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In this July Alaska Travel News Bulletin you will find:
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1. Icy Strait Point celebrates 10 years as a cruise ship destination 

Experience Tlingit culture at Icy Strait Point (http://bit.ly/1mO9vdZ) this summer in Alaska’s Inside Passage, a cluster of nearly 1,100 islands and islets that encompass more than 500 miles of pebble beaches in Southeast Alaska.This summer, Icy Strait Point celebrated the 10th anniversary of cruise ship calls on its wilderness destination, offering guests an opportunity to experience traditional Alaska Native culture while enjoying the scenic views of Glacier Bay. Cruise passengers from across the world can explore Icy Strait Point on 22 cultural and adventure excursions, dine at one of several restaurants and shop from locally owned stores in one of the most visually stimulating locations in Alaska. New this year, guests can also sip on exclusive lines of beer and coffees developed for Icy Strait Point by local partners, Baranof Island Brewing Co. and Heritage Coffee Roasting Co. respectively. Icy Strait Point is also home to the world’s largest ZipRider zip line, measuring in at 5,330 feet long with a 1,300 foot vertical drop and six parallel passenger lines. Icy Strait Point is owned and operated by Huna Totem Corporation, the Native village corporation owned by 1,350 Alaska Natives with ancestral ties to Hoonah and nearby Glacier Bay. Icy Strait Point is located about 50 miles west of Juneau and 22 miles south of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. 

Media contact: 
Contact: Meghan Aftosmis, Thompson & Co. Public Relations

Email: meghan@thompsonpr.com

Phone: (646) 794-4281

Twitter: @IcyStraitPoint

Facebook: Icy Strait Point
URL: www.icystraitpoint.com

Photo credit: Icy Strait Point
2. Fair season heats up across Alaska

Get ready for cotton candy, carnival rides, funnel cakes, live entertainment and record-breaking vegetables in the Land of the Midnight Sun — it’s fair season in Alaska. Southeast Alaska kicks off the season with four days of music, contests, sporting events, exhibits, food and shopping at the 46th annual Southeast Alaska State Fair (http://bit.ly/1v7cEMj) in Haines, July 31 – Aug. 3.  Next, swing into the Golden Heart City for the Tanana Valley State Fair (http://bit.ly/1pq3AC9) in Fairbanks, Aug. 1 – 9. This celebration features several events including pig races, a watermelon-eating contest, dance groups and live music from country artist Mark Willis. Then, head over to the Kenai Peninsula Fair (http://bit.ly/SRXn3P) in Ninilchik, Aug. 15 – 17, and enjoy delicious food, a rodeo, live music from Grammy award winner Bryan White and much more. To top off the summer, Palmer will host the annual Alaska State Fair (http://bit.ly/SEyaJN) Aug. 21 – Sept. 1. This year’s bash includes thrilling rides, a wide variety of fair food, Alaska Native game demonstrations and more than 10 concerts featuring renowned performing artists. Also drawing giant crowds each year is the annual Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off. Last year, Keevan Dinkel won with his cabbage weighing in at 92.3 pounds. The record giant cabbage weighed 138 pounds and was grown by Scott Robb.

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: Explore Fairbanks
3. Mount Roberts Tramway to feature father-son carving duo

Mount Roberts Tramway, one of Juneau’s top attractions, is hosting Master Carver Doug Chilton and his son Michael, who will demonstrate their Tlingit carving expertise throughout this summer at the Mountain House at  the top of the Mount Roberts Tramway (http://bit.ly/1lf8KJB). Together the father-son duo are carving a 10-foot red cedar totem pole destined to stand in the Chilkat theater on Mount Roberts. Doug and Michael carve and visit with guests Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Raven Eagle Gifts fairshop, located at the top of the tram. Visitors will soar 1,800 feet up the Mount Roberts Tramway, taking in one of the most expansive views of Juneau and Gastineau Channel, and experience the culture of traditional Tlingit art and culture. Doug invites guests to practice their skills with his home-made skew (a wood chiseling tool) and even do some chiseling themselves. Other amenities located at the top of the tram include a complimentary 18-minute award winning short film, a variety of hiking trails, bear viewing platforms and a nature center.

Media contact:
Contact: Joann Flora, Goldbelt
Email: joann.flora@goldbelt.com
Phone: (907) 723-6007
Facebook: Mount Roberts Tramway
URL: www.goldbelttours.com

Photo credit: State of Alaska/Brian Adams
4. Book it! Become an Alaska expert with these favorite titles

Get the inside scoop on exploring all 586,412 square miles of Alaska from the below local Alaska authors to see the best the state has to offer.
  1. Alaska on the Go: Exploring the 49th State with Children: Learn how to plan a family vacation while seeing the best of the state from journalist and Alaska resident Erin Kirkland. Author of “Alaska on the Go: Exploring the 49th State with Children” (http://bit.ly/SRK3wa), Kirkland has seen every corner of the state hand-in-hand with her son. In her book, she serves as a tour guide identifying the best and most kid-friendly destinations in Alaska, making family vacations a cinch.
  2. The MILEPOST: Traveling the Alaska Highway this summer? Get help from Alaska’s legendary travel guide, The MILEPOST (http://bit.ly/1is7pz1). Complete with detailed information on everything from the famous Alaska Highway to cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage, The MILEPOST has been the most trusted and complete Alaska travel guide and trip planner since 1949.
  3. Glacier Bay Old Ice, New Land: Written by longtime Alaskan William Boehm, “Glacier Bay Old Ice, New Land” is a photographic natural history book that delves inside a glaciated land penetrated by fjords and home to several species of majestic Alaska wildlife. First published in 1975, Boehm begins the adventure with his first experience as a Glacier Bay park ranger in 1972, then continues his journey covering more than 42 years of exploration and interpretation of this mountainous landscape.
  4. Birds of Denali: Denali National Park and Preserve draws birders to Alaska not only for its glorious scenic views, but also the 165 species of birds that travel there from all over the world. In “Birds of Denali,” (http://bit.ly/1qCR2EQ) Carol McIntyre, Nan Eagleson and Alan Seegert introduce 44 selected species of birds, including habitat and location, migration stories and conservation status.
Media contact:
Contact: Jennifer Thompson, Thompson & Co. PR
Email: Jennifer@thompsonpr.com
Phone: (800) 327-9372
Facebook: Alaska Travel News

Twitter: @alaskatravlnews

URL: TravelAlaska.com

Photo credit: Kirkland Family Media
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