Family Vacations in Alaska

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The fresh air is intoxicating, pristine waters are dreamlike, and glaciers literally glisten underneath blue skies -- aah, Alaska -- there’s no place like it in the world. Alaska’s unspoiled beauty and wilderness attracts millions of animal lovers, outdoor adventurists, sightseer's, and nature buffs year after year.

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Families can enjoy an abundance of amazing activities such as flightseeing, backcountry experiences, kayaking, canoeing, day cruises, camping, bicycle tours, glacier tours, dog sled rides, skiing, snowboarding, and a wide variety of historical, cultural, and educational activities.


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In the following article, you’ll find profiles of some of the state’s most coveted attractions. Included is contact information to help you plan your trip as well as photos of each destination. Here’s a preview:

Iditarod Sled Dog Race

The longest dogsled race in the world covers 1,150 miles from Anchorage to Nome along an old mail route known as the Iditarod Trail. Many children know of its beginnings from the story of Balto, the famous sled dog.

Saxman Native Totem Park Saxman Native Totem Park is the world's largest totem park, consisting of two-dozen ornate totem poles. Each totem pole at Saxman Native Totem Park is unique. The colorful carvings share the stories of their makers and the stories of the villages where they once stood.

World Ice Art Championships and Kid's Park

The world's best ice sculptors convene in Fairbanks in late February or early March to create dozens of frozen sculptures near the center of town. For children, the best part of the festival is a captivating four-acre ice playground with an imaginatively carved entrance that may take the form of a fairyland castle or an icy fortress with ice-cream-cone turrets.

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To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Alaska State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Alaska, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.