Alaskans are getting out and using state parks and campgrounds this summer in numbers that appear to offset fewer out-of-state visitors, state park officials say.

18% think the pandemic will boost their state’s local tourism industry as residents are less willing to travel further by plane.Over a quarter of respondents say they would pay more for accommodation if it meant lower occupancy to reduce the risk of contracting Coronavirus.71% say they might…

Alaska features in the top 5 US places for a 2020 staycation, as coronavirus changes travel patterns.

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With the distinct lack of summer tourist visitors from the Lower 48 traveling through Alaska’s State Parks, Salmon Berry Tours is offering a chance for locals to visit Independence Mine in Hatcher Pass.

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I live in a staycation paradise. My house is a few miles outside the city limits of Fairbanks, right at the foot of Ester Dome, with both summer and winter mountain biking trails less than a half mile away in several directions, and countless miles of trails accessible beyond those. The hill…

The natural reaction to skiing the Bomber Traverse is a feeling of grave inferiority, if you have not summited many of the awe-inspring peaks that surround it. Certainly Montana Peak, the Pinnacle, Souvenir Peak, and even the smaller but elegant ‘mints seem to demand a pilgrimage. I’m among …

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By McKibben Jackinsky

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I live in a staycation paradise. My house is a few miles outside the city limits of Fairbanks, right at the foot of Ester Dome, with both summer and winter mountain biking trails less than a half mile away in several directions, and countless miles of trails accessible beyond those. The hill…

After thirty years, I should know better than to go hiking in Denali National Park wearing a pair of shorts. It’s where I began my Alaska life in 1990 as a seasonal worker, grabbing every available opportunity to tromp through as many backcountry units as I could. The open landscape always l…

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In May, Anchorage-ites came out of their winter-induced stupor with Vitamin-D deficient limbs exposed and fishing rods in their hands. By June, the annual king salmon season was well underway, and each night the muddy banks of the world's only urban king salmon fishery are littered with fish…

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“This summer it’s about Alaskans being Alaskan” – Chad, 49th State Brewing Co.

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I laughed as mud water poured over the dash while I plunged the all-terrain vehicle deep into a hole at speed. I felt water sloshing around in the floorboards as I gave more gas and climbed straight up out of the hole. We kept going places I didn’t think the vehicle could handle except for t…

Located just 15 minutes from downtown Anchorage, the Alaska Zoo is a nonprofit organization that has provided a home for orphaned, injured and captive-born animals for over 51 years. Open year-round, the zoo is dedicated to promoting conservation of Arctic and sub-Arctic species through educ…

Every Alaskan has seen a moose or bear — and probably several of both — as part of the experience of living in Alaska.

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Covid-19 saw to it that this summer there would be no cruise ships and few visitors from the Outside.