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In this June Alaska Travel News Bulletin you will find:
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Cruisers to Alaska on Holland America Line now have access to travel inspiration on the new Holland America Land + Sea Journeys Tablet App. Check out the interactive map, destination details, excursion options and more including Glacier Bay podcasts. Find the app in the Apple, Android and Windows app stores by searching "Holland America Line."
1. New adventure tours in Interior Alaska

This summer, visitors can experience Fairbanks through two new adventure tours either by land on an ATV or by water on a paddleboard. Midnight Sun ATV Tours offers half-day and full-day ATV trips to Alaska’s backcountry. The half-day trip begins 30 miles north of Fairbanks and winds through 24 miles of forest while crossing the Yukon Quest sled dog trail. The full-day tour starts in Delta Junction, the official end of the Alaska Highway, where riders will cover 40 miles of trail within a four-hour ride. Riders can expect to see the Alaska Range, Isabel Pass and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Moose, caribou and other wildlife sightings are common during the full-day tour.  The tours range in price from $80 – $250 and are offered May 23 – Sept. 7.
 
Travelers looking to explore the waters of Fairbanks can do so with Alaska Paddleboard Adventures on a guided paddleboard tour with personal instruction. There are three different trip options that cater to various levels of adventure, range in length and are offered June 1  – Sept. 15. The Chena River to Tanana River tour is a three-to-four hour paddle beginning at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge where guests will experience calm waters on a flowing river. The Tanana Lakes two-hour paddle begins at the Tanana Lakes Recreation Area and offers warm water and spacious lakes for recreation. The Midnight Sun Run spans two-to-three hours and begins in the heart of downtown Fairbanks on the Chena River. Paddlers end the trip at The Boatel, a local bar where they can enjoy a beverage on the waterfront deck. The trips range in price from $20 – $50 and participants must be 8 years or older.
 
Media Contact:
Contact: Jerry Evans, Explore Fairbanks
Email: jevans@explorefairbanks.com
Phone: (907) 459-3779
Facebook: Explore Fairbanks Alaska
Twitter: @explorfairbanks
URL: http://www.explorefairbanks.com
 
Photo: Sherman Hogue/Explore Fairbanks
2. Glamping and more at Knik River Lodge

Camp in comfort this summer with Knik River Lodge on one of their new, fly-in glamping trips to Alaska’s backcountry. Guests can enjoy a helicopter ride to the shore of Lake George where they set up camp. Unlike the traditional camping trip, Knik River Lodge will fly in the camping amenities such as carpet, a propane fireplace and best of all, a bathroom. Guests can sit back, relax and enjoy the sight of glaciers on Lake George while an on-site chef prepares a steak or fish dinner. For guests that prefer to sleep indoors, Knik River Lodge also operates 15 wilderness cabins with five different cabin options.
 
Knik River Lodge is located in Palmer, a short one-hour drive from Anchorage, and provides a unique environment for guests, whether glamping or staying in cabins. The dining experience for overnight guests is located in a yurt and has a menu that boasts fresh Alaska items. The yurt allows guests to look on at wildlife and Alaska’s scenic views while enjoying their meal. The lodge also offers a variety of adventure activities for the whole family including helicopter tours with glacier landings, glacier dog sledding, kayak tours, glacier hiking, ice climbing, heli-hiking with outdoor photography and more.

Media Contact:
Contact: Casey Ressler, Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau
Email: casey@alaskavisit.com
Phone: (907) 746-5037
Facebook: Visit Alaska's Mat-Su Valley
Twitter: @VisitMatsu
URL: http://www.alaskavisit.com
 
Photo credit: Knik River Lodge
3. The view from up here with Alaska’s ziplines

Mica Guides is offering a new high-speed zipline experience at Matanuska Glacier called G2, the fastest zipline in Alaska. Zipliners start 250 feet above the Matanuska River and soar 45 to 60 miles per hour over 2,200 feet. G2 is the second zipline available at Matanuska Glacier, complementing the existing Nitro, which is situated 150 feet above the river where zipliners launch from a three-story tower. Mica Guides is located in Glacier View on the Glenn Highway, 100 miles from Anchorage. Tickets for G2 cost $99 for adults and $79 for kids 12 and under.
 
The Last Frontier offers many opportunities for adventure seekers to zipline throughout the state, enjoying views from above. ZipRider at Icy Strait Point is the world’s longest zip line ride that takes riders for a thrilling 5,330 feet ride down a mountain, traveling up to 60 miles per hour. Denali Zipline Tours offers a three-hour trip over the town of Talkeetna and Susitna River Valley. Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures, sister company to Denali Zipline Tours, is located in Seward and offers a three-hour tour and eight ziplines over glacial valleys and rainforest. 
 
Media Contacts:
Contact: Casey Ressler, Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau
Email: casey@alaskavisit.com
Phone: (907) 746-5037
Facebook: Visit Alaska's Mat-Su Valley
Twitter: @VisitMatsu
URL: http://www.alaskavisit.com
 
Contact: Jennifer Thompson, Thompson & Co. PR
Email: alaskatravelmedia@thompsonpr.com
Phone: (800) 327-9372
Facebook: Alaska Travel News
Twitter: @alaskatravlnews
URL: www.TravelAlaska.com
 
Photo credit: Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau
4. New additions to the food scene in Alaska’s capital city

This summer, visitors can get a taste of Juneau’s thriving local food scene during a new food tour or by stopping Coppa’s new ice cream cart downtown. Juneau Food Tours is introducing a two-and-a-half-hour tour with a customized itinerary. Items such as king crab, wild Alaska salmon, sourdough bagels, locally cured meats, award-winning king crab bisque and locally crafted beer can be found on the menu. During the 1.2-mile walking tour, guests stop at points of interest and historical landmarks for an insightful look into Juneau’s history and culture. A food blogger and writer since 2010, Kelly “Midgi” Moore started Juneau Food Tours as a way to share her passion. Tours run daily from May 1 to Sept. 30 and cost $129 plus tax.
 
Coppa, a neighborhood Juneau café, specializes in unique culinary flavors drawn from local inspiration. This summer, Coppa is expanding business hours and retail operations to include a new ice cream cart on South Franklin Street and Marine Way. The new cart will allow visitors in downtown to get a taste of its handmade Alaska ice creams, sherbets and sorbets. The ice cream cart will offer six flavors including the signature rhubarb sherbet, spruce tip, Madagascar vanilla, Belgian chocolate and flavors made with locally-crafted Alaska Brewing Co. beer. Aside from ice cream, Coppa offers espresso from Juneau’s Sentinel Coffee, loose-leaf teas, homemade baked goods, soups, salads and Panini sandwiches.
 
Media Contact:
Contact: Christy Ciambor, Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau
Email: Christy.Ciambor@traveljuneau.com
Phone: (907) 586-1762
Facebook: Travel Juneau
Twitter: @traveljuneau
URL: http://www.traveljuneau.com
 
Photo credit: Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau
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