Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Convention: Alaska’s Extraordinary Cultural Gathering

Posted in About Alaska, Things To Do In Alaska, Westmark Blog

Two very exciting things happen in Alaska every October: the annual Permanent Fund dividend is released and the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Annual Convention, the country’s largest representative gathering of Native peoples. Starting today, Anchorage will host the AFN convention, showcasing the rich cultures of Alaska’s first people: their art, music, dance and traditions.…

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Alaska by Foot: A Guide to Footraces in the State

Posted in Things To Do In Alaska, Things To Do In The Yukon

This photo by Josiah Mackenzie is used under Creative Commons License Shel Silverstein’s children’s book “The Missing Piece” tells the story of an incomplete-circle-shaped character who leisurely rolls around looking for his missing piece that will ultimately make him a complete and perfect circle. When he finally finds the piece that fits he rolls so fast…

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Five Must-Sees Around the 2014 Iditarod

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This photo is used under a Creative Commons license by AlaskanDude. “Away up in Alaska The state that stands alone There’s a dog race run from Anchorage into Nome And it’s a grueling race with a lightning pace Where chilly winds do wail. Beneath the northern lights, across snow and ice It’s called the Iditarod Trail.”…

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Alaska Skiing and Snowboarding on a Budget

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This photo is used under a Creative Commons license by ab.photo. For skiers and snowboarders of all levels, Alaska is a powder-packed paradise. Unfortunately, unless you are a backcountry skier, the costs associated with buying a lift ticket, renting gear and coordinating lodging can really add up. The Westmark Anchorage is ideally located in the…

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