17 Wildly Entertaining Winter Events That Everyone On The Kenai Loves

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Credit: Leif Hagen

Even though winter is getting ready to (hopefully) come to a close, we wanted to break into the March Madness spirit with a compilation of exceptional winter events held right here on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. Because this time of year, we all need a little extra something to help beat those wintertime blues. Without further ado, check out some of the most action-packed winter wonderland activities on the Kenai Peninsula and get ready to fall in love with the snowy season all over again.

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Credit: Eric Teela, Flickr

1 – Seward Polar Bear Jump
The Seward Polar Bear Jump is held each year during the month of January in the beautiful town of Seward on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. This fun event was started over 30 years ago in 1986. Come out dressed in your best funny costume and plunge into the waters of Resurrection Bay to help raise money for the Alaska Division of the American Cancer Society. For event information, click HERE.

Credit: Seward City News

Credit: Seward City News

2 – Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race
This fun event usually kicks off around the end of January, and is an absolute ball of a time that the whole family will get into. Founded in 1983, the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race (T-200) is a non-profit organization that generally runs every winter on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. Over the years it has grown its reputation to draw competitive distance mushers from Alaska, the lower 48 states as well as international locations. For more event information and to view the locations along the trail, click HERE.

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Credit: Clint Pickarsky

3 – Holiday Event at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage
Held in the middle of December of each year, the holiday fun at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is the perfect way to ring in the magic of the season on The Kenai. Visitors can enjoy fun animal programs, crafts, pictures with some of your favorite Christmas characters and so much more. For more event information, click HERE.

Credit: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Facebook

Credit: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Facebook

4 – Frozen RiverFest in Soldotna
Held in February of each year and organized by the Kenai Watershed Forum, this fun winter event is absolutely jam-packed with chilly weather fun. This epic outdoor party offers fun for the whole family including bon fires, live music, food vendors, games and a beer garden. Simply put; this is where you need to be on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Soldotna Parks & Recreation, Facebook

5 – Winter King Salmon Tournament in Homer
Held every year at the end of winter during the month of March, the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament is the place where angling addicts go to reel in massive king salmon from the saltwater shores in Kachemak Bay. This one-day tournament awards tens of thousands of dollars in prize money to the largest kings caught, with the top earners being in the first, second and third place spot. This event has grown to an enormous size over the years and is one of the most anticipated annual fishing tournaments on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. In fact, in 2016 over 1500 fisherman and 480 boats competed. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament, Facebook

6 – Taste of the Kenai in Soldotna
This is a culinary experience that is sure to delight your taste-buds and overwhelm your senses. Enjoy sampling a variety of foods and drinks from local businesses all over the Kenai Peninsula, while taking part in the raffle and silent auction.  KPTMC created this event to highlight the unique culinary experiences on the Kenai Peninsula, and it has grown to be one of the most anticipated culinary events of the year. The Taste of the Kenai is held every year in March and rotates locations in the central Kenai Peninsula area. This year it will be located at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on March 31, 2017. For more event information and to buy your tickets today, click HERE.

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Credit: The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground, Facebook

7 – Christmas Comes to Kenai
Kick off your winter season each year with this incredible event hosted by the Kenai Visitor & Cultural Center. The fun starts the day after Thanksgiving in November and includes a wow-worthy parade, fun with Santa and his elves, craft fair, bonfire, yummy goodies and hot cocoa, followed by the grand finale fireworks in the evening. This is the best way to dive right into the magic of the season on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. For more event information, click HERE.

Credit: Peninsula Clarion

Credit: Peninsula Clarion

8 – Tsalteshi Trails Ski-for-Women Event in Soldotna
While the name of this fun Nordic skiing event might make you think that it’s just for women, you’re wrong! Everyone is invited to join in on the awesome outdoor action. Dress up in the wildest outfit you can find and make your way to Tsalteshi Trails on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground to enjoy a skiing event on Super Bowl Sunday. The event generally begins at 11am so you’ll be back home in time for kick-off. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Tsalteshi Trails, Facebook

9 – Movie in the Park at Soldotna Creek Park
It doesn’t get more Alaskan than this on The Kenai! Grab the whole family and head over to Soldotna Creek Park to enjoy a movie outside underneath the dark winter sky. Organized by the Soldotna Parks & Recreation Department, attendees should expect to bundle up and dress for cold weather while they enjoy warm cocoa, hot pizza and unlimited outdoor fun. Each winter there are four outdoor movie events to look forward to, with varying times and dates each year. For more event information, click HERE.

Credit: Soldotna Parks & Recreation, Facebook

Credit: Soldotna Parks & Recreation, Facebook

10 – Homer Winter Carnival  
Alaska’s halibut fishing capital of the world is a fun destination to visit, no matter what time of year it is. The fun carnival festivities are held on the second weekend in February of each year and offer the perfect solution for beating those pesky winter blues on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Active Rain

11 – Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival in Seward
Seward’s Nordic Ski Club offers the perfect way to get jazzed about winter from the cozy comforts of an indoor theatre. If you live in this region on The Kenai, be sure that you don’t miss this incredible viewing event with a tasty pot-luck to go along with it. For more event information, click HERE.

Credit: WinterWildlands.org

Credit: WinterWildlands.org

12 – Torchlight Parade & Fireworks on New Years Eve – Girdwood
We’ll keep this short and sweet; Alyeska Resort is exactly where you need to be on New Years Eve each year. The epic fun that you’ll have both participating in the parade down the slopes and viewing the incredible fireworks show is simply unmatched. While it might not be located directly on The Kenai, we can’t say enough great things about these wonderfully action-packed festivites. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Alyeska Resort

Credit: Alyeska Resort

Credit: Alyeska Resort

13 – Peninsula Winter Games in Soldotna
Held in January of each year, kiddos and entire families flock to the festivities at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex to burn off all that extra cooped-up winter energy. Hosted by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, there is no denying that this super-fun winter event on The Kenai is one that you will completely regret missing. Enjoy games, contests, tournaments, fireworks and so much more. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Nikki OConnor

14 – Holiday Weekend in Seward  
Generally held on the first weekend in December, this fun holiday bash is a blast that Seward residents on The Kenai look forward to each and every year. This old fashioned holiday festival includes local bazaars and craft shows, fun at the Alaska SeaLife Center and a glorious Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in the evening hours. For more event information, click HERE.

Credit: Seward.com

Credit: Seward.com

15 – Alaska Railroad Holiday Trains
The Alaska Railroad Holiday Train kicks off in Alaska’s largest city of Anchorage and winds down the stunningly beautiful Turnagain Arm towards The Kenai. These excursions depart on a three separate Saturdays in December and have AM and PM departure times. The experience that you will have is so magical that it will likely become a cherished family tradition. Bring the kids and enjoy sweet treats while visiting with Santa Claus and his happy, friendly elves. For more event information, click HERE.

Credit: Alaska Railroad, Facebook

Credit: Alaska Railroad, Facebook

16 – Christmas in the Park in Sodotna
Gather up your friends and family and head to Soldotna Creek Park on a weekend early in December to enjoy the spectacular tree-lighting festival. Enjoy cookies, cocoa, chatting with Santa Claus, a Christmas movie in the park and a spectacular tree-lighting event at the end of the night. This is a sure-fire way to plunge yourself right into the magic of the holiday season on The Kenai. For more event information, click HERE.

Credit: Soldotna Creek Park, Facebook

Credit: Soldotna Creek Park, Facebook

17 – Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Fat Bike Event
The first annual Fat Tire Bike Event was held in January of 2017 at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage, and we have a feeling that it’ll be around for quite some time to come. Load up the kiddos or bring a group of your friends with you and enjoy biking around the snowy grounds while observing all the beautiful wildlife. It’s impossible not to have fun at this special place. For more event information, click HERE.

Credit: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Facebook

Credit: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Facebook

Did we miss any of your favorites? If so, let us know and we’ll be happy to add them to the list!

30 Outdoorsy Alaskan Instagram Accounts That Everyone On The Kenai Should Follow ASAP

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Now that we are gliding along smoothly into the New Year, we wanted to take a moment to stop, reflect and share. Since we live in the most beautiful place in the world (aka – The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground), sometimes it’s easy for us to get wrapped up in our own little slice of paradise. But what we’ve noticed along the way is that our fellow Alaskan friends, colleagues and adventure-lovers have some of the best kept secrets in the great 49th state. So what’s all the hush-hush about? These 30 Instagram accounts are filled with so much phenomenal eye-candy that you won’t be able to contain your love affair with the Last Frontier. Fuel your wanderlust and fall head over heels in love with Alaska (again, and again, and again) after you follow each and every one of these insanely awesome pages. No matter where your travels take you this year, we know that you won’t regret putting The Kenai at the top of your bucket list.

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1 – @JohnHallsAlaska. Check out all the behind the scenes action of these fully guided small group tours. See the best of what Alaska has to offer!

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2 – @TravelAlaska. The State of Alaska Tourism Office shares incredible attractions all across the Last Frontier. You won’t be able to contain your excitement, trust us.

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3 – @TheAlaskaLife. If there was ever a doubt in your mind that living in Alaska was the definition of ‘living the dream’ – this is all the proof in the puddin’ that you need. Absolutely brilliant photography and incredible stories from locals across the Last Frontier will leave you in a constant state of awe.

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4 – @AlaskaTravel. Alaska Travel at Alaska.org will show you sides to Alaska that you only thought existed in your wildest dreams. Be sure to check out the Alaska map and start making all of your Alaska dreams come true.

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5 – @CabinLife_Alaska. Because sometimes it’s just good for the heart to follow the solace perspective of off-the-grid living in interior Alaska. Simply put, these snaps are food for the soul.

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6 – @AlaskaUltimateSafaris. Alaska bear watching and glacier viewing is just so much cooler when you experience it from the comforts of a helicopter. This unforgettable excursion is unlike anything else in the world. See a side to the Kenai Peninsula like never before.

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7 – @VisitSoldotna. Catch the latest on what life is like inside Alaska’s Kenai River City by following this great page today. The beautiful photography will make you fall in love with all four seasons on a whole new level.

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8 – @KenaiFjordsNPS. Follow all the stunning latest on the renowned Harding Icefield and get up close and personal with some of the most jaw-dropping displays of raw nature and marine wildlife in the salty shores of Resurrection Bay.

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9 – @VisitHomer. Alaska’s halibut fishing capital of the world is home to so many renowned treasures. Visit the Homer Spit, go fishing in Kachemak Bay or spend the afternoon chasing down phenomenal photography opportunities. Just about every nook and cranny of this town will delight your heart with joy.

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10 – @AkWildlife. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage is such a prized gem that locals adore and visitors are continuously amazed by. Follow them today and keep up to date on what all the cutest rehabilitation animals are doing to keep strong and happy in the Last Frontier.

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11 – @ResortAlyeska. Head to the most beloved ski town in the world where you’ll find the incredible Alyeska Resort. This resort offers endless powder play dates in the wintertime as well as some of the most epic hiking and backpacking destinations during the summertime. Hop on a trail or shred the pow, but if you’re stuck at home – follow all the magic on Insta.

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12 – @AlaskaWildland. Uniquely, responsibly and exclusively Alaskan adventures dating all the way back to 1977. For top notch tours, lodging and backcountry adventures in the Last Frontier – you need to follow these fine folks ASAP.

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13 – @JimmieJackFishing. This awesome Alaska fishing lodge is located right here on the Kenai Peninsula. Stay up to speed with what’s being caught and be sure to plan your next halibut, salmon or multi-species fishing trip today.

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14 – @26glaciers. This luxury glacier viewing tour out of Prince William Sound in Whittier was voted best in the state by locals, and after you see these jaw-dropping photos you’ll completely understand why. This is a bucket list must!

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15 – @AlaskaRailroad. The most beautiful train rides in the world lead you right to the Kenai Peninsula, you just have to hop on and experience the magic for yourself. This Insta page will make you seriously need to start planning your Alaskan adventures ASAP.

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16 – @AlaskaCollection. Formerly Alaska Denali Travel, the Alaska Collection offers the best of the best in Alaska vacation planning options. From the Kenai Peninsula, Katmai, Lake Clark, Seward, Talkeetna, up into Denali and so much more. Just start exploring and you’re sure to stumble upon something that lights a fire in your adventurous spirit.

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17 – @AlaskaBearAdventures. If adorable bear cubs roaming in the raw wilderness makes your heart absolutely explode with happiness, this page (and these tours) is exactly what you need. Head down to Homer this summer to experience the fun in person!

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18 – @TravelJuneauAK. If you haven’t noticed already, our love for the Last Frontier runs deep. So deep that our neighbors in the Southeast community of Juneau have us lusting over their gorgeous outdoor wonderland. From the sights of Mendenhall Glaciers to the lush rainforest beauty inside the Tongass National Park – we can’t get enough!

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19 – @KenaiRiversideFishing. There is just nothing like them summer nights spent out on the banks of the Kenai River fishing beneath the midnight sun. Mountains, river, trout, salmon – oh my! This guiding diary makes us get a major case of heart-eyes!

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20 – @AlaskaMarineHighway. Visiting Alaska via the picturesque marine highway is an experience unlike any other in the world. View majestic mountains towering above you out of the ocean while the occasional breaching whale pops up to greet you on the bow. Mind-blowing? You better freakin’ believe it. Only in Alaska baby!

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21 – @OrcaIslandCabins. Head to Seward and make your way out to the idyllic shores of Humpy Cove where you’ll find Orca Island Cabins. The yurt style lodging offers the most perfect ‘glamping’ experience while the eco-activities available at your disposal will charm the socks right off of you. Go whale watching via stand-up paddleboard or kayak around the bay while birding.

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22 – @SeldoviaBayFerry. Life beyond the Homer Spit in the remote coastal town is just about as scenic as can be. Literally just following the Insta page will completely relax you, but we highly encourage you to take a trip on the ferry this summer and reward yourself with the ultimate Kenai Peninsula getaway.

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23 – @great_alaska_adventures. Livin’ the dream never felt so good. Follow the ultimate outdoorsy adventures with Great Alaska team and find yourself flocking to The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground for fishing and travel fun.

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24 – @AlaskaSealifeCenter. Scientific knowledge mixed with stunning photographs helps to promote the understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. This is not only a great (indoor) place to take the family to enjoy during the chilly winter months, but it’s also an absolutely blast any other time of year as well. Caution: cuteness overload will occur in heavy doses.

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25 – @PrincessAlaskaLodges. Plan on taking a cruise up to Alaska? If so, you better start following this Insta page like right this very second. Extend your time in the Last Frontier with a land excursion package that will lead you to the most stunning Alaskan lodges in the 49th state. Trust us, the photos will do something crazy to your adventurous heart.

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26 – @DiscoverValdez. Home to the snowiest area in the entire state and the most awe-inspiring views of Mother Nature. This might be one of the most wow-worthy adventure capitals in the entire state. A huge shout-out to our neighbors for continuing to share the renowned beauty of Alaska with all of us!

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27 – @TurningHeadsKennel. We have a secret to share that we can no longer keep quiet about. We are freakin’ crazy-obsessed with dog mushing. It’s just the most incredible sport of pure resilience, compassion and power. To overcome such tremendous boundaries to then come together as a team, (wo)man and dog – there is nothing more admirable. This Insta account just lights a special spark in our hearts. You’ll see why after just one glance.

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28 – @StillPointLodge. A sweet, sweet island escape that you’ve been dreaming about all your life. THAT, my friends – is exactly what you’ll find here. The towering fjords, majestic mountains and enchanting views of Kachemak Bay will utterly blow you away.

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29 – @MillersLandingEscape. The idyllic town of Seward will lead you to a peaceful slice of paradise known as Lowell Point. The large beach area with towering mountains in the distance is like a scene straight out of a dream. Millers Landing also just so happens to be your one-stop option for lodging and recreational activities.

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30 – @InletCharters. Inlet Charters Across Alaska out of Homer is who you need to be with when you want to have a blast and catch a ton of fish. Reel in halibut or salmon, or spend the afternoon on a renowned wildlife viewing tour. Whatever you do, don’t forget to follow this crew on Insta and book a trip for the 2017 season before it’s too late!

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Safe travels to all of our dear friends out there and remember that you can always reach out to us at any time if you need help planning your dream Kenai Peninsula vacation.

 

15 Festive Ways To Embrace The Fall Season With Arms Wide Open

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Fall is one of the most magical times of the year on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. The morning air is crisp and fresh, the fall foliage surrounds you down every road you drive, the sunsets are electric, the alpenglow’s are magnificent, the pumpkin flavored treats are utterly delicious and the cozy moments spend indoors are filled with nostalgic moments.

Photo Credit: David L. Brown

Photo Credit: David L. Brown

1 – Get outside and spend the day hiking and soaking in the fall foliage.

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Photo Credit: Sujohn Das, Flickr

2 – Enjoy the final days of RV season and enjoy an overnighter. A mini road trip from Seward to Homer (while stopping in every town along the way) is the best way to drink life in.

Photo Credit: State of Alaska - Michael DeYoung

Photo Credit: State of Alaska – Michael DeYoung

3 – Wet some lines and enjoy the spectacular scenery, without the ‘combat fishing’ mayhem.

Photo Credit: Drifter's Lodge

Photo Credit: Drifter’s Lodge

4 – Take a day trip along the Seward or Sterling Highway and stop at all the pull outs to take in the epic views.

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Photo Credit: Photographer Unknown

5 – Treat your fur babies to as many outings as possible before the snow flies and their paws can’t handle the trek without booties.

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Photo Credit: Dana Orlosky – Flickr

6 – Hop on the Alaska Railroad for a day of rest and relaxation, and enjoy off-the-grid views along the way.

Photo Credit: Tonia Burrough

Photo Credit: Tonia Burrough

7 – Rent a public use cabin on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground and unplug for the night. If you prefer to have some more frills and creature comforts, take advantage of the awesome shoulder season prices that are available now at hospitality spots all over the Kenai Peninsula.

Photo Credit: Recreation.gov

Photo Credit: Recreation.gov

8 – Enjoy wildlife viewing and watch as the bears fatten up before heading into hibernation.

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Photo Credit: Heidi Ho Hanson

9 – Go biking in the backcountry and cover as much (stunningly beautiful) ground as possible.

10 – Chase as many sunsets as humanly possible. Even if you loose a little sleep, you will NEVER regret it.

Photo Credit: Anik Martin

Photo Credit: Anik Martin

11 – As the temperature continues to drop, use every excuse possible to make a fire and have a cozy night in. Don’t forget the snacks, movies and soft blankets!

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Photo Credit: Scott Schiller – Flickr

12 – It’s the season for ‘all things’ pumpkin spice, so indulge a little wontcha! 😉

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Photo Credit: The Moose Is Loose – Facebook

13 – If the forecast calls for a Northern Lights show, stay up late and soak it in. Being tired the next day will be worth it after you lay eyes on the Aurora Borealis in action.

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Photo Credit: Vaughn Johnson Photography

14 – If it’s chilly or gloomy, have fun by visiting places like the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage or the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward. Fun for the whole family!

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Photo Credit: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center – Facebook

15 – It’s okay to blend in with the crowd. Sometimes ‘status quo’ just feels way too good to ignore. The warm and fuzzies that remind you of childhood should be celebrated as often as possible. Soak in the magic of the season by doing all the traditional favorites that spark a major dose of nostalgia – and love every single minute of it!

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Need more ideas to keep you busy this fall on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground? Leave a comment below or feel free to shoot us a personal Facebook message.

20 Undeniable Reasons Why Everyone Should Love Alaska

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Photo from kathika.com.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer out there! The 49th state is a glorious place for freedom lovers and wilderness adventurers. The last frontier is more than just a place for the wildlife to roam free, it’s an outdoor mecca for anyone looking to experience some of the most beautiful, untouched land in all of the world. We will give you 20 undeniable reasons why everyone should love Alaska, but we all know that this is a topic we could sing the praises to for well over 20 lines. 😉

#1 – Seclusion. Sure the city lights can be luring, but Alaska has the lowest population density in the nation at one person per square mile. The perfect place to unplug and drink life in.

#2 – Natural Hot Springs. The U.S. Geological Survey identifies 79 thermal springs in Alaska.

Photo from www.alaska.org of Chena Hot springs.

Photo from http://www.Alaska.org of Chena Hot springs.

#3 – Snow days in Alaska are not ordinary whatsoever. Winter is nothing short of EPIC. Drive right out your front door and go cross country skiing or snow-machining in a total backcountry paradise.

Photo from crestedbutteguides.com.

Photo from crestedbutteguides.com.

#4 – 24 hours of daylight. Otherwise known as “the land of the midnight sun.” This means, more time to play during the warm summer months. Alaskans have a motto: we will sleep in the wintertime, just like the bears!

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Photo from http://www.adn.com.

#5 – Aurora Borealis. The beautiful colors of the Northern Lights do all the talking for themselves. Seeing these gorgeous dancing lights in person is a MUST for everyone’s lifetime bucket list.

Photo from northtosouth.us.

Photo from northtosouth.us.

#6 – Sunrises. One word: breathtaking. We would say more, but we are speechless.

#7 – Fishing. The fishing and seafood industry is the state’s largest private industry employer. Such a fun activity for the sport fisherman as well as the whole family.

#8 – Hiking. For the active, outdoor enthusiast- Alaska is the place to be. Whether you are a beginner or an expert hiker looking to go off the beaten path, hundreds upon thousands of hiking trails make up this beautiful state.

#9 – Water babies, unite! There are more than 3,000 rivers and 3 million lakes in Alaska.

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Photo from ehfcmembers.wordpress.com.

#10 – National Parks. Alaska has 8 National Parks, the second largest amount of any other state in the USA. All but two are actually classified as both National Parks and National Preserves.

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Photo from hqworld.net.

#11 – Island living. Don’t think of “island life” when you think of Alaska? Think again. Alaska has 2,670 named islands making this the state perfect for those who want their own slice of Alaskan paradise.

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Photo from http://www.wsj.com.

#12 – Alaska or bust! “The mountains are calling, and I must go!” Of the 20 highest peaks in the United States, 17 are in Alaska.

#13 – Forests. The country’s largest and second-largest national forests are in Alaska. The 17-million-acre Tongass and the 5.6-million-acre Chugach. Both lie in southern Alaska and protect temperate rain forests and coastal mountains.

#14 – Glaciers. There are 616 officially named glaciers in Alaska however the Alaska Almanac estimates that Alaska has over 100,000 glaciers.

#15 – Arctic Tundra. This refers to treeless ecosystems where winters are long and cold, and summers are short and (usually) chilly. With a view like this, it’s hard not to fall in love.

#16 – Dog mushing is our state sport! And what’s not to love about that? In our book, the more dogs- the better! There is something so spectacular about the relationship between hard working dog mushers and their resilient, athletic dogs.

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Photo from animalaska.wordpress.com.

#17 – A birders paradise. Alaska has over 430 species of birds with the largest population of bald eagles in the entire nation.

#18 – A bear viewing mecca. Alaska is home to 98% of the US brown bear population and 70% of the total North American population. An estimated 30,000 brown bears live in Alaska.

#19 – We have the highest mountain peak in North America, Mt. Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley). Sitting 20,310 feet above sea level, Mt. Denali is the third most prominent and isolated mountain in the world.

Photo from en.wikipedia.org.

Photo from en.wikipedia.org.

#20 – Sunsets. We will let the picture do all the talking. But really though, how could anyone resist this stunning eye candy?

Photo from fineartamerica.com.

Photo from fineartamerica.com.