Lifestyles & Locals

Browsing Stories from Alaska

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

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

How to Fall in Love In (and With) Alaska: Romantic Getaways

If you are looking for a unique romantic getaway, put Alaska at the top of your list. Anchorage is just a 3-hour flight from Seattle or a 5-hour flight from Chicago. Why not plan the ultimate escape for just the two of you and fly to Alaska for your next romantic vacation, wedding anniversary or weekend getaway? Or... Read More

The light in Alaska in particular is so beautiful. So beautiful! Such incredible light.

— Sebastiao Salgado
5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Visited Alaska

Planning a trip to Alaska can be overwhelming for people when they are in the earliest planning stages.  To simplify your planning, we’ve compiled this list of the top 5 things that are frequently the most surprising to first time Alaska visitors.  Hopefully these will help you make the most out of your time in our unique and welcoming home. #1:... Read More

Alaska’s Gold Rush

Long before tour buses, cruise ships and jet planes brought travelers with dreams of fun to Alaska, thousands of hearty travelers with big dreams of striking it rich came north to Alaska. In many ways, gold put Alaska on the map. Through the 1800's, gold was discovered in all corners of the state, first by Russians and later by long-traveling, hardworking... Read More