Meet the residents of the Alaska Sealife Center

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If your travels bring you near the seaside community of Seward, Alaska, located on the shores of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska Sealife Center is one of the top destinations in town. The center is the only facility in the state that combines a public aquarium with marine research, education and wildlife response. Its residents include marine life and marine mammals often in need of rehabilitation, which frequently come from the waters right outside the center’s door. Here, you’re sure to experience close encounters with marine mammals like sea otters, sea birds and the various fish and … Read More →

Get to know Alaska’s mountain ranges

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Alaska’s mountains are known to impress. They span a wide range of terrain and offer spectacular features like active volcanoes and picturesque glaciers—more than enough visually breathtaking options to satisfy even the most well-traveled and experienced landscape photographer. Don’t forget about Denali, the highest peak in North America. But in addition to The Great One and the countless other mountains in the state, here are four of Alaska’s major ranges worth knowing about.
Brooks Range
The Brooks Range is known as the northern extension of the Rockies and “north” is key. The 600-mile range sits entirely above the Arctic Circle. It’s also … Read More →

Why Alaska is the perfect “Game of Thrones” set

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“Game of Thrones” is one of the most popular shows (and book series) in the world right now, but we’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that it was meant to be filmed in Alaska. In honor of the sixth season premiering April 24, here’s our pitch for why Alaska would be the perfect place to film “Game of Thrones,” with some very specific set locations. We’re looking at you, season seven!
In the show, the Wall protects the Seven Kingdoms from everything from Wildlings to the mythical and dreaded White Walkers. It’s hundreds of feet tall and made of pure ice. Coincidentally, … Read More →

5 places in Alaska to grab a cup of joe

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Alaska is known for many things—epic outdoors, fresh seafood, wildlife encounters—but it has also staked its claim as a state that appreciates a good cup of coffee. The Lower 48 may be ahead of the game in many respects, but Alaskans have been pioneers of all things coffee for decades.
If you’re a caffeine fiend, rest assured that no matter where your Alaska adventure takes you, there is likely a coffee shop (or two or three) nearby. Here are some favorite places around the state to enjoy a good brew.
College Coffeehouse—Fairbanks
It’s no wonder Alaskans love a hot, freshly brewed cup of … Read More →

Celebrate 100 years of national parks in Alaska

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On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act to establish the National Park Service, granting the Department of the Interior authority over what was then just 14 national parks. This August, the National Park Service turns 100, commemorating a century of stewardship to parks across the country. While you’re spending time in the Last Frontier this summer, here are a few ways to experience some of these historic areas.
Visit the largest national park site in the nation
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve spans 13.2 million acres, larger than any other park in the country. There are two roads … Read More →

St. Patrick’s Day, Alaska style

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March is a month full of activity in Alaska. Besides the excitement surrounding the Iditarod and the wave of travelers the race brings to the state, March is also a time when locals, anxious to welcome spring, begin to remember that winter is nearly over. And St. Patrick’s Day happens to be the perfect excuse to get out and celebrate.
If you’re visiting Alaska on March 17, know that the Last Frontier boasts some truly unique Irish pubs and events in honor of the holiday, especially in two of its largest travel hubs. Whether you’re in Anchorage or Fairbanks, you’ll be … Read More →

5 winter warm-up dishes

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While spring may be just around the corner, the temperatures in Alaska will remain chilly for quite some time, leaving a wintry feeling long after the winter season is officially over. There is a lot to embrace about wintertime in Alaska—from the fresh, powdery snow to the northern lights in the clear, dark sky. But the cold temperatures can take a toll, and if there’s one thing about winter that Alaskans hold in high regard, it’s the warming effect of comfort food.
Here, you’ll find an assortment of unique, cultural and only-in-Alaska culinary options that are sure to please any palate. Alaskans have … Read More →

Ski your way through the Last Frontier

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The thrill of racing down a steep alpine incline on a pair of skis may sound exhilarating to some, but rest assured there are plenty of options for those less in love with velocity. Cross-country skiing, invented thousands of years ago in Scandinavia as a way to cross terrain covered in snow, is still practiced today with varying degrees of intensity. In this form it’s the skier, not gravity, that’s calling the shots on speed. Whether you’re racing competitively or embarking on a meandering afternoon ski, no Alaska winter is complete without taking part in one of our favorite pastimes!
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A look back: Princess Lodges’ 2015 highlights

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Wood Bison reintroduced into Alaska in 216. The animal is shown here in Alberta.
It was a banner year for Alaska in 2015, filled with history-making moments and plenty to celebrate. Before we get too far into the new year, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of the highlights of the past 12 months, from presidential visits to the reintroduction of North America’s largest land mammal. We don’t yet know what’s in store for 2016, but last year will be a tough act to follow!

We witnessed the reintroduction of wood bison to the wilderness of Alaska.

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Sticky: 5 Things TV Shows Set in Alaska Can Teach You

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These days, reality shows set in Alaska abound. They’re certainly not all realistic (television needs drama, after all!), but these shows do give us insight into some unique challenges of living and working in the Great Land. Here are five facts you can take away from a few of our favorite shows to help you prepare for your own visit to Alaska.
The tastiest catch
The Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” features the dangerous life on commercial fishing vessel in search of the lucrative king crab. Why is it called the “deadliest” catch? Because these fishing workers have a fatality rate about 80 … Read More →