Alaska Excursions

Alaska Excursions

A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.

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On and off the road system, Alaska is dotted with cities, towns and villages that give the state its real character.

Early-riser hooks late Ship Creek derby winner

Robert Hayes kneels in the boat that he won during the Downtown Soup Kitchen's Slam'n Salm'n Derby after he caught a 40.97-pound king salmon June 15, 2008, the derby's final day. The event will bring in about $30,000 to feed the homeless, or about 15 percent of the kitchen's annual budget.

Luck struck around 6:30 a.m. Sunday -- less than nine hours before the end of the 10-day Slam'n Salm'n derby -- when Robert Hayes hooked a 40.97-pound king salmon that made him the winner.

Ice fishing in June?

Two fly-fishing anglers in search of rainbow trout in the Chugach State Park on June 23,2008, discovered that Rabbit Lake is still locked in winter's icy grip. Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials reported the lake was ice free, but it was bad information. Depending on the weather, it could be mid-July before anglers can catch and release the rainbows Fish and Game stocks in Rabbit Lake.

Summer solstice marked the beginning of the warm season last week, but two Anchorage fly-fishermen discovered Monday morning that winter still lingers deep in the Chugach Mountains.

Dipping for red gold

A sunset lights up the Kasilof River while dozens of dipnetters work at catching red salmon July 13, 2008.

The Kasilof beach is cool and calm at 10 a.m. on Monday as Yolanda Thomas emerges from her family-sized tent for a morning of dipnetting on the shore of the Kasilof River.

Caribou slaighter near Point Hope leaves calves stranded

Back on his home turf

Catching every drop

Alaska fishing licenses

Fishing in Alaska's regions

Halibut and more

River rafting in Alaska

Hunting in Alaska

King salmon (chinook)

Hiking and climbing

Kayaking: Wonderful water

Kayaking in Alaska

Camping in Alaska

History lessons

Go bruin viewin'

Camping in comfort

Anchorage is on pace for record bear kills

Wildlife

Scenic

Places

Events

Activities

Metro attractions: Parks, animals and blooms get attention in Anchorage

Guide Advertiser Index

Destination: Denali

Denali Park

Other Southeast gems worth seeing

24/48: Homer

24/48: Seward

What to know about the Denali Highway

Denali: Getting there

Parks and playgrounds in Anchorage

What locals say about Flattop

Anchorage: Don't miss the museum, market, music and parks

No matter the weather, Southeast is beautiful

Soldotna's many riverfront parks give it personality

Majestic Mat-Su: Glaciers, mountains, rivers and history give Valley life

One day out: Short trips away from Anchorage are full of adventure

Kenai Peninsula: Wildlife, fishing, glaciers and fun-filled days

Natural beauty: Kachemak Bay provides a stunning backdrop for Homer

The Great One: Postcard-perfect world and Mount McKinley await

Kodiak: Festivals, museums and lots of fun on the Emerald Isle

Vibrant Valdez: Natural and man-made attractions make community thrive

Highway to history: Road from Paxson to Cantwell is rough but worth the drive

Valdez: A bright spot

Bigger than bears

Cooper Landing: Small town, big fun

Southeast Alaska: Big adventure

Soldotna: A river town

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A quick driving lesson can help visitors

Summer daylight means pleasant temperatures

You're here, learn to speak 'Alaskan'

Welcome: If you live here -- or are just visiting -- you're lucky

Catch the wave, but stay away from the mud flats

A good day of sightseeing at Kenai Fjords National Park

24/48: Fairbanks

Bear-viewing options

What not to ask

Kayak operators

Questions to ask

If you go flightseeing

Get dirty: Off-road bike riding spots

First Friday art walk

Talkeetna time: Life in the small community moves at a different pace

Fun for everyone: Icebergs, wildlife and gold-panning will keep kids smiling

Turnagain Arm: Enjoy the outdoors, history in Girdwood, Portage, Hope

Mountains, glaciers, parkland define the biggest state

If you go roadside fishing

Kenai, Russian rivers are just the beginning for anglers

Fish and bears: Kodiak's bruins get so big because of all the salmon

Angling paradise: Seward has a line on halibut and salmon fishing

Fishing fever: Early-season anglers converge on the lower Kenai Peninsula

Fishing for fun: Kachemak Bay's waters are full of halibut and salmon

Valley waters: Anglers discover outstanding fishing just outside Anchorage

Mat-Su area: Museums, mine, State Fair and animals draw visitors

Gateways to Chugach State Park

Alaska culture: Where and when?

An explosive past

Water wonderland: Whittier is the place for fishing, cruising or kayaking

Seward's surroundings leave visitors gasping for breath

Bear essentials: Planned encounters with fishing grizzlies is a highlight

Copper Valley: History and wilderness join forces at Wrangell-St. Elias

Fairbanks: Enjoy nearly endless daylight, Gold Rush history

Gifts galore: From downtown markets to art galleries, options abound

Celebrations: Music and food are summer festival highlights

Flightseeing helps visitors grasp Alaska's immensity

Golden destination: Hikers and history buffs all enjoy Hatcher Pass

Heaven on wheels: Trails across Anchorage, through wilderness keep cyclists moving

Wilderness wonder: Chugach State Park, city parks full of excitement

A touch of history: Old Town Kenai should be on the itinerary for visitors

Chefs turn the bounty of the sea into something beautiful

Wild water: A trip down an Alaska river will leave rafters cheering

Lake Clark National Park's scenery and remoteness impress

Small but scenic: History, location combine to make Cooper Landing special

Sea kayaks give paddlers a different lifestyle

Denali Park: Ride horses, fly or raft in shadow of Mount McKinley

Cozy cabins: Public-use facilities aren't fancy but they're fun

Valdez: From the Gold Rush to glaciers, Sound community has it all

Eagle River: Hiking, history and festivals keep visitors busy

Anchorage is blessed with plenty of spots to drink or dance

Stepping into history: From the airport to museums, Alaska shows off unique past

Peninsula hamlets: From Hope to Anchor Point, small towns are worth a stop

Fairbanks: Gold Rush history, weather extremes are part of the culture

Lure of history

Hatcher Pass, mine area rich in history, outdoor activities

Embrace the light

Denali: Bus goes only so far

Talkeetna: Mountain majesty

Wrangell-St. Elias: Wilderness wonder

UAF tours

Southeast Alaska: Off-the-roadway fishing at its finest

DENALI: Bus tours, flightseeing and rafting in McKinley's shadow

Cabin Comfort

Kasilof River gets overshadowed by bigger Kenai

Mat-Su magic

In summer, quirky Talkeetna keeps busy with visitors

Southeast has everything one would hope to find in Alaska

Explore Soldotna

Whittier is the place for glacier cruises, fishing, kayaking

'Little Switzerland' an eye-catching glimpse of Alaska

Kenai Fjords National Park makes Seward a must-see spot

Wrangell-St. Elias offers millions of acres, few visitors

Art and birding also make the town of Kenai a good catch

Bore tide an exciting sight on Turnagain Arm

Splendid Seward

Homer: Beautiful bay

Cordova: No road, no problem

Hatcher Pass, mine area rich in history, outdoor activities

Mat-Su area

Girdwood is a great starting point for time away from town

Kodiak: Emerald Isle offers up festivals, museums and fun

Eagle River

Turnagain Arm

Denali

Marvelous Mat-Su

Copper River valley

Fairbanks

Alaska: Infinite adventure

Summer light brings pleasant temperatures

Dining delights

Anglers' Shangri-La

Metropolitan Anchorage

EAGLE RIVER: Hiking, history and Highland Games keep visitors busy

DOWNTOWN ANCHORAGE: Don't miss the parks, museums, flowers and history

KODIAK: Enjoy the Emerald Isle's festivals, fish and museums

Fabulous fishing

Silver salmon season

Get an early start

In-town wildlife

Alaska Souvenires: Good memories

Metropolitan Anchorage

Downtown Anchorage

Flight seeing: View from above

Hiking heaven

Family-friendly fun

Celebrations

Sounds of Alaska

Off the time clock

Bore tide: Timing is everything to catch unusual wave

Budget some fun

Whittier: Sound springboard

Remember Alaska: Think 'art,' not 'souvenir,' when collecting memories of travels

METRO Anchorage: Give attention to animals, parks, planes and blooms

MAT-SU: State Fair, Alaska animals, mine, museums are highlights

GPS users, golfers, runners and disc golfers enjoy outdoors

Water, wild or calm: Trips range from multiday thrills to a lovely, serene afternoon

VALDEZ: Sound town's highlights include Gold Rush and glaciers

TURNAGAIN ARM: Girdwood, Portage and Hope offer outdoor adventures

KENAI PENINSULA: Parks, wildlife, glaciers and fishing fill up the days

Tired of the same-old trips? Try out these adventures

Current and former mushers offer tours of their kennels

Alaska children share their favorite things to do around here

Flightseeing trips open up Alaska's roadless wonders

FAIRBANKS: Midnight sun, Gold Rush history are Interior highlights

Two-wheel wonders

Kachemak Bay provides a perfect backdrop for Homer

Hatcher Pass is rich in history, outdoor activities

Fairbanks in the summertime is an explosion of activity

Kodiak stays wild

Mount McKinley and wildlife attract visitors to Denali

Alaska's Denali visitor center a showcase of green technologies

Cordova's off-the-road location gives it 'Alaska' feel

The water's fine and so is the view in Cooper Landing

The bear facts

Speak 'Alaskan'

Summer light brings pleasant temperatures

Whether it's mountains or fish, bigger is the way in Alaska

Floater's paradise: 'Belly boats' allow anglers an intimate fishing experience

Hooking a halibut : Experienced charter captains make the search successful

Prime Valley fishing makes the trip worthwhile

Silvers in season

Kenai River attracts anglers from around the world

Salmon and clams add to the fun on Kachemak Bay

From clams to kings

Valley virtues

Riding the sky

Big catch, big cash

Urban encounters: Finding wildlife in town not hard if you know where to go

Fun for free: There's lots to see and do that won't involve your wallet

Hit the trails: Whether hiking or biking, Anchorage has plenty to offer

Catch local musicians and Outside acts at Anchorage hot spots

Dining: Seafood dominates the menu at local restaurants

Do it in a day

Culture: Drumbeat of Native dancers can be highlight of a summer visit

Festivals: Summer festivals focus on fish, music and fun

BIKING: Pedaling paradise

SHOPPING: Savvy souvenirs

HIKING: Hiking heaven

DOWNTOWN ANCHORAGE: Parks, museums, flowers and history fascinate

DAY TRIPS: Adventure awaits a short drive outside Anchorage

DINING OUT: A taste of place

FESTIVALS: Music, food and airplanes are summer festival highlights

NIGHTLIFE: Bar basics

DOWNTOWN ANCHORAGE: Parks, museums, flowers and history fascinate

METRO ANCHORAGE: Animals, parks, planes and blooms are worth attention

Mat-Su, Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound, Copper River accommodations

Inside Passage lodging: Juneau, Ketchikan and more

Western Alaska lodging: Kodiak, Nome, Bethel and more

Northern Alaska lodging: Barrow and Kotzebue

Interior lodging and restaurants: Fairbanks, Denali and more

Anchorage-area hotels, B&Bs, hostels, lodges and resorts

Lodging in Alaska

Tourist, be aware

Accessible Alaska

Medical care

Weddings in Alaska

Special-interest travel

Ferry times to Alaska

Flight time to Anchorage

Getting to Alaska

Maps of Alaska

Rental cars in Alaska

Highways: The way to really see Alaska

Getting around in Alaska

Alaska FAQs

Find a less pricey room with a view

Activities on a budget

Cut dining costs

Cut transportation costs for big savings

Beat the high cost of an Alaska vacation

Livengood, Alaska

Anchorage commercial real estate looking up

Prudhoe Bay, Alaska

Ever wonder where all those 650,000 Alaskans live? This list shows the 2000 census of all Alaska cities, villages and census defined places (CDP).

LocalityPopulation
1Anchorage municipality260,283
2Juneau city and borough30,711
3Fairbanks city30,224
4College CDP11,402
5Sitka city and borough8,835
6Ketchikan city7,922
7Knik-Fairview CDP7,049
8Kenai city6,942
9Lakes CDP6,706
10Kodiak city6,334
11Kalifornsky CDP5,846
12Bethel city5,471
13Wasilla city5,469
14Eielson AFB CDP5,400
15Tanaina CDP4,993
16Meadow Lakes CDP4,819
17Sterling CDP4,705
18Barrow city4,581
19Palmer city4,533
20Nikiski CDP4,327
21Unalaska city4,283
22Valdez city4,036
23Homer city3,946
24Soldotna city3,759
25Nome city3,505
26Petersburg city3,224
27Kotzebue city3,082
28Gateway CDP2,952
29Seward city2,830
30Big Lake CDP2,635
31Butte CDP2,561
32Dillingham city2,466
33Cordova city2,454
34Wrangell city2,308
35Fishhook CDP2,030
36Ridgeway CDP1,932
37Anchor Point CDP1,845
38Kodiak Station CDP1,840
39Haines city1,811
40Diamond Ridge CDP1,802
41Bear Creek CDP1,748
42Ester CDP1,680
43Willow CDP1,658
44Fritz Creek CDP1,603
45Deltana CDP1,570
45t North Pole city1,570
47Craig city1,397
48Tok CDP1,393
49Metlakatla CDP1,375
50Houston city1,202
51Cohoe CDP1,168
52Lazy Mountain CDP1,158
53Sutton-Alpine CDP1,080
54Farm Loop CDP1,067
55Hooper Bay city1,014
56Healy CDP1,000
57Y CDP956
58Salamatof CDP954
59Sand Point city952
60Skagway city862
62Hoonah city860
62Klawock city854
62t Salcha CDP854
64Delta Junction city840
65Togiak city809
66King Cove city792
67Ninilchik CDP772
67tSelawik city772
67tTalkeetna CDP772
70Emmonak city767
71Chevak city765
72Point Hope city757
73Mountain Village city755
74Big Delta CDP749
75Unalakleet city747
76Akutan city713
76tKwethluk city713
78Kake city710
79Buffalo Soapstone CDP699
80Womens Bay CDP690
81Yakutat CDP680
82Naknek CDP678
83Galena city675
84Alakanuk city652
85Gambell city649
86Kipnuk CDP644
87Savoonga city643
88Funny River CDP636
89Noorvik city634
90Pleasant Valley CDP623
91Fox River CDP616
92Fort Yukon city595
93Kotlik city591
94Akiachak CDP585
95Knik River CDP582
96Angoon city572
96tAniak city572
98Shishmaref city562
99Thorne Bay city557
100Quinhagak city555
101Glennallen CDP554
102Pilot Station city550
103Stebbins city547
104Wainwright city546
105Kasigluk CDP543
106Moose Creek CDP542
107St. Paul city532
107tToksook Bay city532
109St. Mary's city500
110Happy Valley CDP489
111Two Rivers CDP482
112Kasilof CDP471
112tNew Stuyahok city471
114Nunapitchuk city466
115Scammon Bay city465
116Fort Greely CDP461
117King Salmon CDP442
118Nuiqsut city433
119Kachemak city431
119tSaxman city431
121Gustavus CDP429
122Noatak CDP428
122tTuluksak CDP428
124Trapper Creek CDP423
125Kenny Lake CDP410
126Buckland city406
127Nenana city402
128McGrath city401
129Manokotak city399
130Chefornak city394
131Napaskiak city390
132Kiana city388
133Hydaburg city382
134Kivalina city377
135Tuntutuliak CDP370
136Cooper Landing CDP369
137St. Michael city368
138Anderson city367
139Copper Center CDP362
140Kongiganak CDP359
141Napakiak city353
142Marshall city349
143Nikolaevsk CDP345
144Kwigillingok CDP338
145Nulato city336
146Tununak CDP325
147Newtok CDP321
148Adak CDP316
149Elim city313
150Akiak city309
150tAmbler city309
152Tanana city308
153Fox CDP300
154Koyuk city297
155Russian Mission city296
156Atmautluak CDP294
157Huslia city293
157tKaktovik city293
159Seldovia city286
160Anaktuvuk Pass city282
161Eek city280
162Brevig Mission city276
163Teller city268
164Lower Kalskag city267
165Minto CDP258
166Port Lions city256
166tShungnak city256
168Glacier View CDP249
169Point Lay CDP247
170Old Harbor city237
171Goodnews Bay city230
171tKaltag city230
171tShaktoolik city230
171tUpper Kalskag city230
175Atqasuk city228
176Holy Cross city227
177Ouzinkie city225
178Cantwell CDP222
179Aleknagik city221
179tMosquito Lake CDP221
179tNondalton city221
182Harding-Birch Lakes CDP216
183Gakona CDP215
184Chickaloon CDP213
185Mekoryuk city210
186Nightmute city208
187Moose Pass CDP206
188White Mountain city203
189Venetie CDP202
190Willow Creek CDP201
191Coffman Cove city199
192Grayling city194
193Tyonek CDP193
194Ruby city188
195Koliganek CDP182
195tWhittier city182
197Copperville CDP179
198Nanwalek CDP177
199Kokhanok CDP174
200Clam Gulch CDP173
201Port Graham CDP171
202Sheldon Point (Nunam Iqua) city164
203Pelican city163
204Newhalen city160
205Arctic Village CDP152
205tSt. George city152
205tWales city152
208Tazlina CDP149
209Diomede city146
210Chignik Lake CDP145
211Golovin city144
211tSeldovia Village CDP144
213McKinley Park CDP142
213tMentasta Lake CDP142
215Tanacross CDP140
216Hollis CDP139
216tKlukwan CDP139
218Crooked Creek CDP137
218tHope CDP137
218tMud Bay CDP137
218tSouth Naknek CDP137
222Deering city136
223Naukati Bay CDP135
224Central CDP134
225Ekwok city130
225tSilver Springs CDP130
227Eagle city129
227tShageluk city129
229Dry Creek CDP128
230Pitkas Point CDP125
231Slana CDP124
232Chitina CDP123
233Levelock CDP122
234Chuathbaluk city119
234tPort Heiden city119
236Tetlin CDP117
237Egegik city116
237tWhitestone Logging Camp CDP116
239Larsen Bay city115
240Point MacKenzie CDP111
240tSkwentna CDP111
242Kobuk city109
243Northway Village CDP107
243tPerryville CDP107
243tTatitlek CDP107
246Anvik city104
246tPort Alsworth CDP104
246tTenakee Springs city104
249Chignik Lagoon CDP103
250Covenant Life CDP102
250tIliamna CDP102
252Koyukuk city101
253Circle CDP100
253tNikolai city100
253tPilot Point city100
253tSleetmute CDP100
257Allakaket city97
257tHyder CDP97
259Northway CDP95
260Chistochina CDP93
260tPrimrose CDP93
262Atka city92
262tLowell Point CDP92
262tTonsina CDP92
265Cold Bay city88
265tGulkana CDP88
265tLake Louise CDP88
268Stevens Village CDP87
269Chenega CDP86
270Beaver CDP84
271Chalkyitsik CDP83
271tNelson Lagoon CDP83
273Port Alexander city81
274Akhiok city80
275Chignik city79
276Hughes city78
277Clark's Point city75
277tCrown Point CDP75
277tMiller Landing CDP74
280Cube Cove CDP72
280tManley Hot Springs CDP72
280tNorthway Junction CDP72
283Nelchina CDP71
284Twin Hills CDP69
285Aleneva CDP68
285tEagle Village CDP68
287False Pass city64
288Mendeltna CDP63
288tPort Protection CDP63
290Oscarville CDP61
290tStony River CDP61
292Whale Pass CDP58
293Igiugig CDP53
294Chiniak CDP50
294tPedro Bay CDP50
294tTakotna CDP50
297Edna Bay CDP49
298Red Devil CDP48
299Rampart CDP45
300Bettles city43
300tPaxson CDP43
302McCarthy CDP42
303Chase CDP41
303tPlatinum city41
305Kasaan city39
305tLutak CDP39
305tNikolski CDP39
308Dot Lake Village CDP38
308tFour Mile Road CDP38
310Healy Lake CDP37
310tSusitna CDP37
312New Allakaket CDP36
312tPortage Creek CDP36
314Alatna CDP35
314tGame Creek CDP35
314tHalibut Cove CDP35
314tPoint Baker CDP35
318Beluga CDP32
318tElfin Cove CDP32
318tLake Minchumina CDP32
318tRed Dog Mine CDP32
322Ferry CDP29
322tLivengood CDP29
324Birch Creek CDP28
324tEvansville CDP28
326Karluk CDP27
326tPetersville CDP27
326tTolsona CDP27
329Kupreanof city23
330Ivanof Bay CDP22
330tThoms Place CDP22
332Alcan Border CDP21
332tMeyers Chuck CDP21
332tPort Clarence CDP21
332tWiseman CDP21
336Attu Station CDP20
337Dot Lake CDP19
338Sunrise CDP18
339Chicken CDP17
340Coldfoot CDP13
341Ugashik CDP11
342Excursion Inlet CDP10
343Pope-Vannoy Landing CDP8
344Lime Village CDP6
345Prudhoe Bay CDP5
346Flat CDP4
347Hobart Bay CDP3
348Alpine CDP0
348tChisana CDP0
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

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