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591,000 square miles. 6,640 miles of coastline. 54 million acres of national parkland. Alaska is a land of wide open spaces, dramatic landscapes, and limitless opportunity to experience the Great Outdoors, by land, sea or air. Scroll down to sample the outdoor adventure that awaits, or use the options below to further narrow your selection.

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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

By Kirsten Swann One of the best things about Whittier is getting there in the first ricelace. Visitors arrive either by land, through a two-and-a-half mile tunnel beneath Maynard Mountain, or by sea, through striking Prince William Sound. Once there, your options depend almost entirely on the season. The town is small — home to […]

Kirsten Swann | December 26, 2016

This story originally appeared in Alaska Dispatch News on December 25, 2014. Winter solstice, the darkest day of the year, is particularly dark in northern parts of Alaska. Nome, situated on the coast of the Seward Peninsula and the edge of the Bering Sea, gets less then four hours of sunlight during winter solstice. Show Me […]

Josh Head | Alaska Dispatch News | December 12, 2016

Anchorage has finally been blessed by its first snowfall in quite some time: A real snowfall, worthy of pulling out shovels, lacing up snow boots and expectantly waxing skis. While I am cautiously optimistic that this means that we are going to be treated to an actual winter this year, I can’t quite believe it. […]

Haley Johnston | December 6, 2016

This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61°North Magazine. It’s just after noon in Peterson Cove as Marie and Ron Bader head to work. The sun is high in the September sky, warming the metal seats of their skiff, but the water that sprays off the stern is rousingly cold. It’s a quick […]

Bailey Berg | Alaska Dispatch News | November 14, 2016

This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61° North Magazine. Every year during the first weekend of August, the small Kenai Peninsula town of Ninilchik experiences a strange phenomenon. Its fairgrounds and campsites are taken over as thousands of joyous festival-goers descend to strum banjos and chug kombucha. There is an incredible boost […]

Kirsten Swann | Alaska Dispatch News |

This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of 61° North Magazine. Picture Whittier, Alaska, before the cruise ships and the railroad depot and the Swiftwater Seafood Cafe. Before the ghostly Buckner Building and the Pepto Bismol-pink Begich Towers and the art gallery with the famous fudge. It was a historic day: Nov. 20, […]

Kirsten Swann | Alaska Dispatch News |

This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61° North Magazine. The weather was perfect. Well, perfect for Alaskans: sunny, 68 degrees and very few mosquitoes. The 50 guests arriving in pairs at Wild Rose Highlands crested the hill and saw lush green grass, a long white table between the fenced garden and the […]

Jamie Gonzales | Alaska Dispatch News | November 13, 2016

If a decade of playing and working in the wilderness has taught me anything, it is this: stay flexible. Any experienced backcountry traveler knows there is no limit to the unexpected circumstances that might befall them while traveling through Alaska’s vast wilderness. One hundred mile-per-hour winds, a foot of snowfall in June, near-biblical flooding, a […]

Haley Johnston | October 25, 2016

Homer’s many names describe it well: The Halibut Fishing Capital of the World. The End of the Road. The Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea. Wrapped up in Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountains at the terminus of the Sterling Highway, it’s a place where otters bob between boats in the harbor and the smell of […]

Kirsten Swann | October 18, 2016

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