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1. Alaska’s first automobiles showcased in new Fairbanks exhibit

The Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum in Fairbanks debuted a new exhibit on June 1, Extreme Motoring: Alaska’s First Automobiles and Their Dauntless Drivers. The exhibit features a collection of Alaska’s first automobiles and is comprised of original Alaska vehicles as well as exceptional cars that are identical to those first brought by steamship in the early 1900s. The exhibit demonstrates the hardships endured by Alaska’s automobile pioneers as they faced winter temperatures, poor road conditions and a lack of repair resources. The galleries include vehicles complemented by historic videos, photographs, displays and fashions from the time period. The Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, located at the Wedgewood Resort, is home to more than 85 historic automobiles, including rare models and horseless carriages. Many of the vehicles are still driven, and visitors to the museum can even take advantage of a photo opportunity in one of the classic cars. The museum brings to life the history and development of automotive technology prior to World War II. The special exhibit and museum audio tour are free with admission of $10 for adults.
 
Media contact:
Contact: Nancy DeWitt
Email: projects@fdifairbanks.com
Phone: (907) 458-6112
Facebook: Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Twitter: @AKCarMuseum
URL: FountainheadMuseum.com

Photo credit: Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
2. New distillery legislation in Alaska

Alaska’s five instate distilleries are gearing up for an expansion of opportunity brought on by a new Alaska craft distillery bill. Under House Bill 309, Alaska distilleries will now be able to operate in the same fashion as wineries and breweries by having the ability to offer on-site tastings and tours as well as over-the-counter product sales just in time for the 2014 summer season. In anticipation of the bill being signed, Port Chilkoot Distillery in Haines, and High Mark Distillery in Sterling have tasting rooms ready to be launched upon the bill’s finalization. There are three additional Alaska distilleries planning to open tasting rooms in the near future. Below is a complete list of distilleries currently operating in Alaska:

Alaska Distillery
Wasilla, Alaska
(907) 357-6721
www.alaskadistillery.com

Bare Distillery
Anchorage, Alaska
(907) 561-2100
www.truulipeak.com
 
High Mark Distillery
Sterling, Alaska
(907) 260-3399
www.highmarkdistillery.com
 
Port Chilkoot Distillery
Haines, Alaska
(907) 766-3434
www.portchilkootdistillery.com
 
Ursa Major Distilling
Fairbanks, Alaska
(907) 455-6811
www.ursamajordistilling.com

Media contact:
Contact: Jennifer Thompson, Thompson & Co. PR
Email: jennifer@thompsonpr.com
Phone: (907) 561-4488
Facebook: Alaska Travel News

Twitter: @alaskatravlnews

URL: TravelAlaska.com

Photo credit: Port Chilkoot Distillery
3. Exploring Alaska by trail

Summer season in Alaska means more hours of daylight and comfortable temperatures, the perfect combination for hiking in the Last Frontier. There are a host of unguided trails for the active traveler; and, with summer solstice approaching on June 21, there is an abundance of time to get out and explore. Head to Juneau and visit Mendenhall Glacier before embarking on the 3.5-mile East Glacier Loop hike, which starts at the visitor’s center and climbs above Mendenhall Valley (http://1.usa.gov/1j2FpkF). Twin Peaks trail in Chugach State Park is popular for picturesque views of Eklutna Lake and easy accessibility. The trail is roughly 2.5-miles one way and includes a resting stop near the route’s halfway point (http://1.usa.gov/1j2FDIz). Within Fort Abercrombie State Historic Park are several hiking trails that provide cliff views of Kodiak. For travelers interested in the history of the area, there are remnants of World War II bunkers preserved within the park (http://1.usa.gov/SaP4jy). Travelers to Denali National Park and Preserve can experience the recently opened Savage Alpine Trail. The 4-mile trail has been years in the making. While the project continues, the trail was officially opened to the public at the end of the 2013 summer season. To access the trailhead, guests can drive their vehicle to mile 15 or take the free park shuttle to the Mountain Vista rest area. Savage Alpine Trail gives hikers picturesque views of Mount McKinley on a clear day (http://1.usa.gov/1oTfggd).
 
Media contact:
Contact: Jennifer Thompson, Thompson & Co. PR
Email: jennifer@thompsonpr.com
Phone: (907) 561-4488
Facebook: Alaska Travel News

Twitter: @alaskatravlnews

URL: TravelAlaska.com

Photo credit: State of Alaska/Brian Adams
4. Juneau celebrates Alaska Native and maritime culture

Celebration, a biennial festival held in Juneau, showcases Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian traditions and culture. Celebration is held June 11-14, at several venues throughout the state’s capital city. Since 1982, the Sealaska Heritage Institute has held this event to bring together visitors, families, clans and individuals to observe and participate in colorful processions, dance performances, authentic arts and crafts, workshops and lectures. The festival has grown to be one of the largest gatherings of Southeast Alaska Natives. Celebration, although not a traditional festival, strives to merge revitalized traditions with the old by producing a new generation of young Alaska Native people to continue the songs, dances and stories of their heritage and clan. Tickets for the 3-day festival cost $30. Visitors to Juneau can also look forward to celebrating Alaska’s growing maritime culture at the third annual Oysterfest on July 19, at Marine Park. Buy oysters by the dozen or half-dozen, or purchase an all-you-can-eat ticket which covers all vendor booths. This festival will feature more participating restaurants than ever showcasing Alaska-grown oysters. The 2014 event will also include additional food options and contests. Attendees will learn shellfish safety information, such as details on consuming raw seafood, oyster cooking temperatures and how to shuck oysters. Oysterfest 2014 will also feature a beer garden and a bounce house for the younger festival goers.
 
Media contact:
Contact: Elizabeth Arnett, Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau
Email: elizabeth.arnett@traveljuneau.com
Phone: (907) 523-3728
Facebook: TravelJuneau
Twitter: @traveljuneau
URL: traveljuneau.com

Photo credit: Travel Juneau
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