Alaska is home of hardcore adventurists. From crab fishermen to bush pilots, people here know that danger and excitement are a natural part of life. So what do they do for fun? Well, many Alaskans hitch up their dogs and take a sled ride for 40 or 50 miles across windswept tundra. These sleds are not the lounging Santa sleighs, either. The mushers stand on the sled the whole time, steering the dogs away from dangers or distractions.
Once a year, these diehard athletes come together and race their dogs along a course that spans over 1,100 miles. The Iditarod is … Read More →
We’ve all experienced this airport scene or witnessed a similar one: A traveler, fresh off a long flight, undoubtedly thrilled by the notion of the outdoor adventure ahead, stands next to the baggage claim conveyor belt surrounded by more luggage than their hands and backs can carry and likely short several hundred dollars due to increasing airline cargo fees for anything larger than a carry-on.
This year, Fairbanks will celebrate the 22nd annual BP World Ice Art Championships (Feb. 24 – March 30). Founded in 1990, the ice-carving competition is operated by more than 90 different committees, nine board of directors and hundreds of volunteers all across the globe. The competition brings in thousands of people from around the world to view these unique artistic pieces created out of large blocks of crystal-clear ice.
When booking your Alaska vacation, we suggest renting a car to explore all the Last Frontier has to offer, whether it’s world-renowned attractions or more off-the-beaten-path adventures. From Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve and on to the breathtaking Kenai Peninsula, Princess Alaska Lodges offer the perfect road map for an epic Alaska vacation.
When people think of Alaska in winter, one of the first things they think of is the Iditarod, “The Last Great Race on Earth.”
Your Alaska adventure probably includes the Northern Lights and a trip to Denali. These are must-see sights, but what about the lesser-known gems of Alaska? “The Last Frontier” is full of unique experiences and hidden surprises. Fortunately, our Princess Lodges are close to some of the best. Here are five spots worth adding to your list of places to visit.
Russian River Falls
Located less than 10 miles from our Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, the Russian River Falls is classic Alaska. You’ll get up close and personal with nature. The falls are at the end of a two-mile trail. The trek is … Read More →
As the growing number of burgeoning microbreweries around the country attests, beer is the new wine. The long, slender bottles of aged, fermented grape juice still earn their fair share of respect. However, if you’re planning to add a wine cellar to your house, you may want to consider allocating some of that space for craft beers, as they are definitely the new worldwide trend.
This photo is used under a Creative Commons license by Andrew Malone
Alaska houses Mt. McKinley, the Iditarod and gorgeous northern lights. The state is also home to more than 800,000 people, and some of those people are pretty well known. The most famous is arguably Sarah Palin. However, the former governor isn’t alone. Here is a list of celebrities who have called Alaska home.
Schilling spent his early years in Anchorage. The former major league pitcher won 216 games during his 20 years in baseball. Schilling’s defining moment came during the 2004 playoffs when he pitched on an injured ankle. The … Read More →
Many visitors come to Alaska during the winter months to experience the northern lights, but the holiday lights can be just as inspiring.
Alaska offers opportunities for adventure unlike any other state. But even for the most avid adventurers, sometimes there’s nothing better than curling up by the fireplace with a good book in hand. After a snowy winter walk or cross-country ski adventure, we recommend cozying up by the fire at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge with one of these five books, written by Alaska authors or set in the Last Frontier:
1) “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey – Alaska born and bred, author Eowyn Ivey’s first novel, “The Snow Child,” garnered a Pulitzer Prize nomination as one of the top novels of … Read More →