101 Things to Do in Alaska

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JBER 101 Things To Do in Alaska


1. Canoe, kayak or raft down a wilderness river.

2. Cross-country ski in an area where you make your own trail.

3. Watch a grizzly bear on the tundra in Denali National Park.

4. Explore the ghost town of Kennecott.

5. Battle a king salmon in a stream or on the high seas.

6. Greet spring in Fairbanks when the geese return to Creamers Field.

7. Watch Dall sheep cavorting on a mountainside.

8. Land a barn-door-sized halibut on a fishing trip.

9. Drive to the Arctic Circle on the Dalton Highway.

10. Catch a lake trout for supper from a pristine mountain lake.

11. Watch beluga whales from Beluga Point, south of Anchorage.

12. Watch for orcas and humpback whales from a tour boat.

13. Visit a Native village and learn more about the culture of the first Alaskans.

14. Dig a bucket full of clams at Clam Gulch.

15. Hike the world-famous Chilkoot Trail — the Trail of 1898.

16. Ride a ferry through the Inside Passage.

17. Enter the Crow Pass Crossing backcountry marathon — if you dare.

18. Help with a float for the Golden Days Parade in Fairbanks.

19. Read the poetry of Robert Service by a roaring fire while it snows outside.

20. Watch the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in downtown Anchorage or Fairbanks.

21. Take a flightseeing trip.

22. Watch the start — or finish — of the Yukon Quest on the frozen Chena River in downtown Fairbanks.

23. Watch ice climbers tackle the frozen Bridal Veil Falls in Keystone Canyon outside Valdez.

24. Buy a harness and have your dog take you skijoring.

25. Measure a bear track with your hand or foot.

26. Take a ride powered by sled dogs.

27. Pan for gold in a mountain stream.

28. Buy moose nugget jewelry.

29. Attend the Moose on Parade fundraiser on Independence Day in Talkeetna.

30. Participate in Talkeetna’s Wilderness Woman Contest.

31. Attend a screening at the Anchorage International Film Festival.

32. Hike alongside the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

33. Pick blueberries on the tundra.

34. Walk through fields of blue lupine along Turnagain Arm.

35. Climb a mountain — even Denali, the tallest peak in North America.

36. Hike the Resurrection Pass Trail from Hope to Seward.

37. Eat at a salmon bake.

38. See dinosaurs at the Anchorage Museum of Science and Nature.

39. Watch a bear fish for salmon.

40. See how many of Alaska’s 514 species of birds you can find.

41. Watch bald eagles in aerial acrobatics during their mating season.

42. Spot a peregrine falcon near Sagwon on the Dalton Highway.

43. See the midnight sun from Eagle Summit north of Fairbanks.

44. Play a 24-hour round of golf in Fairbanks — without lights.

45. Explore a gold dredge.

46. Watch thousands of spawning red salmon just south of Summit Lake at Isabel Pass.

47. Enter Seward’s Mount Marathon Race on the Fourth of July.

48. Watch northern lights dance across the sky on a clear winter night.

49. Catch a pink salmon on every cast at Allison Point near Valdez.

50. Attend a semi-pro baseball game at midnight — without lights.

51. Ride the Alaska Railroad to Seward or to Denali National Park.

52. Dipnet hooligan on Turnagain Arm, south of Anchorage.

53. Watch or enter an ice sculpting contest.

54. Splash into the Polar Bear Swim in Seward — in January.

55. Marvel at the giant vegetables at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer or the Tanana Valley State Fair in Fairbanks.

56. Visit the Alaska Botanical Garden in Anchorage.

57. Go to the Winter Solstice Festival in Fairbanks.

58. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage.

59. Take the kids to the Imaginarium at the Anchorage Museum.

60. Tour the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

61. Visit Independence Mine in Hatcher Pass located north of Palmer.

62. Check out Santa’s transportation at the Reindeer Farm in Palmer.

63. See woolly musk ox at the Musk Ox Farm near Palmer.

64. Stand on the Arctic Circle.

65. Join the hordes of combat fishermen on the Russian River.

66. Take a fly-in fishing trip for the Alaska experience.

67. Watch for moose in your front yard.

68. Ride the Riverboat “Discovery” in Fairbanks.

69. Check out Alaska’s mining past at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks.

70. Visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum of the North.

71. Watch a sled dog weight-pull event in Anchorage or Fairbanks.

72. Take part in the Slippery Salmon Olympics during Eagle River’s Bear Paw Festival.

73. Hike the Crow Pass trail from Eagle River to Girdwood.

74. Visit the El Dorado Gold Camp north of Fairbanks.

75. Take a nostalgic airline ride on a DC-3.

76. Stop at the Santa Claus House in North Pole.

77. Soar in a hot air balloon over Fairbanks.

78. See the Klondike Gold Fields, across the Canadian border in Yukon Territory.

79. Drive through the Whittier Tunnel, the longest combined rail and highway tunnel in North America.

80. Go camping — anywhere.

81. Hike through a rain forest.

82. Watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks from downtown Anchorage.

83. Visit the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer.

84. Soak in a hot springs pool at Chena Hot Springs.

85. Visit the Museum of Alaska Transportation & Industry in Wasilla.

86. Go to a hockey game.

87. See a polar bear and a tiger at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage.

88. Watch a fish wheel scoop salmon from a river.

89. Try ice climbing or rock climbing along Turnagain Arm.

90. Ride the tram at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.

91. Drop a line ice fishing.

92. Get tickets to the Great Alaska Shootout and watch some of the best college basketball teams in the nation.

93. Play softball in the spring on snowshoes.

94. Dig for ice worms in glacier ice.

95. Learn more about the Matanuska Valley during Colony Days in Palmer.

96. Learn how to sea kayak.

97. Buy a ticket for the Nenana Ice Classic.

98. Purchase a duck for the rubber ducky race in Fairbanks during Golden Days.

99. Go ice skating on Westchester Lagoon.

100. Hike, bike or ski the Coastal Trail in Anchorage.

101. Visit the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

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