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3 Unforgettable Southcentral Alaska Hiking Tours for All Levels

As amazing as Alaska is to experience from the air, water and road, there’s something very special about exploring the state on foot on an Alaska hiking tour. There are hundreds of hiking options in Alaska encompassing varying distances, difficulty levels, and landscapes. You can hit a trail for an hour, a day, or a week, and see parts of... Read More

Alaska Cuisine “Must Eats” : On the Menu For Your Tasting Pleasure

Boost Your "Appetite for Alaska": Discover the "Great State's" Must-Eat Taste Sensations Every journey around "the Last Frontier" is filled with Alaska flavor – figuratively and literally! When in Alaska, the special sights, sounds and smells will overwhelm your senses in a dramatic way. And then there are the savory tastes you’ll only find only up north. You aren’t likely to... 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 Alaska travelers, imagination becomes reality as those amazing aspects of Alaska’s environment... Read More

What To Do on Your Second (or Third or Fourth) Alaska Trip

If you have traveled to Alaska, there’s a pretty good chance you’re savoring those memories while also daydreaming about your return. Alaska just gets under your skin. And while it is enticing to recreate an Alaska itinerary similar to your first (because it was so amazing and the planning would be so easy), Alaska is very, very big and its... Read More

A Weekend in Nome in Alaska’s Far North

I live in Anchorage and I’m always craving new adventures.  One September, when I discovered that there were over 200 miles of road I had not been on in Northwestern Alaska, I grabbed a friend and we hopped a plane to Nome, located in Alaska's Far North. Our 3-day road trip began with a 2-hour flight from Anchorage.  Nome sits on... Read More

The Northern Lights: Why Do We See This Strange But Beautiful Phenomenon?

Special Guest Blog by Dr. Melanie Windridge, author of Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights What are the Northern Lights? The swirling arcs of the Aurora Borealis or "the Northern Lights" that we see are actually billions of oxygen and nitrogen atoms being struck by charged particles and emitting tiny flashes of light high up in the polar night sky –... Read More

Alaska Summer Festivals

Visiting Alaska in the summer is festive in its own right, but Alaskans are proud to celebrate their state’s history, cultures, sunlight, quirkiness, sustenance and independence at numerous Alaska summer festivals. From bluegrass picking to picking berries, sunny Solstice to yummy King Crab, Alaska has summer festivals for all tastes. Every July since the ‘50s, the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks... 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

Kayaking in Alaska

Imagine yourself cruising in a kayak across a peaceful and practically mirror-flat surface of an Alaska bay. You pull up the paddle for a moment, rest it on your kayak and take it all in: bobbing mildly, you inhale the fresh, cool air coming off the nearby glacier with a hint of saltwater mist. Suddenly, two puffins take off, their... Read More

Traveling Alaska by Rail

There’s something special about traveling in a train car, cruising along Alaska’s finest scenery. From your comfortable seat on the Alaska Railroad, you can gaze through the rail car’s large picture windows and see it all – Alaska's mountaintops and treetops, glaciers, water, wildlife and even some cool urban landscapes. Your train moves at a steady and serene pace, allowing... Read More

Visit Alaska On Video: Planning A Vacation to America’s “Last Frontier”

There's nothing more exciting than coming to Alaska. Many people have had Alaska on their bucket list for years and for good reason. What's a visit to the 49th U.S. state feel, look and sound like? Watch this video from TravelAlaska to find out! Dive into an Alaska vacation experience by video you'll never forget (go full screen for best results!):... Read More