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In this August Alaska Travel News Bulletin you will find:
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The Katmai National Park brown bear cam is back for a second season!
 
Watch brown bears through eight strategically placed web cams located at Brooks Falls hunt for salmon from the comfort of your own home. Around 80-100 of the 2,200 bears living in the national park descend upon this area annually.

Find it here: Katmai National Park bear cam
 
1. Alaska’s fall foliage season on the horizon
 
At the terminus of Alaska’s intense, green summer is an equally stunning season of red, yellow and orange foliage covering the landscape. Through a variety of tours specifically created for this changing season, visitors can get an intimate view of Alaska’s dynamic landscape. Northern Alaska Tour Company explores Alaska’s Far North region with the Aurora Adventure, a four-day, three-night excursion into the Brooks Range. Guests can choose from a variety of activities based from Coldfoot such as exploring the Dalton Highway and aurora viewing in the village of Wiseman (www.northernalaska.com). Travelers wishing to experience Denali National Park and Preserve in the fall can go on Alaska Adventure Unlimited’s seven-day "Denali Fall Colors" small group adventure. Beginning in Fairbanks and ending in Anchorage, the tour combines photography with sightseeing excursions to glaciers, wildlife, marine life and even viewing Mount McKinley. The tour runs from Sept. 1 – 7 (www.alaskaadventureunlimited.com). Finally, avid birders visiting the western region of the state can embark on an eight-day, seven-night tour to Adak, a 280-square mile island located 1,200 miles southwest of Anchorage. This island, formerly a site of a naval base, is home to a wide variety of birds including eastern spot-billed ducks, marsh sandpiper, lesser sand-plover and gray wagtails, to name a few. Tour dates are either Sept. 8-15 or Sept. 15-22 (www.birdtreks.com). For more views of fall, visit Pinterest.com/VisitAlaska.
 
Media contact:
Contact: Tara Stevens, Thompson & Co. Public Relations

Phone: 907-561-4488

Email: tara@thompsonpr.com

Facebook: Alaska Travel News

Twitter: @alaskatravlnews
Pinterest: Visit Alaska
URL: www.TravelAlaska.com

Photo credit: Alaska Adventure Unlimited

2. Racing toward gold in the Klondike
 
Following the route of more than 40,000 gold rush hopefuls, racers after a different gold prize embark on the Klondike Trail of ’98 International Road Relay, Sept. 6. Beginning in Skagway, more than 140 relay teams of 4-10 runners traverse the 109.5-mile route of paved highway throughout the night over the famous White Pass, through British Columbia and into the Yukon Territory. The race ends along the banks of the Yukon River in Whitehorse on Saturday, Sept. 7. The relay not only brings racers from all over the world to Skagway and through the Yukon, but also is one of the most successful volunteer events in this area, drawing more than 325 volunteers. Although this event is competitive, there are also categories for both walking teams and youth. Created in 1982, the race’s name is coined from the trail of the 1898 Klondike gold rush, where stampeders converged on Skagway, the base camp for the 600-mile journey to the goldfields. More info on the event is available here: www.klondikeroadrelay.com.

Media contact:
Contact: Buckwheat Donahue, Skagway Convention & Visitors Bureau
Phone: 907-983-2854
Email: skagwayinfo@gmail.com
Facebook: Klondike Road Relay
URL: www.skagway.com

Photo credit: Sport Yukon


3. Family fishing options expand in Seward
 
Adventure Sixty North out of Seward has beefed up its itineraries and gadgets this summer now offering fishing gear rentals, gold panning and the inReach Satellite Communicator for rent or purchase. For families who are interested in fishing at their own pace, Adventure Sixty North has fishing poles and hip waders that are great for day trips off the banks. Gold panning is another fun activity for the whole family. Guests are given a short demonstration as well as information on the history and whereabouts of gold from the staff of ASN with the advice: “if it’s heavy, keep it!” ASN now carries inReach SE 2-way satellite communicator devices that can send and receive messages anywhere in the world. The device is also capable of tracking GPS locations, is waterproof and allows users to give their family and friends live updates of their adventure through social media capability.
 
Media contact:
Contact: Monica Cooper, Adventure Sixty North
Phone: (907) 224-2600
Email: adventure60north@gmail.com
URL: www.adventure60.com

Photo credit: Adventure Sixty North


4. Alaska Railroad celebrating 90 years

On July 15, 1923 in Nenana, Alaska, President Warren G. Harding drove a golden spike into the rail, marking the official completion of the Alaska Railroad from Seward north to Fairbanks. This year commemorates 90 years of the Alaska Railroad’s role as a key mode of transportation for cargo and passengers alike. To honor those who are of the same “birth” year as the railroad, passengers born in 1923 are awarded unlimited free passage on the railroad for the rest of 2013. The railroad is also hosting an anniversary First Friday event in Anchorage on Aug. 2, featuring a number of original pieces of artwork and historic annual prints highlighting the various landscapes and trains along the Railbelt. The Alaska Railroad is a full-service passenger and freight railroad that connects Alaska’s ports to various communities in the Southcentral and Interior regions of the state and also offers the nation’s last flag stop train. As a popular attraction for travelers and locals alike, the railroad offers breathtaking landscapes and unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities for more than 400,000 guests annually along seven different routes along the Alaska Railbelt.
 
Media contact:
Contact: Tim Sullivan, Alaska Railroad Corporation
Phone: 907-265-2357
Email: sullivant@akrr.com
Facebook: Alaska Railroad
Twitter: @AKRR
URL: www.alaskarailroad.com

Photo credit: Alaska Railroad

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