful biting trout and graceful grayling. Fly-fishing for salmon on Big River Lakes from Redoubt Bay Lodge. If there’s a will, there’s an Alaska waterway filled with fish:... Read More

Alaska’s Beer Boom: Breweries, Tasting Rooms, Craft & Micro Brews

Alaska is in the midst of a beer boom with a surge in breweries and craft and micro brew production. Alaskans have always loved their saloons and suds. But for the longest time, brewing here in Alaska was relegated to homemade laboratories in beer lovers’ basements or garages. Brewing was a niche business at best and dominated by the famous... Read More

When I was 23, I went to Alaska by myself into the glaciers of the coast range and climbed a mountain by myself. It was incredibly reckless, incredibly stupid. But I was lucky. And I survived, and I came back to tell my story.

— Jon Krakauer

Alaska is what happens when Willy Wonka and the witch from Hansel and Gretel elope, buy a place together upstate, renounce their sweet teeth, and turn into health fanatics.

— Sloane Crosley
The 5 Biggest Alaska Myths – Debunked!

You don't really believe these do you?? We've heard them all, myths about Alaska that while seemingly plausible, are actually NOT to be believed. Here are our top 5 myths about Alaska - busted! MYTH #1: Alaskans live in igloos While many Alaskans proudly display a quirky sense of style with their distinct dwellings, the icy igloo is but "Arctic architecture lore". Sure,... Read More