Cultural explorer

With fascinating history, vibrant indigenous cultures, and art and artisans of all kinds, Alaska is a dream destination for culture lovers. On any given day you might catch a live theater or dance performance, meet local artists, or learn how traditional lifestyles have evolved to work in the contemporary world. Scroll down to begin exploring, or use the menu below to get more specific.

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I have used wood fires as my only household heat for the past 45 or 50 years. I can build you a fire in a hurry at home, but put me in the Alaska woods, with cold rain soaking everything, and it gets more challenging.

John Schandelmeier | Alaska Dispatch News | July 27, 2017

Viewing the aurora borealis with children is a wonderful way to expose them to the wonders of the world.

Erin Kirkland | Alaska Dispatch News | July 26, 2017

Koyukuk River Tribal Tours provides guests a short glimpse into life in rural Alaska and an Alaska Native community from those who live in the community.

Northwest Travel Staff | July 7, 2017

This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of 61° North Magazine. We buy beers for their labels–don’t you? Here are some of our favorite Alaska beers with some of our favorite beer labels. Three local designers shared with us what’s behind their designs. Arkose Brewery Label Designer: June Gertesein (arkosebrewery.com) Owning Arkose Brewery […]

Jamie Gonzales | Alaska Dispatch News | March 28, 2017

This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of 61°North Magazine. Summer 2015. Southcentral Alaska. The road north passes through familiar scenery: hay flats near Palmer, lakes by Wasilla, scattered homes and businesses and forest in between. Then somewhere around Willow, the landscape changed. Greenery gave way to black. We were driving to Denali State Park for a […]

Kirsten Swann | Alaska Dispatch News | March 27, 2017

This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of 61°North Magazine. Kodiak Island is hard on buildings. Wood rots. Metal rusts. Rain finds the leaks. Freight is expensive. People here reuse for economy and practicality, like the shipping containers repurposed as storage sheds and offices around town. Sometimes the act of adapting what’s available leads to interesting spaces […]

Jamie Gonzales | Alaska Dispatch News |

This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of 61°North Magazine. Spenard Road has always attracted an off-kilter attitude to match its meandering path. In the city grid, Spenard stands out. Now, thanks to a $3 million grant from ArtPlace America, the area has grown even more colorful. Just check out the Church of Love marquee for proof; […]

Jamie Gonzales | Alaska Dispatch News |

This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61°North Magazine. When you think about food in the 49th state, you might think about wild game, fresh fish, traditional Alaska Native favorites or tundra staples like Sailor Boy pilot bread. But for those living with food allergies, blood-sugar issues and other conditions, Alaska culinary culture […]

Kirsten Swann | Alaska Dispatch News | November 14, 2016

This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61°North Magazine. It’s the middle of a busy day on the job and the clock says it’s time for lunch, but what to eat: the box of crackers stashed in a filing cabinet or the microwaveable cup of instant noodles that has been in the breakroom […]

Nina Wladkowski | Alaska Dispatch News |

This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61°North Magazine.   Dan Schwartz and Alison Arians wake up at 4 a.m. to bake tomorrow’s bread. On a floured cutting table in their bakery sits a mound of tawny-colored mix, speckled with pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds, from which the duo pulls deflated spheres of […]

Bailey Berg | Alaska Dispatch News |

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