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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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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

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. This video appeared Dec. 25, 2014 on ADN.com.

Josh Head | 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

Jason Esler removes his cap, wipes his brow and surveys the fresh mound of potato peels, watermelon rinds, crushed zucchini, tomatoes and other various food scraps he’s just dumped into a hole. The stocky blonde with two shaggy shoulder-length braids takes a minute to catch his breath, look down from the heap with a satisfied […]

Catalina Dengel | November 14, 2016

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 commute for the retired teachers turned oyster farmers. Pushing off the […]

Bailey Berg |

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 in the number of Patagonia sweaters, while the overall ratio between individuals […]

Kirsten Swann |

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, 1942. The final bit of rock was about to be broken in the […]

Kirsten Swann |

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 peony bushes, glassware glinting in the sun. Bohemian bouquets provided splashes of […]

Jamie Gonzales | 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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