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Self-Guided Microbrewery Tour in Anchorage

Alaska Breweries

Each year microbreweries become more and more popular. What better way to get to know Alaska locals than by sitting elbow to elbow and sampling some one-of-kind Alaska brews? Next time you visit Alaska, call a taxi and have some fun on a pub and microbrewery tour in Anchorage.
Anchorage Brewing Co.
This quickly growing microbrew is also one of Alaska’s newest, founded by brewer Gabe Fletcher, former head brewer of Midnight Sun Brewery. It moved from its location downtown, where it shared some equipment with Sleeping Lady Brewery, to its new location at 148 W. 91st Street in November 2014. The outdoor … Read More →

Birds of a Feather in Northern Weather


Alaska is home (at times temporarily) to about 500 different species of birds. From bald eagles to chickadees, the Last Frontier is a can’t-miss birding destination, whether you’re looking to improve your bird-watching chops or just catch a glimpse of a few new feathered friends. Just in time for summer, here are a few basics to start your northern birding adventures off right.
First, bringing along a few books will help you find and identify species across the state. “A Birder’s Guide to Alaska” by George C. West has been called the best guide to bird watching in Alaska and is … Read More →

15 Free Activities for Kids in Alaska

Alaska Trail Hiking

You’re about to make memories of a lifetime with your kids in Alaska, but traveling with the family in tow can get pricey. Keep your wallet in your pocket while you’re staying in Alaska – and still make a trip to remember – with these 15 free activities that are fun for the whole family.

Secret Fishing Tips Alaska Locals Won’t Tell You About

Local Fishing Spots

Photo by G. Frank Peterson
The spring fishing season has arrived and you know Alaska is the best place to earn your fish stories. But you don’t want to crowd to the fishing spots where other tourists tangle their lines – no, you want the real experience. Alaska locals might not tell you where to find all the hidden gems, but we have a few hints on where to find these secret fishing spots when you visit Alaska. The most important thing to remember: It’s really hard to go wrong.
Location has assembled a list of more than 500 Alaska Fishing Spots, … Read More →

Special Delivery Brings Season’s First Copper River Salmon to Denali National Park

Chef Jeff with Copper River Salmon

It’s not every day that guests at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge have their dinner delivered by helicopter. That, however, was the scene on Friday, May 15 at the lodge located just outside Denali National Park and Preserve where Chef Jeff Elliott received a special delivery of the season’s first Copper River king salmon.
Just hours earlier, fishermen in Cordova, Alaska, pulled into the docks and unloaded their catch, reeled in during the 2015 Copper River salmon fishing season opener on May 14. The fish was packed and flown on an Alaska Airlines jet to Anchorage, where it was met with a … Read More →

Way Back When: Kenai, Alaska


Kenai, Alaska, with a population of approximately 7,000, is located on the scenic Kenai Peninsula, home of the world-famous Kenai River — not to mention the nearby Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge. It’s one of the world’s premier destinations for commercial and sportfishing and has a thriving economy due to its popularity as a tourist destination (as well as oil and gas explorations happening in the region). Originally, Kenai was home to the Dena’ina Athabascan people for thousands of years before it became a Russian settlement in the 1700s. When the Russians arrived, they traded fur and fish and established the … Read More →

Wine and Dine through Alaska’s Five Lodges

wine and scallops entree at Princess Lodges

As summer draws near and vacation is on everyone’s mind, we invite you to take a break from whatever you’re doing and ponder some of these mouthwatering offerings put forth by the chefs and bartenders at Alaska’s Princess Lodges. We chatted with Philippe Janicka, Food and Beverage operations manager for Holland America-Princess Hotels and Lodges, and heard from him in juicy detail about some of the season’s best food and wine pairings we can expect.
There is good wine and there are good cocktails, but how about a good wine cocktail? Princess Lodges’ bars have that covered with a fruity and … Read More →

Way Back When: Fairbanks, Alaska


They don’t call it the “Golden Heart City” for nothing! Officially incorporated as a municipality in 1903, Fairbanks came into being with the rush for gold at the turn of the century. The mining town grew quickly and soon boasted churches, banks, a hospital, a school and a thriving downtown scene. No longer a small town, Fairbanks — located in Interior Alaska and home to our Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge — has become one of Alaska’s most popular travel destinations. Take a walk with us down memory lane as we revisit several vintage photographs from way back when.
Downtown Fairbanks,1955 (photo … Read More →

Five New Tips to Make the Most of Your Smartphone Photography

Some rights reserved by Karlis Dambrans  - iphone

Photo by Kārlis Dambrāns
Today’s smartphone cameras are not what they used to be; they’re so much better! The photo quality has improved so greatly that many people are ditching their point-and-shoot cameras altogether, opting for the ease of a multi-purpose smartphone. We are all about finding ways to simplify, especially when on the road exploring the 49th state. Make sure you have plenty of storage available on your phone and use these tips to take incredible photos.
1. Download a fun photo-editing app. Whether you‘re looking for more filter options than the ubiquitous choices on Instagram or you’d just like to make … Read More →

7 Tips for Planning a Wedding in Alaska

Alaska Mountain Scenic Wedding

Congratulations! You’ve found your true love, and you’ve decided to get married in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Trouble is, you don’t live anywhere near Alaska. The good news: You don’t have to! We’ve come up with a few tips for the best way to plan a wedding in Alaska when you’re visiting from out of state.
1. First, choose your Alaska wedding venue
We can’t think of a more picturesque place to get married – think beautiful mountain vistas covered in wildflowers, overlooking a gorgeous blue river. You might even have your share of natural wedding crashers … Read More →