Dog Sledding in Alaska
1. Visit a Sled Dog Summer Camp
Feel the rush of a clean crisp breeze on your face as you learn what it is like to mush an Iditarod dog sled team. This is something unique to Alaska and an activity that the whole family will love. The summer training sleds have wheels and are pulled across the snowless summer ground. They are big enough to accommodate 8 passengers so the whole family can ride together. The sleds are big weigh approximately 800 pounds empty. They are heavy by design to help the dogs build muscles. This make for slower ride suitable for all ages.
But Dog sledding is not the only thing to do in Alaska....
The 49th state has a little something for everyone. The incredible jaw-dropping scenery of unspoiled nature, majestic mountains, glaciers, fjords, crystal clear lakes, and waterfalls is the perfect backdrop for any family vacation.
The best way to travel to Alaska is by boat or airplane. If you have enough time you can drive up through Canada on the Alcan Hwy. The highways are well maintain but not all of Alaska is accessible by car. Once inside Alaska travel by train is an excellent scenic option.
Alaska has a short tourist season. Mid-May through mid-June is best for viewing the mountains and glaciers. The salmon run usually starts near the end of June and goes through mid-August. At the peak of the salmon run is the best time to see Alaska’s wildlife. The tourist season is over by Sept 15. For the best selection of activities, book early (6 months to 1 year in advance).
For a more unique Alaska experience consider visiting outside of the tourist season.
Alaskans don't hibernate like bears, winter is when the fun begins and you're officially invited! Whether you desire endless white solitude or activities and events, Alaska has it all - from wildlife to nightlife.
Winter visitors may be surprised to find out that they are as tough as most Alaskans and it’s neither as dark nor as cold as you might expect. Winter brings 0-6 hours of daylight on the shortest day of the year, depending on where you are. And with hours of twilight or dawns on either side, there is plenty of useable daylight to get in a full day of activities. With average temperatures around 20°F (-7°C), winter enthusiasts can enjoy Alaska in complete comfort. Alaska starts rapidly gaining daylight in the early spring, and with dozens of festivals and events taking place in late February and into March, this makes the perfect time to experience winter in Alaska and get a feel for what it’s really like in our most defining season.
When do the northern lights come out?
The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are visible an average of 240 nights per year since the sky has to be dark enough to see them. The best viewing season is winter, but it is possible to view them from late August through mid-April. Conditions must also be clear to view the aurora and they are typically most active between the hours of 11pm and 2am.