Alaska has some of the most dazzling light shows in nature. It is a wonderful place to relax and take in everything nature has to offer. Explore our Alaska pictures and find out what you've been missing!
Everything I need to know about Alaska I learned from the hard working and friendly people I met on a detour to grad school. I stood on a glacier, whale watched from the back of a fishing boat, and witnessed some of the most dazzling light shows in nature.
The mosquitoes are so big, vicious and hungry that your doctor has to give you a blood transfusion before September.
In July, you have to go to bed with sunglasses on.
You won't need fireworks to enjoy a dynamic light show. Just pull up a lawn chair and watch the aurora borealis for environmentally-friendly entertainment the whole family will love.
The grass grows so fast in summer (when it's light 24 hours a day) that you have to mow it every morning before you go to work -- and it's shaggy again when you get home at night.
You won't need blackout curtains to watch your big screen during the winter -- day or night.
Alaskan natives and traditions are celebrated throughout Alaska in cultural motifs like totem poles, igloos and fishing village scenes.
Your neighbors plant wildflowers in their front yards instead of keeping high-maintenance lawns. One of the great things about gardening in Alaska is that there's no overhead sun to fade flowers after a couple of weeks. The oblique angle of the sun helps them stay vivid.
You can sleep late on cold winter mornings without feeling too guilty -- it's still dark out. One of the biggest adjustments for Alaska newbies is getting used to the longer (or shorter) days and nights.
Expand your culinary repertoire with exotic big game meat from Alaska's interior. How about a bear burger, a nice caribou cutlet, moose chops or mountain goat stew? Or, you could stick with Alaskan king crab or salmon.
You have to plug in your car during cold weather -- even though it isn't electric. An engine block heater is a useful (and encouraged) accessory during the Alaskan winter because it saves gas and cuts down on pollution from all those idling engines.
The dog can take you for a ride instead of the other way around. Dog sledding is a classic form of transportation celebrated every year with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Let Fido do all the work. Paw power is eco-friendly.
You do have to be noisy to be effective. In fact, you may have to wear bear (repellent) bells outdoors to avoid becoming lunch when you're dining al fresco.