Although the rugged and formidable terrain of Alaska may intimidate some travelers, brave visitors will be rewarded with endless vistas, stunning mountain peaks and ethereal glaciers. The state's natural beauty is the foundation for many of Alaska's greatest attractions, from the famous Denali to the pristine coastline. Although Alaska's population is sparse, visitors can also find plenty do in the state's larger cities. In these cities, residents and tourists alike can attend frequent festivals, visit art museums and find other entertainment.
- Harrigan Centennial Hall Sitka, AK 99835 in Sitka, AK.
This Sitka music festival is a major, three-week long event. Chamber music performances occur in Harrigan Centennial Hall. A wine and music event is held. Classical musicians travel from the world over for this musical extravaganza.
This Seward traditon began in 1915. Now, there are junior, womens', and senior divisions. Even toddlers compete in "mini-marathons." No marathoner will ever forget the regular race's start; a mile and a half up a mountain face, past waterfalls and steep cliffs.
Alaska's State Fair is held an hour north of Anchorage. The "land of the midnight sun" makes for giant vegetables that compete for ribbons here. Every fall the fairgrounds vibrate with the rhythms of live music and exciting carnival rides.
The whales are given a grand welcome by the local citizenry and by whale lovers from the world over at this Sitka festival. Watch the whales, sea otters, and sea lions in the ocean; then head inside to hear the latest that world-renowned biologists have learned.
Spawning salmon are a treat the bald eagles can't pass up, and several thousand show up for the feast on the Chilkat River. Buses and vans run visitors out to the Alaska Bald Eagle Preserve. Birdwatchers, photographers, and naturalists revel in the spectacle.
- Public market in Centennial Hall Juneau, AK 99802 in Juneau, AK.
Over 150 vendors offer jewelry, native arts, and much more at Juneau's new convention center. The "Public Market" is now a hallowed Christmas tradition around the capital of Alaska that last for three full days.