Iditarod | If you’re brave enough to visit in the winter (trust me, it’s not that bad), then I suggest you do so at the beginning of March so that you can see the ceremonial start of the Iditarod. The race begins in Anchorage, each year on the first Saturday in March and ends when the last musher reaches Nome, around 9 to 12 days later. What started in 1973 as an event to test the best sled dog mushers and teams. Since then, it has evolved into a highly competitive and popular race and is considered the “last great race on Earth”.
Fishing in Prince William Sound | Discovered in 1778 by Captain James Cook, Prince William Sound is ringed by the steep and glaciated Chugach Mountains, which are part of the nation’s second largest and northernmost national forest, Chugach National Forest. Commercially important for fishing and oil industries, the sound is also prized for its abundance of marine and coastal life, from salon halibut, seals, otters, whales and porpoises, to bears and bald eagles. You can’t pass through Prince William Sound without being in complete awe.
Denali National Park | DNP is much much more than just home to the tallest peak in North America. At six million acres of wild land, the park is bisected by just one ribbon of road that allows travellers to enjoy the view as the relatively low-elevation taiga forest gives way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains. Located 4 hours north of Anchorage, wild animals large and small roam unfenced lands, living as they have for ages. Fall in Denali National Park is something out of a picture book. But it arrives early, usually the end of August/beginning of September, and usually doesn’t hang around very long. If you blink, you might miss it.
Berry picking | Celebrate Alaska’s harvest with some berry picking! Alaska has over 50 varieties of wild berries, including cranberries, salmon berries, crowberries and blueberries, that are ripe for the picking in late summer/early fall. Always remember to do your homework before your eat wild berries. There are several online resource guides available to confirm which varieties of Alaska wild berries are edible.