A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.
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Put on your parka and cheer for the huskies and mushers
Many of Alaska's sled-dog races go out into remote areas, but fans can see the mushers and their teams at the start and finish.
The racing season runs from January to mid-March, when the last Iditarod musher claims the Red Lantern at the finish line in Nome.
The most famous of Alaska's races, this March contest begins in Anchorage and is won in Nome about 10 days later. The race is said to be 1,049 miles long, although the actual mileage is more than 1,100.
The race gets off to a ceremonial start in Anchorage, and after a short ride in the state's biggest city, the dogs are put into the mushers' trucks and taken north of Cook Inlet, where the race begins for real the next morning, usually at Wasilla.
The Yukon Quest is known for its difficulty as it runs between Fairbanks, Alaska, and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Mushers compete in often extreme cold during February, when the days are short.
In even-numbered years, the 1,000-mile race starts in Fairbanks. In odd-numbered years, it starts in Whitehorse.
The Kuskokwim 300 runs on the mighty Kuskokwim River of southwestern Alaska. The January race starts in Bethel and runs 150 miles upriver to Aniak and back. It's often known as the Kusko 300.
The Copper Basin 300 starts in Glennallen, near the Canadian border, and makes a loop. Many Iditarod mushers tune up for the big race here, and other mushers use it to prove their mettle.
The Kenai Peninsula's big race is the Tustumena 200 in late January. After a ceremonial start on a Saturday morning in the city of Kenai, the race begins for real that afternoon at Kasilof's Tustumena Lodge.
The Junior Iditarod, for mushers under 18, covers part of the Iditarod Trail, with mushers going from Wasilla to Yentna and back. The two-day race precedes the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
The World Championship sled-dog races are held during a weekend of Anchorage's winter festival in February. The Fur Rondy sprint races start downtown, loop south into the forest and return to downtown.
Two February weekends in Fairbanks are dedicated to the North American Championships, the Limited and the Open. These are sprint races.
Anchorage and Fairbanks have mushing clubs with weekend races at local tracks.