Quick Q&A – Our 2018 Photo Contest Winner

Several of the finalist photographs in our 2018 photo contest were shot by casual photographers, but it turned out that our winning photo came from a professional. Matt Meisenheimer specializes in landscape photography. He travels extensively in his search for beautiful vistas and because of that frequently finds his way to Alaska. Here’s what he has to say about his winning photo “Chugach” and traveling in Alaska. (more…)

Stumped for Gift Ideas? Here’s How to Give the Gift of Alaska

What makes a great gift?

Is a great gift unique? Is it meaningful and heartfelt? Is it exchangeable? Or is a truly great gift all those things?

We know of a gift that’s all those things: Alaska. Or rather … a well thought out, perfectly planned trip to Alaska.

Here’s how you do it.

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A $500 Winning Alaska Photo

After three weeks of rigorously rating and ranking hundreds of photos submitted for our annual photo contest, we’re pleased to announce our 2018 grand prize winner: “Chugach” by Matt Meisenheimer of Janesville, Wisconsin!

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Infamous Alaskans: The Witch of Kantishna

Fanny Quigley Cabin

Alaska’s history is full of characters whose stories are as wild and fascinating as the land in which they lived. Fannie Quigley, a wilderness woman whose colorful reputation earned her the “Witch of Kantishna” nickname, is one of them.

Fannie came to Alaska in the late 1800s. She was an expert drinker and cusser whose famed foul language she picked up while working more than 15 years in railroad camps and lawless mining towns. She was also industrious, funding her way along the gold rush trails by making and selling meals out of a canvas tent she hauled on a sled. Fannie eventually made her way to Kantishna on the northern side of Denali. It was in this remote wilderness that she made her home.

Having quite the green thumb, Fannie proved that with a little care and effort you could grow bountiful produce even in Alaska. She built her gardens on top of the tundra, hewing planks and digging stones to form terraced beds she later filled with soil up hauled up from the valley floor. A cold frame extended the scant 10-week growing season. In these beds she cultivated rhubarb, cabbage, onions, rutabagas, cauliflower, potatoes, lettuce, and even warm weather crops like corn, tomato, and cucumber.

Fanny Quigley CabinHer gardens weren’t all for sustenance. In a show of whimsy for an otherwise pragmatic woman, Fannie also grew flowers, propagating poppies, pansies, and wildflowers that she’d later press and dry. In the winter she worked on a fine embroidered tablecloth, recreating those pretty flowers in thread. (more…)

Your Alaska Travel Update: Here’s What’s New for 2019

Totem Inn Valdez

At Alaska Tour & Travel, we’re always looking for new accommodations, activities, and ways of getting around in this beautiful state. For the 2019 travel season we’re excited to add several new options to the list of more than 200 quality products we book for you. (more…)

Alaska in 4 Days: Making the Most of a Short Stay in AK

Alyeska Tram

When people daydream about a trip to Alaska, it’s usually epic. There’s a cruise and a land package, a couple train rides, a few remote destinations. While these big bucket-list adventures are amazing, it’s also possible to get a taste of Alaska when your paid time off and budget don’t allow for such a long vacation. Here’s how you make the most of a short trip in Alaska.

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Talkeetna Eats: Part Two

With so much to experience in Alaska, it’s easy to forget about the food that fuels your travels. Talkeetna puts great eats right alongside the fun of a train ride and thrill of glimpsing big wildlife. It is one our favorite food towns in the state, so much so that we couldn’t limit our recommendations to a single article. So, without further ado, it’s part two of our top Talkeetna eats.

Mountain High Pizza Pie Talkeetna AlaskaFamily recipes rule the menu at Mountain High Pizza Pie. Sauce, dough for subs and crusts, and soups pull from these treasured heirlooms, so it’s no exaggeration to say that everything they offer is yum. If you have time to enjoy a meal out on their covered patio after flightseeing around Denali or ziplining through boreal forests, you can’t beat a Papa Georgio pizza or Ravioli Dinner. If you’re hurrying on to your next excursion, try one of their hot Italian Flatbread Sandwiches to go.

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Seeking Seward’s Magical Temperate Rainforest

Seward Alaska Temperate Rainforest

Seward‘s waters have a way of drawing attention — and rightfully so. The deep blue-green hue, the reflection of snow-tipped mountains, and the potential for spotting some of Alaska’s iconic marine wildlife all draw our state’s many summertime visitors into Resurrection Bay for day tours and cruises alike. But bordering that waterway lies yet another remarkable ecosystem: The temperate rainforest. (more…)

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