Matt Hickman

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

As devastating as this has been financially to the State of Alaska and its vital tourism industry, every dark cloud has a silver lining, and this summer that lining is that, for once, we Alaskans get our magnificent playground of a state all to ourselves.

In years past, we at the Anchorage Press and the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman would publish magazines targeted at tourists; telling them where to catch a fishing charter, where to hike, bike, see a glacier, etc.

Now, without all the tourists, we can use these pages to talk about Alaska to people who know Alaska. We can talk about things like dip netting, which would make no sense in a tourist magazine because tourists aren’t allowed to do it.

If you’re an Alaskan who has yet to participate in this most primal of man vs. beast sports, let this summer be the summer you drag that fish to the shore and stare it in the eyes as you club it right between them.

If you’re an Alaskan who’s habitually avoided Denali National Park year after year because of the crush of tourists, this summer is the summer to get back in touch with the Great One.

With Solstice, we commence the Great Alaskan Staycation, and in that spirit we hope these pages inspire you to get out on the road system and check out the best Alaska has to offer from Fairbanks to the Mat-Su Valley and Kachemak Bay.

Every Alaska small business relies on tourism to some capacity, so make sure to show them your support. The businesses you see in these pages are working hard to let you know they are there to make this summer the best it can be.

We’ll see you out there!


Matt Hickman

Anchorage Press General Manager & Managing Editor

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