Alaska - Things to Do!

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Top 10 things to do when you visit Alaska....

And, The Number One Reason to Visit Alaska:

#1 -- Come Visit a Lodge!!

#10 -- See the Sights

Below are a few suggested self-guided sightseeing options:

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#9 – View the Wildlife

When seeing the sights above, you stand good chances of viewing Alaska’s wildlife. Remember not to feed the wildlife or get too close.

The following are some suggestions:

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#8 – Go Stargazing

Looking at the vivid stars and the aurora is at it's best in the winter; there's usually too much light in the summer to see stars and the aurora.

#7 – Ride the Train

The Alaska Railroad offers train excursions to Talkeetna (full day), Seward, and Fairbanks (overnight). You’ll see fantastic sights including Mt. McKinley, the outskirts of Denali National Park, and scenic mountain passes.

#6 – Soak up the Sun

Yep - the rumors are true - we get tons of sun in the spring, summer, and fall! Check the National Weather Services’ interactive land map for Alaska weather forecasts.

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#5 – Go Hiking (Summer) or Play in the Snow (Winter)

No need to explain – winter alpine and nordic ski areas double as summer hiking areas including:

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#4 – Go Out on the Town

Anchorage has world-class museums, great restaurants, and other things. Below are a few suggestions:

Museums and Culture

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Dining Suggestions

List below are some dining options to consider in Anchorage. Click here for a more complete list of dining options.

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#3 – Anchorage Fur Rendezvous - February - March Annually

Anchorage's annual wacky winter festival complete with its own policing system (the Keystone Cops) - you risk getting locked up in their mock up jail if you're caught not wearing a 2007 Booster Button! (available for purchase in most shops). Events include a kickoff parade and the following:

Watch the Last Great Race -- The Iditarod. Ceremonial Start in Downtown Anchorage, in late February to early March annually

From Anchorage to Nome (on the western Bering Sea coast), each team of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover over 1,150 miles in 10 to 17 days. Teams endure the most extreme and beautiful terrain known to man: across mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and windswept coastline. Add sub-zero temperatures and blinding winds, and you’ve got the makings of a legendary adventure. That’s the Iditarod.

The ceremonial race start is in Anchorage. The official start is in Willow, Alaska (approximately 50 miles north of Anchorage) the next day.

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#2 – Go Fishing!

Alaska has world-class salmon, trout, and halibut fishing, right in our backyard.

Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Sport Fishing Page - check with these guys first on licensing, bag limits, areas where you can fish, and other useful information about catching those sometimes elusive fish.

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