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.
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.
July 27, 2017
Viewing the aurora borealis with children is a wonderful way to expose them to the wonders of the world.
July 26, 2017
Chena Lakes, Harding Lake and Quartz Lake all had bunches of ice fishermen this past weekend. Experienced anglers landed fish. The rookies, not so much.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]