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.
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.
Naturally, Alaskans would want to commemorate the purchase of their state from the Russians in 1867. A re-enactment ceremony, period costume ball, parade, and contests mark the occasion. Visitors also enjoy concerts during the four-day event.
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.