Glacier explorations and more
While the name may suggest it, this itinerary does not actually require any mountain or ice climbing skills. People of all ages will enjoy this extremely photogenic six-day tour of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, just a short drive north of Anchorage. Be sure and arm yourself with warm, layered clothing and a camera, as you will spend some time in close proximity to glaciers, water, and alpine tundra as you travel north from Wasilla on board an airboat to Knik Glacier. Once you’re back on land, you will enjoy a scenic drive to the Matanuska Glacier; hiking around Hatchers Pass and Independence Mine; fishing out of Talkeetna; and socializing in the same bars and restaurants teams of climbers gather at before or after their three-week ascent up Mount McKinley, North America’s highest peak. The possibilities for exploring this area are endless.
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TIPS FROM AN ALASKAN
The city of Nome is one of those places that, even if you are not well-versed in Alaska geography or history, you have probably heard it referenced in discussions of sled dog racing, featured in movies or reality TV, or read about it in a Jack London novel. It is a city steeped in gold rush history, and is the finish line for the world’s most famous long-distance sled dog race, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race that takes place every March. But, as one prominent Alaskan, Alaska State Trooper Anne Sears states: Nome has a kind of charm to it that only a city nestled along the coast of the Seward Peninsula can have - friendly folks, great hiking, beautiful roads perfect for long day trips by bike, car or snowmobile and hidden corners packed with history.
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