To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first successful attempt in ascending Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, a number of activities have been planned for the entire year. Tourists and locals alike will be able to take part in these activities which will include exhibitions, special tours and festivals making the summer of 2013 a wonderful time to plan a trip to Alaska.
Although the main attraction of the festivities will be no doubt Mount McKinley, the humongous 6 million acre national park will live up to its reputation as the ultimate destination for adventure sports enthusiasts. Be it mountain biking, hiking in the wilderness or watching the wild-life, adventure seekers will be treated with an experience of a lifetime. To commemorate the event, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum of the North will hold a special national park exhibit along with a sustainable summits symposium in Talkeetna between 8th and 11th of September 2013.
The Alaska Marine Highway System is considered as the only marine route in this area which enjoys the categorization of a National Scenic Byway and an All-American Road. This year it celebrates 50 years of its service to the area. Also known as the ‘Blue Canoes’ the Alaskan ferries that operates in these waters are the lifeline of 33 coastal communities spread across the Inside Passage, Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound and the Aleutian Chain. During the ‘Golden Anniversary’ festivities, community events will be organized to bring together the various indigenous population of the area, showcasing their culture and art. For tourists coming on vacation to the state it will be an unique opportunity to experience the richness of art & culture along with the diverse flora and fauna for which Alaska is famous.
Fairbanks, Alaska has always enjoyed a lot of interest among tourists who love to come to this destination on way to an adventurous getaway into the Alaskan wilderness. This Alaskan Christmas town of North Pole has been selected to be the host of the 2013 International Federation of Sleddog Sports Winter World Championship sled dog races to be held between 26th February and March 17th. These events are held once in every two years and alternate between venues in North America and Europe. It is an event that attracts some of the best dog mushers and skijorers from across the globe. Needless to say it is a wonderful event and a rare opportunity to watch this sport in person.
A vacation itinerary that has the Inner passages in it warrants a visit to Wrangell. The first part of May would be perfect timing as well as this is the time when the Chief Shakes Tribal House, which is a re-fabricated replica of a 19th century Tlingit tribal house (situated on Shakes Island in Wrangell Harbour), will be celebrating the reopening ceremony between May 3rd and 4th.