Lifestyles & Locals

Browsing Stories from Alaska

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

I'm not someone who can lie on a beach and do nothing. I am not sure what you are supposed to do, so I get bored. I prefer to have a purpose, such as going to Alaska to see orca whales.

— Miranda Richardson
5 Insider Tips To Experiencing Alaska’s Top Attractions Without The Crowds

Luckily, when you visit Alaska, crowds are usually not a problem but if you want to experience Alaska's wilderness a little more to yourself and a little less with everyone else, here are some great travel tips to help make that happen: TIP #1: Don’t shrug those Alaska's shoulders – arrive early or stay late - in the shoulder season! Take a... Read More


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


To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.

— John Muir
Native American Totem Poles in Alaska

Standing tall, colorful, powerful and somewhat mysteriously are some of Alaska's most intriguing treasures and unique storytellers – Native American totem poles. While beautiful, these intricately and creatively carved and painted cedar tree structures are far more than local Alaska art. The carvings are monuments created by the indigenous Haida, Tsimshian and Tlingit artists of the region whose totem poles tell... Read More


John Muir, the famous naturalist, wrote in his journal that you should never go to Alaska as a young man because you'll never be satisfied with any other place as long as you live. And there's a lot of truth to that.

— Tom Bodett
The Alaska Challenge: Can You Do All 9 of These on Your Alaska Trip?

With 25+ years of helping visitors experience Alaska, our local experts at Alaska Tours have come up with The "Official" Alaska Bucket List based upon what we know are the most iconic, unique and "only in Alaska" experiences to be had in America's Last Frontier. Have you crossed these off your bucket list? Grab a shot of a Grizzly Bear Gulping... Read More


For sheer majestic geography and sublime scale, nothing beats Alaska and the Yukon.

— Sam Abell
The “Official” Alaska Local’s Bucket List

The Alaska Bucket List: Top 10 "Must Sees" in the Last Frontier From A Local's Perspective With so many distinct regions in Alaska and such a variety of available outdoor activities, it is hard to narrow down a Top 10 list for the 49th and largest U.S. state. Many of Alaska’s traditions are popular, among them dog sledding, ATVing, zip lining, kayaking... Read More


“Can’t Miss” Alaska Winter Events for Visitors

Many communities throughout Alaska host signature winter events for visitors and locals to keep the long winter Alaskan months interesting and enjoyable.  And every year, Alaskans look forward to these winter celebrations which draw audiences from around the world.  Here are some “can’t miss” Alaska Winter events for visitors vacationing in the land of the Midnight Sun. Talkeetna Winterfest  Talkeetna is a... Read More