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Alaska Travel News Bulletin
October 3, 2011

In this October Travel News Bulletin you will find:

1. Alaska arts program shares poetry with travelers
2. Chugach Powder Guides expands to Seward
3. Salmon Berry Tours' new winter mushing program
Small-ship cruise lines announce new 2012 itineraries

1. Alaska arts program shares poetry with travelers

Travelers visiting Alaska’s state parks can enjoy more than just scenery and wildlife through a new program called Poems in Place. Supported by a partnership between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska State Parks and the Alaska Center for the Book, the program places signs throughout Alaska’s state parks displaying poems by contemporary Alaskan poets. The first sign was erected last spring at Beluga Point in Chugach State Park featuring a poem by Kim Cornwall called, “What Whales and Infants Know.” At least seven more poems will be installed in the next couple years. Officials hope to expand the program to include an artists-in-residence program and other activities in communities near the parks. For more information, visit http://www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca/.

Media contact:
Contact: Charlotte Fox, Alaska State Council on the Arts
Phone: 907-269-6607
Email: charlottefox@alaska.gov
URL: http://www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca/

2. Chugach Powder Guides expands to Seward

Beginning in 2012, Chugach Powder Guides will offer helicopter skiing 20 miles east of Seward on the north coast of the Gulf of Alaska. The area produces strong snowfalls and features glacial valleys with steep vertical terrain and some of the best ski runs in the state. Skiers also will experience a bird’s-eye view of the islands and fjords of nearby Resurrection Bay. Guests fly into Anchorage and take a scenic shuttle ride 125 miles south to Seward via the Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway. The week-long North Gulf Coast trips will be available three times between January and April of 2012. In 2008, Chugach Powder Guides merged with Sun Valley Heli Ski Guides to form EpicQuest, offering multi-sport adventures around the world. The company’s year-round Alaska adventures include helicopter and snowcat skiing/snowboarding and remote fly fishing, rafting and hiking trips. For more information and a list of trip dates, visit http://epicquest.com/trips/snow/alaska/north-gulf-coast/.

Media contact:
Contact: Chris Owens
Phone: 907-783-4354
Twitter: @epic_quest
Email: chris.owens@epicquest.com
URL: http://www.epicquest.com

3. Salmon Berry Tours' new winter mushing program
This winter, Anchorage-based Salmon Berry Tours will offer a new winter mushing program in partnership with Dallas Seavey Racing, another well-established tour provider that specializes in all things Iditarod. The four-hour adventure includes a dog sled ride, snowshoe stroll, trail-side treat and the chance to meet and learn about the mushers, dogs and equipment needed to compete in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The new trip takes place in Anchorage, offering travelers a convenient add-on activity to their winter itinerary. Multi-day mushing packages are also available. Salmon Berry Tours offers a variety of scheduled and custom tours across Southcentral and Interior Alaska ideal for groups or individual travelers. Other popular winter tours include the Ultimate Iditarod Adventure Package, the Northern Lights Late-Night Special, Winter Turnagain Turnaround Tour and more. Visit www.salmonberrytours.com for more information.

Media contact:
Contact: Contact: Candice McDonald, owner
Phone: 907-278-3572
Twitter: @salmonberrytour
Email: reservations@salmonberrytours.com
URL: www.salmonberrytours.com

4. Small-ship cruise lines announce new 2012 itineraries

Two of Alaska’s small-ship cruise lines have announced new itineraries and new ships for 2012. American Safari Cruises recently added the 86-passenger Safari Endeavour to its fleet of three yachts. The renovated ship will be ready to sail in Alaska’s Inside Passage in 2012 on weeklong, round trip itineraries from Juneau. The InnerSea Discoveries fleet also added a new ship, the 76-guest Wilderness Explorer that will sail on weeklong adventure cruises one-way between Juneau and Sitka. Visit http://americansafaricruises.com or www.innerseadiscoveries.com to learn more. Alaskan Dream Cruises, one of the newest small-ship cruise lines sailing Alaska’s waters, has announced new 2012 itineraries including three, six, eight and 11-day cruises from Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan. Adding to its list of 15 ports in 2012, Alaskan Dream Cruises will call on popular ports such as Tracy Arm, Ketchikan, Skagway and Glacier Bay National Park as well as the smaller towns of Kake, Thorne Bay, Kasaan, Wrangell and Hobart Bay. Alaskan Dream Cruises operates May through September and specializes in secluded areas of Alaska’s Inside Passage with time for exploring the shores of these areas for all guests. For more information, visit www.alaskandreamcruises.com

Media Contacts:
Contact: Sarah Scoltock, American Safari Cruises
Phone: 206-838-9491
Twitter: @InnerSeaD
Email: sarahs@innerseadiscoveries.com
URL: http://americansafaricruises.com or www.innerseadiscoveries.com

Contact: Michael Wien or Holly Keen, Alaskan Dream Cruises
Phone: 907-747-8100
Email: mwien@alaskandreamcruises.com; hkeen@alaskandreamcruises.com
URL: www.alaskandreamcruises.com

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Social Media Spotlight

It’s fall in Alaska and residents and visitors are sharing their fall foliage pictures online. Here is just one of the galleries that showcases Alaska’s autumn splendor: www.adn.com/2011/09/13/2066051/reader-photos-2011-fall-colors.html.
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