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After Your Alaska Tour: Bring Home Classic Alaska Souvenirs & Keepsakes

The best Alaska memories originate from the amazing experiences our visitors discover up North. Each Alaska visitor, whether they take an Alaska cruise, drive north on a AK roadtrip or travel around via the Alaska Railroad, is often touched in very personal ways by their unique encounters up in our scenic state. Good thing there are numerous ways to extend... Read More

Alaska: A Winter Wonderland of Amazing Adventures

While most travelers plan Alaska visits for the peak season of summer sun and fun, those who wander north for Alaska's winter are welcoming by a surprisingly warm vibe, as well as many unique winter outdoor opportunities and special surprises. Winter travelers can break out their warm winter jackets, a fleece hat and some toe-roasting snow boots and by taking... Read More

The Aurora Cycle: When and Where to Witness the Northern Lights

While there’s a certain mystical quality behind Alaska’s awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights form great bands of incredible illumination that actually have much more to do with magnetism than with magic. And believe it or not, their activity is even (perhaps surprisingly) fairly predictable. First, you need to understand the science behind lights themselves. The Northern Lights phenomenon is created... Read More

Alaska Culinary Trends: What’s Hot on Alaska’s Palates & Plates?

Alaska cuisine is legendary on culinary wish lists and is the muse for unforgettable meals and dining daydreams for foodies everywhere. Today, with multimedia sending word-of-mouth raves and recipe reviews further and faster than ever, Alaskan food trends have become hashtag and track-down worthy pastimes among those looking for the latest "new news" in culinary circles. Once known for hearty comfort... Read More

Alaska’s National Parks: Diverse, Spectacular & Iconic

Alaska is enormous, and it’s practically bursting with out-of-this-world natural beauty and wonder. It has so many special settings and so much spectacular wildlife that it is home to eight Alaska National Parks covering 54 million acres — not to mention 50 National Historic Landmarks, 16 National Natural Landmarks, 24 official National Park Service units, and nearly 100 state park... Read More

Day Fishing Trips in Alaska: What You Can Catch in Our Waters

If you’re itching to add fishing to your jam-packed Alaska schedule of must-sees and must-dos, you can write your own great fishing story in just a day, half day or even a few hours. No matter how long or brief your Alaska stay, and no matter which part of the Great Land your travels take you, there’s almost always easy-to-access... Read More

Mountains in Alaska – More than just Denali

Alaska, the Land of the Midnight Sun is also the Land of the Majestic Mountains. When people think of Alaska mountains, their minds instantly go to Denali, formerly Mt. McKinley. And for good reason: Denali is North America’s tallest peak and easily Alaska’s most popular. The mountain is magnetic to climbers, sightseers and Alaskans, who visit its namesake park by the... Read More

Alaska Wildlife at Home in Denali National Park

Caribou in Denali (c) Jeff Schultz/Schultzphoto.com/ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Traveling in Denali National Park, it’s easy to find yourself constantly gazing skyward for a glimpse of The Great One – Denali. A sighting of the majestic mountain and precarious peak, as well as its summits and spurs, will take your breath away. The experience also provides instant perspective on how massive... Read More

Alaska’s Salmon Species: The “Fin-tastic Five”

For visitors and residents alike, the special lure of Alaska's rich legends are associated with the fantastic fish which thrive in Alaskan waters. Diners and anglers of Alaska are always delighted when they savor the taste of fresh Alaska salmon, dolly varden, halibut or arctic grayling, "pole-to-plate", artfully presented, whether at home or in one of Alaska's many restaurants.  When it... Read More

Alaska Bear Viewing at Brooks Falls: Can You “Bear” the Excitement?

It’s a thrilling and chilling Alaska wildlife moment in a classic "Last Frontier" setting – bear viewing, where dozens of the big brown bears of Bristol Bay, treat you to a view of authentic Alaska. Haunches deep in cold, crashing waterfalls, grabbing fat flopping salmon out of the water and even out of midair with unforgiving chomps and precision paw... Read More

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