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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.