Stories from Alaska

An insider's journey through Alaska's best kept secrets

There’s nothing quite as powerful as a good story. If you’re planning a vacation to Alaska, this is a great place to get inspiration and ideas. From travel tips to insider perspectives, from wildlife facts to photos and videos, you’ll begin to see why Alaska will be one of your favorite destinations to visit – for years to come.

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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

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

“Only In Alaska” Inventions: Kayaks, Ulus, Gut-Skin Clothing

The unique Alaskan lifestyle is embodied in the inspired inventions, tools and clothing created and used by them in their every day lives. For Alaskans, survival has often depended on being strong and smart, resilient and resourceful with little room for error and no space for waste.  Accordingly, everything in Alaska tends to serve multiple purposes and is used to... Read More