Alaska Excursions

Alaska Excursions

A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.

Iditarod 41

Photos and stories from the last great race.

Anchorage: 36°/53°/Mostly sunny

Fairbanks: 29°/51°/Mostly sunny

Juneau: 37°/56°/Partly sunny

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An explosive past

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24/48: Seward

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

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

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

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

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

UAF tours

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

Volcanoes are part of Alaska's history, and today they still dominate portions of the state's horizon. The Aleutian arc contains 80 volcanoes, 44 of which are active. A drive from Anchorage to Homer can highlight a number of volcanoes. Remember "AIR" -- Augustine, Iliamna and Redoubt from south to north -- to recall the volcanoes in the proper order.

• AUGUSTINE VOLCANO: It is an island volcano in lower Cook Inlet and rises 4,025 feet. The volcano's most recent eruptions were in 1976 and 1986, covering much of Cook Inlet in ash.

• ILIAMNA VOLCANO: It is a stratovolcano and part of the Aleutian Range in Lake Clark National Park. Iliamna rises 10,016 feet. At least 10 glaciers come from the summit area.

• REDOUBT VOLCANO: It is also a stratovolcano and is almost Iliamna's twin, rising 10,197 feet. It most recently erupted in 1989-90.

• MOUNT DOUGLAS: It is visible only on the most clear days southwest of Homer. It rises about 7,000 feet.

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