1. The Dena'ina way of living
The first comprehensive exhibit on the Denaâ€™ina Athabascan people is on display at the Anchorage Museum, Alaskaâ€™s largest museum. â€œDenaâ€™inaqâ€™ Huchâ€™ulyeshi: The Denaâ€™ina Way of Livingâ€ will be featured until Jan. 12, 2014, and introduces the culture and lifestyle of this indigenous group through stories, hands-on learning stations, films and more than 160 artifacts loaned from museums across Europe and North America. The exhibit explains how they were affected by major events including foreign diseases, the founding of Anchorage and general urbanization of the region. It demonstrates that the Denaâ€™ina way of life, including core values and traditions, are still intact, despite major changes over the past 200 years. Visitors to the state are encouraged to explore the exhibit, and it is also an opportunity for locals to learn about this Alaska Native culture. As many as half of Alaska residents live in traditional Denaâ€™ina territory and have little knowledge of the heritage of its indigenous people. After seven years of working with advisors to develop the exhibit, the Anchorage Museumâ€™s goal is to help restore Denaâ€™ina history and share it with a new generation.
Contact: Sarah Henning, Anchorage Museum
Phone: (907) 929-9231
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2. Within the Wild Adventure Company offers three new winter excursions for 2014
Winterlake Lodge, located 198 trail miles northwest of Anchorage in Southcentral Alaska, is launching three new outdoor excursions in 2014 that will allow guests extensive access to the backcountry surrounding the upscale adventure lodge. A day trip opportunity gives guests access to the lodge's on-site helicopter for backcountry cross-country skiing on nearby Wolverine Mountain. An overnight snowmobile excursion allows travelers to explore about 35 miles of the Iditarod National Historic Trail and stay in a rustic cabin near Rainy Pass, the official race checkpoint following Winterlake Lodge. Within the Wild Adventure Co. staff will also finish building a remote cabin about eight miles from the lodge in early 2014, opening up another guided overnight adventure. Given the option of traveling by dog sled, snowmobile, cross-country skis or snowshoes, adventurers will spend a day trekking to the cabin, where they can spend the night â€œglamping,â€ before returning to the lodge in the morning. All training and meals are provided for the trips. The overnight adventures are included in the lodges' all-inclusive rates, and helicopter excursions are an additional cost.
Contact: Meghan Aftosmis, Thompson & Co. PR
Phone: (646) 794-4281
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3. Air North gets green light to connect Dawson City and Fairbanks
Summer visitors traveling between Fairbanks, Alaska and Dawson City, Yukon, now have increased access with flight service from Yukonâ€™s airline, Air North. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to double the number of customs agents at the Fairbanks International Airport, allowing an additional nine direct flights per week between Fairbanks and Dawson City. Holland America Line was a contributing force in proposing the new service with the goal to utilize the flights for its new Land + Sea Journeys itineraries. Up to 19,000 Holland America Line guests will now be able to connect between Dawson City and Fairbanks through a one-hour direct flight, a large difference from the previous transportation by bus, typically taking two days of travel. The shortened travel time also allows guests to spend an extra day in Fairbanks. The new service is being celebrated statewide as a progressive contribution to the Alaska tourism industry and positions Fairbanks International Airport as a hub for international travel in Interior Alaska.
Contact: Deb Hickok, Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Contact: Kathy Dunn, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
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4. A whale of a time with Alaska Charters & Adventures
Alaska Charters & Adventures will offer full-day whale watching tours on the pristine waters of the Inside Passage beginning summer 2014. Guests climb aboard the Timber Wolf, a custom-built, 35-foot aluminum cabin style boat with indoor seating for six that boasts 360-degree views for optimal wildlife viewing. Departing from Wrangell, the 6- to 8-hour tour transports guests to a variety of locations throughout area waterways with hopes of sighting the iconic humpback whale cruising the water in search of food in addition to seeing other marine life including sea lions, seals and sea otters. A naturalist will be onboard to provide insight and information on the habitat surrounding Wrangell. The deck areas on the Timber Wolf provide great opportunities for photography, and complimentary beverages are served onboard. The tour will be offered May through September and will cost $325 per person.
Contact: John & Brenda Yeager, Alaska Charters & Adventures
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