Three Reasons (and counting) to Visit Alaska this Summer!

Alaska BearsThe good news is there is still plenty of time to plan your trip to Alaska this summer. The great news is there has never been a better time to visit Alaska and take advantage of special community events, great travel deals and excellent availability on some of Alaska’s most popular destinations and attractions. We are happy to share our short list of top reasons why now is the perfect time to book your Alaska vacation. We have also invited our fellow Alaska residents and travel industry partners to add their suggestions, so check back soon.

Reason 1 – Alaska’s 50th Anniversary of Statehood
Join in with Alaskans as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary of Statehood this year. Many communities and local tourism business are participating with special events and supper savings for Alaska visitors. Alaska Tour & Travel is sponsoring a photo contest for visitors and residents featuring a grand prize of a commemorative print by Sydney Laurence signed by all of Alaska’s living governors. Are you celebrating your 50th birthday this year as well? If so, you can ride the Alaska Railroad or Park Connection Motorcoach for Free.

Reason 2 – Freakishly Low Alaska Cruise Rates
It is no secret that cruise lines like to sail full, and will offer significant discounts if needed to make that happen. With the soft economy, and significant Alaska cruise capacity to fill, that is exactly what is happening now. It is still common to see Gulf of Alaska cruise promotions as low as $399 for a seven night cruise, even for peak season cruises for this coming June, July and August. Here is another thing to consider. Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, NCL and Carnival Cruise Line have all modified their 2010 ship deployment to reduce capacity of seven night Gulf of Alaska cruises to Whittier or Seward. With a recovering economy and reduced capacity for 2010, most travel experts expect higher prices for Gulf of Alaska cruises for next year.

Reason 3 – Excellent Availability and Prices on Alaska Land Tours
The savings don’t stop with cheap cruise prices. Unprecedented discounts and travel deals on Alaska hotels, activities, transportation and even complete vacation packages are still available for this summer. You will find savings of 30% or more for typical vacation packages or savings of over $100 per night on many hotels, in addition to specials like cash back rebates, double airline miles and contest giveaways. More importantly there is still excellent availability on hard to get reservations that are typically sold out by this time of year, such as peak season Denali National Park bus tours and hotels. There are even still plenty of rooms available in Seward for their famous Fourth of July celebration, a not to be missed event for visitors and residents alike.

Reasons 4 through 99 – You Tell Us
We need your help! Have you come across a great reason to visit Alaska this summer? Perhaps you are an Alaska resident whose community has a special event planned, or maybe you work in the Alaska travel industry and your company has a special travel deal for visitors this summer. Share your reason to visit Alaska below and we will let folks know and include a link your web site if you have one.

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  1. May 18th, 2009 | 2:24 pm

    We are running a special Scottish Spey casting week at our fly-in, fly-fishing lodge June 19 – 26th, for the low price of $3,925.00. (half the normal price) This is a full service lodge, with daily fly-outs and includes use of a Spey rod for the week, and profesional instruction.

  2. May 18th, 2009 | 2:44 pm

    After almost 50 years in Alaska I have not been able to see all it has to offer yet. I have been as far north as Livengood, as far east as Eagle, as far west as Dillingham, and as far south as Sand Point. In Southeast Alaska, we have been to all of the Ferry System stops and one time even flew to Cordova from Valdez, stayed a few days, got into a Taxi Cab in Cordova, got on the Ferry, and then drove off the Ferry in Valdez in the cav.

    My wife and I have lived in Kenny Lake, Anchorage, Paxson, McClaren, Wassila, Fairbanks, Sand Point, Ketchikan, Levelock, Kokhanok, Glennallen, and Takotna. Every place has its own beauty along with climate and habitat. From desert tundra to arctic forest there are changes and colors that only your eyes can put into pictures. Cameras capture an instant, but not the magnitude and unending panorama Alaska offers. Come see for yourself, once bitten, you will come back.

    We have Moose Horn RV Park at the major crossroads of the Glenn Highway and the Richardson in Glennallen. You can camp with us and make day trips in four different directions that run you around the Wrangell St. Elias Area, into the Alaska Range north, by the Chugach Range that lies south along the Glenn Highway and west along the Richardson to Valdez.

    Alaska is the one place on earth where you do not need to exaggerate–Nature has taken care of that over the past several million years. So come see the one place left where unembellished tales are called TALL TALES!

  3. Lucy Olson
    May 18th, 2009 | 3:29 pm

    My daughter is staying in Alaska and visiting her boyfriend’s family and I really need to see her. I am going to Anchorage on Jne 9th and plan to leave on the 20th. Any suggestions to help us have a great time?

  4. May 18th, 2009 | 3:32 pm

    The world record king salmon may be headed to the Kenai River right now. Commodores guide service is planning on being in front of that fish with the best gear and bait. You just may be the person to catch that world record. So come on down to the Kenai Peninsula and get a really big salmon.

  5. May 18th, 2009 | 4:01 pm

    Independent Travelers will find the locals all around Alaska more delighted and gracious than ever to assist their free flow wandering. We remember Alaska BEFORE organized tourism when an adventurous visitor relied on locals in a more personal style to find their way to less advertised attractions. Our edge of town hillside B&B is peaceful with a few extended stay guests which is great for our solo short term B&B guests. We have time to chat more than usual which can lead to new friendships; a dinner companion or time for Alaskan tales.. as suspected, EVERY long time Alaskan has great stories in abundance!
    Come on up for some peace, space, beauty, vast gorgeous scenery, great hospitality, kind hearted adventurous life style livers like No where else!
    Rough Out Society with A Superb Stay Here! *** ANCHORAGE ALASKA WILD EDGE SANCTUARY OBSERVATORY MOUNTAIN ESCAPE *** aawesomeworld.com

  6. May 18th, 2009 | 7:08 pm

    For the first time in my 23 years of providing the most exciting experience in halibut fishing from Homer, Alaska a visitor this year can actually find availability on my boat. I have fished the Barren Islands in the mouth of the Cook Inlet, closer to Kodiak than Homer, more than any other owner/operated charter and the fishing there provides a much larger fish on average than any other place. To fish alongside a beautiful uninhabited island covered in nesting sea birds, sea lions swimming past us examining the bait with those hound dog eyes and actually feeling the enormous energy a humpback whale has as they glide past the boat within feet is an experience everyone should witness. 6 passengers only allows for personal and private attention not found on most charter boats. The No Problem is fast, clean, and comfortable, come join us this year.

  7. May 19th, 2009 | 9:17 am

    “The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live!”
    Elbert Hubbard

    The best reasons to visit Alaska!
    1) You’re not getting any younger!
    2) Once you experience Alaska for your “once in a lifetime” adventure, you’ll exclaim like everyone does, “I’m coming back for more!”.
    3) Alaska is a guaranteed adventure of a lifetime no matter how many times you do it and wherever you go!
    4) After the specials this year…when the economy does get better it will become more expensive to visit and tour Alaska! Still a great value no matter what…but you’ll pay more in the future!
    5) Visiting Alaska stimulates the economy while stimulating yourself! d:)
    6) Honestly, Alaska has changed in the last 20 years from the growth of tourism. Some good, some not so good…but the reality is that it will keep moving forward both good and not so good! To know the “Last Frontier” and it’s wilderness values as you’ve heard, read, and dreamed about…it’s best to be here sooner than later!
    7) Nobody ever regretted their Alaskan Adventure!!!
    8) Alaska will provide you with a fresh new perspective on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and renew your Spirit and love of adventure and the great outdoors…whatever level for you that may be!

    “Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” Henry David Thoreau

    Captain Rob
    Classic Alaska Charters
    http://www.classicalaskacharters.com
    http://www.alaskafishingcruises.com
    http://www.alaskayachtadventures.com

  8. May 19th, 2009 | 9:23 am

    There’s no excuse to not live your dreams of Alaska adventure! You’re the only one keeping you from your future filled with experiencing life’s best adventures…and you already know Alaska could be your greatest adventure of all!!! Besides, you’re not getting any younger!

    Captain Rob
    Classic Alaska Charters

  9. May 19th, 2009 | 9:44 am

    This is the season to come to alaska for several reasons, with fuel prices down from last summer we are able to postpone raising our rates for salmon and halibut fishing. as the gas prices increase as expected by next summer we will have to raise rates on our fishing charters, this will also give the opportunity to travel farther to better fishing grounds, another advantage is area will be less crowded for a more enjoyable expierience, and the pie of fish will be spread out among fewer boats on the Kenai River. Air fare, lodging, rental cars and other deals will never again be as low as they are this summer. the weather at the beginning of summer is the best it has ever been, & the fish are just waiting here for you to come catch them.

  10. May 19th, 2009 | 10:03 am

    Alaska offers great hospitality; come visit and be treated like family. Talkeetna offers small town life with the wilderness out the back door. You can relax here, eating your way through town, gallery hopping, maybe even setting up your camera or paints to capture one of our historic buildings, going for a stroll by the river or on one of the local trails. Or you can gear up for a big adventure, anything from fishing to flying up to land on a glacier in Denali National Park & Preserve; we can take you for a Glacier Trek for a day or you can even camp on the glacier for a night or two. With float plane ride we can take you to the Talkeetna Mountains for a fantastic backpacking adventure. Alaska Mountaineering School in Talkeetna offers all this and more. There is so much to do! This summer is a great time – no crowds! We hope to see you in Talkeetna!

  11. May 19th, 2009 | 10:11 am

    Want to know one good reason to come to Alaska? It’s “WOW” effect… long story short, I was a 10 year old growing up in Fla and did a book report on Alaska. I was awed at what I learned and for the next 34 years I dreamed of one day coming to Alaska. Having lived in many states during my travels, I finally made a visit in 1998. Had a lodge do a package of fishing and lodging for 8 days. When I returned to Texas,I knew I was destined to be in Alaska. It took me all of a year to make the move to Alaska. I have been here since 2000 and am working for a fly out fishing company that I did a trip with when I was a visitor. This fly out fishing in a float plane was the highlight of my trip. So, it comes very easy to me to explain how coming to Alaska is one of the most memorable trips you may ever experience. The bears and moose up close and personal as well as the beautiful mountains and glaciers and fields of fireweed along the highways. No billboards at all to clutter your vision on a sightseeing drive. Rivers with fish along the highways and all you have to do is stop and fish the banks for salmon, dollys and some pretty unreal rainbow trout. You have the small town feeling where visitors are welcomed and appreciated. This is the only place I know where you could run in to your child’s school teacher or someone from your church. I actually met a couple who lived on the same street as I in Florida and remembered my family. I also recognized a man and his son who had a lake lot in Texas just down from ours. I can only say one major statement to you, the reader of this; if you are reading this, you have a desire to “one day” see Alaska. Don’t let that time slip away from you. I regret not having come here after high school knowing what I know now, but I made it and now I am living the second half of my life my way…and loving every minute. As Sales & Marketing for a family owned and operated business who has been doing guided fly out fishing and hunting for 30 plus years, I have made it. Alaska is so close to Heaven you can smell the homemade cookies…. come see Alaska!!!! Please don’t feed the bears…

  12. May 19th, 2009 | 10:38 am

    I have never felt closer to nature and our Creator as when I am in ALaska. I remember on my 60th birthday my wife and I had spent the night in our boat anchored up behind an island in a cove on Prince of Wales Island. I got up early that morning and made coffee and went out on deck to drink it. (We have a 24 foot Seasport) The sun was just coming up over the snow covered mountains and there was a waterfall tumbling down the rocks. The air was crisp and pure and it felt good to be alive. The water in the protected cove we were in was like glass. There was a black bear forageing along the shoreline in a meadow where a creek entered the cove. He paid no attention to me as he went around eating the new grass. At that moment I never felt closer to God in my life. I’m not an active member of a church but I felt His presence that morning. We have lived in Ketchikan, Alaska for about 16 years and I love it here. I love the nature and the people. We have the best salmon, halibut,cod,shrimp and crab fishing in the world. Once a person has experienced the lifestyle in Alaska, they will never want to leave.

  13. May 19th, 2009 | 10:48 am

    Glacier Bay National Park!!! Places accessible only by private boat or float plane. No Roads!! No Cars!! Wildlife Galore!! What better reason? We operate a liveaboard private, customized cruise on a 45′ yacht for 2 to 6 people in your party. We are one of 15 charter operators in the State of Alaska with a 10-year permit to enter Glacier Bay National Park. We will get you up close to humpback and orca whales, black and brown bears, moose, deer, sea otters, birds of all kinds including eagles, porpoise, seals, sea lions…you name it. 3 private state rooms, full accommodations and all inclusive once you step on the vessel in Juneau, Alaska. We’ll take you to Elfin Cove, a tiny fishing village near the ocean with no roads or cars…only a 5-foot wide boardwalk to get around the community…like stepping back in time. We’ll take you to Excursion Inlet, an old WWII POW camp, now a fish processing plant only open in the summer…we’ll dock and walk up the ramp and let you explore the old bunkers. We’ll take you into Glacier Bay to Park Headquarters, walk the 1-mile hike through the beautiful lush rain forest, anchor the vessel near Reid Glacier and zodiac you to shore so you can take pictures while touching the ice that has fallen off the front of the glacier. We’ll take you to 3 other glaciers and park the vessel in front of them and watch the ice calving into the water….spectacular!! We’ll fish for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Halibut, Ling Cod and more. You’ll get minutes fresh Dungeness Crab that we’ll cook right before your eyes and you’ll start snacking right away!! We’ll process, package and freeze your fish onboard so you can take it home with you on the airlines. What more could you want? Special prices for the weeks we have left in 2009. Check out our website. Go where the normal tourist to Alaska will never go!!! See Alaska at her finest with a true born-and-raised in Alaska captain!

  14. May 19th, 2009 | 11:43 am

    This year is the best year to visit Alaska.
    1. You’re not getting any younger.
    2. The world is not getting any better.
    3. Alaska is not getting more pristine.
    4. Prices are so good, I’m thinking of touring the rest of the State, myself.
    5. We might not be here next year to serve you!

  15. May 19th, 2009 | 12:09 pm

    Hi Folks,
    There’s so many great reasons not to put off your trip to Alaska.

    Specific reasons like airfares and fuel prices are at an all time low and most tour operators are running fantastic specials, and general reasons – what with global warming our amazing glaciers might not be around forever and hey we’re probably one of the least likely candidates for swine flu!

    Please check out Exposure Alaska for adventurous guided camping trips with some terrific specials rates http://www.exposurealaska.net

    If you’re looking for a chance to trek on a glacier or challenge yourself with ice climbing then see us at MICA Guides http://www.micaguides.com. We have some of the best value day-trip adventures from Anchorage to be found.

  16. May 19th, 2009 | 1:02 pm

    Ever want to go kayaking and stay at a remote lodge without paying an arm and a leg? Now you can near Seward, at Kayakers Cove.

  17. May 19th, 2009 | 1:14 pm

    We are offering a three night special. Stay three nights and get the third night 15% off. Stay 7 days or longer and get 33% off. Enjoy our fantastic view of all four major peaks of the Wrangell Mountains. There is great fishing, four wheeling, hiking, glacier hiking, ice climbing, rafting and more. We are at the gateway to the Wrangell/St. Elias National Park and the historic Kennicott Copper Mine and towns of Chitina and McCarthy. Check us out on our website.

  18. May 19th, 2009 | 1:38 pm

    As a 34+ yr Alaskan I have seen lots of highs and lows. But the true Alaska stays the same. Beautiful, wild, breathtaking, and never boring. We homesteaded our 80 acres 27+ yr ago and have built our B&B cabins and home into a true A;askan experience. We lowered our rates 10% overall this year and we offer an additional 10% cash discount to all our guests.
    Come to the interior and visit Denali, stay at Ridgetop Cabins. You will never regret or forget, I promise you.

  19. May 19th, 2009 | 1:43 pm

    The House of Harley-Davidson offers Harley-Davidson motorcycle rentals, Alaska motorcycle tours – on and off pavement, and including a guided tour to and from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean. Contact info@akrider.com.
    We have three Harley-Davidson stores in Southcentral Alaska:
    The House of Harley-Davidson in Anchorage – just 1.5 miles from Anchorage International Airport – crossroads of the world.
    Kenai Peninsula Harley-Davidson in Soldotna – on the Kenai Peninsula, fishing capitol of the world.
    Denali Harley-Davidson on the Park’s Highway in Wasilla – on the road to Denali National Park, home of Mt. McKinley – the tallest mountain on the North American continent.
    We have a large selection of Harley-Davidson collectible merchandise at all three locations, including our own designed 50th anniversry of Alaska statehood t-shirts.
    We would really love for you to come to Alaska and experience first hand our beautiful wilderness – there is no place like it in the world.

  20. May 19th, 2009 | 2:07 pm

    One look at lovely Sitka and you’ll know why Alexander Baranof, governor of the Russian American Company, decided to build his “castle” here. Views of island-studded waters and stately spruce forests reaching to the water’s edge are only the beginning of what Sitka has to offer visitors. Sitka’s past is a unique blend of Tlingit culture and Russian history.

    Join us for one or more of our special events listed below and discover why Sitka is considered Alaska’s most beautiful seaside town!

    Sitka Summer Music Festival June 5-26, 2008
    The 38th Annual Sitka Summer Music Festival will showcase classical chamber music of internationally acclaimed musicians. Festival performances include evening concerts at Harrigan Hall renowned for its breathtaking views of Sitka Sound. Other activities include a Brown Bag Lunch Series, Community Concert and Ice Cream Social, Crab Feed and other events. For schedule and ticket information, please contact the Sitka Summer Music Festival, P O Box 3333, Sitka, AK 99835 or call (907) 277-4852.
    Email: director@sitkamusicfestival.org

    Sitka Fine Arts Camp at Mt. Edgecumbe High School. June 8-12 Mini camp (1st-6th Grades), June 14-27 (6th-9th Grades), June 28-July 12 (10th-13th High school grades). Since 1973, the Fine Arts Camp has been attracting students ages 12-18 from Alaska and beyond to study the fine arts of theater, dance, music, visual arts, writing and Alaska Native arts. First class professional artists and skilled teachers are recruited throughout the country. For more information, contact: Sitka Fine Arts Camp, P O Box 3086, Sitka, AK 99835 – (907) 747-3085 or email: rschmidt@fineartscamp.org

    The Island Institute’s 25th Sitka Symposium June 25-28
    This year’s theme: Framework: Shaping An Enduring Human Culture. The symposium will bring together an international group of writers, poets, essayists, tribal advocates and others for a week-long series of conversations. Anyone interested is encouraged to enroll for the full week’s activities or come to particular sessions. Please call (907) 747-3794 for more information.

    Fourth of July Celebration – July 2 – 4
    A grand celebration complete with parade, demonstrations, game and food booths, softball tournament, dance, and fireworks display. Please check the newspaper for events.

    HomeSkillet Music Fest – Dates to be determined
    All ages music festival featuring local and out of town bands. Soul, Hip Hop, Blues and Garage Style Rock n Roll.
    Admission. Various locations.

    Mudball Classic Softball Tournament – Sept. 5 – 7 This annual Labor Day Weekend tournament invites softball teams from around the nation to play in Sitka. Email: webmaster@sitkasoftball.com

    15th Annual Running of the Boots – Sept. 26
    A fun day of celebrating the end of another successful visitor and fishing season. Free food, fun and games, and the Running of the Boots. Call Sheila Finkenbinder at (907) 747-8604.

    Alaska Day Festival – October 10 through 18, 2008
    The actual transfer ceremony occurred in Sitka when the United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867. Celebrations include ceremonies, a period costume ball, dances, dinners, contests, and a parade. If you are flying in to Sitka for all of these festivities, please visit: http://www.alaskaair.com for special rates! For information, contact Alaska Day Festival Committee member Helen Cunningham, (907) 747-6738.
    Native American Heritage Festival
    For information on the wide variety of activities, please call Sitka Tribe of Alaska, (907) 747-3207. http://www.sitkatribe.org
    Various annual events take place through this month, including the Annual Native Awareness Fashion Show, annual parade, and SItka National Historical Park’s film series.

    13th Annual Sitka WhaleFest: A Celebration of Marine Wildlife – November 6-8
    Educational lectures from biologists and speakers, concert, marine tours, and more! Space is limited! Advance reservations recommended to guarantee admission to all events. For information, call the Sitka Whalefest Committee at (907) 747-7964 or email director@sitkawhalefest.org. Sitka Whalefest, PO Box 6004, Sitka, AK 99835 USA (907) 747-7964

    Sitka’s Holiday Fest November-December
    A celebration of the holidays including the Christmas Bazaar, parade, Holiday Concerts, Polar Dip, and extended shopping hours. For details, please check the Daily Sitka Sentinel

    Landlubber’s Parade – December (Date to be announced)
    This annual Christmas parade walks the downtown area in celebration of the holiday season.

    8th Annual Sitka Artisans Market – December 4-6
    Held at Harrigan Centennial Hall. The primary vendors at this event are local artists and crafts persons who produce unique, quality products, many of which can be found in local stores year-round. Visitors and locals alike appreciate buying made-in-Alaska products.
    For information, call Sheila at the Chamber, (907) 747-8604.

    Whale Watching – October through mid-December
    The pristine waters around Sitka are a popular feeding ground for humpback whales as they migrate South. View whales from our new viewing station, Whale Park, or visit the Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau website, http://www.sitka.org for a list of wildlife boat charter operators who can take share these amazing marine mammals.

  21. May 19th, 2009 | 2:38 pm

    Just a few good reasons to visit the great state of Alaska:
    1. Alaska is truly the Last Frontier.
    2. The mighty king salmon…. need I say more?
    3. Land of the midnight sun.
    4. The weather so far is unbelievably gorgeous & making the prospect of a nice, warm, sunny summer very promising.
    5. Alaska Creekside Cabins is offering a 10% discount to any guests who mention this Alaska Travel Blog!

  22. May 19th, 2009 | 2:56 pm

    Woke up …went out to feed the birds and a whale surfaced right off the beach. Bummed that my rental is empty this week ….you missed it. This weekend is the King Salmon Derby and my lovely beach house is available. This summer only, if you say you saw the blog I’ll give you a 20% discount on my wonderful guest house. I’ve got folks coming the 29th of May so act fast. Also have 5 days open from June 8-13….same offer. Check out the photo gallery at http://theluckyloon.com. Most of the pics were taken by my guests. Warmest Wishes–hope to see you soon.

  23. May 19th, 2009 | 3:02 pm

    Dillingham, Alaska, 360 airmiles Southwest of Anchorage is Nature’s Front Porch. We are a wonderful town to visit on the way to and from the Summer Visitors trip to the wildnerness, to fish our great rivers and streams, float down rivers, hunt for that moose, bear or caribou, or just enjoy the great outdoors!
    Government travelers appreciate our fine lodging and the hospitality of bush Alaskans. Yes Dillingham is remote, but so worth the trip. July 4th, we have a Free Salmon BBQ, sponsored by our Dillingham Chamber of Commerce. August we have great berry picking along with the fishing and hunting. March we have a wonderful Beaver Round Up Festival. No matter what month you visit, there is bound to be something of interest here for you. Visit Dillingham for a trip unlike anywhere else….

  24. kent bowman
    May 19th, 2009 | 3:14 pm

    One of the most beautiful and unique Alaskan lodges is Bowman’s Bearcreek Lodge in Hope, Alaska. The setting is truly unbelievable, and the food is out of this world. Check the website at http://www.bowmansbearcreeklodge.com.

  25. May 19th, 2009 | 3:15 pm

    The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show! Ketchikan has proudly been the home of this rowdy live action sports competition for 10 years. It’s one of the only places in the world where you can see these amazing timber athletes in person, in the rainforest where their sport was born. Chopping, sawing, log rolling, speed climbing – you’ll see it all!!

  26. May 19th, 2009 | 7:59 pm

    My Grandparents came to Alaska in 1942, My father was 16 when he worked his way up to Alaska as a camp cook while the great Alcan Highway was under construction. I learned to cook sourdough pancakes on a wood cook stove when I was 5 years old. I’m 55 now and still eating Sourdough pancakes. I make home made blueberry syrup to go with them now. Living on the homestead was hard work but also healthy. Now I run my own lodging business. It took me awhile to get used to the weather in Southeast Alaska, but the fishing and beautiful coastline make up for it. Come see us at the ALaska Beach Cabin and walk out your door to the beach to see the whales and sea otter, or kayak to the Island by Indian Cove and have a picnic. Its all good! 5th generation and counting.

  27. May 19th, 2009 | 9:00 pm

    Alaska is still wild. Be sure to take home your Alaska/Yukon photo book souvenirs by Crystal Images/Me available at http://www.akmk.com

    “Haines for All Seasons–Northern Exposures from Alaska Reflecting Our Bond to the Land and Each Other” and

    “Alaska/Yukon/Arctic Light–Gifts of the Wild”
    (National Book of Year Finalist 2007 in the Category of “Nature”)

  28. May 20th, 2009 | 12:13 am

    COLLECTORS/BIRD HUNTERS – BLACK BRANT/also lessor and cackling geese with some of the best Silver Salmon fishing in the State. Fly or spin fishing……………………………………..

  29. Kerri Dowd
    May 20th, 2009 | 10:09 am

    Alaska is always an awesome place to visit and live but if you’re looking for a reason for this particular summer than you should come up for the 34th annual Girdwood Forest Fair – after a one year hiatus last year all the locals are pleased to see this family friendly event back! It’s got great music, amazing food, incredible local handcrafts and the coolest vibe you’ll ever find!
    Check it out at http://www.girdwoodforestfair.com
    Hope to see you there!

  30. May 20th, 2009 | 5:58 pm

    After traveling through the Northwest and Northwest Canada recently by motor home from Arizona, I have to say that Alaska is still my favorite place to vacation in the summer time. The fishing can’t be beat, the weather is comfortable to sleep in and play in, the people of Alaska are very friendly and welcoming, the scenery is spectacular where ever you go and even though gas prices are higher than anywhere in the northwest, it’s all worth it!

    Being from Washington State most of my life and growing up there, as a fisherman, Alaska is far superior in quantity and quality of fishing without all the pressure of the streams and rivers in Washington and Oregon, not to mention what were ideal places like Montana, Idaho and California. No comparison! Alaska is the Best, hand’s down from someone who knows the Truth about what fishing use to be like in the Northwest, Alaska is still far better. Anyone from there who has fished both Alaska and the Northwest will agree. You may need to fly in to find the really outstanding fishing, but, it’s there in Alaska. Have a great fishing vacation in Alaska this year, but, save a few for me and my clients to hook and release!

  31. May 21st, 2009 | 3:41 am

    http://www.visitbristolbay.org/aleknagikschoolhouseinn/

    Come to Aleknagik, Alaska, and stay at the Historic Schoolhouse Inn and walk to the water in front of the Inn to see 1.5 million red salmon swim upriver the first week of July!

    (PS, and enjoy complimentary boat rental, kayak, hot tub, wifi!)

  32. May 21st, 2009 | 8:08 am

    There’s a saying up here: “You live twice during the summer in Alaska.” Because it stays light for such long hours, you can stretch your days into 18 – 20 hours each if you want. There is nothing more magical than watching bears, whales, moose, sea otters, eagles and more until 11 o’clock at night. How about fishing and jigging after dinner? Step back in time when you visit places like Elfin Cove and Pelican, tiny fishing villages not accessible by road or cars. Charter a private yacht and see all this and more…Glacier Bay National Park is truly the most majestic place in Alaska with it’s wildlife, pristine beauty, glaciers and limited access to those with permits, including us!! Check out http://www.firstoutlastin.com and come cruise with us: 2-6 people. We’ll leave the coffee on and await your arrival.

  33. May 21st, 2009 | 12:46 pm

    Avoid the crowds on an Alaska small ship cruise. Expedition and adventure cruises aboard small ships and yachts in Alaska, ranging from 8 to 138 passengers, are already a great way to experience authentic Alaska up close and avoid the big ship crowds. But this year travelers will find exceptional saving and even fewer crowds. Imagine staying on a yacht designed for 20 people with only 12 people on board. Or an 80 passenger small ship that may be only half full. You will receive more access to on board naturalists, more time to spend exploring on shore hikes and by kayak, more time on shore excursions, more personalized dining service and more space on deck to view whales breaching and glaciers calving. I have been an expert in Alaska small ship cruises since 1995 and I have never seen a better year to visit Alaska by small ship. Cruise packages from West Coast cities start at $1499 and many cruises are up to 25% off. We offer dozens of cruises beginning in Anchorage, Juneau, Seattle or other ports.
    If you want to see glaciers, whales and bears up close, there is no better way than aboard a small ship cruise and there has been no better time than now.

  34. May 23rd, 2009 | 5:47 pm

    Come stay in the Wise Old Hunter Lodge or the Moose Cabin at Bear Paw Adventure. These unique log buildings offer a special Alaskan atmosphere with lots of comforts and security. Bear Paw Adventure’s location just north of Anchor Point is one of the best fishing spots in the state. You can fish on your own, or enlist the services of a professional guide for a charter on the saltwater, on the local rivers, or you can choose a fly out fishing trip that combines sightseeing, bear viewing and fishing. Bear Paw Adventure’s central location puts you in an easy reach of all sorts of great adventures, including marine tours, bear viewing trips, kayaking, hiking and more.

    This year is a great time to visit the Kenai Peninsula because you will find excellent deals on fishing charter trips, lodging and other Alaskan adventures. Because the summer tourist traffic is expected to be lower than usual, this will be a good year to see Alaska in at more casual pace. You will enjoy fantastic scenery at Anchor Point, including great views of four volcanoes visible across Cook Inlet, glaciers and rugged peaks across Kachemak Bay, and Alaskan wildlife. May temperatures have been comfortable with sunny days and we look forward to pleasant, sun-filled summer days with lots of time for adventures.

    Contact Bear Paw Adventure at http://www.bearpawadventure.com or call 866 286 0576 for free help in planning your trip and first class lodging.

  35. May 26th, 2009 | 10:03 pm

    Visitors looking to Alaska for a great time will want to come to Homer! Homer is where the Art is! Lots of galleries and studios. We have active musical and theater cultures too. Great food in a number of restaurants with in-house chefs. Breathtaking views that can’t be beat–glaciers, mountains, volcanos, and the bay. Great Halibut and Salmon fishing. Flight-seeing and Bear Viewing flights. A great museum and the new Islands and Ocean center. Bay excursions for kayaking, hiking to a glacier, and more outdoor activities! See Fireweed Gallery at fireweedgallery.com and click on the Gallery Guide to visit other galleries in town. For accommodation look to fireweedgallery.com/loft.html

  36. August 3rd, 2009 | 9:37 am

    Why not come to Alaska!? It is such a unique and diverse state that offers history, adventure, and unsurpassed beauty. Palmer, Alaska is especially a treasure. The downtown area offers incredible local vendors who are all friendly beyond compare, a fascinating historical district, and a garden that has the biggest, most vibrant flowers. The Palmer Museum and Visitor Center is a good place to begin your adventure. Our staff can give you anything from information on where to visit, to a history lesson on Palmer, which began in 1935 as the biggest resettlement community in FDR’s New Deal Program. If you plan a visit, come on a Friday so you can visit the Friday Fling, Palmer’s open air market, that showcases crafts and freshly grown vegetables. The vegetables are famous in Palmer – giant vegetables, that is. Cabbages weighing over 100 pounds, a 42 pound beet, and a 90 pound zucchini are all things you can see at the Alaska State Fair at the end of August. While you are here visit Independence Gold Mine and go hiking in the spectacular state park Hatchers Pass. So come on up, and take pleasure in what could be the greatest adventure of your life!

  37. Marv & JoAnn Barhorst
    September 16th, 2011 | 2:33 pm

    We just returned last week from our trip to Alaska. The trip was
    wonderful and everything we wanted to do was arranged perfectly.
    We did not have one hassle our whole trip from rental car, to rooms
    to tours. Your Melissa was great to work with and arranged everything just as we wanted. I would recommend your company to anyone and you are free to use my name as a reference. Thank you.

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