Anchorage, Palmer, Valdez
Alaska’s top winter festival, the Fur Rendezvous, is paired with unparalleled outdoor recreation in the state’s snow capital, Valdez.
Day 1 – Anchorage
Time your visit to take advantage of Anchorage’s liveliest winter festival – the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, held the last week of February. Spend your first day taking in Fur Rondy events like the snow sculptures, an Alaska Native arts market and carnival rides and games. The first weekend features the World Championship Sled Dog Race, which departs and finishes in downtown Anchorage.
Day 2 – Anchorage-Palmer
Make the short 40-mile drive north to the Mat-Su Valley for stunning scenery and recreation at Hatcher Pass. Once home to a booming gold mine, the area is a popular destination for sledding, snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling. On your way back, stop for a bite in Palmer, a former New Deal-era agricultural colony filled with interesting history. Or head over to Wasilla and visit the headquarters of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race before heading back to Anchorage.
Day 3 – Valdez
Fly to Valdez, a true winter city that is annually blanketed in more than 300 inches of snow. Check out the Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, with exhibits that reflect the history of Valdez, the Copper River Valley and Prince William Sound from the earliest days, when Alaska Natives first occupied the area, to the present day.
Day 4 – Valdez
Get out in the surrounding coastal mountains on a full-day guided snowmobile adventure in the area’s legendary powder. After a heart-pounding day exploring the great outdoors, feast on locally caught salmon or halibut at one of Valdez’ many restaurants.
Day 5 – Anchorage
Fly back to Anchorage and check out local museums and shopping options. Enjoy an evening out for live local music and locally crafted beers and distilled spirits.