Official State of Alaska Vacation and Travel Information
Chugach National Forest
by: Michael DeYoung
by: Frank Flavin
From its first episode back in 2005, the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” has been a runaway hit, inspiring thousands of armchair adventurers with the unforgiving conditions and high stakes of crab fishing in the Bering Sea. What was once an obscure industry made superstars out of the rough-and-ready crew members of several Bering Sea vessels and put the home base of these commercial fishing operators, Dutch Harbor, in the spotlight. Located in the Aleutian Chain, the twin communities of Unalaska/Dutch Harbor are home not just to the crabbing fleet but also feature huge and valuable halibut, pollock, salmon, rockfish and cod fisheries.
With four seasons under its belt, this popular History Channel program hit its stride in season three when it moved from Canada’s northernmost highways to feature the infamous “Haul Road” in Alaska. Officially called the Dalton Highway, the 400-mile road connects Fairbanks, in Alaska’s Interior, with Prudhoe Bay and the oil fields of Alaska’s North Slope. Known for its treacherous driving conditions, temperatures as low as 70 degrees below zero, and few passing motorists to lend a hand if you needed it, the Haul Road is one of Alaska’s most legendary roadways. Few visitors ever experience this challenging wintery drive (and many wouldn’t want to), but new tour options allow summer visitors to get a sense of what life is like for the truckers who travel this rugged road.
America was introduced to the Tweto family in January of 2011 on Discovery’s latest addition to its Alaska lineup, “Flying Wild Alaska.” The show chronicles the adventures and challenges faced by a family making its living in one of the state’s most iconic professions. (Alaska has six times as many pilots per capita as the rest of the United States, and 14 times as many airplanes.)
Love her or hate her, there’s no question TLC’s show about Sarah Palin’s life and family shows off Alaska at its picturesque best. The one-season wonder on TLC included some of the most exciting and visitor-friendly depictions of rugged Last Frontier experiences, many of which are tailor-made for families. During its eight episodes, viewers saw the Palins fishing, bear viewing, mountain climbing, flightseeing and otherwise enjoying Alaska’s great outdoors.
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