Lifestyles & Locals

Browsing Stories from Alaska

Tasty Treats: Enjoy Traditional Alaska Native Foods

Centuries before planes, freighters and friends brought favorite American foods north to Alaska, Alaska’s Native people led lifestyles of subsistence and survival. Traditional patterns of hunting, harvesting, fishing and foraging followed the waxing and waning Alaska sun and changing seasons. Despite the emergence of easy-to-eat and prepare, convenience-oriented fast food in Alaska, traditional Native Alaskan foods are still part of Alaska’s... Read More

Alaska Packing Tips: Weather Confessions and a Lesson in Layers

In Alaska, the hottest fashion trend is warmth. Saying that Alaska’s weather is wild is the most accurate meteorological forecast ever. In fact, Alaska is a land of extreme weather that can change fast and swing unpredictably. T-shirts and sunburn in March? It’s a thing! Ask any happy Alaskan skier. Facing a real-life "snow globe" moment while hiking Flattop near Anchorage... Read More

Not A Typical Train Trip: Experience Alaska Railroad Special Events

For nearly 100 years, the Alaska Railroad has taken passengers to classic Alaska destinations and adventures aboard an iconic form of American transportation - travel by rail. One bonus to traveling by rail is that the Alaska Railroad treats its passengers to some rather unique "good times" with an array of annual special events that you can only experience by... Read More

The Majestic Mountains of Alaska – Denali to St Elias to Redoubt

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

Fun Facts About Alaskan Traditions

There are good, old-fashioned, tried-and-true America traditions, and then there are the good, old-fashioned, quaint, quirky and uniquely Alaskan traditions. Here are a few of the most interesting traditions inspired by Alaska life in the "Last Frontier". "Sunsational" Alaska Solstice Celebrations Around most of the country, the Summer and Winter Solstices come and go like any other days, much like the sun... Read More

Happy New Year: Looking Forward to Alaska Adventures in 2020

Happy New Year! If your big 2020 New Year's resolution is visiting Alaska, we're thrilled! To get you excited about your upcoming adventure, here are 10 Alaska-inspired ideas for your travels to the 49th state in 2020 (or beyond). And don't worry, you don't have to do all of these in just one trip north! Exercise more … by taking one... Read More

Our “Top 10” Best Alaska Highlights for 2019

In Alaska, every year brings opportunities for visitors to tackle unique adventures, find new favorite outdoor activities, and discover, explore and experience more of this gigantic state and its spectacular landscapes and lifestyles. Here are our top 10 Alaska highlights from a 2019 that was filled with some amazing adventures: #1: Alaska's 60th Birthday  The most important 2019 milestone in Alaska happened... Read More

“Only in Alaska” Sports: Alaskan’s Most Popular Pastimes

Many Alaskans are passionate about competing in sports and cheering for the State’s – and their respective region’s and local – sports teams and athletes. Yet, while professional football and basketball might seem like natural indoor stadium sports fits for this cold weather state, no current franchises exist in Alaska. Heck, Alaska doesn’t even have a professional hockey team these... Read More

The Top 10 Things Alaskans Are Most Grateful For

Alaskans have so much to be grateful for, beginning with the fact that they live in Alaska – one of the most beautiful and exciting places in the world! It takes a special breed to live here, and those who thrive in AK take great pleasure in enjoying some of the state’s truly unique features. Here are the top 10 things... Read More

A Truly Unique Destination: North Pole in Alaska

Christmas in Alaska might only arrive in late December, but the holiday season and spirit are celebrated year-round in the quaint and quirky town of North Pole. No, this isn’t the North Pole set deep in the icy Arctic at the top of the world. This North Pole is a welcoming commuter community about a 15-minute sleigh ride …(or even... 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

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

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