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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Attendees love the price of admission to all the workshops, dances, and concerts -- zero! Performers range from those provided by school groups to world-class professionals. Both locals and out-of-state visitors share in the festivities.
- Wrangell, AK in Wrangell, AK
Migrating shorebirds descend upon the delta every spring, by the millions. And, excited birdwatchers of all ages descend upon the Wrangell area to revel in the spectacle. Thousands of bald eagles, snow geese, and sand hill cranes put on quite a show.
Against a backdrop of ocean and mountain range, the Juneau Jazz Festival celebrates other kinds of music as well, including both classical and blues. For 10 days, attendees revel in concerts, workshops, music cruises, and all kinds of family friendly entertainment.