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.
- Alaska in Anchorage, AK
Beer drinkers of the world, unite! Join the five thousand that typically convene at this annual beer-tasting held in the dead of winter. Spirits are lifted by 40 breweries serving over 150 beers.
- Anchorage, Alaska (start) and Willow, Alaska (restart) in Anchorage, AK
The "Iditarod" is known the world over. The 1,049 sled dog race traverses incredibly inhospitable terrain in places. Zero visibility and high winds do not stop the intrepid competitors. The route re-traces an old mail delivery route from Anchorage to Nome.
- Anchorage, Alaska in Anchorage, AK
Dubbed the "Rondy" for short, this festival is a tradition that dates back to over 3/4 century ago. Trapper and miners used to emerge from the wilderness to compete in survival games. Today, sled dog races, a weight pull, and even outhouse races energize participants.
- Nome, Alaska in Nome, AK
The periodic arrival of teams finishing the Iditarod spans several weeks each Spring, spawning an ongoing celebration in Nome. Native dancing, the "Miners & Mushers" ball, and a reindeer potluck fill the calendar. Golfers take to the frozen Bering Sea to compete.
Alaskans are understandably excited to welcome Spring's arrival. Some do so on mountain skis, flying into open water in crazy costumes. The Spring Carnival celebrates that one last time out on the slopes. Don't miss the downhill snow-bike race.