Jump Ship – Add a Land Tour to Your Cruise Itinerary

Denali looms out the window of our motor coach on the windy road to Talkeetna. It’s a welcome sight after driving through the haze and hot spots of the Sockeye Fire in Willow. We pull over at a rest stop to take photos of the peak while a local cross country ski team trains up and down the...

Alaska Magazine Readers’ Destination Picks

As we head into the new year, we asked you, our readers, about your favorite destinations in Alaska. No need to turn to Yelp or Travelocity for reviews—our Facebook poll reached more than 104,000 loyal Alaska magazine followers. We received a few hundred photos featuring everything from the...
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Ididaride. Yes, I did.

Justin Savidis greets me (and a handful of other summer mushers) at the Ididaride Sled Dog Tours property in Seward. With his long, light red hair and freckles, he looks more like Opie Taylor than who he is: a rugged, four-time Iditarod competitor working as a guide at the Seavey’s kennel. As...
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Ode to Katmai Bears

  Make no mistake, the brown bears own Katmai. At best you’re a guest on this part of the Alaska Peninsula, at worst you’re dinner. Warnings aside, if you’re one of those adventurous souls who can’t imagine heading to Alaska without seeing one of its most famous...
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Magical Mountains

It’s hard to fathom the scope of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Over 13 million acres, including nine of the 16 highest peaks in the United States, are there. That’s the size of some countries—six times larger than Yellowstone. In the heart of those extensive...

The Race to Alaska

People have been navigating the Inside Passage to Alaska for millennia. Now, for the first time, they’re going to race it—750 miles, from Port Townsend, Wash., to Ketchikan, Alaska. Completely unsupported, and without motors. The new adventure race, dubbed Race to Alaska (R2AK), is being...
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Celebrate Alaska Native Culture

I’m a Caucasian woman of Italian descent, and I’m jealous. Not of the hardships that Alaska Natives have endured, but of their rich culture and understanding of the natural world that is engrained in their heritage—and seems to be—instilled in utero. The Native traditions and spiritual...

Gallery: Kodiak Brown Bears

Photos from Alaska magazine Senior Editor Dave Costello’s recent trip to the Kodiak Brown Bear Center. A Kodiak brown bear sow paws for salmon in the Thumb River on Kodiak Island.

Alaska’s History Frozen in Time

Some spirits just aren’t ready to leave Alaska and, instead, spend their time haunting visitors.   With Halloween quickly approaching, it’s only appropriate to dive into some of Alaska’s scariest ghost stories. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, some places in Alaska will...