Lifestyles & Locals

Browsing Stories from Alaska

Classic Alaska Cooking Tips, Tricks and (Not-So-Secret) Ingredients

You’ve savored Alaska's cuisine and basked in every bite of your Alaskan dining experiences. You’ve enjoyed dishes you’ve anticipated and even dreamed about, seen locally farmed produce taken to Denali-level culinary heights, and savored unique meals in a special and unforgettable place. But now you’re headed home, far from these culinary delights. What to do? You can get a head start... Read More

Alaska’s Favorite Fish Dish: The Wish List

When it comes to Alaska dining, fresh fish is a best bet and the state’s delicious duo of salmon and halibut always rank among the most memorable menu items. Halibut dining at its finest awaiting guests at Winter Lake Lodge These two fantastic fish are kitchen superstars, though complete opposites in appearance (salmon’s red and orange meat, halibut’s white meat) and... 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’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 Reality TV – Wackier Than Fantasy

Alaskana in Lights: Where True Alaska is Better and Wackier Than Fantasy Much like Alaska offering something for every traveler, the producers of Alaska reality TV programs strive to offer the same wide variety for every viewer. The early Alaska reality television show rush spawned one of the world’s more forgettable reality dating shows, 2002’s Looking for Love: Bachelorettes in Alaska. This... Read More

Alaska Reality TV | Survival Skills

Alaska Reality TV: Survival of the Fittest in Alaskan Wilderness Alaska is a welcoming place of wonder and warm memories for visitors and residents alike. But Alaska can also be dangerous, and even deadly, for those who live in, or decide to test themselves against, its harsh natural environment. That lore and lure of life or death off the grid has... Read More

Alaska Reality TV | Working in Alaska

Many people work hard so they can take their dream trip to Alaska. Alaskans totally understand – they also work hard to finance their "Last Frontier" fun. Job descriptions in Alaska might look the same as anywhere else, but Alaska's workplaces are often unlike any others. In Alaska, even a corporate suit or someone in retail occasionally has to work late... Read More

Alaska Reality TV | Gold Rush to Gold Mining

It’s a classic Alaska storyline and far north fantasy – the Gold Rush and visions of gleaming nuggets. In the 1800s and early 1900s, tens of thousands of gold prospectors, opportunists and dreamers traveled north to Alaska. For most, this journey proved a dead-end road for dreams that went bust. But those rare few who struck the motherlode became insanely... Read More

Alaska Reality TV: Lights! Camera! Alaska!

Reality TV Thrives in the Last Frontier Alaska is a unique destination, where life is as real as it gets. Real fascinating and real unique, real cool and real cold, real mysterious and real extreme, real welcoming and even real dangerous. No wonder literally dozens of reality TV programs are, or have been, based in Alaska and around its often more-interesting-than-fiction... Read More

Exploring Kodiak Island and Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge

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. The southwestern areas on Kodiak Island together with Uganik Island, the Red Peaks part of Afognak Island and Ban Island are part of the... 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

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