Looking for an exciting winter destination? Alaska may be at its most beautiful when covered in snow. Consider these top activities in Alaska when planning your next vacation.
Sled dog tours
You’ve heard of the Iditarod, but did you know you too can mush? And you don’t have to commit to 1,000 miles to spend time with some adorable Huskies. Several companies offer sled dog rides for an afternoon. Check in with the local tourist board to find one close to your destination.
Viewing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
There are few sights more spectacular than the Northern Lights. On a clear night outside the city, you can see the characteristic green and red bands dancing across the Alaskan sky. One of the best months to see the Aurora Borealis is March (yes, March is winter in Alaska) between midnight and 3am.
Hot springs soak
What could be better after a few hours in the night air than a dip in some local hot springs? Alaska’s volcanic landscape boasts as many as 100 (discovered) hot springs. Be careful if you go off the beaten path. Some springs are as hot as 219°F.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a longer ski season and more beautiful terrain than Alaska offers. With ski resorts averaging over 600 inches of snow, Alaska is the perfect destination for downhill, cross-country, and heli-skiing.
Experience the great outdoors while getting your exercise. From the Powerline Pass at Glen Alps to the Matanuska Peak Trail, snowshoeing is a wonderful and eco-friendly way to explore Alaska.
If you have a need for speed, check out Alaska’s groomed snowmobile trails. There’s no better way to blow off steam in the wilderness. Alaska is home to over 60,000 registered snowmobilers.
Relaxing in a Jacuzzi
You’ve seen it all and have the sore muscles to prove it. Many Alaska hotels offer a Jacuzzi where you can enjoy a relaxing soak with your favorite travel companion.
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