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In this October Alaska Travel News Bulletin you will find:
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This month we are highlighting some of our friends in the Far North region. Check out their websites to learn more about each community.
 
Barrow
www.cityofbarrow.org
 
Kotzebue
www.cityofkotzebue.com
 
Nome
www.visitnomealaska.com
 
For more information on all of the communities in the Far North, visit Travel Alaska’s region board: http://bit.ly/ZngDtq.
1. Local art and LEGO® s at the Anchorage Museum

This fall, the Anchorage Museum’s “All Alaska Juried” biennial exhibit will celebrate more than 30 years of promoting local artists. The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 7, 2014 through Feb. 1, 2015. “All Alaska Juried” recognizes the unique art produced by local Alaska artists and their contributions to the world of contemporary art. In past years, the Anchorage Museum received more than 400 submissions from more than 140 artists. Of the 400 submissions, 50 chosen pieces including fiber, sculptures and paintings will be displayed. The Anchorage Museum will also launch “Brick by Brick,” a new exhibit scheduled to run Oct. 3, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015. The whole family will enjoy this creative, LEGO® themed exhibition by New York artist Nathan Sawaya and English artist Mike Stimpson. The exhibition will feature LEGO® blocks as learning and building tools and attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the exhibit through hands-on stations. Admission ranges between $12-$20.
 
Media Contact:
Contact: Sarah Henning
Email: shenning@anchoragemuseum.org
Phone: (907) 929-9231
Facebook: Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
Twitter: @AnchorageMuseum  
URL: AnchorageMuseum.org

Photo credit: Courtesy of BrickArtist.com
2. Seeing Alaska by sled dog – expanded tours and kennels

Alaska’s winter tour offerings are heating up with the expansion of sled dog tours across the Interior and Southcentral regions of Alaska. Blue Kennels and Dog Sled Trips is offering multi-day dog sled and northern lights viewing tours that depart from Fairbanks with musher Sebastian Schnuelle, an Iditarod and champion Yukon Quest musher. Guests drive their own team of sled dogs during the day and overnight in comfortable guest rooms or log cabins. Overnight camping is also available (http://www.blue-kennels.com). Black Spruce Dog Sledding, created by veteran Iditarod musher Jeff Deeter, is open daily year-round out of Fairbanks and offers dog sled tours customized to individuals or groups. Black Spruce Dog Sledding showcases winter tours that offer guests opportunities to view the northern lights as well as a chance try their hand at driving the dog sled team along a historic gold mining trail system (http://www.blacksprucedogsledding.com). Anchorage-based Salmon Berry Tours is adding something new to their seven-day Iditarod trip this winter: tidewater glaciers. The seven-day package focuses on the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage and the restart in Willow and gives guests in late February and early March enough time to spend a day exploring glaciers in Blackstone Bay out of Whittier (http://www.salmonberrytours.com).
 
Media Contact:
Contact: Jennifer Thompson, Thompson & Co. PR
Email: Jennifer@thompsonpr.com
Phone: (907) 561-4488
Facebook: Alaska Travel News

Twitter: @alaskatravlnews

Pinterest: VisitAlaska
URL: TravelAlaska.com
 
Photo credit: Salmon Berry Tours
3. Celebrating the 20th annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival

This year marks the 20th annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival in Haines, held Nov.10-16. The American Bald Eagle Foundation invites locals and visitors to join in celebrating the “Gathering of the Eagles,” where nearly 4,000 eagles congregate in the fall and winter. A late salmon run attracts the eagles to the area providing this awe-inspiring spectacle. Daily buses and vans will depart from the American Bald Eagle Foundation in town to the gathering location for attendees to witness the eagles in their natural habitat. The 2014 festival has been expanded to a weeklong event with several activities including live raptor presentations, photography workshops and nightly lectures from guest speakers. Last but not least, there will be a release of two rehabilitated eagles back into the wild and a live auction will be held during the festival for the chance to release an eagle.
 
Media Contact:
Contact: Leslie Ross, Haines CVB
Email: lross@haines.ak.us
Phone: (907) 766-2234
Facebook: Haines Alaska
Twitter: @VisitHaines
URL: Haines Alaska  
 
Photo credit: Andy Hedden
4. Alaska State Parks expands offerings in Denali State Park

The folks at Alaska State Parks are working to open a new campground and nature trail in Denali State Park. The development of the K’esugi Ken Campground and Moose Flats Nature Trail began in summer of 2013, and is scheduled to open in summer of 2015. The campground and nature trail, conveniently located in close proximity to one another, are part of the first phase of development for the proposed South Denali Visitor Center Complex Project. Ultimately, the new visitor center will be a year-round, full-service center that will provide more recreational opportunities for residents during the winter and shoulder seasons, increased space for summer visitors and will also provide timeless viewing opportunities of Mount McKinley and the surrounding areas. There will be a multipurpose room for conferences or meetings, interpretive educational exhibits, staging space for community festivals, access to several trailheads and more, all located in a picturesque secluded area offering visitors the true experience of Denali State Park.

Media contact:
Contact: David Griffin
Email: david.griffin@alaska.gov
Phone: (907) 269-8696
Facebook: Alaska State Parks
Twitter: @AlaskaStParks
URL: Dnr.alaska.gov/parks
 
Photo credit: Alaska State Parks
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