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Browsing Stories from Alaska

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

For visitors and residents alike, a special part of Alaska’s lure are the fantastic fish which thrive in the state’s waters. Diners and anglers are always delighted when they savor the taste of fresh Alaska salmon, Dolly Varden, halibut or Arctic grayling, “pole-to-plate,” artfully presented,...

Fishing in Alaska: Why It’s So 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. If there’s a will for fishing,...

Fun Facts About Alaska’s Iditarod Dog Sledding Race

Part of the enduring popularity and lasting lore of the annual dogsledding competition of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is the curiosity and familiarity it holds for casual and serious international fans, intrigued Alaska visitors, and longtime Alaskans. Most can tell you that the 1,049-mile...

All About Talkeetna: Gateway to Denali National Park

Talkeetna is a historic Alaskan town located 2.5 hours from Anchorage and is a great highlight and stopping point between Denali National Park and Anchorage. This small and unique town is nestled at the base of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) and has a heritage from...

Our Top 25 Fun Facts About Alaska

There are literally hundreds of fun facts about Alaska, America's 49th state, but we've whittled down that list of Alaska trivia to our top 25: #1: On October 18, 1867 Alaska officially became the property of the United States. Many Americans called the purchase of the...

The People and Lifestyles of Alaska’s Arctic

In a state defined by extremes and revered for remoteness, there is one region of Alaska where those most fascinating and hardcore Alaskan lifestyles are taken to the max – the Arctic. This region is full of juxtapositions; a place of cold conditions but warm hearts;...

The Changing Face of Alaska: Climate, Cultural Diversity & Popularity

Like most of the modern world, Alaska is also experiencing rapid change - but in its own unique ways. These changes extend across cultural, demographic and technological spectrums while Alaskan climates, landscapes and seasons also continue to shift. Alaska has always been a place of extremes...

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...

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...

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...