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Ahhh, Alaska!

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The last frontier? Alaska is mysterious and beautiful no matter what time of the year you travel to see it. It is definitely a spot for nature lovers and people who love the great outdoors. I've been twice, but only along the Inside Passage and I would love to explore deeper in. This collection of highlights is spots I would be interested in exploring more.
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While this may be the priciest piece of my Travels in Alaska, it was also one of the most memorable. Flying over glaciers in a small floatplane was second only to seeing the Northern Lights. For a few hours we were transported from the city of...
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On the first Saturday in March, the mood in Anchorage, Alaska, is best expressed by a pack of huskies. More than 60 dogsled teams, each composed of 12 to 16 agile canines, assemble along Fourth Avenue for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail...
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Arctic
I was paddling around a small cove in Southeast Alaska when a momma brown bear and her two cubs emerged from the edge of the forest. I sat quietly in my kayak watching them browse for food along the shoreline, occasionally lifting their noses to...
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Alaska, USA
Looking for an active vacation not too far? Look no further! We took a 7 days Kayaking trip in Glacier Bay in Alaska. It was one of the best experiences of our lives. We took then another 5 days Kayaking trip to watch the whales in Point Adolphus....
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1104 Peninsula St, Wrangell, AK 99929, USA
We walked on boardwalks through dense woods to a platform surrounded by a low fence. The instructions were: Do not get off the walk!! Along the way a female grizzly was asleep in our path. The ranger threw stones that landed with a racket on the...
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There are no guarantees the northern lights will start dancing on the night you look skyward, but it's so worth taking the chance. One of the great rewards for hanging out in Alaska once the dark and cold settle over the state, the northern...
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Arctic
Teller is an eskimo village located 70 miles north of Nome, Alaska. The road is open May through September and there is year round air service from Nome. The people living here live a subsistence lifestyle and salmon is a large part of their diet....
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Alaska, USA
You can't help but be awed by what a glacier and a few thousand years can do to a landscape. As we hiked closer to Exit Glacier I become aware of the enormity of this sheet of ice that has carved out the valley and the river behind us. Signposts...
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Breathtaking, awe-inspiring and terrifying. A hike to the Mendenhall Glacier.
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Harding Icefield, Alaska 99664, USA
While in Seward, Alaska one must take the hike along the Exit Glacier up to the Harding Icefield. It is a bit difficult at times, especially if there is snow, which there will be, and there are monster mosquitoes. However, it is amazing; the...
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Whittier, AK 99693, USA
The drive from Anchorage to Whittier is stunning, and our vehicle was full of, “whoa, look at that!” and “what, are you kidding? this is amazing!!” Whittier, population 200, was basically buried in snow, and can only be reached when traveling...
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621 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
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This morning I headed to Kaladi Brothers Coffee. A 20-ounce latte with four shots of espresso? Yes, please! It was amazing and should keep me awake for the next 36 hours. The young ladies working there are all extremely friendly, just like...
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My bucket list included seeing the Northern Lights. This took me to the Chena Hot Springs Resort located an hour outside of Fairbanks, Alaska (the address is WRONG on the map). The Northern Lights are best seen in clear dark skies which is...
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Sterling, AK, USA
In researching an article I wrote about the Iditarod, my son and I went dogsledding in February with Sam Deltour, a musher for Team Seavey who was the first rookie to complete the thousand-mile race with his entire sixteen-dog team intact. Later,...
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66448 Church St, Ninilchik, AK 99639, USA
Set upon a bluff overlooking Cook Inlet, the Transfiguration of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church in winter with two of Mt. Iliamna's peaks visible in the background. The church is one of the most photographed sites on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula and...
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227 Airport Rd, Nome, AK 99762, USA
Musk Ox have inhabited the frozen arctic north for thousands of years. Their undercoat of hair that keeps them warm throughout the winter and falls out as the temperature rises. This is a prize wool for the natives to spin and knit scarfs, mittens...
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Petersburg, AK 99833, USA
There’s a huge number of humpback whales who really know how to live: They winter near Hawaii and summer in the waters off of Petersburg, a small Alaskan town that leans decidedly Norwegian. Though the whales might not care about the...
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Marathon Mountain, Alaska 99664, USA
Mount Marathon is a popular 5k trail running race in Seward, Alaska. The problem is, no one on their right mind should run it. We learned about the trail from some locals and decided to try it out – walking, not running. It was difficult to find...
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Kenai Peninsula, AK 99611, USA
AdventureSmith adventure coordinator Andrew Browning just arrived to the Kenai Backcountry Lodge on the shores of Skilak Lake on our Alaska Grand Journeys trip. How gorgeous! Guests raft through miles of Alaskan wilderness to arrive for their...