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Find the Perfect Alaska Holiday Gift for Everyone on your List

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With the holidays in full force, it’s crunch time to cross every friend, relative, neighbor and coworker off your shopping list. The task can seem daunting, but worry not! We can help you find the perfect gift for everyone in your life with these two letters: AK. A gift made in Alaska can be unique, and — if a trip to Alaska is on your own wish list — a great conversation starter to start the travel planning process.

Heli-Skiing is Hella Rad

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Looking for the ski experience of a lifetime? Grab your fat skis and head to the 49th state, where helicopters whisk you to the insane terrain of untouched powder, towering ranges, steep vertical drops and ultra-long descents. This is the land where legend comes to life.
Alaska’s Chugach range is home to a number of high-caliber heli-ski operations. Each offers access to thousands of glaciated acres—so much territory, in fact, that you can go for a week and never ski the same line twice.
Not Just an Elite Treat
If you’re a solid intermediate downhill skier, comfortable on red runs, … Read More →

This Season’s Can’t-Miss Winter Sporting Events in Alaska

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Though Alaska might not boast national-level baseball, football or basketball pro teams, the Last Frontier certainly has no shortage of athletes, especially extreme sports competitors. After all, adventure-seekers flock to Alaska for the many mountains to ski, rivers to raft and rock faces to scale. You’re even likely to see windsurfers catching a gust of wind on Turnagain Arm as you drive along the Seward Highway. But if what you’re really after is that thrill of being packed into a stadium, shoulder to shoulder with other cheering fans, well we’ve got that, too! Here are some highlights of the upcoming … Read More →

The Best Ice Fishing in Alaska

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The snow is already flying here, and that can only mean one thing: Ice fishing season is just around the corner! With more than 180 stocked lakes in south central Alaska, the odds of catching a “hard water” fish — whether you are first or 101st — are outstanding.

Fuel up in the great North – a tour of Alaska’s vibrant coffee culture

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Maybe it’s the winter cold, maybe it’s the darkness or maybe it’s the 20 hours of summer daylight during which we’re fueled by a ‘round-the-clock intake of espresso. Whatever the reason, there’s something about Alaskans and their coffee.

147 Years of Celebrating Alaska Day

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Alaska Day commemorates the official purchase of the territory of Alaska from Russia and, more specifically, the transfer ceremony that took place in Sitka on Oct. 18, 1867. Considering the $7.2 million-dollar price tag (about $119 million dollars in today’s currency), you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t think the U.S. got the better end of the deal!

Root for These Alaska Sport Teams

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For a variety of reasons, Alaska doesn’t have any major professional NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB or MLS teams. But that doesn’t mean Alaskans don’t participate in sports. While you’re visiting, you can still catch a game, drink a pint and root for the home team!
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The Anchorage-based Alaska Aces are far and away Alaska’s most popular sports team. Between 4,000 and 5,000 fans regularly pack into Sullivan Arena, a.k.a. The Sully, to watch the Aces play.
The Brabham Cup, which goes to the East Coast Hockey League team that scores the most points during the regular season, has gone to the … Read More →

Late-season fishing in Alaska: what’s biting and where to catch it!

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Summer in Alaska is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that the fishing season is! Late-season fishing in Alaska is alive and biting, and is even considered prime season for a wide variety of both saltwater and freshwater species.

Routes That Make Alaska a Motorcyclist’s Paradise

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Alaska is the perfect place to ride. Long stretches of winding road and secret little hideaways cover the state. Biking across endless miles of gorgeous scenery, you’ll encounter forests, coasts, mountains, and lots of wildlife. Whether you plan to bring your bike up from the Lower 48 or rent a motorcycle after arriving, you’re in for a great adventure.
Plan Your Time to Go
June and July are the best travel months in terms of weather. But that’s also when hotels, motels, and campgrounds tend to fill up, so it helps to have a general route mapped out and to book accommodations … Read More →

Savor Alaska with al fresco dining

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With endless hours of daylight, fresh air and majestic views, Alaska is the perfect destination for al fresco summer dining. No matter which Princess lodge you visit, options for outdoor dining are plentiful in the Last Frontier. Read on for a few highlights!
While visiting Fairbanks, hit the deck at dinnertime and enjoy the view of the nearby Chena River. Both the Edgewater Dining Room and Trackers Bar & Grill at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge serve breakfast, lunch and dinner on an outdoor patio. Sit riverside and soak up the sun while enjoying a made-to-order omelet or slice of savory … Read More →